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weedavie
2007-01-08 17:35:23
Foot and Mounth
I spent Saturday on the plateau of Caenlochan in mist and snow. Two of us were using compasses and counting steps and one was moithering about with a GPS. Like many of the breed he hadn't asked us where we were going so he always knew where he was to 10 metres but had no other ideas. On one 1500 metre leg our measures of distance corresponded with each other to 9 paces. (This also appeared to be accurate on the ground. We could have checked with the GPSer but he was babbling about how the crisis at Hearts had been obscured by the events at Ibrox so we weren't talking to him.)

Total cost of technology was about 14. The map's face price was 1.15 which argues it's at least 20 years old but showing no signs of obsolescence. The only upgrading is the bootlace that Gill has used to attach the compass to my anorak pocket after I'd thrown away three in one season. The technology translates flawlessly to Ireland as long as you remember whether you're using the Harvey's map of Connemara with its eccentric contour spacing.

It shouldn't need to be said again but GPS sets,like poles and Pot Noodles, are the devil's work and should be avoided by all right-thinking,upstanding citizens.
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magicstep
magicstep 19 hours ago.
A leisure climber, I take it easy. If I climb something big then in a good weather only and spend lot's of time on top of the hill picnicking, enjoying the views and taking pictures. Mostly I walk...

  
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Gortnagan Beg: A worthy 500
thomas_g 21 hours ago.
Gortnagan Beg turned out to be my 500th peak. The bog was dryish, the rain threatened but waited until I got back to the car and the midges had other targets; what more could you ask for.The peak ...

  
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Gortnagan Beg: Small hill with great views
Collaborative entry Last edit by: thomas_g 21 hours ago.
Gortnagan Beg might be diminutive in stature but has fine views and some steep ground.The best approach is from the NE where there is a stile on the roadside. Parking is scarce so the best option ...

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Gortnagan Beg from Cappanlea
thomas_g 22 hours ago.
walk, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 219m, Area: Gortnagan Beg, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Irel...

  
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Camaderry South East Top: Steep climb, sorry trail, great views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
There's a number of ways to reach the top such as starting from the main, paying, carpark near the Glendalough lake at around T1115 9635. Going straight up from here more or less north there is an...

  
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Kirikee Mountain: Kirikee from the NW.
simon3 2 days ago.
From the ridge south of Derrybawn there is this NW view of Kirikee.Courtesy of siteviewer_comreg.ie we can find the owner of this mast: Three Ireland.The amusing conjunction with the cairn below t...

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Galtymore & Galtybeg from King's Yard
conrad1179 2 days ago.
run, Len: 11.8km, Climb: 670m, Area: Galtymore, Galty Mountains (Ireland) Galty...

  
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Brockagh Mountain SE Top: Flattish height NW of Laragh with views, boggy paths a
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
Situated at the south eastern tip of a spur from Tonelagee it therefore commands wonderful views out over Laragh to the south east and Glenmacnass valley and waterfall to the north. Glendalough is...

  
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Carrickarede: Island.
sandman 4 days ago.
Carrickarede island is connected to the mainland by the world famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. One of Northern Ireland's top tourist attractions it is operated by the National Trust but unfortun...

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BRANDON HILL - THE QUICK WAY
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
A steep but quick ascent along the forestry on rocky terrain, along what I believe has been dug as a firebreak rather ... walk, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 305m, Area: Brandon Hill, South Midlands (Ireland) B

  
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Inishmeane: The concrete road thru the village
magicstep 5 days ago.
Part of the village, about 10 houses in total.

  
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Inishmeane: Not much to do, a tranquil place.
magicstep 5 days ago.
Visited in 2014. There's a sandy beach and a solid pier with slipway and a picnic table facing the mainland. The road from the pier all the way thru the village is a robust concrete one, but it's ...


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