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ahendroff
2011-11-02 00:42:08
Are Irish hillwalkers meek?
Don't think so. We just don't have a big enough 'voice' as the UK. We're still playing catch up. However, saying that the lovely new bridges along the main route up Carrauntoohil from Cronin's got built...however that's understandable as its our highest mountain. As for Glenmacnass, I'm not sure. Is it so popular a route that it justifies a bridge? I can think of a good many rivers and streams in Beara, Donegal, Iveragh, Partry Mountains which could use a bridge but to me I think it takes away the wildness of the area. There are *loads* of areas with rivers/streams in the Scottish Highlands without bridges that are deadly to cross on wet days. I think people need to be aware how fast water levels rise and to watch the weather forecast, and should they get stuck, how to deal with it, or plan an escape route in the view that such an occurence may occur. The forecast the weekend when the 11 were rescued was *particularly* brutal with up to and over 40mm of rain expected. I also know a group of 15 or so hikers who had to detour a massive distance upstream to cross rampaging rivers below the Arts Cross area - they used all their expertise to get out of that mess without resorting to a call out in an epic 12-hour plus hike. I've also had memorable experiences too, from crossing a waist-high river to having to rig a rope across another to get an injured party across (both in Donegal incidentally). Avoidance of such areas on wet days would be one way to minimise such call-outs. Glenmacnass in particular is a notorious area and it isn't easy to cross the river even on a semi-wet day!
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BRANDON HILL - THE QUICK WAY
David-Guenot 3 hours ago.
A steep but quick ascent along the forestry on rocky terrain, along what I believe has been dug as a firebreak rather ... walk, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 305m, Area: Brandon Hill, South Midlands (Ireland) B

  
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Carrickarede: Island.
sandman 17 hours ago.
Carrickarede island is connected to the mainland by the world famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. One of Northern Ireland's top tourist attractions it is operated by the National Trust but unfortun...

  
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Inishmeane: The concrete road thru the village
magicstep a day ago.
Part of the village, about 10 houses in total.

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BLACKSTAIRS CHALLENGE 2017 - A PEAK-BAGGER'S ROUTE
David-Guenot 5 hours ago.
walk, Len: 34.1km, Climb: 1629m, Area: Black Rock Mountain, Blackstairs Mountai...

  
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Inishmeane: Not much to do, a tranquil place.
magicstep a day ago.
Visited in 2014. There's a sandy beach and a solid pier with slipway and a picnic table facing the mainland. The road from the pier all the way thru the village is a robust concrete one, but it's ...

  
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Inishsirrer: Deserted village
magicstep a day ago.
Mainland on the horizon (left and right)

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THE LONG WAY UP LUG
David-Guenot 5 hours ago.
walk, Len: 21.0km, Climb: 980m, Area: Cloghernagh, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Clo...

  
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Inishsirrer: The only building that is not a ruin.
magicstep a day ago.
Surprisingly Donegal islands have a very good mobile internet reception, sometimes better than in an office in Dublin.

  
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ewen
ewen 3 days ago.
Now living furth of Scotland and getting to know the Irish hills. If you come across a Scottish hill Walker with dodgy knees and walking sedately, stop and say hello.

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Inishsirrer: Part of a road from the past
magicstep a day ago.
There's a salty tidal lake on the island.

  
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CAMADERRY + TONELAGEE + BROCKAGH
David-Guenot 5 hours ago.
walk, Len: 27.6km, Climb: 1295m, Area: Camaderry South East Top, Dublin/Wicklow...

  
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Inishsirrer: Uninhabited except a few sheep.
magicstep 2 days ago.
I did kayak to the island in 2014. There is a slipway facing the mainland. Lot's of ruined houses. Walking is decent as the island is flat but in places ground is uneven and overgrown, there are o...


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