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Monthly newsletter of MountainViews.ie for guestuser

April 2014

NEWS - INFORMATION - RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS - FEATURES - FORUMS

PIC OF THE MONTH

Highlights:
EAST, WEST, NORTH SOUTH MIDLANDS BRITAIN Route ideas and places to go, many to "new" places.

Volunteer request, Enjoy walking more by engagement.

Donegal's Nautical Summits Summiteering on terror firma

Upcoming: MOUNTAINVIEWS - WALKERS ASSOCIATION - and MORE

WALKERS ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND: Winter Talks Series 2013/ 2014
Wednesday Apr 16th 2014 8:00pm. Robin Simons: an inspiration

" I have two chronic diseases, Ankolosing Spondilitis - Arthritis of the Spine which came to stay with me in my late 20's and early-onset Parkinsons disease, diagnosed in January, 2001. By 2008, I could hardly move, let alone walk. Last summer saw me climb my 150th mountain. This is the story of my return to health. It has taken me to the highest summits in Ireland, all fourteen 900 meter plus peaks, stand on the highest points in al four provinces and reach 100 local summits here in Galway and south Mayo. It has been a journey of discovery - of what can be achieved."
Ever felt that twinge should stop you walking? We know something of Robin's amazing story and felt it needs to be offered to a wider audience as an antidote to other suffering or even hypochondriac walkers. Robin actually lives in the Maamturks and his pictures of the area, one that is always hard to see let alone photograph, are some of the best we have ever seen..


Note: talk is upstairs in the Lansdowne Hotel on this occasion
WAI talks are held in the Landsdowne Hotel, 27 - 29 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4 unless otherwise stated. Directions here http://www.lansdownehotel.ie .
The excellent bar facilities allow you to have a drink with other hillwalkers after the event. You can get a meal before the meeting also.

For a full list of Challenge Walks, visit here.

MOUNTAIN MEITHEAL: the following are upcoming work days for 2014:
05/04/2014 20/04/2014 03/05/2014
18/05/2014 31/05/2014 15/06/2014
28/06/2014 13/07/2014 26/07/2014
10/08/2014 23/08/2014 07/09/2014
20/09/2014 05/10/2014 18/10/2014
02/11/2014 15/11/2014
(More information at their website.)

The hard quartzite of the Twelve Bens and the steep scrambles make for a challenge at any time as seen in this view by Onzy of Benbreen from Bengower. He managed to catch the view made unusual by a temperature inversion in the middle of last month. Click for source comment.

Regions: MOUNTAIN COMMENTS - TRIP REPORTS - TRACKS - SUMMARIES
In short: Discovery

NORTH: Tops for history, ancient and modern
A WW2 plane wreck, neolithic tombs and Louth's most successful GAA team all combine to make a visit to Slievenaglogh a worthwhile and relatively easy trek.
Trailtrekker on Slievenaglogh: The Trig is the Top!
Of the January 2014 Binnion additions this has to be one of the best and well done to those who added it. Of those who have been out there early doors I hope that you visited the trig point at J 13679 08759, as this is the true summit and not the one initially marked down as such! I accessed the summit using the way marked Annalough Loop starting at the car park of Fitzpatricks restaurant and b ... Click here


NORTH: Still Got The Bluestacks
onzy has uploaded a track of middling length amongst the highest tops of Donegal's Bluestacks, a range noted for its rufty-tufty personality and tough going. With that in mind this outing constitutes a good sampling of its rugged delights, while those wanting more could easily add Croaghgorm to the start and finish on Carnaween.
Onzy on Southern Bluestacks Circuit
Circular route taking in Binnasruel, Lavagh More, Lavagh Beg walk, Length:12.9km, Climb: 673m, Area: Binnasruell, Bluestack Mountains (Ireland) Binna Click here


NORTH: Overnight bag? Almost!
Member paddyhillsbagger has a close call when he summits Carrigatuke in the Cooleys as the last of the daylight disappears!
paddyhillsbagger on Carrigatuke: Close call
After a long day of Binnion Bagging in the South I ended up at Carrigtuke to make it my 10th top of the day. Thanks to the summit comments I knew I could bag it in the fading light. What I didn't count on was my car running on reserve tank on fuel and no sterling! It was a worrying drive back to the republic to fill up! Click here


NORTH: Blowing a Cooley
A 'new' Binnion that has received numerous glowing references is Slievenaglogh, the southernmost eminence on the Cooley peninsula. While I can vouch for its quietness and wonderful views, Trailtrekker has gone further and uploaded a track replete with information to help enjoy the area even more. It doesn't actually go to the summit but that would be but a short diversion from a route that should only take a couple of hours, leaving plenty of time for the numerous historical sites (or other summits) hereabouts.
Trailtrekker on Annaloughan Loop
This 8km track follows the Annalough Loop in reverse, starti walk, Length:7.9km, Climb: 256m, Area: Cooley/Gullion (Ireland) Click here


WEST: Rough and rocky top has wonderful views
Lying to the north of the Twelve Bens, the rather diminutive Currywongaun yet offers a real sense of wilderness and spectacular views all around, recounts markwallace
markwallace on Currywongaun: Looking east
Looking east from Currywongaun. Doughruagh and Lough Touther in the centre of the photo.. Benchoona and Garruan to the left of the photo; Ben Brack to the right. Click here


WEST: Twelveses rather than Elevenses
The Twelve Bens are gnarly rubble-strewn mountain tendrils, home to outings of considerable challenge. Fortunately, they lead straight up from the road and as such can be consumed in a more snacky form (although still a reasonably sharp-edged snack). onzy's outing from the Ben Lettery youth hostel is a decent example of this, nabbing three of the Twelve; how to extend this trip should be pretty obvious from the map.
Onzy on Short Circuit in Twelve Bens
Circuit beginning at the entrance to the Ben Lettery Youth H walk, Length:9.9km, Climb: 835m, Area: Benlettery, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Benlettery, Bin Click here


SOUTH: Baco-foiled
The good CaptainVertigo has continued his epic-yet-spasmodic mission to climb all the Arderins and Vandeleur-Lynams with a day trip to the Galtees. His track concentrates on the western end of the range with a circuit based taking in six summits and reaching its high point on the lovely top of Lyracappul. As has been the case before he's laudably included details of 'where I went wrong, so you don't have to', outlining his travails at identifying the correct way out of the forest to climb Knockaterriff. (For anyone wishing to do these summits clockwise, heading for Temple Hill first via the valley to its SE is a reasonably foolproof route).
CaptainVertigo on A Western Galtee Circuit
There is really no need for me to describe this route: 95% o walk, Length:14.0km, Climb: 1142m, Area: Monabrack, Galty Mountains (Ireland) Monabrack, Click here


SOUTH: Biggest challenge is locating the summit!
Corronoher in Limerick/Kerry has little to recommend it, and the trig pillar at the forested top is tricky to find. One for the baggers, say members acorn and hivisibility.
group on Corronoher: The only difficulty with this one is finding the summit trig!
Corronoher lies north east of the Co Limerick village of Kilmeedy. There is ample parking at forestry entrance R40192 30370 and no access issues. The forestry track is shown accurately on OS sheet 65. Once through the barrier follow the forestry road east with evidence of hurricane Darwin's visit very visible all around you. The track rises gradually swinging north then west to a fork at R41259 ... Click here


SOUTH: 18 Degrees of Bacon
Showing commendable intensity/idiosyncrasy/insanity this month is simoburn, whose Project Mountain Goat (http://www.adventureburn.com/category/blog/pmg/) continues apace with some more knee-knackering itineraries. First up is a 'augmented' traverse of the Galtees, covering the length of the main ridge plus northern outliers; this will be well beyond 'plenty' for most mortals (especially with a descent to Lough Curra Mountain that would put hairs on your chest regardless of gender). Anyone managing to add the southern outliers to this outing could probably justifiably award themselves 'a pat on the back'.
simoburn on Galty Mountains. End to end with a few extras summits.
Galty Mountains. End to end with a few extras summits. See walk, Length:39.6km, Climb: 2675m, Area: Slieveanard NE Top, Galty Mountains (Ireland) S Click here


SOUTH: Ireland's finest…?
Member aidand ranks Gearhane in the Brandon group as among the best summits on the island, and recommends saving its majesty for a fine, clear day. You might even be able to see the other Gearhane in the Slieve Mishes!
group on Gearhane: Ireland's finest?
Gearhane is usually climbed as part of a ridge walk including Mount Brandon and Brandon Peak. Save this top-class walk for a fine day. The walk can be done in either direction. Two cars are required to avoid a long road walk at the end. From Cloghane village take the side road near the church. Drive to the end at a place called Mullagh a Bheal ('mullock') Q470068. Park near the old farmhouse and t ... Click here


SOUTH: Knockmealdown with a feather...
Rather than keel over and sleep for a week, simoburn opted to give the Knockmealdowns a similar going-over to that he'd administered to the Galtees the very next day; a track which almost (but not quite) follows the route of May's Knockmealdown challenge walk. Those with the capabilities of completing this excursion might start over Knocksculloge and Knocknanask rather than walking in from The Vee.
simoburn on Knockmealdowns Walk
Knockmealdowns Walk See blog post here: http://www.adventur walk, Length:35.0km, Climb: 1876m, Area: Knockmealdown Mountains (Ireland) Crohan West, Click here


MIDLANDS: Song of the binions
A chorus of birdsong brightens an otherwise obstacle-littered ascent of The Hill of Moat in the north midlands, recounts paddyhillsbagger.
paddyhillsbagger on The Hill of Moat: A typical Binnion.
The Hill of Moat encapsulates all that can be found in Binnion bagging; fences, electric and barbed, dense gorse, direction losing forestry, cow churned ground, no paths. Surprisingly these obstacles are in small doses and by carefully sticking to as many forest roads and tracks as possible (even if they take you on a rather circuitous route) then it's easy enough to reach the top and be rewarded ... Click here


MIDLANDS: Bag it while you can!
A quarry soon to be topped by a wind farm, means access to Taghart South in the north midlands may soon be a thing of the past. But will it be any great loss?
paddyhillsbagger on Taghart South: Bag it while you can.
This top can only be bagged by ignoring the warning signs associated with a working quarry. There was also a planning notice on a post for a proposed wind farm to add to the mix. The only pleasant view I had was of a soaring buzzard above the site. Click here


EAST: Towering over this small top.
Just eleven minutes is required to climb Carrickgollogan, reports eamonoc, but there is added interest with the presence of an old disused mining chimney.
eamonoc on Carrickgollogan: Look out for the mines!
Climbed Carrickgollogan today started at O 22548 20346, followed directions from previous comments, it took 11mins from the car park to the summit. The views were fantastic today, noticed chimney like structure poking its head above trees to the south from summit. Decided to investigate, the structure is a Leadmine Chimney Flue. The mines were called Ballycorus Lead Mines which opened in 1807, cl ... Click here


EAST: A nasty little hill!
MV member madeleineblue discovers many a potential pitfall on what seemed like a simple hop up and down Carrigvore in Wicklow!
madeleineblue on Carrigvore: A nasty little hill
What a pity I didn't read the previous comments carefully before blithely setting off up what looked like a pimple of a hill from a layby below the summit, one sunny day in December....I found an old track which made my ascent very easy. However, my propensity for heading straight for the target, regardless of experience, meant that my descent was rather more exciting than planned. Yes, it's a ... Click here


BRITAIN: Colossal Velocity
Wandering in the footsteps of Alan Partridge this month is march-fixer, who has contributed a couple of rural rambles from over the water. Seekers of gothic spires might be better going elsewhere (although Norwich's cathedral's pointy bit is the second highest in England), but if you fancy an amble in a rustic setting this sort of thing has a lot to recommend it; Albion's flatlands have an entirely different ambiance to Ireland's.
march-fixer on Blofield - Brundall & Church Fen Walk
This is a nice local village walk in the East Anglia Broads walk, Length:7.9km, Climb: 127m, Area: United Kingdom, England () Click here


Sorry if we didn't mention what you posted .. there's a list of all contributors for the month later.

FURTHER NEWS

Flying into the heart of a volcano.
With the general democratisation of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or Drones) an astonishing form of video photography has emerged. This is definitely the best that I have seen this year.

Click here for the best outdoor action video you will see this week.

While not having flaming rocks the Irish hill landscape could really use aerial viewpoints, so anyone interested in Irish mountain photography with a drone? Do get in touch.


Book reviewers wanted for 3 books: Burren & Aran Islands, Dublin & Wicklow, GR5 Route book.
Would anyone like to review one or more books?

The first is by Tony Kirby about the Burren & Aran Islands? It would be timely because we have added a number of summits in these areas.

The second is a walking guide to Dublin and Wicklow by Helen Fairbairn. Dublin/Wicklow is so large that there's always new routes being uncovered.

The third is an account by Sean Rothery of his 2,300-km trek on the GR5 from the North Sea to the Mediterranean. A grand venture indeed.

Let us know at group@mountainviews.ie and we will send a copy.
If you would like to review books, but not necessarily these, also let us know.



GPS Forever!! or, er, maybe not.
With a map, my principal navigation tool is using GPS which, when you are experienced in its use, is way better than that crude medieval pointing device, the lodestone compass. The GPS gives you updated direction and distance to points, can act as a compass, can contain at least a simple map, stores and summarises a record of where you have been etc. Certainly learn the compass in Mountain Skills and practice using it, but if you can afford a GPS, move onto it.
And GPS is the future with satellites from the USAF, Russians, Chinese and coming from the EU. And it will always be the future won't it.

Or maybe not: Read This About Coronal Mass Ejection For Why Not.
So maybe space weather will yet catch us out.

And then there's just been a 12 hour outage from Glonass (Russian GPS) (Read more).
Two more reasons for keeping the compass in the rucksack.

(That's if there isn't a major conflict. Can't see the US Airforce leaving GPS on if an enemy uses it to guide cheapo drones with bombs into buildings, can you? And as a further wild aside, of course all this talk of a major war is rubbish isn't it? Just like everyone thought in the spring of 1914.)

Philosophy and routes - Motley Views this month.
Who would think discussion would branch out towards our philosophy while walking, philosophy of walking, Genesis and Creation Myths? Never accuse MV members of being dumbed down.
And then there was that neat April 1st myth also.
If you have a break at work take 5 to read it as it got going from
CaptainVertigo on Awake
I have no doubt that I could engineer some kind of faux controversy with simon3 on the distinction between summiteering and bagging. But it would be an entirely spurious exercise because I essentially agree with him. Of course, the better experience is to be fully present and conscious on the hills, to savour every aspect of them, for the time there to be "quality time". It seems almost disrespect ... Click here


Volunteers wanted - Updating MV content


In order to keep MV as the most comprehensive and up to date resource available, we need to ensure that our content is as complete as possible, remains regularly updated and stays fresh. In addition to the normal posting done daily by our members, we could do with some help in some specific areas. We invited members to contribute at the recent Mountain Gathering held in conjunction with the WAI, and many thanks to those who did so (six of you!). However, we could do with more, particularly in the following areas:

Short Summaries - these are a relatively new development designed to abstract the critical information about a hill from what, in the case of the more popular hills, can be many pages of data. We would like to complete these as soon as possible, particularly for the Vandeleur-Lynam and Arderin lists. For more information on the writing of short summaries, click here.

Local, Historical and Cultural Hills - the inclusion of a range of hills, which do not strictly qualify under the prominence criteria, but which are of such significant local, historical or cultural importance as to merit inclusion in MV has begun. The first additions included Tara and the Hill of Slane. We welcome your submissions for other hills in this category. It is not enough just to suggest a hill, you will need to give us enough information to enable a listing of the hill - look at any individual hill page for the kind of information we need.

Area Descriptions - It has been suggested that the site might benefit from an overview of each Mountain Area featuring in the site. This would outline an area for the benefit of someone visiting for the first time and would concentrate less on the hills themselves and more on the nature of the area, accommodation, pubs, the attractions, the usual walk starting points etc. If you would like to write up your own area, please get in touch.

If anyone is willing to help with these areas of the site, please contact Dave Owens (Onzy) on OnzyMV@gmail.com so that volunteers can be co-ordinated.

Let's not forget that we still have a number of hills that have no comments yet, particularly the new Binnions, so if you want to be the first to comment on a hill, there are plenty of opportunities. Also, those of you that walk with a gps, the track sharing system has been a huge success and it would be great if we had routes up more of our hills.

-- Onzy, David Owens.

BINNIONS TO CLIMB!



As noted in a previous newsletter, the redrawing of the prominence requirements for Binnions has brought some spectacular sea stacks into the lists. Here the acknowledged doyen of their exploration, Iain Miller, describes the new Donegal tops from an exploratory climber's perspective.

Donegal's Nautical Summits
by
Iain Miller


Donegal has over 100 sea stacks dotted along its coastline and islands providing over 170 recorded climbs to their summits. Many of the stacks found along this coast will require you to use considerable nautical, vertical and spiritual guile, to reach the summit of these beasts. The rock is mixture of quartzite and granite, and running the entire coast is a band of basalt, which features heavily on many of the sea stacks. The following summits are higher than 100 meters to their highest point from the mean tide marks at their bases.


Tormore Island
Tormore Island
There are few places on Earth that can compare to the surreal nature of the coastal architecture that surrounds Tormore Island. This island sits at the southern end of Glenlough Bay at the far western tip of the Slievetooey coastline. Approximately 300 meters out to sea from the storm beach at the entrance to Shambhala resides this huge island/stack. At about 160 meters high Tormore Island is Ireland's highest sea stack and it stands guard over a outstanding collection of stacks and towers in this inaccessible and mildly scary location. Surrounding the sea approaches to Tormore are the 100 meters high Cnoc na Mara, Lurking Fear, Hidden Stack and Cobbler's Tower. This really is a surreal place of giants.
Access to the base of the Tormore involves a 3 kilometre clifftop walk from the An Port road end and a 250 meter scramble down to one of two storm beaches at sea level. It is possible to access sea level from both the entrance to Shambhala storm beach and An Chlochán Mór storm beach below Glenlough Bay. Each of those exit points for the sea crossing present its own set of potential marine difficulties and both are dependent on a specific set of nautical conditions and tide phases. Each of these two sea passages are equally emotional. From sea level it is a 300 meter sea passage to the narrow channel separating Tormore Island from Cobbler's Tower. Cobbler's Tower is Donegal's highest free standing tower and is connected to mainland Donegal by a series of suicidally loose ridges and collapsing minor towers. What this means is the approach and possible escape from the labyrinth surrounding Tormore is by sea passage with no sane over land entry/exit points. The channel separating Tormore from the mainland is a nautical labyrinth comprising 4 major stacks and the Cobbler's Tower. These five major land masses work well in conjunction with the myriad of smaller outlaying tidal skerries to produce a stretch of difficult to predict tidal conflictions which unfortunately produce a great deal of white water violence.
The story of the First Ascent of Tormore Island is found at iain-miller.blogspot.ie/2013/08/tormore-island-irelands-highest-sea-stack.html.
Tormore Island VS 220m


Cnoc na Mara and Tormore Island
Cnoc na Mara (Tormore Island S on MV)
Living in the shadow of Tormore Island is Cnoc na Mara. When I first saw this 102 meter high unclimbed sea stack from the cliff tops it was the inspiration to climb every one of 100 unclimbed sea stacks in Donegal. This stack represents all that is great about adventure climbing, its impressive soaring 150m landward arête providing one of the most rewarding and adventurous rock climbs in Ireland, easily equal to the mighty Old Man of Hoy off the Orkney Islands.
An ascent of involves a very long day with a monstrous steep grassy descent followed by a 50m abseil to a storm beach at sea level. As you descend this steep slope, sitting out to sea, Cnoc na Mara grows with height reaching epic proportions as you get closer to the beach. Gaining the beach alone is an adventurous undertaking in its own right and is an excellent taster off what is to come. From the storm beach it is a 120m sea passage to the base of the stack.
The Landward arete is climbed in four pitches, each pitch being much more atmospheric than the last. The fourth pitch is the money shot, a 58m ridge traverse with 100m of air either side of you as you negotiate the short steep sections along this outstanding ridge traverse. Gaining the summit is like being reborn into a world where anything is possible, a surreal and magical place to be. The whole world falls away below and around you, perched on a summit far from anything else.
The descent back to sea level is an involved affair with two abseils and great deal of care and guile.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsBck_I2bMA
The landward arête VS 4b 152m ***


Gull Island
Gull Island
Living at the base of Slievetooey's north coast in one of Ireland's most remote and isolated locations is a 100 m high flat-topped island. The island sits approximately 6km from Maghera caves to the east, 8km from An Port road end to the west and 4.5km from the nearest place to park the car to the south. Whichever way you approach Gull Island it is a long way across open, pathless and rarely visited uplands.
Access to the raised shingle storm beach which separates the island from mainland Donegal is by a 100m steep grass / loose rock down climb and scramble. This marathon walk in and careful descent of the surrounding slopes takes you to an outrageous location as you stand on a huge horseshoe shaped raised shingle storm beach with a majestic backdrop of the 300 m high sea cliffs of Slievetooey.
But it is what stands out to sea in front you that instils your first rushes of primal fear. The landward face of Gull Island is quite simply an enormous 150m aréte of near biblical-proportions. Standing at the base of this aréte tying into your rope and preparing to climb is where your internal battle with your inner demons begins. Inversely it is also what makes this type of adventurous rock climbing in potentially very serious locations one of the most foolish and rewarding activities it is possible to participate in.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-401eb0gAVM
Gull Island E1 5a 125m

Iain can be contacted through his website, www.uniqueascent.ie, from where he offers all manner of adventurous trips in Donegal and elsewhere. The complete version of this article will be uploaded to MV in the near future.
(Editor's note: 'VS' and 'E1' are rock climbing grades, sufficiently elevated that it must be stressed that considerable expertise is required for those seriously contemplating an ascent).

-- This summary by Peter Walker.

SITE NEWS

Summit listing: export feature being redeveloped
Suggestions welcome The new "Nineteen Lists & Log" page has had various smaller features added such as an optional prominence column, however we are currently working on a major Export feature, to make the dumping of data from this page more efficient, with a direct connection to Garmin devices. This will replace the ancient MV1 Home | GPS Summit Data (Irl) menu option which is cumbersome and poorly integrated. How would you like to see the new feature work? Suggestions to group@mountainviews.ie


Contribution Points Explained
simon3 on Contribution Points Explained.
As a member contributes summit comments, tracks etc they are awarded a certain number of "Contribution Points". Some reports show this and the score is used to determine whether the member can have access to certain facilities. Following requests, we have put the basis of these points into our documentation for the service here: http://mountainviews.ie/guidelines/comments/ Click here


SUMMITEERS CORNER
A place for those interested in Summiteering, Bagging or Highpointing.



A Guide to Ireland's Mountain Summits - The Vandeleur-Lynams & The Arderins
MountainViews first book available online and in many bookshops. The first reprint with numerous minor amendments is now out.

simon3 on A Guide to Irelands Mountain Summits
MountainViews first book available online and in many bookshops.

As members will know, for over a decade, Mountainviews.ie has been providing unique information to hillwalkers on all aspects of exploring and enjoying Ireland's upland areas. It's been a collaborative effort by over 1000 of you, and currently contains over 6000 comments on 1057 mountains and hills on the island of Ireland ... Click here
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This month.
Kudos to our contributors.

We welcome the following new members who enrolled this month. 20silkcutpurple, akvilerod, atul, BrianLawless, camellia, carpinteyromgw, Cveltink, daveespene, desflynn, dmw22, donalo2006, donalomahony, dregish, Eoin-Moran, gazmeas, geohappy, GrendanB, happymourneview, henrym, highviolet2014, IrishRanger, jerrk001, johngal, johnreilly100, justbarry, karolinagrady, Kata, kenigoe, kevinmbyrne1, landrover88, lore, mallowman, marygcasey, Miah_215, michael1234, milok, MoKirwan, moreilly, NathanR, newpark-cc, nikolai, nobyrnes, NSchaefer, OceanEscapes, PanDavid, Pat63, patoche, patrickdesmond, paulapower, pawelfur, pedroabrao, Pepe, richardmanton, riosouto, rosmahony, sandman1, sarahmc, Sextiladiesdudna, siubhan, SnowHiker, stafa, stauntonrising, Stephenforrest, Terry-Parker, tombell, Vard, Velazquez, Yoshimi (68)

Our contributors to all threads this month: Aidy (5), BleckCra (2), CaptainVertigo (6), Colin Murphy (2), Conor74 (5), David-Guenot (3), Derry_Danderer (1), Fergalh (36), Geo (1), Onzy (7), Pepe (1), Peter Walker (8), Trailtrekker (3), concorde (5), daveespene (1), dino (4), eamonoc (4), Communal summary entries (11), hivisibility (1), jackill (3), madeleineblue (1), mallowman (1), march-fixer (2), markwallace (2), mlawlor1981 (1), nkenealy (1), paddyhillsbagger (13), sandman (11), simoburn (14), simon3 (5), stauntonrising (1), thomas_g (1)
For a fuller list view Community | Recent Contributors

There were comments on the following summits , Aghalion Hill, Ballycurry, Ballyguile Hill, Ballynalacken Hill, Bawn Mountain, Benaughlin, Benbrack, Benbrack NE Top, Benbulbin, Benlettery, Binn Gabhar, Binn Ghuaire, Black Hill, Bockagh Hill, Bohilbreaga, Bray Head Hill, Brewel Hill, Caponellan Hill, Carnmoney Hill, Carrickatee, Carrickgollogan, Carrigatuke, Carrigeen Hill, Carrigvore, Cloghervaddy, Coolnasillagh Mountain, Corballis Hill, Corduff, Corronoher, Croaghbrack, Croaghgorm, Cruckboeltane, Cuilcagh, Currywongaun, Derrin, Dunranhill, Eagle Hill, Eglish, Errigal, Garrylaurence Hill, Gortnadrehy, Hewson Hill, Jonesborough Hill, Kilmichael Hill, Knockadullaun, Knockaglana, Knockastia, Knockbrack, Knockeyon, Knockfune, Knocknashee, Knockree, Knockshigowna, Larganmore, Largy, Lugganammer, Moveen Hill, Moydow, Muckanagh Hill, Mucklety Hill, Mullaghbane Mountain, Mullaghmeash Hill, Mullaghmore, Mullyash Mountain, Oldtown Hill, Oughtarnid, Rehagy Mountain, Rush Hill, Scalp Mountain, Shantemon, Sheemore, Slieve League, Slievecarnane, Slievenaglogh, Slieveward, Stranisk, Taghart South, The Hill of Moat, Tievenanass
and these tracks Anglesey Mountain, Cooley/Gullion Ireland, Annagh Hill, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Benlettery, Twelve Bens Ireland, Binn Doire Chláir, Twelve Bens Ireland, Binnasruell, Bluestack Mountains Ireland, Bohilbreaga, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Bray Head Hill, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Cooley/Gullion Ireland, Curradrolan Hill, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Eglish, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Galtybeg, Galty Mountains Ireland, Ireland, 14 m SW from your Home Location , Killiney Hill, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Knockeenatoung, Galty Mountains Ireland, Knockmealdown Mountains Ireland, Largy, Fermanagh/S Tyrone Ireland, Letterlogher, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Little Sugar Loaf, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Monabrack, Galty Mountains Ireland, Monabrack, Galty Mountains Ireland, Mourne Mountains Ireland, Slieve Croob, Mourne Mountains Ireland, Slieve Gullion, Cooley/Gullion Ireland, Slieveanard NE Top, Galty Mountains Ireland, Sugarloaf Hill, Knockmealdown Mountains Ireland, Tara, East Coast Ireland, Topped Mountain, Fermanagh/S Tyrone Ireland, United Kingdom, England , United Kingdom, England tracks and these walks were created (none in period)

Thanks to all 1111 who have ever contributed summits or routes info and forums.

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Summary. MountainViews now has 6703 comments about 1192 different hills & mountains out of the total in our current full list (1384). We want to get a good gps track showing each of the major ways up every summit in Ireland. If you see an option to add a "Short Summary" then do please consider creating one since another objective is to have one for every summit also. There's a few (192) opportunities for you to be the first to comment on a summit.

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Notices
  • If you are contributing, please be careful to respect the interests of landowners. Suggest access routes well away from houses, gardens or that could conceivably impact farming activities. When walking, keep away from gardens or farm buildings. Use stiles or gates wherever possible. Never do anything that could allow animals to roam where the farmer did not intend. Ask permission where appropriate.
  • Report suspicious activity to the police forces, as below.
  • If your car is broken into in an upland area report it to the PSNI or Gardai as this will help them be aware of the issue and tackle it in future. Store the numbers. In Northern Ireland use the PSNI non-emergency number 0845 600 8000. In the Republic you can find the local Garda District HQs phone numbers at www.garda.ie/Stations/Default.aspx
  • If you hear of a problem area or route, write it up in MountainViews which does everyone a service.
    Report rubbish tipping in the Republic - ring EPA hotline 1850 365 121
    Report quads in national park area (in which they are banned). For Wicklow please phone the Duty Ranger: 087-9803899 or the office during office hours Telephone: +353-404-45800. Put these numbers in your phone, take regs etc. Let MV know of contact numbers for other areas.
  • If you have climbed some of the less well known places, we would appreciate a summit rating and also GPS readings for summits.
  • If we can, let's make MV have more than one route up a summit so as to reduce the tendency for paths to appear. Your grid refs in comments for different starting points show up on MountainViews maps as well as GPS tracks.
  • MountainViews are on Twitter as MountainViewsIE. Follow us and we will follow you back. Any queries to secretary@mountainviews.ie

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This newsletter Editor: Simon Stewart, Homepage: www.simonstewart.ie
Assistant editor: Colin Murphy
Track reviews: Peter Walker, Tom Condon
Book reviews: Conor Murphy, Aidan Dillon, Peter Walker
Graphics design advice: madfrankie
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