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simon3
2017-01-04 21:40:12
Hillwalkers' Winter Talks - Weds Jan 11th
Don't forget
Wednesday, 11th Jan, 2017. 8pm. Martin Critchley/ Sharron Schwartz, experienced explorers and popularisers, will speak on Trekking the Far Ends of the Earth: Adventures in Patagonia, Laponia and Greenland.
Between them Martin and Sharron have put up dozens of interesting MV tracks, interesting MV comments and their videos often have audiences in the 100,000s

The breadth of places they have visited is huge but they don't forget Ireland or their audience and have in the past had a spell bound crowd on their presentations such as walking under Wicklow's mountains or their high quality videos of Irish places from the Burren, to the Devil' Mother to Wicklow wildlife.

Talk venue: the Landsdowne Hotel, 27 - 29 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4. Entry is free. There is a voluntary collection. Directions here www.lansdownehotel.ie More at http://mountainviews.ie/newsletters/month/2016-12/
aidand
2016-12-15 12:40:32
New Books - Christmas shopping sorted!
Two wonderful new books on Irish mountains have been published recently. They would make fine Christmas presents for any hill walker or just buy them for your own pleasure.
The MacGillycuddy's Reeks by Valerie O'Sullivan and The Mountains of Ireland by Gareth McCormack. Both are published by Collins Press. They are coffee table books rather than guidebooks. They both have numerous fine photographs. Perfect for a miserable winters evening. I'll ad more detailed reviews to this site when I've had time to read them in full.
gernee
2016-11-28 16:56:18
Slieve Binnian - more track work ?
Revisited Slieve Binnian for the first time in years on Friday - frost underfoot, blue skies and rolling mist contributed to a great walk, despite disappointment at seeing some of the track work up close for the first time. We noticed a digger, a container and some people at work down near Binnian Lough - although we could not see any evidence of another track being laid. Anyone any idea what is being done here?
CaptainVertigo
2016-11-26 21:11:54
Wall v NPWS Day 3
Pat Mellon, rural recreation officer with Wicklow Partnership, told the High Court on Friday that the 130km Wicklow Way could “disintegrate” if a Circuit Court ruling that the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is liable to pay damages to a hillwalker who fell on a wooden boardwalk that forms part of the trail is upheld
Mr Mellon said other landowners whose property the Wicklow Way goes through were concerned about the implications of last April’s decision. Some had informed him they were considering withdrawing permission allowing hillwalkers on their lands if the ruling stands. He said and others could follow resulting in the closure of the Wicklow Way.
Mr Mellon told the High Court that a scheme is in place where a small payment is made to any landowner who allows hillwalkers on their lands that form part of a trail.
Once a trail gets approval from the national accrediting body, the National Trails Organisation, insurance on the private landowner’s property is covered by Irish Public Bodies.
Mr Mellon said getting landowners to give hillwalkers permission to go on to their property had previously been “a tough sell”, but after the Circuit Court decision it had become an “impossible sell”. Some of the Wicklow Way goes through lands owned by the NPWS and Coillte, plus 38 private landowners. Since the Circuit Court’s ruling, three private landowners had informed him they would withdraw their permission for walkers to go on their land.
The case will continue in December when the Court is expected to hear evidence from other experts.
CaptainVertigo
2016-11-26 20:53:13
"Appeal Commences before Mr. Justice White" from CaptainVertigo Expand pics
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The Appeal Begins
The National Parks and Wildlife Service appeal to the High Court against the Circuit Court award of €40,000 to hillwalker Teresa Wall began in The Four Courts this week before Mr. Justice Michael White, as reported in The Irish Times.
Judge Jacqueline Linanne last April found the NPWS negligent in that reasonable care had not been taken to maintain the boardwalk, on which Ms. Wall fell, in a safe condition, and that this failure was responsible for Ms Wall’s injuries.
The NPWS had denied negligence or breach of a duty of care towards her, and , in addition, had pleaded that Ms Wall had contributed to her injuries by not looking where she was going and she was participating in an activity known to have risks, and that it (NPWS) was not responsible for anything that may have happened to her.
There was a preliminary application by the NPWS’s for permission to call new evidence during the appeal. It was argued that the case was very important for the NPWS especially in the context of what duty of care occupiers of land owed to hillwalkers.
Mr. Murray SC (for the NPWS) said the service wanted to call evidence from Helen Lawless of the Mountaineering Council of Ireland; Pat Stokes, a health and safety official with the UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds; and Pat Mellon of the Wicklow Partnership.
Louis McEntaggart SC, for Ms Wall, objected to those witnesses saying that their evidence concerned policy relating to hillwalking and the court must “not lose sight” of the fact that the appeal concerned a specific incident where his client tripped on the boardwalk and sustained injuries.
Mr Justice White said the appeal was being treated as a fresh hearing of the case, that the three could give evidence, but Ms Wall’s counsel could raise specific objections if the evidence was not relevant to the issues in the case.
According to the Irish Independent, Ms Wall (60), told the judge she was “black and blue on her right side” and in significant pain after gashing her knee on a nail after she fell on the boardwalk on August 6th, 2013 at about 4pm. After lying on the ground at the scene of her fall for about half an hour, her husband Damien had to “piggyback” her down the mountain because he was unable to get a mobile phone signal to call for assistance. Ms Wall’s foot had snagged in a hole in one of the old railway sleepers that made up a boardwalk just below the JB Malone memorial on the Sally Gap-to-Djouce trail near Roundwood, she said. The wound required seven stitches. The accident occurred as Ms Wall and her husband were coming down the mountain after a long walk, she said. They had been active hillwalkers here and abroad but, because of the injuries to her knee, she was now only able to walk on flat terrain. She had also enjoyed running and had trained to do the Dublin City Marathon in October 2013, but was unable to run any more.
The cross examination of Ms. Wall by Brian Murray SC for the NPWScontinued oin the second day of the hearing. Ms Wall accepted having phone conversations with employees of the NPWS on August 14. While some of the details were correct some were inaccurate Ms Wall denied telling NWPS District Conservation Officer Enda Mullen in a phone conversation that the accident happened after she tripped on chicken wire that had been on the sleepers. She also denied telling Ms Mullen she was unable, due to her injuries, to go on a holiday that day to Slovakia or that she asked the NWPS about compensation.
Ms Wall did accept that on the same date she phoned the State Claims Agency.
She told counsel she did that because she "wanted to know where she stood." At time of the phone calls she said she was on pain killers anti-biotics and valium."
An experienced hill walker of many years Mrs Wall described the boardwalk as being "very dangerous" and that she had contacted the NPWS over her concern of a risk to other walkers .
In her evidence, Ms Mullen said she spoke by telephone to Ms Wall on August 14 who she described as being "upset." Ms Mullen said she wrote down details given to her by Ms Wall
CaptainVertigo
2016-11-26 20:18:55
Wall v National Parks and Wildlife Service
What’s it all about?
Back in April, Teresa Wall, an experienced and accomplished hillwalker, was awarded €40,000 by the Dublin Circuit Court for personal injuries she suffered when she fell on a boardwalk on the Wicklow Way. The award was made against the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) who had constructed the boardwalk. NPWS duly appealed the decision to the High Court. The appeal, which involves a complete rehearing of the case, has commenced before Mr. Justice Michael White in the High Court, and is ongoing.
Why the fuss?
For many years, a key issue for hillwalkers has been the question of free access to the mountains. Landowners (strictly speaking “occupiers”), usually farmers, are generally tolerant of hillwalkers but express concern that they may be sued if a hillwalker is injured while on their land. Hillwalkers generally hold themselves bound by the principle that they take on all risks associated with their endeavours and if they get injured they will suffer the loss. Suing, hillwalkers say, would be futile and they point to the powerful protections afforded to land occupiers by Occupiers' Liability Act, 1995 which greatly curtails opportunities for successful litigation by “recreational users”. When the Circuit Court made its award to Ms. Wall, the farming community seized on the decision as proof of its worst fears: here was a hillwalker who not only sued, but won her case!
Did the Circuit Court decison “open the floodgates”? No
The legal duty of occupiers of land to “recreational users” is set out in Section 4 of the Occupiers' Liability Act of 1995. It is the same low duty that is owed to trespassers: (a) not to injure the person intentionally, and (b) not to act with reckless disregard towards that person. The Supreme Court interpreted this legislation in the case of Geraldine Weir-Rodgers v SF Trust Ltd in 2005. A young lady fell off a cliff in Donegal. She was a recreational walker. She lost her case because the landowner had not injured her intentionally and had not been guilty of reckless disregard for her. The Supreme Court effectively decided that the young lady went walking by a cliff and fell off because she went too close to the edge, and that was nobody’s fault but her own. The lady’s lawyers argued that there should have been signs erected to warn her of the danger that she might fall over the edge but the Supreme Court said that the lawmakers could never have intended to litter the countryside with warning signs. Such signs would be legally required (in open countryside) only in the most exceptional circumstances. The lower courts must follow the Supreme Court. In my respectful opinion, the Circuit Court judgment in favour of Teresa Wall was not an attempt to overturn these well-established legal principles. In fact the award was based on a very narrow ground, having nothing to do with the open mountain and everything to do with the creation by the NPWS of a “structure” on the mountain which it failed to maintain.
The Problem was the Boardwalk- not the Mountain
Teresa Wall never claimed that there was a problem with the mountain. Her claim was that there was a problem with the boardwalk, a structure that was put there primarily for the use of recreational users (hillwalkers). The 1995 Act specifically says that if you put a structure in place primarily for recreational users then you must maintain it. The Circuit Court judge decided on the evidence that the boardwalk had been put there for recreational users and had not been maintained, and Ms. Wall was hurt as a result, and that’s why she won. The case most certainly did NOT decide that anyone getting injured on a mountain must be compensated by the occupier. But needless to say that perception has gone abroad.
mcrtchly
2016-11-21 05:31:47
Wicklow Deer fence
Just wondering if anyone on MV knows anything about proposed trial of a deer fence in Wicklow and how this might affect walkers? It was reported in the Irish Independent http://www.independent.ie/business/farming/forestry-enviro/macra-backs-deer-fence-plan-to-curb-tb-35195387.html
simon3
2016-11-12 09:59:49
Book reviewer wanted: Mountains of Ireland
Collins Press, Cork, have just published The Mountains of Ireland, a "landmark portrait of the Irish mountains, nearly two decades in the making by prestigious photographer Gareth McCormack, who has been published in National Geographic and Time."

Anyone interested in reviewing this, please contact admin@mountainviews.ie
GSheehy
2016-11-03 09:45:36
"Brocken Spectre" from GSheehy Expand pics
Brocken Spectre (Expand pics)
Father/Daughter Brocken Spectre
My daughters first visit to Galtymore on Monday last and she gets to see one of these. I keep saying, that if you do enough walking there's no limit to what you'll see (or find), but she must have the luck of the Gods on her side.i
simon3
2016-10-26 11:22:49
Mountaineering Ireland consults on mountains
Mountaineering Ireland (MI) is attempting to build a consensus on what hillwalkers value in the Irish mountains. It is a very logical step prior to advocating on behalf of hillwalkers to first determine what they value. MI mainly draws hillwalking membership from clubs. MountainViews (MV) in contrast has many people interested who are not members of clubs (though many who are). MI have said they are interested in the opinions of people from the MV community.

And we recommend that people do take an interest in what MI are doing in the area of conservation and forward planning for upland areas.

Take a look at this thoroughly realistic portrayal of the situation as written up here:
http://www.mountaineering.ie/aboutus/news/2016/?id=51

Get involved in their meetings or otherwise.


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