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The Summit

Monthly newsletter of MountainViews.ie for guestuser

April 2015

NEWS - INFORMATION - RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS - FEATURES - FORUMS

PIC OF THE MONTH

NORTH, SOUTH, WEST, EAST, Spain, The Canaries Route ideas and places to go.

VIDEOS: Two videos featured this month. One from Gerrym and another from mcritcly

Challenge Walks Calendar A new section of MountainViews.ie

Strategy for MountainViews Have your say.

Upcoming: MOUNTAINVIEWS - WALKERS ASSOCIATION - and MORE

WALKERS ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND and MOUNTAINVIEWS:
  • Tuesday, 14th April, 2015. 8pm. David Walsh, author of Oileán, A Guide to the Irish Islands, will speak on:
    "Irish Islands, Cliffs, Sunsets and Getting There".
    This promises to be an extremely interesting talk particularly for members who have been to at least some of the islands and would consider going to more.

  • Report. On Wednesday, 11th March, Michael Gibbons, noted archaeologist spoke on
    “Drowned Landscapes of Ireland’s West Coast – New Insights into Storm Archaeology”.
    Some 40 attended this extremely interesting talk.

These meetings are being organised by the WAI with the help of the MountainViews committee. Talks are held in the Landsdowne Hotel, 27 - 29 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4 unless otherwise stated. Entry is free unless otherwise stated. There is a collection. Directions here 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. Should you wish to stay overnight then please consider staying with the Lansdowne.

For a full list of Challenge Walks, visit the new location here.

MOUNTAIN MEITHEAL: Mountain Meitheal are keen to find more people to help. Future dates: 04.04.2015 19.04.2015 26.04.2015 02.05.2015
17.05.2015 23.05.2015 30.05.2015 14.06.2015
21.06.2015 27.06.2015 12.07.2015 18.07.2015
25.07.2015 09.08.2015 16.08.2015 22.08.2015
06.09.2015 19.09.2015 26.09.2015 04.10.2015
17.10.2015 18.10.2015 01.11.2015 14.11.2015

We publicise Mountain Meitheal because they make practical repairs to some of the more popular areas we walk on, using a voluntary community based approach. (More information at their website.)

 Picture of the month

Misty, icy summit Djouce summit, by simon3, some years ago
For Original Comment

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

Featured summit



Dawn on the Unknown Summit

When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself, and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,
Desiring this man's art, and that man's scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts my self almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate;
For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.


-- CaptainVertigo (with rather a lot of help from one William Shakespeare)

NORTH: Small pleasures
What Toome Hill in Donegal lacks in height, it more than makes up for in panoramic views, says Aidy.
Aidy on Toome: Hill With Character
Climbed after turning off the N56, shortly after crossing the Gweebarra River bridge, heading north. Parked on a minor road, which doesn't seem to be named, on the east side of the hill between Toome Lough and the smaller Lough Achush. From there, it was a short walk up the gentle slope to the summit, marked by a trig pillar. Great views on the way up over the two loughs, and at the top, more v ... Click here


NORTH: Flysheets over Donegal
While Errigal is busy brazenly displaying its charms to the world and his wife there is a huge swathe of mountainous terrain sitting across the R251, waiting for the connoisseur to enjoy its very rugged hospitality. Slieve Snaght is the culminating point but around and about it are legions of lower summits and endless rocky ins and outs and ups and downs. mrtchly and kernowclimber have spent several days exploring this area during March, and this particular overnighter (although it'd be perfectly possible for the experienced in a single day) takes in eight tops; an obvious extension over Slieve Snaght to Knockfadda could grab you an additional four. It's all wonderful mountain country, and an absolute swine to navigate around in mist...
mcrtchly on Part 1 of two circuits in the Derryveaghs
For a description of this route see http://kernowclimber.blo walk, Length:29.2km, Climb: 1286m, Area: Maumlack, Donegal NW (Ireland) Maumlack, Cruach Click here


NORTH: A small gem in the Sperrins
Crockdooish is the perfect for young or old, a relatively easy walk rewarding with fine views and tainted only by numerous barbed wire fences, reports Aidy.
Aidy on Crockdooish: A Small Gem In The Sperrins
I was driving round this area of the Sperrins with my young son, looking for smaller hills to tackle as I am trying to pass on the hillwalking bug. We had already walked about halfway up Balix Hill, but the ground was hard going for him, and we gave it up. I stopped beside Farahs pub on the Sallowilly Road as it looked like a good spot to start up Crockdooish from the southern side. I was going ... Click here


NORTH: Peat hag hell!
Learmount S. Top in the Sperrins requires the negotiation of a countless peat hags as you near the summit, reports Aidy.
Aidy on Learmount Mtn S Top: Peat Hag Hell
The second summit of the day on Sunday, after Dart Mountain on the other side of the Tamnagh/Park road between Park and Cranagh. It is a very short walk from the road, and most of the height has been gained if parking at the highest point on the road near the cattle grids. The only difficulty was an area of peat hags at the summit, which I also had to navigate through on the way to my final summ ... Click here


WEST: Huge cairn tops small hill
Knockanes in West Clare is part of the Burren National Park, reports sandman, and is ideal for a quick, pleasant bit of bagging.
sandman on Knockanes: Quick Bag.
If you park at R3338897783 (room for one vehicle), you can access the hill thru the farm gate a few metres from you allowing you quick ascent to the summit. No access issues as the hill is located in The Burren National Park. Click here


WEST: Short? Yes. Sweet? Erm...
One of the least highly regarded of the County Tops is the pinnacle (sic) of Clare, Moylussa. This is a great unbaked pudding far more beloved of the quadbiking 'fraternity' than hillwalkers, but the determined CaptainVertigo has immortalized a route from the south taking in both the parent summit and the neighbouring tops of Cragnamurragh and Glennagalliagh Mountain, and he has as always augmented it with notes which are both copiously informative and highly entertaining (I'll be taking the Rav4 rather than the Mondeo when I'm in these parts in a few weeks, thanks Paul). Ballykildea Mountain might be included by the masochistic, while others might take advantage of the relative brevity of this route and use the rest of the day to visit some of the many summits hereabouts.
CaptainVertigo on Moylussa from South
My research into these mountains indicated that most folks s walk, Length:10.3km, Climb: 298m, Area: Glennagalliagh Mountain, Shannon (Ireland) Glenn Click here


WEST: Interpretative centre, no thanks!
Mullaghmore in West Clare was at the pinnacle of controversy in the nineties with a plan to build an interpretative centre there, which thankfully never happened, so retains all its natural beauty, says Pepe.
Pepe on Mullagh More: The Way Nature ought to Be?
Uninterpreted, that is - except by the individual on his or her walk? If you were to ask people in general to name a mountain in Clare chances are they would name this one. It entered public consciousness in a big way back in the nineties over a controversial plan to build an interpretive centre. The plans were shot down so now it stands in all its natural glory, untainted by the diggers and shove ... Click here




Featured track report
The Irish Ramblers Club Lug Walk.
Main walk (Challenge Walk) Length:51.6km Start: Sat 18-06-11 05:50, End: 17:19, Durn: 11h28m, Asc: 2153m, Desc: 2502m Places: Start at O07722 20082, Kippure, Carrigvore, Gravale, Duff Hill, Mullaghcleevaun East Top, Mullaghcleevaun, Stoney Top, Tonelagee, Tomaneena, Conavalla, Camenabologue, Lugnaquilla, end at S97271 93507 29km S from Start
This was the Lug Walk of 2011 as completed by Jim Holmes and now available on MV as Track 2890.
This walk is on again this year - enter soon! Details Here

Whatever the length or terrain covered, please do submit suggestions for this "Featured Track" spot in future at group@mountainviews.ie

SOUTH: Bird’s eye view
Standing in relative isolation at the end of the Dingle peninsula, Mount Eagle offers tremendous landscapes and seascapes, says Onzy.
group on Sliabh an Iolair: Bird
Start at the track GR Q352 003, parking for 2 cars, and follow it between stone walls towards the lake .you have two choices, the steep zigzag path visible directly ahead or the track around to the north which meets the top of the zig zags in any case.The track leads you to within 300 meters of the summit, from the track end an easy walk across short heather will see you there . The views to the ... Click here


SOUTH: Healy does it
Down in the Cahas to the east of the Healy Pass lies the peak of Knockowen, a summit liberally decorated and defended by an awful lot of outcropping rock. Even the 'simple' ascent by the ridgeline is quite entertaining but Onzy has taken it upon himself to use that as the overture to a further three tops and a return which attempts (and presumably succeeds, given that he lived to write it up) in linking various grassy terraces amid the collapsing calamity of slabs and boulders that forms Knockowen's south face. This is properly adventurous hillwalking, and a cracking test of micro and macro route selection...I only hope the little kiosk selling ice cream is open for any other visitors.
Onzy on Cahas: East of the Healy Pass
A route over the three hills immediately east of the Healy P walk, Length:12.3km, Climb: 629m, Area: Knockowen, Caha Mountains (Ireland) Knockowen, C Click here


SOUTH: Top Gear
More vintage smash 'n' grabbery in the Comeraghs from the master of the art, CaptainVertigo. The Cap'n has reduced the ascent of the two Arderins on the Knockanaffrin ridge to a couple of hours (one could obviously use this route as the preliminary to a more extensive trip further south onto the higher sections of the range) but has also taken the chance to wax lyrical on the symbolic nature of man's relationship with his car, and indeed how not giving a stuff about damaging them can save you a lot of dull walking through forests. Amen to that.
CaptainVertigo on Knockanaffrin Ridge - Short Route
I read Gerry McVeigh's Knockanaffrin Track Notes (2338) with walk, Length:6.6km, Climb: 396m, Area: Knocksheegowna, Comeragh Mountains (Ireland) Knoc Click here


SOUTH: Giant walls of rock
Approaching Knockowen in the Cahas by the little-taken route from the south, Onzy encountered impressive but navigable slabs of sandstone.
Onzy on Knockowen: South face
Most approaches to Knockowen are from the Healy pass to the west or Cushnaficulla to the east. To the south however, there is a huge amount of slabbed rock on the final approach to the hill. As many of these slabs have slipped irregularly it can be hard to contour south of the mountain. There is however a grassy ledge below a long stretch of slabs at a height of c. 530m which allows good progres ... Click here


SOUTH: Stoompa Loompa
There's an awful lot of mountain country in Kerry, sufficient to guarantee a bit of peace and quiet if you try hard enough. Onzy has used the traditional starting point for the ascent of Mangerton to visit Stoompa's tops, taking in a lot of rough ground (and river crossings, take note) along the way. As he points out in his excellent notes, such a route can obviously be adapted to take in Mangerton and its immediate satellites too; alternatively it forms a small part of Paddy Dillon's mooted 'longest hillwalk in Ireland', so it you turn right at Stoompa you'll end up at the coast eventually!
Onzy on An 'inefficient' round of the Stoompas
Route taking in the two Stoompa tops from the normal startin walk, Length:11.5km, Climb: 490m, Area: Stoompa, Mangerton (Ireland) Stoompa, Stoompa Ea Click here


EAST: Muddy trek to boulder-strewn summit
Mullaghcleevaun East Top is a boulder-strewn summit offering panoramic views of all of Wicklow, but it's a bit of a muddy slog to the top.
group on Mullaghcleevaun East Top: Boulder strewn summit on ridge SE from Mullaghcleevaun
Mullaghcleevaun East Top is possible to reach from all sides. The easiest way is coming from Carrigshouk , and starting at O1027 0525, or any other small gap along the Military road. (If it is a Bank holiday and promising weather come early because the places are limited, but on an ordinary day you will find a parking place easily). Located in the middle of the mountain range this summit usual ... Click here


EAST: Quadbikes and shrapnel
The boundary of the Kilbride rifle range forms a natural circuit over four VLs with only the abundant underfoot moisture causing any sort of difficulty. The fact that it can be covered comfortably in less than three hours might make some wish to extend it a bit, and mrw has stepped into the fray with an 'interesting' way of including the most obvious addition...namely Kippure. Most would visit it by means of an out-and-back excursion from Seefingan, but the route here includes a massive exercise in contouring to gain Corrig Mountain as the first top (usually it would be the second) before crossing Seahan, descending all the way to the road to the west and then climbing back over Seefin and Seefingan before finishing with Kippure and a victory yomp down its access road...well, some of it anyway. Good training for something, I'd imagine.
mrw on CorrigMountain, Seahan,Seefin,Seefingan,Kippure
walk, Length:23.2km, Climb: 949m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Corrig Mountain, Seahan, Seefin, Seefingan, Kippure Click here


EAST: Heart of blue
On a blue-sky day, Tonlagee’s heart-shaped lough in Wicklow is a thing of real beauty, recounts Kennyj.
Kennyj on Tonelagee: Tonegalee
Had the pleasure of climbing Tonegalee yesterday with clear blue skies all around,parked at the carpark at the Wicklow gap and went straight up.There is a faint track quite wet underfoot on the lower slopes which fades out the higher you go. Easy enough climb,the summit is marked with a trig point.From the summit I made my way over to Stoney top stopping at the pillar stone with its cross engravin ... Click here


SPAIN: The Isle(s) of Dogs
simon3 has returned from his holliers with one presumes the usual vacationing trinkets; foreign chocolates, about 500 photographs, a bit of a suntan and an ascent of an extinct volcano. Perhaps no other MVers will ever follow in his steps up Bayuyo (although by the sound of it they're missing out a bit if they happen to be on Fuerteventura), but it's always worth remembering that decent walking can be found in a lot of places where it isn't necessarily the most obvious thing to do.
simon3 on Walk up Bayuyo near Corralejo, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.
Bayuyo is the summit of an extinct volcano near Corralejo, s walk, Length:7.0km, Climb: 315m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands () Click here


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

MOTLEY GATHERING


A Strategic Direction for MV?

Some of you will be aware that the MV Committee have been working for some time on a strategic direction for MV. The growth of the website and the associated community has been phenomenal; the quality and depth of the information provision and the technical quality of the website is second to none in the sector. The work behind the scenes to deliver on this has been undertaken, and will continue to be undertaken, totally on a voluntary basis.

Nonetheless, we have identified the need to put the Community on some kind of formal footing and, to provide for future direction and planning, particularly given the resource constraints we operate under, is essential.

The Committee’s Draft Strategy for MV is now available here. We invite input from all members of the Community as to how this should be further shaped. Any comments, criticisms, corrections, etc., are welcome on OnzyMV@gmail.com




Interested in reviewing books?
Collins Press tell us they are just about to publish Adrian Hendroff's guide to walking in the Iveragh Peninsula . We can probably arrange a review copy if anyone would like to review it. Contact admin -at- mountainviews.ie

Killarney to Valentia Island: The Iveragh Peninsula – A Walking Guide is packed full of colour maps and photographs with clear instructions on the best routes in the area. It is out now in all good bookshops with two more guides to come over the coming months: The Dingle Peninsula (April) and The Beara & Sheep's Head Peninsulas (May).

CHALLENGE
A place for those interested in Challenge Walks


Click here: mountainviews.ie/challengecalendar/


Letterbreckaun in the 'Turks. Photo: taobear, Robin Simons.
With a “Co ck-Step” now very much evident in the length of our daylight hours – this is always the herald of the Challenge Walks season.
Already this year, with The knockmealdowns Crossing seeing incredible weather on its memorable day and The Comeragh Bogtrot its usual great success, eyes now turn to the West of Ireland where this year, NUIG Mountaineering Club, celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their much revered Maamturks Challenge.[ED: I was one of the eight finishers on the 1975 inaugural occasion]
One of the toughest walks in the year’s calendar – the day’s given weather always dictates the days given pains.
Challenge Walks, which tend to be the “Flagship” events of Hillwalking Clubs up and down the country require upwards of forty volunteers to help host (and that’s just on the ground alone!).
So be sure to check out the new Challenge Walks Calendar addition on the MV website (many with Routecards and GPX Tracks – and more to follow) and support a local Hillwalking Club near you!!
-- Jim Holmes.

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Videos this month:
(gerrym)

(mcrtchly)

Videography by Peter Walker.




WEBSITE NEWS


CHALLENGE - A Major New Feature of MountainViews.
There is now a list of a selection of club and community challenge walks in Ireland. Click here to see this feature. which can be accessed from a new menu option. Sample from the new section:


Jim Holmes taking a short break on the Lug Walk.
This calendar has history. Originally (I think from the late 1990's) it was on www.simonstewart.ie It was then transferred to the Walkers Association website. The calendar operated through some difficult periods such as when the then MCI came under the thrall of environmental zealotry. We believe that this combative period is history. Mountain Log has included articles about Challenge Walks for example.

However in our view there remain good reasons for hillwalkers to have such a calendar. As well as the dates it is also useful to include some of the history and stories from the walks. If you look at hillwalking as a sport which can be divided into disciplines, then challenge walking is definitely one. It needs depth and culture. The new home for the calendar on MountainViews (by arrangement with the Walkers Association Committee) should bring it to a bigger potential audience.
We are also glad to announce that Jim Holmes, active challenge walker, will be maintaining the calendar and sharing some of his thoughts about the scene starting with this newsletter. One innovation he has already brought is to include GPS tracks using MV's track sharing into walk information.

View Jim's first set of notes.

Times are a-changing
The last item mentioned historical relations with MCI/MI Mountaineering Ireland. In our view it is now appropriate to cooperate more fully with MI. MI now have a page including some of MV's major lists on their website.
We believe this is valuable from a number of points of view. As regular readers will know we are anxious to avoid the damaging fragmentation that has occurred in lists in our neighbouring island. The difficulty is that there are dozens and dozens of lists with histories and loyalties hard to get your head around.
MV intends to retain its independence and we do not necessarily agree with MI about everything nevertheless we believe that we should cooperate where it is advantageous to all. So take a look:
mountaineering.ie/hillwalking/Challengeyourself-IrishHillwalkingLists
Note. These lists are actually generated by MountainViews's webserver and so are current and uptodate. Note. If other organisations (clubs, private websites etc) are interested in having the lists on their website, let us know at admin@mountainviews.ie

Content Management System: Drupal - an opportunity for non-programmers with MV The Challenge Walk Calendar now on MV is being implemented in a Content Management System (CMS) called Drupal. CMSs are a popular way for individuals to put up blogs and clubs to implement websites without requiring a knowledge of computer programming. Leading tools include Wordpress and Joomla. Drupal is of the same ilk. In future MountainViews will use Drupal to implement sections where it can be used, so avoiding bespoke coding.
MountainViews is slowly but progressively increasing its scope so if you would like to get involved in developing the website, without having to learn programming, do get in touch at admin@mountainviews.ie


group@mountainviews.ie We are retiring this contact email address in favour of admin@mountainviews.ie because of an ocean of spam. While there are less of the body enhancement ads, there seems to be a group of ball-bearing manufacturers in China particularly keen to start a partnership with us.

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


Tip for the devoted summitteer
MountainViews is actively working on an extension to the Arderin list. At present summits in the height range 500 to 600m need a prominence of 30m before inclusion. We are going to add summits which are over 500m but have at least 15m prominence.
So, if you are out on the mountains, make sure to visit outliers in that category!

Climbing the summits of Northern Ireland

We received the following email from member Ian_Taylor regarding this.

Simon

Thanks for the Mountain Views Newsletter.

Congratulations to Peter Walker on completing 181 NI summits - well done.

When the first 1:50,000 NI maps came out in the 1980s, I listed every point with a contour line abpve 400 metres, separating mountains with a separation of 50 metres from tops with a 10 - 50 metre separate. I had a total of 72 mountains and 149 tops, 221 in total.

I finished off the list on 31st December 1986, with a trip taking in Cuilcagh & Trien in Fermanagh and then my last two on the Carnanelly ridge in the Sperrins - finishing in the dark.

As an aside I have about 38 Irish 600 metre ones still to visit but have been concentrating on English 600 metre ones, with five to go out of 245.

Best wishes

Ian Taylor
Belfast
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
Bulk sales to groups such as Scouts/ Guides: contact admin@mountainviews.ie for a discounted price.

Exploration

A Walk in the Brecons (Wales)

Crug Mawr
0615 on a February saturday morning the alarm rings, 15 minutes later I am in the car heading west along the M4 through the rain heading for Wales and the Brecons. Like most Hill walkers at this hour heading through the rain, I think did I get the forecast right ? Fortunately when at 08.27 I arrive at the small village of Llanbedr, the rain had stopped. After getting kitted out and making sure all equipment, food and water was ready i headed off at 08.31 to the east. The walk starts with a steep drop down towards the river over the bridge and a steep climb up to the woods. At the end of the woods there is a road following this up the valley you shortly come upon the steep climb up to Crug Mawr (550 metres) via the lower hill of Blaen-yr-Henbant. From this vantage point the sweep of the valley, which I will circumnavigate and the beautiful pointy top of the Sugarloaf mountain can be seen to the south.

Waun Fach of the inverted trig.
From here a clear long and upward track to Waun Fach beckons, this is via the tops of Pen Gwllt Meirch (579 metres), Pen Twyn Mawr (665 Metres) and the distinctive roundy top of Pen Y Gadair Fawr (800), after a long walk on a windy day whilst meeting other walkers heading the same route but clockwise I arrive at the top of Waun Fach. The distinctive stone at a height of 811 metres is the best part of this wet and boggy top. From here I head down off the mountain to the west following the track along the somewhat narrow ridges towards the very distinctive flat topped mountain of Pen Allt Mawr.

Pen Allt Mawr
The ridges on this side dips down and up via the tops of Pen Trumau (707 metres), Mynydd Llysiau (662 metres) and Pen Twynn Glas (645 metres). Finally i arrive at the highlight of this walk the steep climb up Pen Allt Mawr to the rock strewn top. The views from the distinctive crooked trig point (719 metres) are extensive over the broad majestic sweep of the valley .From this point it is a short hop across to the penultimate peak of the day Pen Cerrig Calch (701 metres). Now one peak to go, a steep drop down off this mountain leads to the unusually shaped Table mountain (Crag Hywell) at 451 metres the lowest of the day. Finally a drop down off Table mountain to the east, down along the ‘right ‘o way’ through a farmer’s land to the road. TRhis leads to a short walk down the road to the right, the first turn left and I am back in the village at 16.14, where the wonderful Red Lion pub is perfect for a refreshing drink. Overall the climb takes in 12 tops, it is 28 kms long and takes between 7 and half hours and 8 hours depending on your pace. With thanks for much help and advice in the Brecon Beacons from the Tiger Bay Ramblers

-- Fergal Hingerty

This month.
Kudos to our contributors.

We welcome the following new members who enrolled this month. Aureli, babs5, bawnman, bq300466, breda, BrendanDoyle, brianmcnamara, brigittejoray, campervan, cdjmurphy, charlied, connfitz, cuddihyciaran, Daithihill, Dancer, DavidOrr, de-ren, debiepl, dfallon, dolan931, doylec, eieio, ej, elin, Elliebridgetkeat, elSabbatho, EMartin, Ethna, flexfinn, Franky, franny74656, freelander1990, greengage, gundo, gzbach, hillbilly1, Igor, Jagger, jd6699, Johnmart, john_35, josefveith, jsodriscoll, Katie07, Keithwk73, Kelly21, keniry11, Lorcan1985, Martymac58, Maulin, meabhcarlin, micealoregan, mickfarrellwalks, Miranda, NeverAgain1985, Nico, omarar, Oughterard74, ovmjm, pamflan, pati, paulc1, paulmountain, peppujool, petermooney, philmj, Pjmon, quigley, RangerBrian, RevMick, RickM88, rogeyspoint, roibeard73, sarahgantly, Scurlocke, sheepshead, Slaney, strangeweaver, susanp, tlbowser2, tomandpuddy, traceylauriault, trevdman, trionah, vitalic, walktango, wanderers, websurfer, William-J (89)

Our contributors to all threads this month: (1), Aidy (7), CaptainVertigo (9), Colin Murphy (3), ColinCallanan (3), Daithihill (1), David-Guenot (1), Djouce (1), GSheehy (3), Harry Goodman (5), Jim Holmes (4), Katie07 (1), Kennyj (2), Onzy (11), Pepe (1), Peter Walker (6), billaz3000tm (1), Communal summary entries (28), jackill (7), marzka (2), mcrtchly (3), mdoc1969 (1), mickfarrellwalks (1), mrw (5), paddyhillsbagger (1), peter1 (1), sandman (1), simon3 (6), wicklore (1)
For a fuller list view Community | Recent Contributors

There were comments on the following summits , An Cnoc Fada, Annatoran, Brown's Hill, Camaderry Mountain, Cnoc Mordáin, Croaghanirwore, Crockdooish, Curradrolan Hill, Dart Mountain, Eglish, Galtybeg, Gob an Iolair, Gortnessy Hill, Keady Mountain, Keale Mountain, Knockanes, Knockboy, Knockmulanane, Knockowen, Lackabane, Learmount Mountain, Learmount Mtn S Top, Mangerton, Mullagh More, Scarr, Sliabh na nGabhar, Slieve Beagh South East Top, Slieve Meelmore, Slievebaun, Sruffaungarve Top, Stoompa, Tonelagee, Toome
and these tracks An Cnoc Glas, Donegal NW Ireland, Brandon, Brandon Group Ireland, Carnmoney Hill, Belfast Hills Ireland, Carran Far North Top, Shehy/Knockboy Ireland, Corcóg, Maamturks Ireland, Crohan West, Knockmealdown Mountains Ireland, Dromavally Mountain, Central Dingle Ireland, Dromavally Mountain, Central Dingle Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Gaugin Mountain, Bluestack Mountains Ireland, Glennagalliagh Mountain, Shannon Ireland, Knockmaa, North Midlands Ireland, Knockmealdown Mountains Ireland, Knocknabro West Top, Paps/Derrynasaggart Ireland, Knocknafallia, Knockmealdown Mountains Ireland, Knockowen, Caha Mountains Ireland, Knocksheegowna, Comeragh Mountains Ireland, Laghtnafrankee, Comeragh Mountains Ireland, Lough Curra Mtn, Galty Mountains Ireland, Maumlack, Donegal NW Ireland, Mount Kennedy, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Mount Leinster East Top, Blackstairs Mountains Ireland, Mullaghcleevaun East Top, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Oman , Seahan, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Shannon Ireland, Slemish, Antrim Hills Ireland, Sliabh an Iolair, Dingle West Ireland, Slieveanard NE Top, Galty Mountains Ireland, Slievemore, Fermanagh/S Tyrone Ireland, Spain, Canary Islands , Stoompa, Mangerton Ireland, W Limerick/N Kerry Ireland tracks and these walks were created (none in period)

Thanks to all 1175 who have ever contributed summits or routes info and forums.

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Summary. MountainViews now has 7363 comments about 1329 different hills & mountains out of the total in our current full list (1388). 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 a short summary for every summit in Ireland. There's a few (59) opportunities for you to be the first to comment on a summit.

NOTICES

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. Specifically for the hotspot of Wicklow: the Garda Divisional Headquarters in Bray is 01 6665300.
  • 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.
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