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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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Cupidstown Hill: Enhance this with a visit to Oughterard
Bunsen7 8 hours ago.
Yes, perhaps this is not a very noteworthy hill. However, if you have accessed Cupidstown Hill from the N7 and are returning that way, you can easily improve your visit to the area with a short de...

  
Summit Comment
Knockowen: October 2016
davsheen 20 hours ago.
View of the impressive Glanrastel valley from the side of Knockowen

  
Track
Near South Cork (Ireland)
sean_debarra 21 hours ago.
walk, Len: 0.8km, Climb: 15m, Area: South Cork (Ireland)

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Cloghernagh: Picture
davsheen 20 hours ago.
Cloghernagh Walk Nov 2016

  
Track
Route to Claggan NE Top
Onzy 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 8.0km, Climb: 2m, Area: Claggan Mountain NE Top, North Mayo (Ireland...

  
Summit Summary
Robber's Pass Hill: Minor heathery lump. Overcivilised and underwhelming.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 6 days ago.
This oddly named hill is more a very minor heathery bump incorporated into the system of tracks laid out by the Wicklow Mountains National Park. It can be reached from any of the western car-parks...

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Farbreague: from Arderin
ewen a week ago.
Walked to Farbreague from Arderin. There is a track that some kind soul has marked with sticks and ribbon. When I say track, it is really a worn down trough in the bog.The multicoloured pipe at th...

  
Track
Slievemore Circuit
Onzy 2 days ago.
Route over Slievemore descending over rough grouns to the SE for variety. walk, Len: 8.1km, Climb: 639m, Area: Slievemore, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Sliev...

  
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Tonelagee: Fore!!!
ewen a week ago.
Did from the Wicklow gap car park following track 2378.This starts immediately opposite the top entrance to the car park next to the main road. 5 days before there had been snow but now the path w...

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Brandon Hill: Grand on Brandon!
MountainBoy a week ago.
Me and my Dad climbed this from the farm track off the Graiguenamanagh-Instioge road on 26/11/16. Right after we got out of the car, we were faced with the dilemma of whether to go straight ahead ...

  
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Onzy 2 days ago.

  
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Croaghmoyle: Easy walk up to great views
Fergal Meath a week ago.
Low lying cloud/mist/fog discouraged me from putting the effort into going up Nephin today. On the way home I parked at the start of the Croaghmoyle service road and followed it past a wind turbin...


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