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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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Exploration of Wicklow Head from the north.
simon3 20 hours ago.
As you will immediately see from the track this was an exploration of what is possible thoroughly exploring various d... walk, Len: 6.6km, Climb: 126m, Area: Brides Hill, Wicklow Coastal Hill (Irelan

  
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Ballyguile Hill: Viewed from the south. Hope you like masts.
simon3 a day ago.
Ballyguile Hill can also be seen well from the south. Here's a view taken from near Brides Hill (a coastal hill near Wicklow Head)

  
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The Eagles Rock: A short but sweet scramble
IainT 2 days ago.
One of the few Irish summits that needs the use of hands by the easiest route. Those happy with exposure can get a good airy scramble (grade 2, pushing 3 maybe), by slanting left up an obvious ram...

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Slieve Foye: Irish Gabbro!
IainT 2 days ago.
Gabbro is one of the roughest and most frictiony rocks around and is superb for scrambling on, as all visitors to the Skye Cuiilin across the water know. I never realised until yesterday that Slie...

  
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Pic du Canigou
David-Guenot 2 days ago.
Ascending Catalogna's sacred mountain from the hamlet of Los Masos de Vallmanya, on well-marked trails, with two breaks walk, Len: 24.8km, Climb: 1853m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
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Clermont Carn: Easy but a great view.
IainT 2 days ago.
If you drive up the road this has to be a contender for the easiest summit in Ireland, but it's well worth doing for the superb view. Wicklow to Donegal, with the Meath lowlands spread out like a ...

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Ramble on Ireland's Eye
wicklore 3 days ago.
A short walk on Ireland's Eye in September 2015. Original plan to visit earlier in the summer was thwarted by a huge f... walk, Len: 2.6km, Climb: 80m, Area: Ireland's Eye, Dublin Islands (Ireland) I

  
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Seanadh Bhéara: Access
sandman 3 days ago.
To answer the query raised by TommyV for at the time to facilitate parking on a narrow road and not wishing to park on the N59 i parked beside the farm yard with a view to access the hill via the ...

  
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Windphone project destroyed
wicklore 3 days ago.
The Wind Phone art project in the Dublin Mountains has been destroyed http://jrnl.ie/3547797 . It appears to be a strong statement by those against the idea

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Ireland's Eye: Screams were heard, getting fainter and fainter…
wicklore 4 days ago.
Ireland's Eye is situated about 1.5kms north of Howth Harbour. In Celtic times it was called Eria’s Island and then Erin’s Island. The Norse called it Erin’s Ey and this became Ireland’s Eye. (Ey ...

  
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Pic de Cagire Loop
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
A great loop walk in one of my favourite areas in the Pyrenees, which should have hardly taken more than 4h30 hadn't I m walk, Len: 11.8km, Climb: 892m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
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Carhoo Hill: Dingle Eask Tower
Collaborative entry Last edit by: aidand 4 days ago.
This is a modest climb, but with wonderful views. Take the road out of Dingle towards Ventry. After about a mile turn left at a sign marked 'Hanlon's handbags'. There is a parking area with a hut ...


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