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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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Divis: Great views
Wilderness 5 hours 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 16 hours 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...

  
Track
Seefin SE Top from the South
peter1 a day ago.
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Knocknadobar: Great views
Wilderness a day ago.
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Summit Comment
Croagh Patrick: Cold climb
Wilderness a day 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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Gaugin Mountain: Clear morning
Wilderness a day 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 5 days ago.
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Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa: Romance and Reality
CaptainVertigo 2 days ago.
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HoschIchenheim
HoschIchenheim 3 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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mcrtchly 3 days ago.
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Knocknacusha: Nice end to a day out.
muddyboots 4 days ago.
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Ballysitteragh Stroll
Bunsen7 a week ago.
A short stroll from the Conor Pass carpark. My plans for greater things fell victim to the inclement weather.Simply st... walk, Len: 7.0km, Climb: 340m, Area: An Bhinn Dubh, Brandon Group (Ireland) A


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