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GSheehy
2017-04-06 08:00:28
GPS Device Found
GPS Unit found in the Maumturks . Contact 086/8449239 for details.
Peter Walker
2017-04-05 21:07:32
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I'm sure they'll be very happy... (Expand pics)
Leave no trace...
Hi folks

Something that came up during the Mourne Outdoor Recreation Forum meeting in Newcastle last night...

Hopefully there'll be little disagreement with the statement that memorials on the hills are not to be encouraged. We can all sympathise with the feelings of the bereaved but those feelings are best not articulated in semi-permanent form on top of Slieve Donard.

It seems that such artifacts are on the increase again, but someone has taken it to the next level. This photo was apparently taken on the Brandy Pad beneath the Castles last Friday...
pdtempan
2017-04-02 23:59:12
Light and Shade
I've just spent a week on the slopes of Teide, the mountain which casts the largest shadow on earth, according to various sources for Tenerife tourist info. True or not, it was certainly true that we were not in direct sunlight until about 9.30 in the morning, about 3 hours after sunrise. Which has me thinking: the amount of sunlight an area gets is of great importance to farming communities. In French-speaking parts of the Alps and Pyrennes they use the terms adret and ubac to denote the sunny and shady slopes of the mountain. Adret seems to be from Latin ad dextrum, "to the south, south-facing", while ubac, or bac, is from opacus, "opaque, dark". In the Vosges the term envers is used for shady slopes. These differences determine where the snow lingers longest, where different crops can be grown, where herds of livestock are best kept, etc. I'm sure they must have been equally important to our ancestors and must have played a major role in coining place-names in Ireland. The various hills called Greenane or Greenoge denoting sunny spots (from Ir. grian, "sun") immediately spring to mind. But I wonder if some names on the MV lists are not more 'opaque' examples of this phenomenon. Buckoogh in Co. Mayo was interpreted as Ir. Boc Umhach 'eminence rich in copper' by John O'Donovan in the Ordnance Survey Name Book, but is there any evidence for copper there? It would be good to hear from anyone with local knowledge. The south-facing slope of Buckoogh gives the gentlest approach, while both the north-east and north-west slopes are significantly steeper. Could it really be Bac Ubhach, meaning something like "shadowy slope", where ubhach is an Irish form equivalent to French ubac? Looking on the brighter side (!), I think that some of our names with odhar or odhartha, usually understood as "dun-coloured, yellowish-brown" might well be yellowed precisely because they are weathered by the sun. Odhartha looks distinctly like an Irish form of French adret. Cashloura, a townland in the Shehy Mountains, is situated on the southern brink of a hill, so *caiseal odhartha, "sun-beaten fort" or "fort facing the sun" seems an apt description. Any thoughts and other examples?
Peter Walker
2017-04-02 14:43:15
"Ben Crom Reservoir" from Peter Walker Expand pics
Ben Crom Reservoir (Expand pics)
Mourne Outdoor Recreation Forum
The next meeting of this discussion body is being held on Tuesday 4th April, and I will be attending as a representative of MV.

If anyone has any concerns they would like airing at this meeting (which is attended by many interested parties, including landowners, land managers, outdoor recreation companies, walkers, runners, climbers and mountain bikers) then please message me on here.

These meetings are organised by the Mourne Heritage Trust (an organisation to which I have no affiliation, save my enjoyment of their cake trolley during these gatherings).
wwwalker
2017-03-27 17:59:51
Are there new cairns in Wicklow
Is it my imagination or are there some new cairns appearing in Wicklow recently. There are small ones at point 702 ( T043 980) marking the turn for the lugduff ridge and at T086 975) marking the descent point for the lead mines off the Camaderry ridge. Also a bigger one near Percy’s table on lug. Anyone else notice this and where are they coming from if new?
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.
http://osi.newsweaver.co.uk/Bluesky/drpmkwpuvml7ki0naubh7a?email=true&a=6&p=51677601&t=29153837
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."


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Summit Comment
Camaderry Mountain: Great views from Camaderry
jasonmac a day ago.
Parked at the Glendalough upper lake and paid the 4 euro, glad i did as this hike took me over 4 hours and the carpark was past closing by the time I got back. headed along the left side of lake a...

  
Track
Near Carrignagower, Comeragh Mountains (Ireland)
DenisMc a day ago.
walk, Len: 14.3km, Climb: 730m, Area: Carrignagower, Comeragh Mountains (Irelan...

  
Summit Comment
Croaghskearda: Views
Strikeen a day ago.
Some more views

Summit Comment
Croaghskearda: Views from atop
Strikeen a day ago.
Some spectacular views from this mountain

  
Summit Comment
Slievecoiltia: Will explore next time.
Corkonian 3 days ago.
There is a drive to the top. Busy place. Good views from the top.

  
Track
A Long Walk to Conigar
CaptainVertigo 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 27.1km, Climb: 1095m, Area: Coomataggart, Shehy/Knockboy (Ireland) C...

Summit Comment
Lacken Hill: Great views. Good spot.
Corkonian 3 days ago.
Good spot and a good place to walk. Final part of the climb to the top is a bit of a challenge. Spectacular wide ranging views from the hill top. Also historical monuments on the hill top. Underst...

  
Forum: General
GPS Device Found
GSheehy 2 weeks ago.
GPS Unit found in the Maumturks . Contact 086/8449239 for details.

  
Track
Cycle around Ballinastoe etc.
simon3 3 days ago.
A cycling track. run, Len: 29.5km, Climb: 399m, Area: Robber's Pass Hill, Dublin/Wicklow (Irelan...

Summit Comment
Maumfin: Cattle might be a problem
eamonoc 4 days ago.
On 20/4/2017, at 07.4am drove to L 65405 59318, at area noted as Tievegariff on OS sheet 37. Parked opposite old abandoned cottage, went through gate and onto a well made farm tack uphill to two o...

  
Summit Comment
Cnoc na Sleá: Sunset At The Murder Hole
Aidy 6 days ago.
In my main summit comment I mentioned the steep northern sides of both Crocknasleigh and Gortnalughuge that I had descended to get to the Murder Hole at Boyeeghter Bay for sunset. This photo shows...

  
Forum: Suggestions
Website is failing periodically
simon3 2 months ago.
For the last few days the website has been crashing or going slow.Bear with us while we attempt to resolve this.


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