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simon3
2014-02-17 09:48:44
"Reality sucks, power blows." from simon3 Expand pics
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An yll wynde that blowth no man to good, men
Or translated for the ancient Scots amongst us It's an ill wind blaws naebody gude.

Certainly high winds are a component of the bad weather making walking on higher hills problematic.
Surely there's a hidden benefit from all those wind turbines in the hills. They more they spin the less we depend on unstable places.

Or is there? Aren't they really a tax driven developers bubble, which will never pay off or even be part of the solution? Really a sort of ghost estate on the hills damaging tourism and destroying views.

Well, apparently the high winds are breaking records in power generation and on 17th December 2013 reached 2275Mw, about 60% of Ireland's energy needs. On average 18% of Ireland's electricity came from wind in 2013. ( http://www.iwea.com/_windenergy_onshore )

With these sort of figures, there's going to be even more wind farms. Recreational users should be concentrating our efforts on tangible goals, say keeping them off hills over about 450m, avoiding wilderness areas and seeking an overall plan for the island.

Sure they are an eyesore but the reality is there were and are no soft options in energy.

Windfarms are maybe not such a bad thing, since so much of Ireland and the world are in denial about peak oil and climate change. Just as well to have some national means to keep the lights on.
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Central Dingle Quartet from Anascaul
Bunsen7 20 hours ago.
Follow the track from Anascaul lake car park northwards up onto the mountain plateau.Track leads northwards from lake... walk, Len: 15.8km, Climb: 949m, Area: Stradbally Mountain, Central Dingle (Ire

  
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Seefin Mountain W Top: Bog and rough ground.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 2 days 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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Pic du Midi d'Ossau
David-Guenot a day ago.
The idea came from my 60-year-old, freshly retired neighbour, as we and some other members of the local badminton club m walk, Len: 16.2km, Climb: 1353m, Area: France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine ()

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Seefin Mountain E Top: Up the old bog road.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 2 days 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 South-East Top: Seefin South East Top is easily visited
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 2 days 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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Carnaween: The visitors book box near the summit
Aidy 6 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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Carnaween: Bad Weather Adding Drama To Great Views
Aidy 6 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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Pic Rouge de Bassiès
David-Guenot 2 days 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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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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MV Mountain Gathering 2017
Onzy 4 days ago.
Always a great night ... all welcome.

  
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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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