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wicklore
2017-08-15 21:06:35
Windphone project destroyed
The Wind Phone art project in the Dublin Mountains has been destroyed


http://jrnl.ie/3547797


. It appears to be a strong statement by those against the idea
mcrtchly
2017-08-12 08:24:48
Can you copyright a mountain name?
Can a place name, such as a mountain name range name be copyrighted? It seems so in the UK where the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) claims copyright on the name 'Glencoe' through their ownership of the Glen. The NTS is seeking to ban unauthorised use of the name by third parties, see https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item/71219/nts_threaten_outdoor_firm_over_glencoe_name_copyright

Perhaps Mountain Views should trademark all its mountain names before someone else does and charges us for using them!

On a similar thread, the National Trust wants to charge photographers up to £400 if they commercially benefit from taking a photo or video view of NT lands in Snowdonia. https://tohatchacrow.blogspot.ie/2017/08/national-trust-targets-photographers.html?m=1
wicklore
2017-08-11 14:25:00
"Proposed visitor centre" from wicklore Expand pics
Proposed visitor centre (Expand pics)
The hellfire Club - let the debate begin!
Mountpelier Hill (The Hellfire Club and also sometimes spelled Montpelier Hill) is at the northern fringe of the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains, and commands amazing views across Dublin, and the coast. It has now been rightfully added to the MountainViews database under the Local, Cultural and Historical listing. (It never had the minimum prominence criteria to be listed with Binnions or other lists). The Hellfire Club hill has been the subject of much controversy recently, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future due to plans by the council to develop it. Now that this hill is listed I hope that we can be a source of information for all those interested in this place. We may also become a platform for the inevitable debate that this hill will attract. Rather than have the summit page clogged up with such discussion and debate I hope that we can help direct such discussion to this General Forum.

South Dublin County Council (SDCC) have submitted plans to An Bord Pleannala to develop a visitor centre, restaurant, walkers lounge, expanded carpark, developed tracks and trails, visitors information boards etc and a tree top walkway across the road the Massey’s Wood estate. (see plans here - http://www.sdcc.ie/services/parks-and-recreation/dublin-mountains-project)

They say 100,000 people visit each year and the local R115 is constantly blocked by cars as the official carpark only holds 50-60 cars. They say the lack of toilets, visitor’s facilities or proper infrastructure for such amounts of people leads to problems, including anti-social behaviour. They envisage that the new facilities and walks will help improve visitor experience and encourage more people to visit such a special place.

Opponents say that it will destroy the heritage of the area and lead to the loss of parts of the forestry. They say that SDCC wants to increase visitor numbers to 300,000 per year, and the increase in traffic will be unsustainable. They also say that there are other options to provide facilities locally to visitors.

Soon these page (I hope) will burn with comment on The Hellfire Club (pun intended). I am extremely familiar with the area and no one can say that there isn’t a massive traffic/parking and congestion problem that needs to be solved - whatever the solution. Also no one can say that there isn’t a litter problem here too – hardly surprising when you consider there are no bins for the 100,000 annual visitors. I am always amazed that folk are willing to carry weighty fast food, bottles of alcohol and other day-trip items up the hill, but lose the ability to carry it back down again.

There are many strident and passionate voices for and against the development proposals. So let’s hear those voices. Let the debate commence!
wicklore
2017-08-08 13:42:18
"Upper Ow Valley" from wicklore Expand pics
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Oooh, is that a MAP?
I was descending Lugnaquillia through the Ow Valley recently. I was floundering about in steep, marshy forest where each footstep fell through a moss covered roots or clear-felled debris. Flailing about it was no use reaching for nearby tree branches, as they inevitably snapped off in my hand or proved so slimy and wet that my hand slipped away and propelled me into some quagmire or other. Ducking, diving, sliding, plunging, wading and sploshing – all while trying to avoid the sharp jagged remains of tree branches that poked and prodded, tore and shredded. (yes, the very same tree branches that were too weak to be held)

I was trying to locate a tenuous track deep within the forest. This track would lead to a Coillte track for the final 4km hike out of the valley. I didn’t find the elusive minor track, and after further exploration I eventually emerged onto the Coillte track like a wild man, spluttering and removing the contents of the dank forest floor from my mouth, ears and nose. All very enjoyable. This area of Wicklow can be a lonely and forgotten place. It offers a 7 hour round trip where the only people you might see will be in the vicinity of the Lugnaquillia summit.

Which is why when I thought I heard voices from the jungle above me I wrote it off as imagination. (or the sound of a forest creature trying to get out of my ear). Imagine my surprise when a few moments later 4 people emerged onto a ridge above me, about 700 meters away. One of them waved at me. Not a wave of greeting. The person was holding a stick and was waving it slowly to and fro in the air, in a universal gesture of ‘help’. I took out my binoculars. Yep, 4 people. One man and three women. I headed up the difficult, broken hillside and guided them down to the forest track. They needed water and the man needed one of my sticks to aid with a sore knee. They commented with awe on my provisions. They ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ on each new item that emerged from my rucksack, and gathered excitedly around my map, compass and GPS. I felt like a real Mountain Man as they giggled admiringly at my water, food, raincoat and walking boots, and marvelled at my hat and gloves. I had to show them how lost they were by using a wonderful device I own called a MAP, but I might as well have being showing them a plate of spaghetti.

Their story? They had set off from Glenmalure. The man had gone up that way years ago and ‘remembered it well’ and didn’t need a map. They had come down the opposite side of the mountain by mistake. They were in good condition all things considered, and even the fancy blue leather handbag one of the ladies carried was without a scratch. (and me covered head to toe in wet moss and forest gank)

I guided them the 4kms out of the forest, drove them back to Baravore and wished them well. It’s not the first time I’ve helped lost folk out on the mountains, and it won’t be the last.
liz50
2017-08-03 19:19:48
Mountainviews Members Meet. Saturday 7th Octo
MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET 2017
A Mountainviews members meet is planned for Saturday 7th October. Why not make a weekend of it!
The walk is open to everyone and in particular mountainviews.ie members and friends
Based in Westport Co Mayo, we meet on Saturday morning for a day’s hike in the remote but beautiful Nephin Beg mountain range in North Mayo.
The hike will be the Glendahurk horseshoe which includes the high point of Corrannabinnia and the narrow ridge from its summit to the South West top as well as Bengorm.
The walk is approx. 6 hours and will be similar to track number 3551 on www.mountainviews.ie/track/3551/ and will require a reasonable level of fitness.
Afterwards we will meet up for a meal in a Westport hostelry (JJ O’Malleys) and thereafter a bit of craic agus ceol.
The walk and the day are organised independently by members of mountainviews.ie and there is no charge for the walk.
You arrange your own accommodation and any matters of insurance.
There are several accommodation options in Westport or in Newport if you prefer to be nearer the walk start.
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet members of the Mountainviews community
The walk and further details are available from Liz at elizabethashton2014@outlook.com
simon3
2017-07-30 07:52:48
"Obnoxious sign - location wanted." from simon3 Expand pics
Obnoxious sign - location wanted. (Expand pics)
Obnoxious sign - location wanted.
A visitor to these shores came across this sign and published it on Facebook

Picture at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154845933108282&set=gm.1569602626391606&type=3&theater

Probably in North Wexford or South Wicklow.

With a view to getting this removed, could anyone specify exactly where it is?

The facebook poster says
"The picture was taken whilst driving along, rather than near a hill that I was trying to bag. It was somewhere between Croghan Kinsella and Mount Leinster, At a guess I would say it was east of Coolboy/An Cul Bui. Coolafancy? T058692."
madfrankie
2017-07-26 11:14:49
"Timetable and stops" from madfrankie Expand pics
Timetable and stops (Expand pics)
Free Bus Service in the Nephew Begs
This from The Wild Nephew Beg Mountains Facebook page:
The new free bus service is up and running that was set up to ferry people around the Nephin beg wilderness,
So far take up on the bus has been slow as most people from around the area are unaware of the service therefore the visitor is also unaware of it,
So let's share and get this great free bus service out there for all to avail of,
The Bus brings people from Bangor Erris to the national park in ballycroy , the claggen coastal trail , Mullranny, Srahrevagh in Shramore and to Newport town.
Some of the signs and place names around the wilderness have also led to some confusion and a few people has messaged me to clear this up, so I'll do my best
Wild nephin , should be called wild nephin beg , as its the nephin beg mountains that the park is part off, Nephin mountain is a stand alone mountain and is not part of the nephin beg mountains or the wilderness,
Also people wondering what the best route to get to Nephin beg or leterkeen have messaged me about which road is the most direct way,
The best and most scenic way is the Shramore road , the Shramore road branches off the Mullranny road to the right about 1km outside Newport, this is the road that the bus service uses to get to Srahrevagh, at one point a few years ago we had 3 signs for the Shramore road however at the moment there are none, but the local road committee are hoping to have a sign back in place soon to help guide visitors to the heart of the soul, of wild Mayo,
EastWest Mapping made a detailed map of the wild nephin beg area with all the local place names that you will not find on an OS map , Barry from EastWest mapping spent many days with locals from the area so he could put together the most detailed map ever done of the area with all old place names included along with the newer versions, so that whatever the future of the area is, at least they are recorded on the East West map that they were indeed once here.
These maps are on sales at outlets in Newport such as the tourist office and post office.
roscorrocket
2017-07-20 21:38:46
Crazy Hounds
Only getting round to posting this now, as other factors intervened, but last Friday (July 14th) when coming towards the end of a circuit of five of the Mournes seven sevens, I watched in amazement and annoyance as two Muppets (I am being kind using that term) allowed their dog to, not one, but twice, hound sheep, adjacent to the Brandy Pad, under the Castles of Commedagh and along below the Commedagh/Donard Col. I tried shouting to them but sadly distance and wind meant they appeared (or chose) not to hear me as they walked towards the Bog of Donard. This is just the sort of behaviour which gets walkers a bad name and thankfully in eighteen years of regular walking is the first, and hopefully the last, time I have seen such irresponsible dog management on the hills. Not sure if anyone else witnessed this, was around 2.30pm, but I know the vast majority of walkers keep their dog on a lead or leave it at home, so shame on you, not that you are likely to read a forum like this.
ColinCallanan
2017-07-20 12:05:37
"Arrived today" from ColinCallanan Expand pics
Arrived today (Expand pics)
This just arrived today in the post...
Thought I'd treat myself to the printed version, and it's good we can support MV in this way. Looking forward to reading all the nice articles in print. There's something nice about reading "off-screen" isn't there?

Great work MV! I especially like the Haute route for the Bangor trail, now that's something that needed to be done.
Peter Walker
2017-07-18 08:06:35
Hi whoRya
It very much depends on what you mean by walking the ridge. I did it back in 2010 starting from the layby on the south side of Mamore Gap (so I could return to my starting point) and walked up the valley under Slievekeeragh to reach Raghtin Mor, followed the ridge down to Urris Hills then retraced my steps to the Gap. That took around 3 hours IIRC (I had plenty of time to do other stuff in the afternoon).

I think what you're remembering on here is a walk posted by Simon back in the day when we had walks on MV rather than tracks.

Hope you get a good day...it's a fantastic little traverse.


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Windphone project destroyed
wicklore 2 days ago.
The Wind Phone art project in the Dublin Mountains has been destroyed http://jrnl.ie/3547797 . It appears to be a strong statement by those against the idea

  
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Seanadh Bhéara: Access
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wicklore 3 days ago.
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Pic de Cagire Loop
David-Guenot 3 days ago.
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Carhoo Hill: Dingle Eask Tower
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