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padodes
2007-01-11 18:29:20
A parting (Parthian) shot
Weedavie, allow me one last comment, too, on the subject of map & compass or GPS. You seem to speak in favour of map & compass, and against the GPS, in the name of some kind of Rousseau-like "return to nature", where map and compass are more 'primitive' and thus more virtuous than the GPS. The ideal, you suggest, lies in "Rob-Roying" in the hills. That is to forget that Rob Roy had no O.S. map in his sporran, much less a Silva compass. The fact is that both of these artifacts are, in their own right, the outcome of sophisticated technological development. Modern topographical mapping is not a 'natural' product. It is the result of aerial and satellite surveys and begins its life in digital format on a computer long before it becomes the 'simple' sheet of paper hanging on a nondescript bootlace around a hiker's neck. (Ironically, modern cartography depends increasingly, too, on data supplied by GPS.) Similarly, the deceptively simple Silva-style compass is a sophisticated piece of engineering with over three thousand years of refinement behind it. (You might care to peruse Alan Gurney's very readable book, "Compass", on that topic.) If you are to be really coherent in your "return to nature", then why stop short at the modern map & compass in your navigation? Why not go back to the sun and prevailing wind by day, or the moon and stars by night? To be like Rob Roy (who, by the way, does not seem to have had any particular interest in the Munros), I'm afraid "artificial aids" like your map & compass will have to go too.


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Rossmore Island: Not a great walking place.
simon3 18 hours ago.
Visiting this island by foot, bike or car is easy but essentially the road is surrounded by private properties giving no access to the coastlineThe highpoint is pronably reachable but didn't look ...

  
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Croghan Hill: In the Steps of Old Croghan Man
ladyhawke1003 2 days ago.
Croghan Hill is one of the main reasons I came to Ireland. I am researching Old Croghan Man for a book. Even with Mel's precise directions we had a little trouble finding the community centre. It ...

  
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Ascent through King's Mountain gully
jpuigsegur 19 hours ago.
This is a solo ascent to the peak close to King's mountain from Glencar Valley. It was inspired by track 1337, but climb walk, Len: 4.6km, Climb: 379m, Area: Dartry Mountains (Ireland)

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Great Saltee Island: Bird's Glare
simon3 4 days ago.
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Sheep's Head Ramble...
Onzy 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 8.4km, Climb: 237m, Area: Cork Islands (Ireland)

  
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Free Bus Service in the Nephew Begs
madfrankie 2 days ago.
This from The Wild Nephew Beg Mountains Facebook page: The new free bus service is up and running that was set up to ferry people around the Nephin beg wilderness, So far take up on the bus has be...

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Curra Hill: Cloudy Climb
andreos97 a week ago.
Fantastic walk, personally feel it's best starting your approach from Glenbeigh village and heading up through the forest as it's quite well signposted. Once leaving the cover of the trees, we wer...

  
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Near Knockshanahullion, Knockmealdown Mountains (Ireland)
jackill 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 13.6km, Climb: 518m, Area: Knockshanahullion, Knockmealdown Mountain...

  
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Cnoc Lios Uachtair: Connemara in the round
fieldoptic a week ago.
An easy to access and navigate hill, well worth it for its central position and views in every direction. Park as previously suggested at L8530 4820 and head north east before swinging north. The ...

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Fermoy Scouts night hike
jackill 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 19.5km, Climb: 928m, Area: Shannon (Ireland)

  
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Cnoc Mordáin: Long Connemara Summer Evening
fieldoptic a week ago.
Though the road near L88003920 appears unfenced you will encounter a fence very soon after leaving the road. This fence extends along this back road, Bothar na Scrathóg and keeps cattle in typical...

  
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The Sturrall
Peter Walker 4 days ago.
walk, Len: 9.1km, Climb: 268m, Area: Donegal Islands (Ireland)


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