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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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Peter Walker an hour ago.
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Aidy a day ago.
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Onzy 2 days ago.
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Caora Bhán: Dunkerron ridge run
Dbosonnet 6 days ago.
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simon3 3 days ago.
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Crockmulroney: Good summit for Carn-baggers
Colin Murphy a week ago.
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mlmoroneybb a week ago.
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sandman a week ago.
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mlmoroneybb a week ago.
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