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whoRya
2017-07-17 22:43:27
Urris Hills / Raghtin Mor ridge
Has anyone walked the whole ridge and could give some approximation of the time required? I realise there could be some variation dependent on speed, weather, photo stops etc. A range would perhaps be useful. There used to be a track on the website but I can't seem to find it now.
mcrtchly
2017-07-15 17:57:58
Kilamanjaro
Sad news on the death of an Irish climber on kilamanjaro http://m.independent.ie/irish-news/majella-35-dies-while-climbing-mount-kilimanjaro-to-honour-her-father-35933616.html
Pepe
2017-07-15 09:11:38
Re: the Great Island Debate
Thanks for the quick response, Simon. Yes we could tie ourselves up in knots over islands - but I will propose two: one definitely in the sea, the other being , eh, tidal, sort of, which I suppose is part of the sea ... there I go tying myself up in those knots again.
simon3
2017-07-15 08:32:20
"Further islands near Owey Islands" from simon3 Expand pics
Further islands near Owey Islands (Expand pics)
Re The Great Island Debate.
Pepe for all his tragi-comedic adventures seems inclined sometimes towards a sort of basic querying of premises. But is it fundamentalism or scientific skepticism to ask whether "Cork city centre is an island"?

That dear reader is one debate straying mischievously from geography into philosophy perhaps?

On his other points re islands:
Yes, you can propose an island using "Propose Places Database Change" and then "Propose a new place". I don't think the feature has been used too often for islands so feedback on functionality
would be good.

What's an island?

Of course exactly what is an island and what should be included on MV? Take a look at the picture. On the left the land is an island near Owey, included on MV and known as Torglass. On the right are two further islands which would be candidates. I haven't counted all the islands like this around Owey. Perhaps there are about a dozen. Around Ireland - hundreds or thousands. It is hard to see what criteria could be used to decide they should be included. In general their areas or heights are not recorded anywhere. A few climbers have visited some of these islands but what value otherwise is there in including them on a walkers' website? Double difficulty - need a boat and then climbing skills. Serious climbing skills by the look of the middle island on the picture, whose highest point looks like it is a pinnacle.

Coastal Islands v Inland Islands

Currently the database only includes sea islands. The software behind MV has been set up to handle "inland islands" that is islands on lakes. Or at least that is the untested way the software is supposed to work. If someone wants to propose a new place for an inland island, why not try.

Expanding our database.

If you want to help expanding our database please do get in touch at admin@mountainviews.ie We really could use some help particularly for adding coastal features (which walkers can reach!)
Pepe
2017-07-14 18:52:41
The Great Island Debate
Most people would agree that, technically, Great Island is an island despite the bridge at Belvelly connecting it physically to the rest of Cork. But if Great Island is an island one could also argue that, technically, so is the centre of Cork city so why not also include it (it is, after all, a really wild place) and lots of people could log it off as ‘visited’. On a serious note how does one propose two new island additions (not Cork!) – is it through ‘propose database change’, same as hills and mountains? Lastly, (I suspect this might rule out Cork) are only strictly coastal islands being considered at the moment?
simon3
2017-07-06 09:12:39
Stopping Lyme disease - a victory for stupid
You will see numerous articles and appeals for example on Mountaineering Ireland's website about avoiding Lyme disease and dealing with the ticks that cause it. Strongly to be supported.

There was an interesting article in New Scientist magazine published on 1 April 2017. I wish it were a joke article for the day but it wasn't. Lyme disease apparently is exploding partly because of climate change. Some years are far worse than others. The article goes on to say:

"The best approach would be to vaccinate people at risk - but there is currently no vaccine. We used to have one, but thanks to anti-vaccination activists, that is no longer the case.

In the late 1990s, a race was on to make the first Lyme disease vaccine. By December 1998, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the release of Lymerix, developed by SmithKlineBeecham, now GSK. But the company voluntarily withdrew the drug after only four years.

This followed a series of lawsuits - including one where recipients claimed Lymerix caused chronic arthritis. Influenced by now-discredited research purporting to show a link between the MMR vaccine and autism, activists raised the question of whether the Lyme disease vaccine could cause arthritis."

Of course none of this was supported by the evidence as the article goes on to explain but that didn't stop the fake facts and lawsuits.

More happily, they also mention a new drug "Valneva" in early human trials from a company in France. Perhaps within about 6 years a new drug will appear.

It now appears that western democracy has to regularly deal with false facts and the raucous and seemingly plausible but quite unjustified claims of such as the anti-vaxxers (along with climate deniers etc etc). Unfortunately this has even impacted our happy haven and shangri-la of hillwalking. Be prepared therefore to support this new drug against the likely struggle with the anti-science brigade. It's a while away, but you can practice on the anti-MMR crowd - support prosecutions of those who allow measles to take hold but reason with those that can be reasoned with.

In the meanwhile get the knowledge about removing ticks. The last time I got these was on a walk through high heather in Donegal. You have about 36 hours to get them off, which should be done properly, and some more time before the possible infection takes hold. The goats in the area added to my perception of risk so I decided to get the antibiotics to deal with any possible problem.

Make Lymes something like tetanus - for which you still can and should get a shot for. The chief enemy to this rational approach was and is, regrettably, the deniers, fake news and stupidity in charge.

Full article: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23431195-800-lyme-disease-is-set-to-explode-and-you-cant-protect-yourself/
Aidy
2017-06-26 21:04:12
"Lenan beach from Mamore Hill" from Aidy Expand pics
Lenan beach from Mamore Hill (Expand pics)
Not mountains, but might interest coast lover
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1cedpjs7nwId_STtX9cNIDFoyMnRHtG-

I've started a wee project doing photo slideshows on the beaches in Co Donegal. It has unfortunately kept me out of the mountains for a few weeks filling up gaps in my collection of photos, but almost done now, and I'm ready to head for the hills again. It will take a while to do all the slideshows though. Might interest anybody with a general love of the outdoors in Ireland.
tomodub
2017-06-16 21:21:54
Downloading Tracks
Hi Simon3.

Success - thank you again all worked out this time.

Best wishes,

Tomodub
tomodub
2017-06-16 20:33:03
Downloading Tracks
Hi Simon3.

Thank you for your speedy response. I have been trying that all evening, but when I click on "download" I get an 'Eircom' symbol and what appears to be the code rather than the Gpx file?? Any suggestions, apart from the obvious one.

Cheers,

Tomodub
simon3
2017-06-16 20:06:11
Re Downloading Tracks
tomodub
These notes may help:
Go to the area in question.
Click on "Open Walks Finder" at left of page.
Select a track you are interested in by clicking on it.
At the bottom of the track you should see a button "Export Data"
Click on this and then choose what sort of track you want for the GPS, for example Create compressed version of track ...
Click on Download as GPX file. Click on Start Download
This will then allow you to get a .GPX file and save it on your pc/ mac etc..
Next what happens depends on the GPS unit. For newer devices the procedure for loading a .GPX file onto a Garmin is to copy it to a particular directory on the device.
For older devices you will need to use an intermediary product like GPSU or Gartrip which can be downloaded.
These allow transferring a .GPX file to a Garmin.
All this sounds a bit long winded, but if you do it a few times it becomes very quick.
An issue with some older Garmins is that they have limited capacity for many tracks.
Please ask if you have further questions.
Enjoy the track, but remember they are offered in the hope they are useful but with no guarantee.
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Track
Exploration of Wicklow Head from the north.
simon3 a day ago.
As you will immediately see from the track this was an exploration of what is possible thoroughly exploring various d... walk, Len: 6.6km, Climb: 126m, Area: Brides Hill, Wicklow Coastal Hill (Irelan

  
Summit Comment
Ballyguile Hill: Viewed from the south. Hope you like masts.
simon3 a day ago.
Ballyguile Hill can also be seen well from the south. Here's a view taken from near Brides Hill (a coastal hill near Wicklow Head)

  
Summit Comment
The Eagles Rock: A short but sweet scramble
IainT 2 days ago.
One of the few Irish summits that needs the use of hands by the easiest route. Those happy with exposure can get a good airy scramble (grade 2, pushing 3 maybe), by slanting left up an obvious ram...

Summit Comment
Slieve Foye: Irish Gabbro!
IainT 2 days ago.
Gabbro is one of the roughest and most frictiony rocks around and is superb for scrambling on, as all visitors to the Skye Cuiilin across the water know. I never realised until yesterday that Slie...

  
Track
Pic du Canigou
David-Guenot 3 days ago.
Ascending Catalogna's sacred mountain from the hamlet of Los Masos de Vallmanya, on well-marked trails, with two breaks walk, Len: 24.8km, Climb: 1853m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
Summit Comment
Clermont Carn: Easy but a great view.
IainT 2 days ago.
If you drive up the road this has to be a contender for the easiest summit in Ireland, but it's well worth doing for the superb view. Wicklow to Donegal, with the Meath lowlands spread out like a ...

Track
Ramble on Ireland's Eye
wicklore 3 days ago.
A short walk on Ireland's Eye in September 2015. Original plan to visit earlier in the summer was thwarted by a huge f... walk, Len: 2.6km, Climb: 80m, Area: Ireland's Eye, Dublin Islands (Ireland) I

  
Summit Comment
Seanadh Bhéara: Access
sandman 4 days ago.
To answer the query raised by TommyV for at the time to facilitate parking on a narrow road and not wishing to park on the N59 i parked beside the farm yard with a view to access the hill via the ...

  
Forum: General
Windphone project destroyed
wicklore 3 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

Summit Comment
Ireland's Eye: Screams were heard, getting fainter and fainter…
wicklore 4 days ago.
Ireland's Eye is situated about 1.5kms north of Howth Harbour. In Celtic times it was called Eria’s Island and then Erin’s Island. The Norse called it Erin’s Ey and this became Ireland’s Eye. (Ey ...

  
Track
Pic de Cagire Loop
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
A great loop walk in one of my favourite areas in the Pyrenees, which should have hardly taken more than 4h30 hadn't I m walk, Len: 11.8km, Climb: 892m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
Summit Summary
Carhoo Hill: Dingle Eask Tower
Collaborative entry Last edit by: aidand 4 days ago.
This is a modest climb, but with wonderful views. Take the road out of Dingle towards Ventry. After about a mile turn left at a sign marked 'Hanlon's handbags'. There is a parking area with a hut ...


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