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Beast on Beagh? Part 1
I have to admit to being intrigued, by Wicklore's recent posting of tracks in the snow on Slieve Beagh. Not with standing the effect of melting snow on
the appearance and size of the tracks, they will perhaps, cause some MV's to look over their shoulder more often, whilst on the more remote sections of our hills.
Even if they turn out to be more dog than big cat.

My interest in such maters sprang - no pun intended - from a hiking trip myself and several friends under took in California's high sierra several years ago.
We had been delayed that day by a huge forest fire, and accordingly it was quite late when we set up camp by a small lake. A friend & I were filling our water containers
from the lake, when we took the first containers back to our tents and returned for the water bottles we had left behind, only to find fresh puma tracks all around where we had been
filling our bottles. To put this in perspective, it was only around trip of maybe a minute from the lake to our tents and back to the lake again and we had a clear view of the surrounding area
where we were camped. The group were very unsettled by this, mainly because of the open nature of the ground around us and despite this no one seen or heard them, it also raised the question were we still being watch by the puma(s) ? During that trip we had several black bear encounters, mostly around our campsites in the night, with one night in particular standing out, when the bears trashed another hikers tent and gear, no more 100 metres from us. We had also been charged at by a bear at the start of our trip as well. Yet despite these bear incidents, it was the puma, which no one saw, which unsettled the group the most. The point of this is of course, if there are big cats roaming around northern ireland - and i believe there are - , you are going to be very lucky see any of them!

For those not convinced have a look at this link below :-

http://www.psni.police.uk/big_cat_sightings.pdf

Or these :-

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/3133428.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/northern_ireland/3081132.stm
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Exploration of Wicklow Head from the north.
simon3 20 hours 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

  
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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)

  
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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...

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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 2 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 ()

  
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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 ...

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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

  
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Seanadh Bhéara: Access
sandman 3 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

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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 ...

  
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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 ()

  
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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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