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Colin Murphy
2017-05-31 16:09:28
"Me having scaled the pinnacle..." from Colin Murphy Expand pics
Me having scaled the pinnacle... (Expand pics)
Bagging Malta
If you're interested in bagging Europe's highest tops, Malta surely offers the simplest bag on the continent, if not the planet. The highest point is 253m on the south coast, overlooking the picturesque Dingli Cliffs, and there is a small radar station next to it, so it's easy to find. It's about a 20km drive from Valetta. The island slopes gently from north to south over 15km so there is no sense of 'climbing' - in fact there is a road right next to the high point! Five steps and two knee bends will take you from your car to the 'summit' - but its worth it as the views there are tremendous. Then head straight to the nearest bar to recover.
marymac
2017-05-19 22:41:58
Local 97
An abstract Artist, Charles Shaw, said "Real happiness consists in not what we actually accomplish, but what we think we accomplish."
I moved house. So my Local 100 changed. The new list includes 3 sea stacks off the coast of Donegal. WTF. If I was OCDish this could cause me a lot of grief. I guess I’ll side with Charlie.
simon3
2017-05-17 13:46:35
MI: Celebration Ireland's mountain environmen
Date: 26-28/05/2017
Venue: Cappanalea OETC, Killorgin. Co. Kerry
To coincide with National Biodiversity Week, Mountaineering Ireland is hosting a weekend celebration of Ireland’s mountain environment, based at Cappanalea Outdoor Education & Training Centre, Killorglin, Co. Kerry from 26th to 28th May 2017.

The overall aim of the Mountain Environment weekend is to celebrate what makes Ireland’s mountains special, by sharing knowledge of the mountain environment through illustrated talks, and by spending time exploring the mountains and discussing what we see and hear.

Rather than focusing on a single aspect of the mountain environment such as geology or plants, this weekend will promote understanding of nature’s interconnectedness by involving people from different disciplines such as botany, biology, ornithology, geography and geology. Consideration will also be given to how best to protect the special qualities of Ireland’s mountains and upland areas.

The event is delivered in conjunction with Cappanalea OETC, Killarney National Park Education Centre, and the MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Forum, with input from a number of individuals with expertise on different aspects of the mountain environment.

This event is intended for: environmental officers within Mountaineering Ireland clubs; mountain training providers; hillwalking club leaders; walking guides and other Mountaineering Ireland members with an interest in learning about the mountain environment and sharing that knowledge with others.

More here:

http://www.mountaineering.ie/events/2013/default.aspx?iid=1062
sandman
2017-05-15 11:24:14
For Clarification.
Some island bagging sites classify islands off our shores as no less than 1/2 an acre ,others classify all ie large rocks. Some sites regard the Island as having been bagged if you just stand on them others if you spend the night on them but i assume our classification on Mountain Views is as always its bagged when the summit is reached . But on some coastal features which is now listed how do you find a summit at zero meters high.
simon3
2017-05-13 08:20:23
Family walks around Dublin - reviewer wanted.
Adrian Hendroff has published a book with Collins on above title.
Would anyone like to review it for MountainViews?
simon3
2017-05-12 10:09:26
Rockall - inevitably Rockall.
Yes it is true that so far we haven't included Rockall. Essentially the automatic system we have for checking and normalising data doesn't cope with a place of disputed or joint territory. And yes, I can write code for this one exception and when I have a few spare hours I will. Nevertheless there's 549 new islands included so we'll all have new options if we are interested.
Very probably the status of Rockall and discussions about it will become more difficult given that the UK is leaving the EU and its processes for harmonious resolution of the many such issues history has bequeathed our continent. No doubt we will find a way to include the place, if only because if becomes topical or because budding nationalists keep raising it. In the meanwhile for walkers there's a whole lot of islands that are reachable without boats or helicopters. A rough count suggests around 50, reachable by bridge, by public ferry or at low tide.
And if you are fortunate enough to be someone with a suitable boat we hope you find some value in being able to mark what you have reached, share gps tracks of how you went and write up what you found.
Fergalh
2017-05-11 22:19:04
"The Irish Naval Service vessel Róisín at Rockall conducting routine maritime security patrols 230 nmi (430 km) off the north-west coast of Ireland" from Fergalh Expand pics
The Irish Naval Service vessel Róisín at Rockall conducting routine maritime security patrols 230 nmi (430 km) off the north-west coast of Ireland (Expand pics)
Rockall
You have included many islands, however you seemed to have missed one of Ireland's most famous islands Rockall.

Hopefully Mountainviews can arrange a trip out to this mythical Irish island.

Legend has it that when Finn McCool built the Giant's Causeway as stepping-stones to Scotland, so as not to get his feet wet; he also once scooped up part of Ireland to fling it at a rival, but it missed and landed in the Irish Sea — the clump became the Isle of Man and the pebble became Rockall, the void became Lough Neagh.
jackill
2017-04-28 08:05:47
"Ham" from jackill Expand pics
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It's Simple Simon!
Seat Alhambra people carrier car type thing that he converts into a tent/bed to meet men in uniform
simon3
2017-04-28 07:16:18
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CaptainVertigo: Huge entertainment & mystery
Re CaptainVertigo
Yes, those pizzas can be a bit filling and what with middle age spread just look at the trouble you can get into.

However am I the only person puzzled by the reference to the 'Ham? Am I missing some important part of street cred? Should I forsake classical for rap lyrics?

Anyone else have any theories about 'Ham?
CaptainVertigo
2017-04-26 10:01:09
Close Encounters near Coomataggart
It was almost 2am last Saturday morning, as I turned the ‘Ham towards the Cork/Kerry border at Ballyvourney. An oncoming vehicle passed me by, ground to a halt, before turning and following me. The blue lights began to flash on the unmarked car. It was like the “landing scene” from Close Encounters of the Third Kind as I stepped out of the ‘Ham to face my accusers. In the excitement, I forgot that I had undone the button at the top of my jeans to ease the pressure on my pizza filled stomach (part of my high carb intake for the day ahead). The jeans began to slip from my hips as I walked towards the light. I was so glad that my white underpants had been recently washed with high quality detergent and wondered if the spinning light would have the same effect as the strobe lighting in a disco, with all my white parts becoming luminous. While I shielded my headlight-blinded eyes with my right hand, I fished for my declining britches with the other. The two fresh faced young Gardai invited me to re-enter the ‘Ham and speak to them through the open window. While there was undoubtedly a strong smell of pepperoni pizza wafting towards the law, I felt that the absence of alcohol would stand to my credit.

“Where did you come from?” “Trim”. “That’s a long way. Where are you going?” The Garda that asked the questions shone his torch into the back of the ‘Ham noticing that all 5 back seats were missing. “I’m going to the mountains…”. “In the dark?”. “Yes but I won’t start until first light”. “Are you taking any medication …prescription medication…have you “taken” anything at all?” “No, just a pizza” “And what will you do all night, while you’re waiting like?” I felt that he was using Cork dialect to put me at my ease. Before I could answer he said: “Do you want to sort yourself out “down there”?” All three of us stared at my nethers. As I struggled with the zip that had become jammed, the big fellow said again: “And what will you do all night boy?” “I’m going to sleep until first light”. “Is that a tent in the back?” “No, it’s my backpack…I’m going to sleep in the car” “Where’ll you park it?” “There’s a parking place beside the windmills on Coomataggart…I’m climbing all the higher mountains in Ireland and I have most of them done” “You must be worn out at this stage” said the quiet Guard. “Right go on…but be careful.” “I will”

Fifteen minutes later I was driving through the last section of boreen before the Coomataggart windmills, sheepishly. Despite the fact that it was a public road, there was a point where I seemed to be driving through a residential farmyard. The hounds of the Baskervilles, restrained only by chains, all launched themselves at the ‘Ham in a concerted attack barking savagely, as I sped through the yard towards the mills. Four pairs of mad eyes bobbed hither and thither in time to the yelps. I pictured the residents debating whether to phone the police, or tackle me themselves. As I lay in the back of the ‘Ham, I could hear the cacophony of barks from the yard playing away in the background, when, almost unbelievably, a donkey began to bray. At that very moment I felt the first of many intestinal twinges, and began to imagine a Noah’s Ark of demented creatures leaping upon my person as I would attempt to recycle the pizza that was wending its way through me.

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