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brenno
2011-10-25 13:54:53
16 rescued in Wicklow by MR - comment
The announcement of the rescue of 16 people by the MR should really have people, especially so-called experienced walkers, take a good look at how they approach going out on the mountains and the absolutely necessity of checking the weather forecast.
Whatever about the family group who were rescued near Djouce (they are apparently a family group who just got caught out), I think that the walking club (a supposedly experienced group from a Dublin club) who decided to include the river crossing above Glenmacnass waterfall in their hike were at best foolhardy and at worst downright stupid. The weather forecast was for heavy rain and anybody with the remotest bit of experience of the Glenmacnass area knows that the water level in the river rises very quickly after heavy rain and makes the crossing extremely difficult. There are any number of walks that a hiking club could have done which would not involve crossing a river in full spate and, to call a spade a spade, this group should have known better.
Thankfully this episode ended without mishap but only after 40 MR people from five teams were called out in appalling weather and in awful terrain. We're heading into the winter walking season when we can expect lousy weather and walkers, wherever they are on the island, should be aware how quickly conditions on Irish mountains can change for the worst. At the very least, be aware that the combination of heavy rain, mountains and rivers is lethal combination.
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Near Mount Corrin, Mizen/Sheeps Head (Ireland)
Eirepur less than an hour ago.
walk, Len: 2.2km, Climb: 140m, Area: Mount Corrin, Mizen/Sheeps Head (Ireland) ...

  
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Near The Paps East, Paps/Derrynasaggart (Ireland)
Eirepur 2 hours ago.
walk, Len: 9.4km, Climb: 676m, Area: The Paps East, Paps/Derrynasaggart (Irelan...

  
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Near Mount Gabriel, Mizen/Sheeps Head (Ireland)
Eirepur 2 hours ago.
walk, Len: 5.9km, Climb: 290m, Area: Mount Gabriel, Mizen/Sheeps Head (Ireland)...

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Ballyknockan Duo
Bunsen7 11 hours ago.
Park in the car park of the pub beside the disused petrol pump in the centre of Ballyknockan. With your back to the pu... walk, Len: 8.5km, Climb: 542m, Area: Silsean, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Silsea

  
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Truskmore: The Height of Sligo
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3, Peter Walker 11 hours ago.
The Dartry Mountains are among the most distinctive in Ireland, so it's unfortunate that their highest hill is one of the least distinctive in the range. Once one gets away from the signature stee...

  
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Truskmore: ACCESS PROBLEM at CLOONTYPRUGHLISH IG788 476
eflanaga 23 hours ago.
Earlier today I accompanied a friend, who is completing the County Tops, to climb onto Truskmore. Having previously summited from the Glencar and Tievebaun sides I suggested we go up by Eagles Roc...

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Irish hill runners and the Spine Race
IainT a day ago.
The Spine Race is a 268 mile run up the Pennine Way in the north of England, run every January, invariably featuring snowdrifts, gales and many miles of sucking bog, much of it run in the dark. It...

  
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Cadair Idris Circuit
Onzy a day ago.
Route over Cadair Idris with a number of extensions. This descent is far from intuitive, largely untracked and involv... walk, Len: 14.7km, Climb: 1086m, Area: Craig Lwyd, Dolgellau to Machynlleth (B

  
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Slieve Binnian: New developments
Mrswoodlands a day ago.
Climbed Binnion from the Carrick Little car park yesterday. We went up the Mourne wall as described by other contributers. While hugging the wall, as described, we noted a clear track not previous...

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Seefin Mountain E Top: Up the old bog road.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 4 days ago.
Car park space at R66276 16811. Over or around the gate and head uphill on a good track that crosses the hill near the summit.On the crest of the hill the summit cairn is over a wall to your right...

  
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Snowdon: Nantlle Ridge
Onzy a day ago.
Nantlle Ridge route. Few blips in track - distance is about 20k, ascent 1,250 and time 7.30. walk, Len: 15.6km, Climb: 837m, Area: Y Garn, Snowdonia (Britain) Y Garn, Mynyd...

  
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Seefin Mountain W Top: Bog and rough ground.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 4 days ago.
Car park space at R66276 16811. Over or around the gate and head uphill on a good track that crosses the hill near the summit of Seefin Mountain East top.Follow the track on downhill from the cres...


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