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2013-11-05 19:33:04
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The Crown Joules
Of all the faculties in any third level institution, in my day, there was none more sexist than the Engineers. Maybe it’s all changed since girls started to become very, very clever, but when I was “at large” the “Engs” were predominantly male, and were generally confined to their barracks (“the drawing room”) where they fantasised about doing the unmentionable to the unobtainable. Think multiples of “Big Bang Theory”. Think wolf whistling and drooling. Think underpants that you wouldn’t want be wearing in a road traffic accident.
Oddly enough their delayed development didn’t overly handicap them. Once they found mates, they got over the “heightened arousal stage” and made excellent husbands and fathers, although (and this is my major “beef” with them) they tended to become self-righteously pedantic about human affairs, all of which, they believed, could be parsed and analysed to death in the interests of efficiency. I never met an engineer who didn’t think that the tried and trusted court listing system (where all four hundred cases are put in for hearing before three judges on the same day) could be bettered. Smart asses and know it alls just about sums them up.
In this context, and with considerable trepidation, I wish to pose a question that may well result in the “coming out” of a swarm of this site’s closet engineers. It is a question that must be resolved if those of us who believe in “contouring” are to persuade other Baggers that it is right to circumvent certain obstacles, rather than climb over them.
If a mountain is a perfect cone, with a base diameter of 1000 metres and a height of 500 metres, and a walker and his baggage weigh 100 kilograms, how much “work” is expended by contouring the mountain at its base instead of ascending and descending the peak using the shortest climbing route? Please give your answer in Joules, and presume that the co-efficient of friction is 1.
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Pic Rouge de Bassiès
David-Guenot 3 hours ago.
This was the first of the two big hikes I did in the Pyrenees in summer 2016. Hiking in the summer often means a sunny d walk, Len: 16.3km, Climb: 1342m, Area: France, Midi-Pyr?n?es ()

  
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Seefin Mountain E Top: Up the old bog road.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 6 hours ago.
Car park space at R66276 16811. Over or around the gate and head uphill on a good track that crosses the hill near the summit.On the crest of the hill the summit cairn is over a wall to your right...

  
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Seefin Mountain W Top: Bog and rough ground.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 6 hours ago.
Car park space at R66276 16811. Over or around the gate and head uphill on a good track that crosses the hill near the summit of Seefin Mountain East top.Follow the track on downhill from the cres...

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Seefin South-East Top: Seefin South East Top is easily visited
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 6 hours ago.
Seefin South East Top is easily visited from the track leading to Seefin Mountain East Top and Seefin Mountain West Top which starts st R66276 16811. Just follow the track to R65202 17892 from whe...

  
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Knockmealdown Round - Out by the spine. Back by the belly.
GSheehy 2 days ago.
An early start had me on Crohan West at 08:00. It was a glorious morning. This is what Bowie meant by ?serious moonli... walk, Len: 45.8km, Climb: 1968m, Area: Crohan West, Knockmealdown Mountains (I

  
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Carnaween: The visitors book box near the summit
Aidy 4 days ago.
Just wanted to show the brilliantly constructed little box which contains the visitors book. It was too wet and windy on my visit to take it out and risk ruining it. A few shafts of light breaking...

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MV Mountain Gathering 2017
Onzy 2 days ago.
Always a great night ... all welcome.

  
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Carnaween: Bad Weather Adding Drama To Great Views
Aidy 4 days ago.
I used the commonly taken route from Disert Graveyard (worth a visit in its own right) over ground that was alternatively boggy or pretty steep. It was freezing cold in these parts, with a strong ...

  
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Corrin: A family stroll.
David-Guenot a week ago.
Climbed this hill in November 2014, with a friend who used to live in the area. Starting at the Coillte car park, we did a nice loop on the forest paths, circling around the hill in an anticlockwi...

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Central Dingle Quartet from Anascual
Bunsen7 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 15.8km, Climb: 949m, Area: Stradbally Mountain, Central Dingle (Irel...

  
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Luggala: Fancy View from White Hill
davsheen 2 weeks ago.
Autumn's evening view across to Luggala/Fancy from White Hill on route down from Djouce using the Wicklow Way boardwalk section.

  
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Binn Charrach: The peat-hag capital of Connemara
markwallace 2 weeks ago.
The descent from Benbaun to the R344 via Knockpasheemore/Binn Charrach is hard going after a day in the Bens. The Knockpasheemore ridge looks nice and flat from below, but is boggy, undulating and...


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