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2010-12-13 11:27:35
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Horses for courses
Like everything else you get what you pay for and the same is true of snowshoes. Before we parted with a considerable amount of cash for our 2 pairs, we did a lot of reading up about them, what features they have and the types of materials they are constructed from. Based on this we then purchased the Lightening Ascent as they seemed to best fit the bill for the activities we do. Other excellent snowshoes are out there on the market that suit the type of activities others might like to engage in.

Cheaper snowshoes can be bought most certainly but lack many features. Some entirely recreational types will not even have a crampon and are for use only in places such as city parks. For even the easiest mountain hikes, you will most certainly need a crampon built into your snowshoe. At the top end are those built for activities such as bushwhacking, featuring tough binding systems, aggressive crampon units and travelator bars. Where I have snowshoed in the States, you are not permitted on designated trails unless you are wearing snowshoes or skis, as boots damage the packed surface of the trail. I had a taste of this yesterday walking up Mullacor through forestry tracks from Glendalough - it was far easier to break trail than walk in that made by boots!

The terrain here is far more difficult than anything I've encountered across the Big Pond where there are properly maintained designated winter trails in many mountain areas. Personally, I wouldn't want to use a cheap end shoe to climb a mountain such as Lug. So, you pays your money, you makes your choice!

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Lake District: Scafell and Scafell Pike
Onzy 12 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

Forum: General
Mountaineering Ireland consults on mountains
simon3 15 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 16 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...

Summit Comment
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 17 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.

Forum: General
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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