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CaptainVertigo
2011-12-11 18:30:48
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Now is the Winters of our Discontent
(Sunday Times 11-12-11) Ramblers who need to be assisted during severe weather conditions or who stray into locations that are known to be dangerous should pay some of the costs of the rescue. Irene Winters of Fine Gael says there are continual cases of “irresponsible" behaviour in the Wicklow mountains, requiring expensive rescue operations by voluntary groups already under financial strain. She argues that hillwalkers should pay up if they need to be rescued after Met Eireann has issued weather alerts. “Increasingly, people are going up into the mountains completely unprepared,” Winters said. “If people knew they had to make a contribution, they would prepare better.” She argues that payments should be based on ability to pay, the rescue cost, and an official assessment of how reckless a person had been. Those who can't afford to pay should be asked to organise fundraising. Mountain Rescue Ireland, which represents12 voluntary teams north and south of the border, recorded 365 incidents last year, its busiest ever. Seamus Bradley, its chairman, is opposed to fines, and points out many people donate voluntarily after rescues. He believes that defining what constitutes recklessness would be too difficult. “We would be fearful that [a charge] would delay someone calling for assistance when they need it,” he said. Bradley believes many many hikers are caught out by Ireland's fast changing weather. "At one point we were that inexperienced person. The fact that we are now in mountain rescue teams and see the mistakes that can happen dosen't mean that we sit, gloat and profit off the people that we used to be.” Brian Murray, whose Donegal mountain rescue team is the busiest in Ireland, said rescue costs vary. Multiple vehicle call-outs can cost hundreds of euros in diesel alone. He says educating people about the dangers of the mountains is more appropriate."
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HoschIchenheim
HoschIchenheim 17 hours 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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Feeling Blue
mcrtchly 19 hours ago.
This is one of the most famous mountain views in Norway of the fishing village of Hamnøy, Lofoten islands with Fellshelltinden mountain (428m) in the background. The rust red cottages are old fish...

  
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Knocknacusha: Nice end to a day out.
muddyboots a day ago.
Similar to the other contributors, this is not a single summit day out. I did it after Colly. It's an hour or so with a coffee break. Start at the Ballaghasheen pass (spectacular drive in & out) a...

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Meenteog South-East Top: Really...when is a mountain a mountain
muddyboots a day ago.
I am sure like many of you, especially simoburn, that the addition of the Arderin Begs while technically needed, added loads more summits to climb. This one is, well, a real hard sell. I was tryin...

  
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Colly: Double entendre?
muddyboots a day ago.
This is a great quick summit- follow the farm track from the end of the road at Coomnaspeara. I met 2 farmers (one on the way up and the other on the descent. There are 2 farmhouses at the end of ...

  
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Shehy More: Try a new approach
muddyboots a day ago.
A nice 2 hour 7.5km loop including Shehy More and Loch na mBreac Dearg. The loop starts at W13435 60417 (room 2 cars) and follows a farm track up onto Shehy More. Also for those including Shehy Be...

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Keeper Hill from Silvermines (Knockanroe Carpark)
caseyc481 2 days ago.
Wanted to climb Keeper Hill from the Silvermines side. Parked at Knockanroe carpark, walking downhill on fire road unt... walk, Len: 14.9km, Climb: 763m, Area: Keeper Hill, Shannon (Ireland) Keeper H

  
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Meenavally: A pleasant walk to theTower
BigFly 5 days ago.
Lovely pleasant walk

  
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Ballysitteragh Stroll
Bunsen7 5 days 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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Two Rock Mountain: Red Grouse near the summit.
BarnaneGoat 2 weeks ago.
I climbed here a few days ago from the east along the Dublin Mountains Way. The summit was shrouded in mist and we went astray at one point. I later discovered this was the result of a way marker ...

  
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Sgurr a'Choire Riabhaich: If Allt a' Choire Charnaig in spate there's a small
melohara 2 weeks ago.
If the Allt a' Choire Charnaig is in spate there is a small footbridge, wires and planks, a little upstream

  
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Sgurr Thuilm: If Allt a' Choire Charnaig in spate there's a small footbridge u
melohara 2 weeks ago.
If the Allt a' Choire Charnaig is in spate there is a small footbridge, wires and planks, a little upstream


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