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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.
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


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Forum: General
Are there new cairns in Wicklow
wwwalker less than an hour ago.
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 d...

  
Summit Comment
Stoney Top: A haven of peace away from the multitudes!
Colin Murphy an hour ago.
The final top on a pleasant 3-summit loop, taking in Tonelagee NE, Tonelagee and this, and then descending around the pretty Lough Ouler back to Glenmacnass carpark. The summit is a rounded bump i...

  
Summit Comment
Tonelagee NE Top: Barely recognisable as a separate top
Colin Murphy 2 hours ago.
This is a handy one to bag on the way to Tonelagee, but it is so nondescript that many a walker has by-passed it without realising it is a top in itself. The summit is a broad, grassy area with no...

Summit Comment
Tonelagee: The perfect beginner's mountain
Colin Murphy 2 hours ago.
Besides crossing Glenmacnass River at the start and end, (which has seen many an unfortunate walker ascend in soggy boots) Tonelagee is a pleasant and relatively easy climb from the carpark near t...

  
Summit Summary
Iorras Beag: Panoramic views of Connemara
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 4 hours ago.
A pleasant 2 hour walk from Roundstone village by taking a minor road to the west from the centre of the village. There is parking along this road at L71775 40102. Continue on ungraded road to a w...

  
Summit Summary
Cashel Hill: Connemara in the Sun
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50, Buny Clare 5 hours ago.
Climbed on Tuesday 07th June , 2 hrs 45min return. I went up the track from the road after the entrance to Cashel House Hotel and just before the church L80303 42385. Walked past the graveyard and...

Track
Brockagh Tops
Bunsen7 9 hours ago.
Similar track to a number of others which I used for guidance. Parked at the forest entrance having turned up at the ... walk, Len: 14.5km, Climb: 517m, Area: Brockagh Mountain SE Top, Dublin/Wicklow

  
Forum: General
Do your VITAL bit for hillwalking maps soon.
simon3 10 hours 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 a day ago.
Classic route in the lakes... walk, Len: 15.3km, Climb: 1062m, Area: Ullock Pike, Lake District - Northern Fe...

Track
La Gomera - GR132
GSheehy 2 days 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...


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