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weedavie
2007-01-10 17:16:05
OK I'll shut up now
I suspect we're sitting on a philosophical divide here. I know you can enjoy a hill without knowing where you are or what you're seeing. A GPS is a good aid in this case but significantly dilutes the experience. Karaoke is great for a laugh once every couple of years but compared with a couple of guitars and maybe a fiddle and who's for the next song, it's doesn't even leave the starting line.
When you use a map you're developing your relationship with the land. On a new route you savour the anticipated challenges, the connections with known routes, the names and meanings of features.

I wouldn't dream of walking in an area and not buying a map, here or Connaught or Greece. I'm not saying I'm weird, I certainly don't use handcuffs, but when I lock myself in a room with a pile of maps, there's a parallel with magazines and certain adolescent activities.

A GPS will let you know where you are with certainty (though I've known people to refuse to believe what they're being told.) A map requires more skilled use, gives you a better feel for routes and in able hands is a more precise way-finder. Yes, you do occasionally screw up (selection of the correct car park is the heart of the route) but that's the way that you learn. If I was departing from maps it would be to discard artificial aids entirely - there's already a movement in Scotland to do this - Robroying (see the wonderful hill fanzine, the Angry Corrie - http://bubl.ac.uk/org/tacit/tac/tac51/nevermin.htm).
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Divis: Great views
Wilderness 3 hours ago.
Not much of a climb because the car park is quite high up.On a good day the views at the top are amazing. I got a very clear day when I walked to the top last year. Looking in the southerly direct...

  
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Divis: Great views
Wilderness 14 hours ago.
A lovely mountain with great extensive views of Ulster and Scotland. The car park lies south west of the Divis summit and is nearly 300 meters above sea level giving you an easier climb to the top...

  
Track
Seefin SE Top from the South
peter1 a day ago.
This is a short route to take in the SE Top as I had missed it out on previous trips. It's not too difficult to find ... walk, Len: 6.1km, Climb: 261m, Area: Seefin South-East Top, Ballyhoura Mountai

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Knocknadobar: Great views
Wilderness a day ago.
You can park your car on the west side of Knocknadobar either at Coonanna Harbour or the Pilgrims car park. I started my climb up Knocknadobar North Top from the harbour. The beginning of the clim...

  
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Croagh Patrick: Cold climb
Wilderness a day ago.
I was wary of the dark hail clouds that kept hitting the mountain. Some of them looked thundery. Fortunately there was no lightning and a'lot of people about. When the clouds moved away the views ...

  
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Gaugin Mountain: Clear morning
Wilderness a day ago.
We started our climb up this mountain from the minor forest road (south of Gaugins summit). At the top we got one of the most clearest days I've ever seen. We could see all across Ulster: Cuilcagh...

Track
Keeper Hill from Silvermines (Knockanroe Carpark)
caseyc481 5 days ago.
Wanted to climb Keeper Hill from the Silvermines side. Parked at Knockanroe carpark, walking downhill on fire road unt... walk, Len: 14.9km, Climb: 763m, Area: Keeper Hill, Shannon (Ireland) Keeper H

  
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Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa: Romance and Reality
CaptainVertigo 2 days ago.
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HoschIchenheim 3 days ago.
I'm a Hillwalker from the South-West of Germany near the French town of Strasbourg. I'm mainly walking in the Alps, Vosges and Black Forest mountains. So far on two occasions I have been to Kerry,...

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Feeling Blue
mcrtchly 3 days ago.
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Knocknacusha: Nice end to a day out.
muddyboots 4 days ago.
Similar to the other contributors, this is not a single summit day out. I did it after Colly. It's an hour or so with a coffee break. Start at the Ballaghasheen pass (spectacular drive in & out) a...

  
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Ballysitteragh Stroll
Bunsen7 a week ago.
A short stroll from the Conor Pass carpark. My plans for greater things fell victim to the inclement weather.Simply st... walk, Len: 7.0km, Climb: 340m, Area: An Bhinn Dubh, Brandon Group (Ireland) A


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