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wicklore
2011-11-12 23:49:14
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The highest hill in Ireland...
...Or the smallest mountain in the land?

A mountain is a summit of 2000 feet or higher. This translates as 609.6 metres. A hill therefore is anything of 1999.9 feet or below, which translates as 609.5 metres. The difference of 100 centimetres is what separates hills from mountains.

So how does this fit in to an Irish context? Well we have only one 'stuck in the middle' summit. It is Corcogemore in the Maamturks. At 609 metres it is our only hill/mountain. Unless someone can accurately measure it to within 100 centimetres, we will never truly know which category - hill or mountain – it belongs to. We of course classify it as a mountain and those who have climbed it will agree it is very worthy of the title. But it must be lonely being the only summit in Ireland sitting squarely in that ambiguous place measuring only a few centimetres high that separates hills from mountains. (oh I can hear the baying hordes sharpening their typewriters!)


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Forum: General
Crazy Hounds
roscorrocket 2 hours ago.
Only getting round to posting this now, as other factors intervened, but last Friday (July 14th) when coming towards the end of a circuit of five of the Mournes seven sevens, I watched in amazemen...

  
Summit Comment
Curra Hill: Cloudy Climb
andreos97 3 hours ago.
Fantastic walk, personally feel it's best starting your approach from Glenbeigh village and heading up through the forest as it's quite well signposted. Once leaving the cover of the trees, we wer...

  
Track
Day 19 Germany Trip
simoburn 14 hours ago.
walk, Len: 18.6km, Climb: 1844m, Area: Germany, Bavaria ()

Summit Comment
Cnoc Lios Uachtair: Connemara in the round
fieldoptic a day ago.
An easy to access and navigate hill, well worth it for its central position and views in every direction. Park as previously suggested at L8530 4820 and head north east before swinging north. The ...

  
Track
Day 17 Germany Trip
simoburn 14 hours ago.
walk, Len: 25.3km, Climb: 1873m, Area: Germany, Bavaria ()

  
Summit Comment
Cnoc Mordáin: Long Connemara Summer Evening
fieldoptic a day ago.
Though the road near L88003920 appears unfenced you will encounter a fence very soon after leaving the road. This fence extends along this back road, Bothar na Scrathóg and keeps cattle in typical...

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Day 16 Germany Trip
simoburn 14 hours ago.
walk, Len: 28.6km, Climb: 2693m, Area: Germany, Bavaria ()

  
Summit Comment
Ballinacorbeg: Worth a brief visit
Bunsen7 3 days ago.
Pleasantly surprised by this, could clearly see Lugnaquilla and Croaghanmoira, as well as numerous other summits, slightly awkward entry into the fields just west of the forest which don't appear ...

  
Track
Day 15 Germany Trip
simoburn 14 hours ago.
walk, Len: 22.0km, Climb: 1941m, Area: Germany, Bavaria ()

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Ballinafunshoge: Eastern View
Bunsen7 3 days ago.
Tree felling has opened up this view of the Vartry reservoir and the east coast from just below the summit of Ballinfunshoge. The Wicklow way runs left to right (southwards) just a few hundred met...

  
Track
Day 13 Germany Trip
simoburn 14 hours ago.
walk, Len: 16.5km, Climb: 1320m, Area: Austria, Vorarlberg ()

  
Forum: General
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ColinCallanan 12 hours ago.
Thought I'd treat myself to the printed version, and it's good we can support MV in this way. Looking forward to reading all the nice articles in print. There's something nice about reading "off-s...


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