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CaptainVertigo
2012-09-11 21:47:32
"The Visitors are Coming!" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
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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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Geo
Geo 16 hours ago.
October 2017, I am a walker with the Navan Trekkers club,we walk mostly in the Mournes, Cooley and Wicklow mountains on club walks as they are closest but I walk anywhere else I can! Living in suc...

  
Summit Comment
Lislorkan Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Accessible via the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center and car park or via other locations on this coastal walk of your choosing. Best to enjoy the full length of this fantastic cliff walk.

  
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Knockardakin: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Located adjacent to the world renowned Cliffs of Moher,and although this is the hill which the visitor center is built into, the summit is not located in a public area. Access is via a farm gate o...

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Stockeen Cliff Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Located adjacent to the cliff walk accessible via the Cliffs of Moher Center. Best to enjoy the full walk rather than just summit bagging but for your added enjoyment the earlier in the morning yo...

  
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Corduff: My wee dander to the summit
Ulsterpooka 4 days ago.
I followed Muschi's and Paddyhilksbagger route. When going to the trig I moved on a few cows before I walked to the trig. After taking a few pics I seen the large brown bull in the field was block...

  
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Inishowen Slieve Snaght from the north.
simon3 6 days ago.
This linear walk route starts from the north and includes the two Arderins and one Vandeleur-Lynam in the area. It sta... walk, Len: 9.3km, Climb: 515m, Area: Slieve Snaght, Inishowen (Ireland) Sliev

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Cruach Eoghanach
Peter Walker a week ago.
Cruach Eoghanach is a handy outing on the days when you get out of the car, feel the force of the wind and rain, look... walk, Len: 10.4km, Climb: 329m, Area: Cruach Eoghanach, S Donegal/W Tyrone (Ir

  
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Slieve Main: Inishowen's second mountain.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 6 days ago.
Parking in a small quarry 3km to the east at point C444 372, cross the smaller top of Damph and then head north, curving around the valley until you cross a fence at C425 380 then begin to ascend ...

  
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Pics de Batoua
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 18.3km, Climb: 1672m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

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Castlemahon Mountain: My outing to Castlemahon summit.
Ulsterpooka a week ago.
I followed Peter Walkers route and asked permission to walk to the summit mast. The person was very friendly and accommodating. I parked at the last house in what is a four house dwelling lane. Th...

  
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Clare Coastal Hills
simon3 4 days ago.
We have added 14 Coastal Hills for Clare today. Intriguing names like Stockeen Cliff Top, 185mJust to remind. A Coastal Hill is a hill of at least 50m with a drop from the top or prominence of 20m...

  
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Arona to Parador Hotel via Valle de Ucanca
GSheehy 4 days ago.
Sticking the boots in the bag, when the intention was to go and have a rest.Justifying a walk, that?s predominantly as walk, Len: 30.8km, Climb: 2274m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()


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