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tamjk
2015-09-03 21:07:05
Safest We Have, If Not Totally Safe.
** Who in OSI told you we are not interested in their 1:25 000 mapping? Also why did you call the Devils Ladder a safe route? **

You better calm down a bit and read my messages more carefully ! (I suppose you had a hard week at a real job.)
i never said that anyone in OSI said that MV was not interested in 1:25,000 maps.
In fact, I hardly knew of MV at that time.
Perhaps you misread my comments on OSI being unable to determine a single authority on mountaineering who was prepared to advise on safe routes to summits on those new maps.

I call the Devil's Ladder a safe route since the other Carrauntuohill routes that I've done or observed closely are much more dangerous. Heavenly Gates is vertiginous. Likewise with final stage of Br O'Shea's route, the last part where one has to scramble up a steepish ridge with worrying drops on both sides. Caher and Beenkeeragh also have steep falls on one or both sides and winds can buffet a bit there. Coimín na Péiste has steep falls and awkward rock surmounts in a couple of places.

I know the Ladder demands a bit of grunt but it's paceable given the big boulders you can rest against.
As I already said, the loose stones need clearing and this is a bit of a project. (Funny no one comments on that suggestion.)

The Ladder is not fully safe.
But it's the safest of the routes that I know on our highest mountain and I think it's the one to properly sort out for tourist trails.


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Inishmeane: The concrete road thru the village
magicstep 3 hours ago.
Part of the village, about 10 houses in total.

  
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Inishmeane: Not much to do, a tranquil place.
magicstep 3 hours ago.
Visited in 2014. There's a sandy beach and a solid pier with slipway and a picnic table facing the mainland. The road from the pier all the way thru the village is a robust concrete one, but it's ...

  
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Inishsirrer: Deserted village
magicstep 5 hours ago.
Mainland on the horizon (left and right)

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Inishsirrer: The only building that is not a ruin.
magicstep 5 hours ago.
Surprisingly Donegal islands have a very good mobile internet reception, sometimes better than in an office in Dublin.

  
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Inishsirrer: Part of a road from the past
magicstep 5 hours ago.
There's a salty tidal lake on the island.

  
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Inishsirrer: Uninhabited except a few sheep.
magicstep 22 hours 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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Knockroe: OMG - I forget to check the MV page!
Pepe 2 days 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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ewen
ewen 2 days 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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Bleantasour Mountain: A boggy but short ascent route
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 3 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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