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andagda
2005-07-04 08:39:11
Geo differences between Mournes and WM
Hello all,

Can someone tell me why, although the Mournes and the Wicklow Mountinas are both granite intrusions, they look so different? Does it all come down to the fact the WM are much older?

- When it comes to erosion, the granite seems to split along rectangular fault lines in the Mournes. In Wicklow the hills are much more rounded. Why the difference?

- There are many core-stones all around the Mournes, including in numerous walls in the surrounding fields, but I don't think there are this many in Wicklow. Have all the Wicklow ones been eroded completely away because Wicklow is a much older range?

- Some of the tops of the Mournes are very dramatic, are these tops made of country stone or are they also granite? If they are granite, why don't they occur in Wicklow? The tops of the hills in Wicklow seem to be round except where the country stone cap still exists.

Thanks in advance, and any pointers to further information on the geology of these ranges would be much appreciated...
mcgowan
2005-07-01 14:56:30
"A chomping good time!!" from mcgowan Contract pics
Picture: A chomping good time!! (Contract pics)

No more mystery - Mystic Ridge, Brandon Mount
In Munsters Mountains, this climb is jazzed up and made to sound like one big crass ramp on the upper section. Well it is grassy but the description in the guide book should by no means put anyone off trying this route, the guide book is afterall one person's opinion of the route.
Back In feb of this year we had a small bit of a cold snap and me and to friends decided to go have a tackle at a couple of ridges on the Dingle pennisula. The day we had for mystic was nice and cold and the rains were gladly ona day off. The first pitch of this savage ridge is a slap in the face, no messing straight into it. Its a reall nice first pitch, the second has a little step on it and after that its all easy scrambling till the start of the second section. If you have every seen mystic ridge there is no mistaking the grassy flat that marks the mid point of the route. Here there is a choice to be made, go up the rock face at about VS or take the gully which on the day we had it was frozen and covered slightly with snow, was at about Grade 3 scottish. Naturally since two of us, me included, were itching to try out new crampons we took the gully. Fine protection on the right hand side to a great bealy at the top of this, which were the pic was taken.
After this it was all bits of crag and lots of grass, even though we had it frozen I have done it again recently not frozen and the crass areas are all manageable. There are a few options on the later part of the second section for some harder options, which we were taking, unfortuneately I had a little slip and ended up bouncing and falling back down 20m of rope. But I managed to lead out the last 3 pitches of the climb with nothing more than a sprained ankle.
All in all however this is one fine ridge well worth having a stab at it. I know that I will be heading back to do it numerous time more!!!
Bleck Cra
2005-06-28 22:50:31
"Eagle in the Mist" from Bleck Cra Contract pics
Picture: Eagle in the Mist (Contract pics)

Pique Performance
There are few moments in our brief skite across this slippery world, when the mist clears and a horizon sharp as a razor blade makes us dive for cover. With that kind of intro, we could expect this to be one. He stood mesmerised by the conflicting images at the Bloody Bridge carpark - height, depth, width, length. In a muscle shirt, de trop sun specs, a bag with the whole camel in it and poles with a shine to take your eye out. “Where you heading?” I posed in a kind of a so-what way. “Oh, up Komodo,” he suggested. Other subjects were discussed - beer, women, life. “Oh I work in advertising and what about you (dragon slayer)?”. “I work for the Library Board…, part-time.” (The name’s Bond - James Bond.) Anyway, so he says “I had a friend. We were on Eagle Rock; you know where that is?” I took a good look at him: big muscle shirt, big bloke but no big muscles. Too many curry chips to be anywhere near Eagle Rock, the quickest route out of this world, in the Mournes. “Well it was unbelievable,” he said, “like ice.” “Was it?” said I. “Was it what?” said he. “Ice?” said I. “Yes,” said he. “And my friend …” at this point, he did a downhill ski thing with his hand, and off over some imaginary precipice and then ……. silence. “my friend …he was just …..” and he looked dolefully at his feet, “…. he was gone.” Suddenly, my sarcasm was ashamed and I was gripped by the pathos of the thing. “When was this?” I ventured. “Last week.” “Bloody Hell”, I thought. “And he said he would never came back to hillwalking, ever again.” “Ah,” I said and just went on.
evelyn
2005-06-28 11:08:29
A Swiss Snifter
With the use of trains, cablecars and Postbuses the Swiss Alps are accessable to all from 4 months in a pram, for those who are wheelcahir bound, and indeed I met a gentleman who was 84 years young on these trails! Meiringen is central to hundreds if not thousands of miles of waymarked trails, from steep scree slopes to a gentle contour path, from a cruise on the nearby lakes of Brienzersee and Thun, to a ridge walk at over 2250 metres with not much between you and 550 metres. Through summer snow and glacier walks to knee high meadows covered in gentians and orchids. The call of the Golden Eagle or Kite in the Gental to the swans swimming proudly with their clutch of 7 in Brienz. The complete silence of a highspeed train to the noisy cog and rack trains climbing ascents that trains shouldn't do? The gentle swinging of the cablecar as it brings you ever higher. The trickles from under the ice, the babbling streams and brooks, the roaring rivers churning beneath the bridge with no sides and a few boards, a river of 25metres in width being squeezed through a gap of one metre before continuing its roar at 25 plus metres again. The motor free towns and villages, supplies come in by helicopter, or why not experience the flight of a bird try paragliding? There's so much to do and see it's hard to fit everything in! But I'll be going back to the Hasliberg sometime hopefully soon!
evelyn
2005-06-21 15:46:15
wee wet ulster stone
alas my friend bleck if you were to disappear under that wee wet ulster stone - the Mournes would not be the same without that jovial spirit you have, pretty though the stone may be! This website ensures that everybody can enjoy our mountains, but the books full of photos of mountains that prop up my TV that airs travel and nature programmes, sparked a smouldering desire to explore mountains further afield, a raging inferno ensued lapping against my heart, my love of Djouce and the Brandy Pad ensured I would go one day somewhere different, so I tapped walking holidays in to the search engine and up popped a multitude of choices - yes little me, me of the Dublin suburbs, and Wicklow hills found myself suddenly on a plane to an unknown shore - that was 2002! Alas my boots will have to retire they have a new career of keeping foot in stirrup, but they have explored desert and glacier with me and it's so hard to part with a good pair of slippers! I just wanted to let you all know that the World is out there, and as I stood beneath those incredible famous peaks, I thought to myself I must let those on mountain views know, cuz we don't have this at home! If anybody is thinking about travelling overseas take the pressure off and leave as much as possible to the experts - I can recommend Sherpa and New Experiences - have a look at their websites there might be something there you'd like to try. Next year for me? The Atlas in North Africa!!
evelyn
2005-06-20 08:10:36
Further afield
I'm back to this little aul country of ours - I had a wonderful time - the June bank holiday I was walking in the West Highlands of Scotland and having experienced the delight of the remote Glen Etive, and climbing above Kinlochleven and Glen Coe, I drove back to Dublin, jumped on a plane and flew to Zurich, 3 hours later by train I was standing in the beautiful town Meiringen, home of the Meringue and also the Reichenbach Falls where Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty had their famous fight. The Swiss have it sussed, every junction there is a sign directing you across alpine meadows, passed many cows, through forests, along ridges, across waterfalls, and of course.... across frozen rivers, glaciers the list is endless! So many ambitions have been fulfilled - crossing the Aletsch Glacier at over 3450 m above sea level at -5 deg C, passing below the famous peaks such as the Eiger, Monck, and Jungfrau, walking below the Weterhorn, the Wellhorn, watching an avalanche thunder it's way down the side of the mountains. Wow, wow, wow Bleck my friend my visa was hit but that was only in the gift shops, had I not gone in there the holiday was very reasonable in price - but the experience far out weighed the cost!!
Bleck Cra
2005-06-13 19:48:39
"..... a boulder" from Bleck Cra Contract pics
Picture: ..... a boulder (Contract pics)

Leading Man
Two young Dubliners burrowing up Meelbeg en route to Rostrevor from an overnight pitch by the Annalong. He, delighted with the whole thing and she ditto, but a pace behind. “a pace behind ….”? I sense indignation coiling up tight as a cobra in a coffee cup. Simple fact is, other than you girls who are into this lark seriously, there are as many who tag along just to be beside “Handsome”. But what a price! A face so red and blotchy you couldn’t love it if you reared it, rat’s tail hair and breath the taste of railings. Poor goose, but enter stage left, Mr Gander. The Back Castles on Binnian: she small and narrow like a fairy; he large and wide like a ferry. Well-heeled North County Down. He trailing, gasping and torpid with boredom, fiddling with bits, like a child. I want to spare him, by shouting “Come along now Jonny for Heaven’s sake. Hilary hasn’t got all day you know!.” Anyway, Jonny sets into ascending a boulder, perhaps the better to view the pointlessness of it all. But alas, poor put-upon passenger, he has put upon far too much, since he walked Hilary home from the Hop - and he is soon to descend by way of a sliding half split and a tucked plummet, bang on to the centre of his gravity. This girth has been propping up a grand’s worth of Digital SLR, which is now reduced to springs and sprockets. Barely missing a stride, Hilary simply glances back and rolls her eyes…..”tch”. What is this about? If she said “Go home now Dear”, he would kiss her feet and buy her the world. So blokes, why not try that out on herself: “Go home now Dear” and report back.
skyehigh
2005-06-12 19:02:03
Naming the nameless
A cold winter night in 2018. Two children sneak out of their bedroom and climb stealthily into the attic. They kneel in front of any old chest and sift through its contents. They find an old diary and open it at 24 May 2005. "Look!" says one. "It's Grandad's writing. 'First ascent of Lough Iskanamacteery East'." "That's odd. I thought he couldn't swim." "Not upwards, at any rate" retorts the first. "Pity we never met him. He was committed, you know."
It has become commonplace to name a mountain after a coum on its flanks, so perhaps calling a mountain a lough is not so ridiculous. Has this situation (lack of agreed names)arisen through lack of imagination, or out of respect for the local people, who have never given the hill a name? Joss Lynam avoids naming the above mountain, while Paddy Dillon (Cicerone guide) opts for Coomcallee West Top. Perhaps an acceptable compromise would be to 'describe' the hill rather than name it, e.g. Ard Eisc na Machtire "the height by the steep path of the wolf", or does that come down to the same thing?
simon3
2005-06-05 17:02:04
Rob Milne
It has just been reported that Rob Milne died nearing the summit of
Everest.

www.everestnews.com

Rob, 49, was an occasional contributor to Mountainviews (rmilne), for example on Mweelrea or Mount Leinster and to various other forums including uk.rec.walking He combined an interest in several of the world's highest mountains many of which he had climbed with a respect for the value of smaller peaks and less well known tops such as the Corbetts. He remarked in 2003 that ".. recently I would guess the Everest gets more ascents per year than Aden does. " (Ben Aden is an 887m peak in Scotland). Whilst most of the readers of MountainViews did not know Rob personally (certainly I had only corresponded with him) I am sure we are all saddened by his passing.
Bleck Cra
2005-05-29 20:03:18
"Et Voila" from Bleck Cra Contract pics
Picture: Et Voila (Contract pics)

Plain Pretty
There is a swathe of County Down, frame of granite, sand and glacial alluvium, covered gossamer-light by a patchwork counterpane of sensual experiences of unnerving proportions. At its head, it is tucked into the soaring horseshoe wall of mountains from Binnian to Rocky; at its foot, into a sometime soft-breath reverie, sometime roaring nightmare of the Irish Sea. It is a true machair and it is so pretty, it makes your heart ache. It completely out-chocolates chocolate-box and reduces “picture-postcard” to paper and ink. At the Carrick Little track, it strafes stone walls and knowes with paintball yellows of whin and in Autumn blood-reds and greens of ripe rowan. At the Dunnywater it sprouts armsful of red and pink fuschia. From corners and bankings haughty hydrangeas hang heavy with electric blue blossom. And a symphony fills the senses with counterpoints of blazing colour, sound and smell. A series of switch-straight lanes bind bees and gnats, songbirds and sparrowhawks from the Carricks and Silent Valley to the sea and at every step, another hearth and honeysuckle home, herded by heaven-scented yellow roses, fiery crocosmia and manicured fairyland lawns. There is heaven on earth and just a little bit of it comes our way every day of every year here at the foot of Mother Mournes. In mid-summer when you descend by Annalong through this tableau, ‘round a stone corner you will look up and have to catch your breath - and you will remember airless cars taking you home from a favourite Aunt’s or packing up the picnic pieces in a setting sun or the empty silence after a Birthday party and plead “ Mum Mum just one more minute….” One way to catch this show is exit the Annalong Valley at the wall off Binnian - et voila.


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