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louisowens
2006-05-16 20:42:36
Safety Issues
The situation regarding general Public Safety in the Wicklow/Dublin Mountains is becoming very problematical. Last summer I was faced with 10 Quad bikes coming around a blind bend on a forest road at speed. My party of 5 had to jump out of the way. These vehicles were no doubt neither taxed or insured and if there had been an accident I wouldn't have liked to have been at the mercy of these hoodlums who would most likely have made themselves scarce. Recently in Glenmalure our party were set upon by large dogs belonging to some alcohol fueled campers who were extremely abusive. Being in a remote area with no witnesses about we beat a hasty retreat. We were treated to some tales of even worse behaviour by the warden in the An Oige Hostel. On Sunday there were 2 or three tents pitched on the "Oasis" at Lough Dan. The occupants who were pretty intimidatory had a prodigious supply of beer and spirits and the sand was strewn with rubbish, bottles and cans. Lone hillwalkers would be very unwise in my view to do other than vacate such areas as quickly as possible as they are remote and assistance in the event of an assault or medical attention or indeed witnesses would be non existant. There also seems to be a significant increase in the amount of both burned out vehicles and large amounts of waste like fridges and the like dumped in what are pretty remote areas. I shouldn't like to be about when the pond life engaged in this behavior were about. Glenmalure in my view is pretty unsafe at Bank Holiday weekends and would be best avoided. We really need a stepped up Warden Service supplied (with dogs for protection) even if it has to be funded by charging for parking or whatever. It's only a matter of time before a very serious incident happens the way things are going. Also I predict that Lough Dan is going to be ruined by idiots in Motor boats if steps aren't taken to stop them soon. A few Sunday's ago there was a clown in an enormous boat speeding up and down; a danger to the White Fronted geese who are often on the lake, disturbing a Peregrine Falcon that has a nest in the area and creating a bloody awful racket. Be very careful out there!!
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Slieve Binnian: New developments
Mrswoodlands 12 hours ago.
Climbed Binnion from the Carrick Little car park yesterday. We went up the Mourne wall as described by other contributers. While hugging the wall, as described, we noted a clear track not previous...

  
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Central Dingle Quartet from Anascaul
Bunsen7 2 days ago.
Follow the track from Anascaul lake car park northwards up onto the mountain plateau.Track leads northwards from lake... walk, Len: 15.8km, Climb: 949m, Area: Stradbally Mountain, Central Dingle (Ire

  
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Seefin Mountain W Top: Bog and rough ground.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 3 days ago.
Car park space at R66276 16811. Over or around the gate and head uphill on a good track that crosses the hill near the summit of Seefin Mountain East top.Follow the track on downhill from the cres...

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Seefin South-East Top: Seefin South East Top is easily visited
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 3 days ago.
Seefin South East Top is easily visited from the track leading to Seefin Mountain East Top and Seefin Mountain West Top which starts st R66276 16811. Just follow the track to R65202 17892 from whe...

  
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Pic du Midi d'Ossau
David-Guenot 2 days ago.
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Carnaween: The visitors book box near the summit
Aidy a week ago.
Just wanted to show the brilliantly constructed little box which contains the visitors book. It was too wet and windy on my visit to take it out and risk ruining it. A few shafts of light breaking...

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Seefin Mountain E Top: Up the old bog road.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 3 days ago.
Car park space at R66276 16811. Over or around the gate and head uphill on a good track that crosses the hill near the summit.On the crest of the hill the summit cairn is over a wall to your right...

  
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Carnaween: Bad Weather Adding Drama To Great Views
Aidy a week ago.
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Pic Rouge de Bassiès
David-Guenot 3 days ago.
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Corrin: A family stroll.
David-Guenot a week ago.
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Luggala: Fancy View from White Hill
davsheen 2 weeks ago.
Autumn's evening view across to Luggala/Fancy from White Hill on route down from Djouce using the Wicklow Way boardwalk section.

  
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MV Mountain Gathering 2017
Onzy 6 days ago.
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