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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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Galtymore & Galtybeg from King's Yard
conrad1179 10 hours ago.
run, Len: 11.8km, Climb: 670m, Area: Galtymore, Galty Mountains (Ireland) Galty...

  
Summit Summary
Camaderry South East Top: Steep climb, sorry trail, great views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 21 hours ago.
There's a number of ways to reach the top such as starting from the main, paying, carpark near the Glendalough lake at around T1115 9635. Going straight up from here more or less north there is an...

  
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Kirikee Mountain: Kirikee from the NW.
simon3 22 hours ago.
From the ridge south of Derrybawn there is this NW view of Kirikee.Courtesy of siteviewer_comreg.ie we can find the owner of this mast: Three Ireland.The amusing conjunction with the cairn below t...

Summit Summary
Brockagh Mountain SE Top: Flattish height NW of Laragh with views, boggy paths a
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 22 hours ago.
Situated at the south eastern tip of a spur from Tonelagee it therefore commands wonderful views out over Laragh to the south east and Glenmacnass valley and waterfall to the north. Glendalough is...

  
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Carrickarede: Island.
sandman 2 days ago.
Carrickarede island is connected to the mainland by the world famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. One of Northern Ireland's top tourist attractions it is operated by the National Trust but unfortun...

  
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BRANDON HILL - THE QUICK WAY
David-Guenot 2 days ago.
A steep but quick ascent along the forestry on rocky terrain, along what I believe has been dug as a firebreak rather ... walk, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 305m, Area: Brandon Hill, South Midlands (Ireland) B

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Inishmeane: The concrete road thru the village
magicstep 3 days ago.
Part of the village, about 10 houses in total.

  
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Inishmeane: Not much to do, a tranquil place.
magicstep 3 days ago.
Visited in 2014. There's a sandy beach and a solid pier with slipway and a picnic table facing the mainland. The road from the pier all the way thru the village is a robust concrete one, but it's ...

  
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BLACKSTAIRS CHALLENGE 2017 - A PEAK-BAGGER'S ROUTE
David-Guenot 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 34.1km, Climb: 1629m, Area: Black Rock Mountain, Blackstairs Mountai...

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Inishsirrer: Deserted village
magicstep 3 days ago.
Mainland on the horizon (left and right)

  
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ewen
ewen 5 days ago.
Now living furth of Scotland and getting to know the Irish hills. If you come across a Scottish hill Walker with dodgy knees and walking sedately, stop and say hello.

  
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Inishsirrer: The only building that is not a ruin.
magicstep 3 days ago.
Surprisingly Donegal islands have a very good mobile internet reception, sometimes better than in an office in Dublin.


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