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BleckCra
2013-12-11 22:29:47
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Vertigo - you defendeth yourselfeth far too mucheth. If you suggest that a sane person decides that you are wrong, must you not then be insane? But you absolutely are not. Nor is your proposition crazy. Nor is the case hopeless. If your intention is not to compromise, then I think you need to start again.
Here is the way I see it.
I want heat; I want light; and I want it in my house at the touch of a button. It is available. I can buy it. So that's what I do.
However it is entirely wrong that I should be held in any way responsible for how I get it - ie that the cost to the environment is the price I pay for my indulgence. It is simply far too easy for us just to sigh, roll our eyes and go "Oh well ...."
How it comes to us is not part of our deal with the power companies and their suppliers: it is they who make that choice. They will argue that our demand for cheap energy determines how they make it. Fine - but how many of us believe that? Cheap for us or cheap for them?
So my position is I do not expect fingertip control of my central heating to come at no cost to the environment - or in this case, to the hills - but I expect that cost to be considered, properly consulted and sensitive - and limited.
Do I want pylons across the hills? No. Would I be happy to split a tenner a year with the power companies to stick it underground? Yes I absolutely would. So I think would they (fabulous PR) - they only have to ask.
I have read Simon before on mixed use of the mountains. He sees that co-habitation as a fait accompli and is comfortable with it.
So am I and I happen to agree with him but my issue is less what is done than how it is done.
Burning fossil fuel is fine if it is managed better. Nuclear can be fine too. Windmills will also be fine in twenty years when they are half the size and twice as efficient.
Some time back I bemoaned some work being done at the Middle Bridge, Glen River, Slieve Donard, Mournes. In my view it was destructive. Simon was interested enough to go and research it. It turned out to be a Hydro Board job. The work is finished and has been for a year or so. And in truth you would barely know they had been there.
I write "barely" because there is some cost - but I am good with some cost and barely any. Very good.
Here is a thing - no one consults with people who might disagree with them, so if we disagree, we need to be more vocal. The profile of modern hillwalking - 50+, public sector, early retirement. Not known for street protests. Whose fault is that?
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Inishsirrer: Uninhabited except a few sheep.
magicstep an hour ago.
I did kayak to the island in 2014. There is a slipway facing the mainland. Lot's of ruined houses. Walking is decent as the island is flat but in places ground is uneven and overgrown, there are o...

  
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ewen
ewen a day 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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Knockroe: OMG - I forget to check the MV page!
Pepe a day ago.
Decided to make a day out of a Dublin-Waterford drive, despite low-hanging cloud. Knockroe wore a misty white cap as I glanced up from the Sculloge Gap carpark. Planning my attack (so I thought), ...

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Bleantasour Mountain: A boggy but short ascent route
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day ago.
Go to the forest entrance at S22452 09704. there is room here for a few cars.Walk down the forest track, crossing a ford and follow the track until you can see open ground.Walk south along the edg...

  
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A handy way up two western Monavulaghs.
simon3 a day ago.
Easy access to the ridge.Improved RouteUsing the hard won experience of others and new forest roads we found a relati... walk, Len: 6.5km, Climb: 263m, Area: Bleantasour Mountain, Comeragh Mountains

  
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Milk Hill: Carry on bagging
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day ago.
Go to the forest entrance at S22452 09704. there is room here for a few cars.Walk down the forest track, crossing a ford and follow the track until you can see open ground.Walk uphill to the summi...

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Seefin: Fine day spoilt by Scramblers
ewen 2 days ago.
Started at the Coillte gate at 068145 where there is parking for 2 cars. I then followed the forest road around until the first turn off to the left. This takes you along to the fire break/path at...

  
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Local 97
marymac 3 days ago.
An abstract Artist, Charles Shaw, said "Real happiness consists in not what we actually accomplish, but what we think we accomplish." I moved house. So my Local 100 changed. The new list includes ...

  
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Gortrumnagh: Drive or Walk
sandman 2 days ago.
The gravel track at L6133851903 will bring you up to the second quarry workings allowing you to park at L6213651955 and enter the open hillside via a gate just inside the quarry to the left. No si...

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Hacha Grande by following my nose.
jackill 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.5km, Climb: 636m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

  
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Derrylahan: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
As this hill is located in a field covered in gorse bushes the easiest access is via the adjacent land owner. Parking at L6670259115 i was fortunate to bump in to the farmer whose farm yard is loc...

  
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Ballynew: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Park at L6231659377 opposite a very modern designed house and follow the non tared track and as it turns right go straight up hill thru an old overgrown trail still used by some cattle on there ow...


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