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2012-12-12 16:25:31
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Irish Mountain Log
I have had friendly dealings with each of the last 3 editors of Mountain Log and indeed they are anxious to print articles and book reviews as you say.

However the Log does not have hillwalking sport content as a proportion of sport content in any way commensurate to the size of its hillwalking membership which is around 85%. Over the years the continuing media policy of MCI and MI has not played well in constructing a useful national dialogue for hillwalkers. There is no online forum and no financial sponsorship of hillwalking literature or resources (there is for climbing guides however). Hillwalking in Ireland is not well served by the formal format of the magazine which has been shown to require too much of a contributor investment for a steady flow of articles.

Hopefully this is changing slowly. And equally hopefully something will come of the government sponsored initiative which effectively requires MI to develop a walking culture. This might make MI take the issue of collaborating to create walking and hillwalking culture more seriously. This point was explored in more depth in the November MV newsletter under the topic "Get Ireland Walking and MI - Wind of Change?", an article which at least one member of MI's board said s/he largely agreed with.

You make a point that whether you are a hillwalker or mountaineer could depend on whether you are on Devil's Bit or Beenkeragh. But surely you can't remove distinctions by intermediate examples? Clearly the activity enjoyed by climbers with ropes, belays, climbing walls and protection is distinct from hillwalking, It isn't the same thing as hillwalking in terms of activity, equipment, venues or culture, so different in fact it should be regarded as a different sport. But to acknowledge your point, there are indeed grey areas between the two. That still doesn't mean they are the same thing.

Mind you, I would have said that the Beenkeragh ridge even in the winter conditions I have walked it in more than once was hillwalking rather than mountaineering!
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