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simon3
2011-02-04 21:47:47
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jackill checking height.
One of the little problems you have when on a summit without any obvious top, is finding what point is highest. It's such a simple problem, but take a group of people and ask them where they think the top of a flattish top is and you'll get a variety of answers, often dozens or even hundreds of metres apart.
One Sir William de Wiveleslie Abney, fine Victorian military gentleman that he was, invented a simple contraption with tube, magnifying sight and spirit level and it does the job accurately and quickly and low-tech.
UK list creators have been using these for some years to establish the tops of places and recently jackill, MountainViews Geography and Projects Officer has acquired one, seen in action near the trig pillar on Mount Hillary in the Boggeraghs. In this case it was more a demonstration than anything. One example of a place where it really would be useful is Tievenabinnia East Top in the Sheefrys where there's any number of likely outcrops that could be highest.

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Skerries to Balbriggan
simon3 an hour ago.
This route starts from Skerries and goes to Balbriggan staying as near to the waterline as possible. However this wasn't walk, Len: 9.7km, Climb: 69m, Area: East Coast (Ireland)

  
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Divis: Great views
Wilderness a day 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 2 days 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...

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Knocknadobar: Great views
Wilderness 2 days 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 2 days 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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Seefin SE Top from the South
peter1 3 days 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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Gaugin Mountain: Clear morning
Wilderness 2 days 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...

  
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Keeper Hill from Silvermines (Knockanroe Carpark)
caseyc481 a week 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 4 days ago.
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Knocknacusha: Nice end to a day out.
muddyboots 5 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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HoschIchenheim 5 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 5 days ago.
This is one of the most famous mountain views in Norway of the fishing village of Hamn°y, Lofoten islands with Fellshelltinden mountain (428m) in the background. The rust red cottages are old fish...


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