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CaptainVertigo
2012-09-11 21:47:32
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Keeping Ireland Clean
It takes a real curmudgeon to find fault with the noble sentiments expressed in the latest anti litter campaign advertisement. I am he. For some years we Irish have sold ourselves the notion that we are a mountain people. When we hear "The Heathers" sing "I want to go I want to get away from everything" we see comely maidens and their handsome boyfriends gadding about our uplands dressed for a night out. I have been trudging mournfully about the island for ages, well wrapped up, attempting to complete my Lists in peace, and stay dry. I hardly ever meet anyone, never mind maidens. Frankly, I am perfectly happy with this solitude. Physical endurance is a robust milieu for deep introspection and when the pain stops on a summit there may well be a moment of trancendance, perhaps chemically driven by the release of endorphins, perhaps lurking within waiting to come out: whatever. Now our portrayal of ourselves to others is just as much a mountainous misrepresentation as is the height of our self delusion. Try YouTube under the search "il cielo d'irlanda", for example. I know that its a bit fanciful to think that our little world on high might be invaded. After all its so hard to get there, on foot at least., while there are no paths (but there are more paths than there used to be...up to windmills and so forth). And there's the fear that global warming might suddenly make things dryer and warmer rather than wetter and cooler. All that marketing mumbo-jumbo might just actualise. So when I see my beloved hills splashed across yet another advert, I expect nothing new. No new "high" low. But there is something wince-some. Because the question is "Would you throw 5 billion away?That's what our tourism sector generates each year". Mad cranky eccentric oddball that I am, I am repulsed by the notion that we should be motivated to protect and cherish our wild heritage because part of our soul can generate huge income. Our wild heritage is valuable beyond measure. It is a treasure in itself. It is priceless.
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Summit Comment
Crockmain: A Great Viewpoint
Aidy 9 hours ago.
The final summit of a day spent walking from Mamore Gap over Croaghcarragh and Urris Hills, back to the gap, then up to Mamore Hill and this peak. I had planned to continue to Raghtin More, but th...

  
Summit Comment
Mamore Hill: Part Of A Brilliant Ridge Of Hills
Aidy 9 hours ago.
Tackled after walking Croaghcarragh and Urris Hills on the other side of Mamore Gap, and before continuing on as far as Crockmain, this was one the best days I've spent in the hills. Even a bit of...

  
Forum: General
Are there new cairns in Wicklow
wwwalker a day ago.
Is it my imagination or are there some new cairns appearing in Wicklow recently. There are small ones at point 702 ( T043 980) marking the turn for the lugduff ridge and at T086 975) marking the d...

Summit Comment
Croaghcarragh: Seems Grander Than It Is
Aidy 9 hours ago.
Climbed on the way to the Urris HIlls from Mamore Gap, and like all the hills on both sides of the gap, I was captivated by the rugged terrain and the amazing views. All these hills have the feel ...

  
Track
Brockagh Tops
Bunsen7 a day ago.
Similar track to a number of others which I used for guidance. Parked at the forest entrance having turned up at the ... walk, Len: 14.5km, Climb: 517m, Area: Brockagh Mountain SE Top, Dublin/Wicklow

  
Summit Comment
Urris Hills: Magnificence Beyond Its Height
Aidy 9 hours ago.
I've had the group of hills around here on my list for a while, as it looks spectacular from other mountains, or from nearby along the coast, and it doesn't disappoint when you actually get up the...

Track
Lake District: Skiddaw via Ullock Pike
Onzy 2 days ago.
Classic route in the lakes... walk, Len: 15.3km, Climb: 1062m, Area: Ullock Pike, Lake District - Northern Fe...

  
Summit Comment
Brandon Hill: The Barrow way
Kennyj 11 hours ago.
Brandon hill viewed from St Mullins before starting the barrow way walk to graignemanagh,highly recommended,super views and peaceful surroundings.

  
Summit Comment
Lugnaquilla: A mountain with lots to offer!
Bunsen7 16 hours ago.
Since starting my hillwalking in 2015 I have been up Lug a number of times. Mostly it has been totally misted over by the time I reach or just after reaching the summit. Once it mists over the mou...

Track
La Gomera - GR132
GSheehy 3 days ago.
In 1492, Columbus set out from San Sebasti

  
Summit Comment
Tonelagee NE Top: Onwards and upwards
Bunsen7 16 hours ago.
Most of the pictures uploaded rightly focus onview across the lake. This shows walkers assessing the route onwards to Tonelagee.

  
Summit Comment
Stoney Top: A haven of peace away from the multitudes!
Colin Murphy a day ago.
The final top on a pleasant 3-summit loop, taking in Tonelagee NE, Tonelagee and this, and then descending around the pretty Lough Ouler back to Glenmacnass carpark. The summit is a rounded bump i...


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