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march-fixer
2012-09-16 14:44:37
Re Keepin Ireland Clean
There seems to no end of views as to what constitutes '"an improvement" or "remedial action" to a mountain area/track. Some see it as making it safer and/or more accessible for all users while others see it as messing about with nature.

I am going to stick my neck out here with my possibly controversial view that a person should not enter areas which they are not capable of safely traversing. That is a Natural Law and it is a decision or value judgement that only they can answer honestly. There is no accounting for or alleviating stupidity.

If you want to "mess about" with things, then build a complete track to the summit or as scannerman mentions, someone might even wish to put in a cable car, so as not to interfere with the intervening landscape! That way everyone has safe and easy access and hopefully no one gets injured or lost?

Improving areas/tracks to the extent of putting in steps (except in very exceptional cases - with full consultation) is futile. Mountain Walking = rugged terrain walking = if you are not capable, then do not go there. There are so many other areas you can enjoy at your leisure and safety. Take the recent case of the lady who unfortunately injured her leg at Lower Lake Glendalough. How much more benign could the terrain there be and yet an injury was sustained? What more could be done in this area to avoid such a re-occurrence?

Improvements or remedial action to mountain areas/tracks should surely only be done to the extent of saving the area/track from further erosion - at ground level only. With all of our technical ability, surely it must be possible to stabilise the area/track without making it highly obvious that such action has been taken?
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