• Gerard Horgan/GH

The Benefits of Taking to the Hills!

Updated: Mar 25

The mountains of the world are truly awe inspiring. Mountains have featured significantly in spiritual life with many a Holy Man & Woman venturing upwards to receive commandments, profit from solitude or just to get closer to God. For me, mountains put life in perspective, they've been here a lot longer than us and will be here long after us, so in that sense they have an eternal quality to them which is unlike anything else.

With Covid-19, the need for physical exercise has never been more important. There are a whole range of hiking clubs that cater for all levels that are well worth investigating. You will get a peace in the hills that is hard to find anywhere else. Mind, body and soul all get topped up.


When I think of hiking in the Irish mountains, one of F. Scott Fitzgerald's concluding paragraphs from The Great Gatsby comes to mind:


"Most of the big shore places were closed now and there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of a ferryboat across the Sound. And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors' eyes--a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby's house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder."


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Useful Links

The 2017 documentary 'Mountain': http://tiny.cc/qa8olz

Joe Simpson's fine documentary, 'The Beckoning Silence': http://tiny.cc/i77olz

Edmund Hillary, 'The Race for Everest': http://tiny.cc/l87olz


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