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david kirk
2009-01-03 22:41:57
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Don't pass the buck!
Interesting piece and pics by Padodes (Dec 22) on the removal, by a military operation by the sound of it, of an abandoned tent up Glensoulan; what did they do – use flame throwers to ‘cleanse’ the site?
Litter is an affront to anyone who values our natural landscapes, whether it is an abandoned tent, a plastic bottle or a beer can (in the name of God what kind of dickhead humps cans of beer up mountains? – the beer is what you get stuck into AFTER your day in the hills) and it should be regarded as a duty by every walker to pick up and take away any they see along their way. If I may quote from a book I did some years ago on the Mournes: “The litter of the few who have not been taught to care remains an affront only as long as it is left to lie there by those who later pass by.”
Bottles or cans weigh nothing and it takes only a few second to squash it and put it in your pocket or rucksack. You don’t do it because it is ‘damaging’ the mountains; it is visually offensive, a reminder of lower life forms, but, if you want a self-interest motive, you take it away so that it won’t be there the next time YOU pass that way.
Attached is a picture of the rubbish I picked up over the course of one year’s walks in the Mournes (about 30 days) and collected as an exercise just to see what it amounted to – a bin-bag full. It’s worth the effort (take a plastic shopping bag if you’re squeamish).
Back to tents. Over the past five years I’ve come across three (plus two sleeping bags!) , abandoned reminders presumably of panic and misadventure. But you don’t pass them by bemoaning their unsightliness (while enjoying a good laugh at the misfortune of their occupants) – you roll ‘em up, pack ‘em small and take them away – don’t rely on someone else to come along with a flame-thrower. (One, with a new set of fibre-glass poles, I’m still using on occasion; the others are great as dust-sheets while decorating – but they were effing heavy to carry off!)
The principal is – if you enjoy our wonderful landscapes – keeping them decent is YOUR responsibility; don’t pass the buck!


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Lake District: Skiddaw via Ullock Pike
Onzy 12 hours ago.
Classic route in the lakes... walk, Len: 15.3km, Climb: 1062m, Area: Ullock Pike, Lake District - Northern Fe...

  
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La Gomera - GR132
GSheehy a day ago.
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Doughruagh: Rocky summit with access issues from Kylemore Abbey
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 4 days ago.
Located behind Kylemore Abbey, it has been reported that access from the grounds is no longer allowed. It is possible to park in a small lay-by at L77637 58711 and walk approx 30m along the road t...

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Doughruagh South Top: Twin of Doughruagh main top
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 4 days ago.
Located behind Kylemore Abbey, it has been reported that access from the grounds is no longer allowed. It is possible to park in a small lay-by at L77637 58711 and walk approx 30m along the road t...

  
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Raghtin More: The smallest Inishowen Arderin
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 5 days ago.
The easiest approach is to park at Urrismenagh viewpoint carpark C317 443 and follow the track to its highest point. From here you can avoid Crockmain and carry on towards Raghtin More to the Nort...

  
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Crockmain: An uninspiring summit with great views
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 5 days ago.
The easiest approach is to park at Urrismenagh viewpoint carpark C317 443 and follow the track to its highest point before heading north over heather to the summit. Alternatively from Mamore Gap c...

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Knocknanacree: Views to Slieve Mish and the Dingle Peninsula
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 5 days ago.
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Currywongaun: Rough and Rocky
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 4 days ago.
Park off road in a small lay-by at L72134 59157 and ascend the spur in a roughly Easterly direction to the summit. Usually climbed en-route to its larger neighbor Doughraugh.

  
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Teeromoyle Mountain: A summit in the middle of a classic Horseshoe walk
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 5 days ago.
This summit is usually accessed whilst walking the Glenbeigh Horseshoe. A shortened version taking in the 4 central 600m summits in the centre of the horseshoe Teeromoyle, Coomacarrea, Mullaghnara...

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Bruse Hill: Bruse
Nekarsulm 6 days ago.
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Forbidden Keadeen
CaptainVertigo 5 days ago.
Please DO NOT attempt to gain access to Keadeen from the road by following my route. The owner, who is a very decent ... walk, Len: 7.2km, Climb: 487m, Area: Keadeen Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland

  
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Coppanagh: Wear Your Wellies
Pepe a week ago.
As of early 2017 the top section of forestry has been felled, making the trig easily visible once you're up. A word of caution: this felling has resulted in a treacherous summit surface; a gazilli...


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