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CaptainVertigo
2014-10-05 11:00:55
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Protecting Ireland's Mountains
I cannot say for certain who created Mountaineering Ireland's YouTube essay "Protecting Ireland's Mountains" but whether the Director/Producer/Crew was Helen Lawless, the MI Conservation Officer, or a multitude of her servants and agents, whether it cost €500 or €50,000, the result has been a rather beautiful and thought provoking piece.
The film opens with a quote from John Muir, the Scottish American advocate of preservation of natural wildernesses:
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity."
I believe that the subsequent series of high quality visual images of our greatest mountain ranges eloquently underpins the gently earnest narrative exhorting the conservation of the magnificence that we now possess. And there is fun to be had identifying all the places that are shown en route.
The inner anarchist of many a walker (for, as a species, we are essentially ambivalent about the constraints of modernity) may predispose her/him to paranoia in the face of any government recognised body preaching goodness and light. Get over it! When MI sings from the same hymn sheet as ourselves we need to wake up and smell the harmony.
If I had a mild criticism (and this merely reveals my absolutism in the matter of Irish wilderness) it is that there is a hint of a concession that our little wild places must be seen as "less than" the great ones of Alaska and so forth. (See "Shall I Compare Thee" WS Sonnet 18 on invidious comparisons).
Similarly, I balk at mentions of the advantages mountains bring to our tourist industry. That is like listing the economic benefits of one's mother whose preservation ought to be intrinsic to her status rather than dependent on her utility.
I would like to see more hymns of praise to our environment so that we may, when the threats are great enough, proceed with religious fervour, with one voice. May I conclude by quoting John Muir once again:
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
and:
“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”
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Doonvinalla E Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 hours ago.
Easy access from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259 follow the Benwee Loop walk and branch off where appropriate . The photo shows views across towards Benwee Head in the background .

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 hours ago.
Looking across to Doonvinalla N Top from E Top i decided it was above my pay grade to attempt the summit climb today . But to the right of the photo a route to the top seemingly exists so another ...

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 hours ago.
The look out post 3 years after my first visit.

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Geevraun Point: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 hours ago.
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Horse Island: Mayo Island
sandman 4 hours ago.
View of Horse Island from Geevraun Point.

  
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Raheen: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 hours ago.
The photo shows the Megalithic Tomb adjacent to the summit of this small hill which is an easy accent from the old turf cutting track located at G0018340427.

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Lackan Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 5 hours ago.
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Mullaghnacross Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 5 hours ago.
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a week ago.
On 26/4/2014 i spent a very enjoyable afternoon walking this area visiting the army observation hut and the stone constructed EIRE marking as part of an addition to the Benwee Head Loop walk but i...

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Pic du Canigou
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
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Exploration of Wicklow Head from the north.
simon3 2 days ago.
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The Eagles Rock: A short but sweet scramble
IainT 4 days ago.
One of the few Irish summits that needs the use of hands by the easiest route. Those happy with exposure can get a good airy scramble (grade 2, pushing 3 maybe), by slanting left up an obvious ram...


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