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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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Inishsirrer: Uninhabited except a few sheep.
magicstep an hour 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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ewen
ewen a day 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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Knockroe: OMG - I forget to check the MV page!
Pepe a day ago.
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Bleantasour Mountain: A boggy but short ascent route
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day 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 a day 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 a day 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 2 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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Local 97
marymac 3 days ago.
An abstract Artist, Charles Shaw, said "Real happiness consists in not what we actually accomplish, but what we think we accomplish." I moved house. So my Local 100 changed. The new list includes ...

  
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Gortrumnagh: Drive or Walk
sandman 2 days ago.
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Hacha Grande by following my nose.
jackill 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.5km, Climb: 636m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

  
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Derrylahan: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
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Ballynew: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Park at L6231659377 opposite a very modern designed house and follow the non tared track and as it turns right go straight up hill thru an old overgrown trail still used by some cattle on there ow...


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