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2007-01-09 17:51:02
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Padodes, you're wrong. It's not really a question of technological progress; a GPS is not the next generation of the compass any more than a jet-ski is the next generation of the wind-surfer. It's more the gold medallion wearing schemie version. GPS navigation is an oxymoron; it's a kind of karaoke where you just follow the bouncing ball. Map and compass navigation is far more tightly tied to knowledge and feel for the ground. I've thrown my compass away on a two mile square plateau in foul weather and got myself off (a mile off course and very scared but at least not another Cairngorm statistic.) A GPSer who does not have the habits of checking position all the way and of constantly measuring progress could have been in a lot more trouble.

Of course compass-users cock up too. I've always been annoyed by this line in Sean O' Sullivan's Walking Guide to the South West . "Incidentally, somewhere on the ridge between Hungry Hill and the Healy Pass is a lake, possibly seasonal and not shown on some maps. I have met it while travelling in thick fog (a course not recommended if unused to map and compass) am uncertain now where it is and have been told by others that they couldn't find it in Summer. I mention it in case you get alarmed on finding it and might doubt you were on the correct course". If he'd had a GPS he'd have realised that he was in fact in Killarney. But where's the fun in that compared with a creative fib?

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Lake District: Scafell and Scafell Pike
Onzy 14 hours ago.
Route from Wasdale over Scafell Pike and Scafell, Ill Crag, Broad Crag and a couple of other peaks. Route includes 4 ... walk, Len: 12.8km, Climb: 1471m, Area: Lingmell, Lake District - Central & Wes

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Mountaineering Ireland consults on mountains
simon3 17 hours ago.
Mountaineering Ireland (MI) is attempting to build a consensus on what hillwalkers value in the Irish mountains. It is a very logical step prior to advocating on behalf of hillwalkers to first det...

Castle Hill
Onzy 18 hours ago.
Up and down Castle Hill. Essentially a duplicate of track 2048, but substantially shorter as I parked blocking a gate wi walk, Len: 4.8km, Climb: 398m, Area: Slieve Mish (Ireland)

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Barnahowna: Fine-weather photo
bryanmccabe 4 days ago.
Thought a fine-weather photo of Barnahowna summit was needed!

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Maumtrasna North-East Top: Worth a visit!
Collaborative entry Last edit by: bryanmccabe 4 days ago.
Maumtrasna NE top, approximately 2km NE of Maumtrasna, is worth a visit in its own right. The most direct access is via the steep ridge up to nearby spot height 542. One possible starting point is...

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Torc Mountain W Top: Big brother ....
hivisibility 3 days ago.
Here's a picture of Torc itself from Torc West Top. Approx 600m between the two summits.

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Crossderry: Summit No 2 of a fine ridge walk.
hivisibility 4 days ago.
Here is another view of Crossderry taken from Mothillín. You can see the twin peaks at the summit area. The summit proper is the one on the right. Knocknabreeda in the background.Its pretty rugged...

Caha Mountains: Tooreennamna
Onzy 19 hours ago.
Route taking in Tooreenamna, an outlier to the west of the Cummeenageera circuit and a highly rated hill. walk, Len: 4.5km, Climb: 439m, Area: Tooreennamna, Caha Mountains (Ireland) Too...

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Mothaillín: Fabulous views to the west from the summit.
hivisibility 5 days ago.
Fine view towards Broghnabinnia and Caher from Mothillín summit.

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Cable Car to the Hellfire Club - 20/10
cave-dweller a week ago.
Hello, There is a meeting being held in the Yellow House Pub in Rathfarnham in Dublin 14 tomorrow night at 8 pm about some proposed "redevelopments" in and around the Hellfire Club/Montpelier Hill...

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Mothaillín: Summit area as seen from Crossderry.
hivisibility 5 days ago.
Mothillín summit from Crossderry.

Hart Walk
GSheehy a day ago.
{First off, I wasn't with the lads. Just sharing the info.}What?s not to like reading about the trials and tribulation walk, Len: 115.7km, Climb: 3215m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Cloghernagh,

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