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simon3
2017-03-27 08:12:18
Do your VITAL bit for hillwalking maps soon.
Ordnance Survey Ireland bring out a high proportion of the maps of interest to hillwalkers in Ireland. They are the only source of mapping for vast swathes of the island of Ireland. But since they brought out the 1:50000 maps in the 90's and the more recent 7 1:25000 maps various issues have become clear. In short there are omissions and incosistencies thay materially affect hill and coastal walkers. Think forest tracks, rides, outlines. Think hill walking-tracks. Think car parking both formal and informal. For the 1:25k particularly think extra
detail like landcover, placenames in two languages, walking tracks classification and mapping, accurate summit heights, corrected road classification, public/private road classification.

OSI
Good news appears to be here. They are now proposing to do new data capture. I.e. get new data from the real world and put it onto their maps. This is potentially the best news to have emerged from OSI in perhaps a decade. In particular they are consulting on what is needed with communities such as hillwalkers who are major users of their mapping.

Have a look at their survey.
Https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/data-attributes-ex
Consider the priorities on offer and any others you may have. AND PLEASE RESPOND by 7th Apr
This is the sort of opportunity that only comes up very very occasionally.
CaptainVertigo
2017-03-19 03:10:06
"University Hospital Galway" from CaptainVertigo Expand pics
University Hospital Galway (Expand pics)
Irish Times - Post Mortem on Hillwalker
According to the Irish Times a postmortem examination is to be carried out on the remains of a man found during the search for a hillwalker in Connemara who went missing during a St Patrick’s day walk. The body was recovered on the eastern side of Leenane Hill at about 3pm Saturday, five hours after the search began for the missing walker, a Dublin man in his 50s.
The Irish Times is reporting that the missing man, an experienced walker, informed his phone contact on St. Patrick's Day, that he would climb Leenane Hill at the northern end of the Maamturks. The remains of the hillwalker were removed to University College Hospital, Galway, where the postmortem is expected to be carried out on Monday.
The man’s identity has not yet been made public.
A post-mortem examination is performed to establish the cause of death which may not necessarily have resulted from a fall or other hillwalking accident. Death from heart attacks, strokes and so forth may sometimes cause death in a mountain setting. Such issues are generally the subject of an Inquest by the Coroner in charge of the case. The post-mortem report will usually clarify the circumstances leading to death. Whatever the cause of death, we extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased, being deeply cognisant of their loss.
mcrtchly
2017-03-18 17:36:07
Sad news from maamturks
Rescue workers searching for missing hillwalker discover body

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/rescue-workers-searching-for-missing-hillwalker-discover-body-35543675.html
simon3
2017-03-08 07:32:51
"Carrauntoohil in 1970" from simon3 Expand pics
Carrauntoohil in 1970 (Expand pics)
Carrauntoohil in 1970
An overseas member sends the below:

While going thru some old photos, I came across the attached.
Taken on the summit of Carrauntoohil on 26 April 1970. Nearly 47 years ago!
I had hiked up solo to the summit and there I encountered a hiking group which my notes tell me were members of the Dublin Outing Club. Group photo.
I'm the person under the arrow with the eyeglasses and bushy moustache.
I thought the photo would be of interest to your group. Perhaps some people in the photo would be recognizable to older members.
Of course, I may have the name of the group wrong. Maybe some of your members would have a better understanding of either the group or the people in the photo.
Long ago and far away.

Many thanks for your web site.
Bob Grobe
Camden, Maine, USA
GSheehy
2017-03-06 11:50:17
Lost GPS
Someone posted this on Boards yesterday:

"A hill-walking buddy of mine found a brand new GPS on Lugnaquilla in the first or second week of January and has been trying to re-unite it with its owner ever since. If you did loose one on or near Lug will you let me know? I'll put you in touch with him."
simon3
2017-03-02 09:54:53
Official Scottish Approach to Access.
The following email was reproduced on the trigpointing uk group and gives an idea to how access discussions work in Scotland ...

My name is Jolyon Gritten, I am the Access Manager for Argyll & Bute Council charged with trying to ensure that the Council meets its duties under the Land Reform Scotland Act 2003 to protect and assert the public’s rights of responsible access to land and water.

I am currently involved with an issue at Beinn Tart a' Mhill on Islay - Argyll & Bute. At both locations the landowner has been telling members of the public not to walk on their land and persuading them to walk elsewhere. I am trying to gather information about the land owner’s behaviour and encourage people to report incidents so that if necessary I can take further action.

I would be grateful if you could post the following message on the relevant pages of your website;

Beinn Tart a'Mhuill - http://trigpointing.uk/trig/1240 “

"A number of contributors have noted that they were discouraged from accessing this hill by a land manager in the area. Land managers may ask the public to avoid an area of land or take a different route to allow them to manage the land or to protect their safety i.e. when felling trees or gathering livestock, however the request must be reasonable.
Members of the public have a duty to act responsibly when exercising their access rights, you can find more information about your rights and responsibilities here -http://www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/

If you encounter anyone who tries to stop you from exercising your rights of access, and you believe that their request is unreasonable you should report the incident to the relevant Access Authority. In Argyll & Bute call Jolyon Gritten the Access Manager on 01546 604 314 or email Jolyon.Gritten@argyll-bute.gov.uk. If you feel that the incident was threatening or you were intimidated you should contact Police Scotland on 101 and make a formal report, requesting an Incident No.. Always avoid confrontation even if you feel that the land manager is in the wrong, after all you can always enjoy a walk elsewhere.

For information on reporting incidents elsewhere in Scotland the Mountaineering Council of Scotland has a useful webpage.
https://www.mountaineering.scot/campaigns/safeguarding-access/access-challenges

Jolyon Gritten
Access Manager
Argyll & Bute Council “
mcrtchly
2017-02-24 14:11:29
"Blue hour in Lofoten, Norway" from mcrtchly Expand pics
Blue hour in Lofoten, Norway (Expand pics)
Feeling Blue
This is one of the most famous mountain views in Norway of the fishing village of Hamnřy, Lofoten islands with Fellshelltinden mountain (428m) in the background. The rust red cottages are old fishing huts called rorbuer and were traditionally painted this colour with fish blood mixed with cod liver oil.

This photograph was taken about 40 minutes after sunset during the blue hour and I wanted to capture the contrast between the coolness of the mid-winter landscape and the warmth emanating from the windows of the rorbuer.
simon3
2017-02-21 10:16:28
"Peter Walker in between making jokes." from simon3 Expand pics
Peter Walker in between making jokes. (Expand pics)
MountainViews Gathering 2017
The event on Feb 17, 2017 had Peter Walker as MC with two main speakers.
Gareth McCormack spoke about the vision and technicalities of modern landscape photography.
Paul Clements discussed the Wild Atlantic Way and how it had changed in 25 years.
Some 90 people attended. As an innovation this year we had printed copies of the MountainViews ANNUAL which duly sold out.
Thanks as always to the ever helpful Lansdowne Hotel.
Geo
2017-02-20 19:26:43
Tick/Lyme Disease Awareness
Don't be a tick - Check out this article and be mindful of yourselves out there
http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/lyme-disease-a-tiny-tick-can-pack-a-huge-punch-1.2964241

I have been bitten myself by a little critter that I picked up on the Bray to Greystones cliff path of all unlikely places
Luckily the bite was on my arm and I saw it soon enough to have it removed easily by one of my walking companions but if you can get bitten here along the coast and within spitting distance of the capital then we really need to keep an eye on things especially when we go rural and wild as we so often do
brenno
2017-02-17 12:45:50
Walker's €40k claim against NPWS overturned i
Great news from High Court as that €40k ruling in favour of that walker who tripped on the Wicklow Way boardwalk near the JB Malone memorial overturned in High Court. We can all toast Judge White at the gathering tonight. Link below tto ruling

http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0217/853394-teresa-wall-hillwalker-appeal/


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Track
Near Brockagh Mountain SE Top, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
Bunsen7 less than an hour ago.
walk, Len: 14.5km, Climb: 517m, Area: Brockagh Mountain SE Top, Dublin/Wicklow ...

  
Forum: General
Do your VITAL bit for hillwalking maps soon.
simon3 less than an hour ago.
Ordnance Survey Ireland bring out a high proportion of the maps of interest to hillwalkers in Ireland. They are the only source of mapping for vast swathes of the island of Ireland. But since they...

  
Track
Lake District: Skiddaw via Ullock Pike
Onzy 16 hours ago.
Classic route in the lakes... walk, Len: 15.3km, Climb: 1062m, Area: Ullock Pike, Lake District - Northern Fe...

Track
La Gomera - GR132
GSheehy a day ago.
In 1492, Columbus set out from San Sebasti

  
Summit Summary
Doughruagh: Rocky summit with access issues from Kylemore Abbey
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 4 days ago.
Located behind Kylemore Abbey, it has been reported that access from the grounds is no longer allowed. It is possible to park in a small lay-by at L77637 58711 and walk approx 30m along the road t...

  
Summit Summary
Doughruagh South Top: Twin of Doughruagh main top
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 4 days ago.
Located behind Kylemore Abbey, it has been reported that access from the grounds is no longer allowed. It is possible to park in a small lay-by at L77637 58711 and walk approx 30m along the road t...

Summit Summary
Raghtin More: The smallest Inishowen Arderin
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 5 days ago.
The easiest approach is to park at Urrismenagh viewpoint carpark C317 443 and follow the track to its highest point. From here you can avoid Crockmain and carry on towards Raghtin More to the Nort...

  
Summit Summary
Crockmain: An uninspiring summit with great views
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 5 days ago.
The easiest approach is to park at Urrismenagh viewpoint carpark C317 443 and follow the track to its highest point before heading north over heather to the summit. Alternatively from Mamore Gap c...

  
Summit Summary
Knocknanacree: Views to Slieve Mish and the Dingle Peninsula
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 5 days ago.
Summit can be approached from the West by parking near Minard Castle V556 992 and following a rough track uphill past a quarry and onto the summit ridge.A shorter steeper approach is possible from...

Summit Summary
Currywongaun: Rough and Rocky
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 4 days ago.
Park off road in a small lay-by at L72134 59157 and ascend the spur in a roughly Easterly direction to the summit. Usually climbed en-route to its larger neighbor Doughraugh.

  
Summit Summary
Teeromoyle Mountain: A summit in the middle of a classic Horseshoe walk
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 5 days ago.
This summit is usually accessed whilst walking the Glenbeigh Horseshoe. A shortened version taking in the 4 central 600m summits in the centre of the horseshoe Teeromoyle, Coomacarrea, Mullaghnara...

  
Summit Comment
Bruse Hill: Bruse
Nekarsulm 6 days ago.
Track up from the quarry is overgrown. I partially walked up a small stream, as it at least cuts its way through the whins. Climbing straight upwards, you will see places where some earlier climbe...


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