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2015-11-09 21:59:18
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A Matter of Life or Death
Having being on something of a hiatus from the hills I have not been on this site as often as I used. However, I recently looked in and was intrigued and amused by the musing of a newbie poster, who seemed clueless on both the ethics of messageboard debate and many aspects of safety in hills! Many of his myths have been debunked already and he seems to have left the field of play (no doubt off to another messageboard to hurl insults), but there was one of his myths that was not dealt with "Am I the only one here who knows that standard life insurance policies do not cover death resulting from mountaineering?" A direct copy and paste for fear that he may reappear and accuse me of twisting his words.

Just to clarify, there is no such standard exclusion applying to life assurance policies in the Republic of Ireland. I would imagine that it is the same up north, but would not be so definitive. So whether you are taking a non boardwalked bog trot up Cuilcaigh, taking the Faha ridge to Brandon, the green ramp to Mweelrea or approaching Carrauntohil from Beenkeragh, Cruagh Mor, Caher ridge or even the Devils Ladder there is no standard exclusion to your life cover should the worst happen. Of course if you are concerned you should always check with your insurer, the best advice is always independent advice from a qualified financial advisor and if in any doubt at all about a disclosure, mention it. But most life insurers in Ireland are only concerned with mountaineering if it is at heights well in excess of what can be gained in either Ireland or Britain.

PS: the boardwalk on Cuilcagh looks completely OTT, but having only walked this mountain once, from the extremely boggy Gortlughany side in 2011, I would take a hideous boardwalk over that route any day!


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Farbreague: from Arderin
ewen 4 days ago.
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Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
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ewen 5 days ago.
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MountainBoy 6 days ago.
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Croaghmoyle: Easy walk up to great views
Fergal Meath 6 days ago.
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gernee 4 days ago.
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ewen
ewen 4 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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Ben of Howth: Loop walk starting from Howth Harbour
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Stags of Broadhaven (central): Climbing
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