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The Summit

Monthly newsletter of MountainViews.ie for guestuser

September 2014

NEWS - INFORMATION - RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS - FEATURES - FORUMS

PIC OF THE MONTH

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

VIDEOS: Three videos and a review.Inaugurating emVee-tube

Maps news OSI 1:25000 series developing.

Book Review, Helen Fairburn Ireland's Best Walks - A Walking Guide

Upcoming: MOUNTAINVIEWS - WALKERS ASSOCIATION - and MORE

WALKERS ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND:
For a full list of Challenge Walks, visit here.

MOUNTAIN MEITHEAL: the following are upcoming work days for 2014:
07/09/2014
20/09/2014 05/10/2014 18/10/2014 02/11/2014 15/11/2014
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.)

Bothanvarra Seastack, Near Dunaff Hill, Inishowen Peninsula, Donegal. While not a venue for ordinary hillwalking it's interesting to see this small sea stack conquered by Iain Miller. Click for source comment and video reference.

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

Great example of a Short Summary

Massive Molar Grind Pays Off
Tooth Mountain is generally seen as an entrance or exit summit of the celebrated Cumeengeera Horseshoe, part of the Caha range on Kerry's Beara Peninsula. It comprises a huge dome of mostly exposed tilted rock layers. On many parts of the mountain large geometric slabs have broken free from their moorings making interesting obstacle courses. The summit plateau offers a platform for the observation N and NW of Kenmare River (really Kenmare Bay) and the Iveragh Peninsula beyond. Watch out for nearby Ardgroom Harbour and the faraway Skelligs. S and SW is the extraordinary Pocket enclosed by the horseshoe of mountains, Lackabane and the Eskatarriffs in particular, with the enormous Hungry Hill looming behind.
Cumeengeera is generally reached from Kenmare by driving through the small village of Lauragh.
A gradual ascent from V76724 57296 is recommended. Although this approach adds distance the relaxation of the gradient is hugely beneficial, This route leads naturally to a little cliff top walk curving to the summit (taking in the twin spot heights 513).
An alternative approach (involving a charge imposed by landowners of €4 for access to include parking) involves entering the Pocket (of the horseshoe) and parking at V75426 55335 , and then going through a gate into the field to the right of the nearby bungalow, reaching the summit plateau by following the river gully that heads N before contouring W.
The journey to sister summit Coomacloghane is short and sweet. -- Captain Vertigo

REVIEW and Discourse on Snappy-Descriptive This is a nicely written Short Summary, interesting to read and which explains the significance to hillwalkers of the mountain and goes on to give the main ways up. The photo is well chosen to further illustrate the summit and its valley, sea and distant hills context. In further collaborative editing perhaps someone could change the title to something less savory-peppery and more descriptive and also include times for a return trip via the main ways up. (Note. We love savory-peppery in titles for summit comments or forum posts, but for Short Summaries we want snappy-descriptive. And we never want bland-flavourless.)
NORTH: Handy hill
Soldier’s Hill in Inishowen is a mere 15 minute stroll, and offers great rewards for little outlay, with its spectacular views all round, reports Aidy.
Aidy on Soldiers hill: Handy Views
Viewed from Five Finger Strand below, Soldiers Hill appears as an impressive cliff. As mentioned by Peter Walker, there is a viewing point high on the hill which provides easy access to its hummocky top after crossing the stile behind the parking area. A very short walk to the top - 10 or 15 minutes, but breathtaking views. On the sunny late August day I visited, the hilltop was covered in brig ... Click here


NORTH: Fencing contest
Binnasruell in the Bluestacks is a decent summit, especially in dry conditions, but it is also a contender for having the most fences to cross in Donegal, reports garrettd.
garrettd on Binnasruell: A peak best left for dry summer conditions.
A slightly tortuous start( from a gateway at G893884) to a horseshoe walk taking in Binnasruell, Silver Hill, Cullaghcro and Carnaween. I noted that many previous posters on this summit had been here in winter and was hoping that the generally sodden underfoot conditions would have improved after another "good" Irish summer. As it turned out the ground was not that bad and if anything the nume ... Click here


WEST: Don’t walk on Queen Maeve’s grave!
Yeats’ favourite easy stroll – Knocknarea in the Ox Mts., boasts a huge cairn, supposedly the tomb of Queen Maeve. Just don’t step on it, says garrettd
garrettd on Knocknarea: An easy stroll for some wonderful views.
Very pleasant stroll up from the car park at G637339. A sign indicates that there is no exiting the car park between 3pm and 5pm. This may be to do with the movement of cattle from the fields on the lower slopes of the hill. As most walks up and down Knocknarea are unlikely to take more than an hour, it would be a pity to get stuck in the car park for two more hours! A sign at the top implores peo ... Click here


WEST: 'Is that Ben I can see over there?'
Anyone fancying a warm-down after more substantial exertions in the vicinity (that vicinity being the Twelve Bens) might want to check out peter1's track of the ascent of Townaloughra East Top, an easy trip of around an hour with minor variations possible. Of course, you might be heading up here because the weather is too ghastly to warrant exploring anything higher, in which case the similarly leisurely climb of Cregg nearby could easily be done before or after.
peter1 on A hill apart
Parking for one car at L68343 52774 approx 500 metres from t walk, Length:4.1km, Climb: 160m, Area: Townaloughra East Top, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Town Click here


WEST: Three more islands of adventure
Although only Inishmore officially qualifies for a listing on MV, the high points of the Aran Islands are all worth a visit, with breathtaking sea and landscapes, reports sandman.
sandman on Inishmore (Aran island): Three Islands of Adventure.
Always wishing to visit the Aran Islands i decided it was now time to do so .Although Inishmore is the only island with a summit in excess of a 100m that is no reason to not visit Inisheer(57m) and Inishmaan(79m). To me Inishsheer is the most stunning of the three.You have an option of two ferryports Doolin in Clare and Rossaveel in Galway i decided on the latter using the services of Aran Island ... Click here


WEST: Riding along on a pushbike (briefly)...
Yet more explorations of the lower summits in Connemara from peter1, this time reaching the eminence of Knockadav. This is semi-adjacent to the higher Seanadh Bhéara (which might be attainable on the same walk by wilderness afficionados) but in itself looks likely to be the host to some very fine coastal views, although one suspects that on the sort of days when you'd see such vistas at their best you'll most likely be engaged in something more challenging.
peter1 on Cycle and walk
The track on the map looked like it can be cycled on a mount walk, Length:9.2km, Climb: 286m, Area: Knockadav, South Connemara (Ireland) Knockadav Click here


WEST: The only trig Pillar with a seat !
It’s to be found on the beautiful Lettermore Island (which you can drive on to). Then sit back and enjoy the views, which are wonderful, report sandman and Fergalh.
sandman on Lettermore Island: Great Afternoon.
Parking at L8923329065 will allow you open hill access to the summit L8912528564.As mentioned in the previous comment fantastic views.Having great weather and as this was the first time for me in this area spent the rest of the afternoon walking Lettermore and Gorumna islands. Click here


Featured track
Extended circuit of Glaninchiquin by thomas_g
This is A. Hendroff's route from the excellent Dingle, Iveragh and Beara Peninsulas. The start is nice and easy and the views are excellent throughout. The walking surface is rarely easy, so it's a tough 20km, the descent to from the SE of Coomnadiha to Commnalack is tricky in the dry, I can only imagine what it would be like in the wet with inclement weather. The section from Knocknagorraveela to Cummer Top is a nice break, be sure and have a look at Cummer Lake (cross the fence) which looks stunning with the Reeks in the background. Ironically, the wettest part of the walk was the section of the Beara way under Feorus, it was a bog in August. A nice walk along road which follows the shore of Lough Inchiquin soothes you back to the car. You could easily add Cummer & Feorus East to this walk, making for a 8 summit walk, not bad for the summiteers.

Review: Grin and Beara it...
Not quite so mountainous (but still, y'know, fairly mountainous) is the area bounding Glaninchiquin on the Beara peninsula. thomas_g has tracked a splendid excursion taking in the majority of the summits hereabouts (whilst noting the couple of extra tops readily available). It's quite tricky in Ireland to find hills quite so wild that are still so adjacent to roads, and a visit is strongly recommended to the unfamiliar. It also has the attraction of avoiding paying for access though we don't quite know why he didn't take in Knocknagorraveela NE.


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

SOUTH: Passing on the hillwalking gene
CaptainVertigo takes his young lads up the pretty Beenmore in Slieve Mish and reflects on introducing a new generation to the joys of hillwalking.
CaptainVertigo on Beenduff: The Glanmore Approach
My younger boys, John 16 and Peter 13.75, joined me on a short but rewarding hike up Beenmore from Glanmore during our holidays in Kerry in August 2014. Reading the rather stringent rules for Short Summaries made me realise that one can't mention names, Tracks etc and my intended photo would not be acceptable as it shows the view FROM the summit rather than OF the summit. So be it! Well I thought ... Click here


SOUTH: The nadir of peak bagging
A couple of contenders for this unwanted title this month. (see also The hillwalk from hell) But ciarraioch reckons that Benard in the Galty Mts takes the honours.
ciarraioch on Benard: Benaaaaarrrrrggghd!!
Just Say No! Really! The nadir of peak bagging. Dreadful clear-felled summit. To compound matters the way off back to the car park (short of retracing ones steps) is not obvious, but such exists by following the gougings of the digger to the SW until you reach a woodland road. Click here


SOUTH: The hillwalk from hell!!
Midges, reeds, thistles, clear-felled trees, heather, forestry, mud – Caunoge has it all. NOT! So says Colin Murphy as he experiences hillwalking hell.
Colin Murphy on Caunoge: The hillwalk from hell!!
It started with the midges...Arriving at forest entrance at V 574 778 at about 8.30, was immediately attacked by a swarm, and bitten a hundred times by the time I'd gotten my boots on. Hastening up track as suggested by Simon3 to escape a horrible death, I arrived at the forest clearing to the north. Granted it is seven years since Simon's comment, but a lot had obviously changed. As the rain bega ... Click here


SOUTH: Casting the Cloons
Ireland's hills don't get much more mountainous than the array of splendid peaks clustered around Cloon Lake in the Iveragh interior, and mcrtchly and kernowclimber have fully experienced their ability to provide exhaustion way beyond that statistically suggested by the length of the route. The initial climb is brutally steep, the middle reaches are incredibly rough and there's a worryingly featureless section late on; I can well empathise with their exhausted suffering during the final descent in the dark (because this stretch is 'interesting' even in daylight). Variations and adjuncts to this route are possible (and indeed legion)...you could start with Mullaghanattin's exciting north ridge, or add Beann's S Top and/or Knockmoyle...but this is serious country, and no mistake.
mcrtchly on Hard terrain and tricky navigation
How could 22km take 15 hours even with numerous stops for ph walk, Length:22.4km, Climb: 1455m, Area: Beann NE Top, Dunkerron Mountains (Ireland) Bea Click here


SOUTH: Total Wipeout
jackill has uploaded the putative route for the 'A' walk in the upcoming (when this was written) / recent (when you're reading it) Comeragh Scavvy, and it looks like a fine combination of grass, rock, ridge and plateau...I mention it either to give non-participants an idea of the merriment they're missing out on, or to let Mountain Rescue know where we are if nobody has posted anything about it by Monday 1st September.
jackill on Scavenger 11 - the longer walk
A circular route taking in some of the best parts of the Com walk, Length:19.9km, Climb: 830m, Area: Fauscoum, Comeragh Mountains (Ireland) Fauscoum, Click here


SOUTH: 'Exterminate! Exterminate!'
We all (I hope) like a little bit of the unexpected when out and about in the hills, but one has to sympathise with CaptainVertigo and his unusually eventful excursion up Baurtregaum in the lovely Slieve Mish hills of Dingle. His track gives a good way of combining this mountain's tops using the same start/finish point, his pinpointing of a nasty swamp on the Dingle Way is of great practical use to his fellow walkers, and the bit about the disembodied voice and the security cameras...? It'd be very tempting to wear fancy dress for the craic. An extension down the glorious Derrymore Glen or over Caherconree would not add too much effort.
CaptainVertigo on Baurtregaum and the Northern VLs
This is a bespoke route for those who missed the northern VL walk, Length:11.5km, Climb: 915m, Area: Baurtregaum Far NE Top, Slieve Mish (Ireland) Ba Click here


EAST: Multiple choice
An extensive short summary for Carnavaddy in the Cooleys offers perhaps more routes up than any other hill in Ireland!
group on Carnavaddy: Bran
The most popular approach to this hill by locals is from the West, parking at either J09410 13490 or J0919014294. There are tracks leading up the Poc Fada route (the yellow stones) and it can approached directly or by taking in Clermont Cairn first. From the south there is room for one car at J134 117 along the minor road to the SE of Carnavaddy. Cross the stile here and follow the Tain Way tra ... Click here


EAST: Seven-league Boots
Here is the start of 'epic' four day walk (or slog ... depending on your view). All in all, Dessie1 puts down 131km by completing the Wicklow Way from Ballinteer, Dublin to Clonegall in Carlow for charity. Now at that speed I wonder if there is there any chance that he may actually be "Hop o' My Thumb" who stole those boots from the Ogre?
Dessie1 on Wicklow way- Marley pk to Roundwood
walk, Length:40.2km, Climb: 1447m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Djouce Click here


EAST: City slicker
Peter Walker has to tread carefully to reach the top of Knockbrack Hill, surrounded as it is by a farmer’s field of ….something?
Peter Walker on Knockbrack: Farming Today
Just a brief note that the field surrounding the trig point on Knockbrack is currently very definitely planted (with something that a suburbanite such as myself can't identify...doesn't look like weeds, I know that much) and as such care should be taken to locate the tractor trail leading past the pillar. In the pic the summit is on the summit is pretty much on the skyline where the track meets it ... Click here


EAST: A minor but rewarding slog.
Stookeen in Wicklow is a bit of a haul through gorse and tree plantations, but the summit offers views that stretch to the Galtys and Comeraghs, says garrettd.
garrettd on Stookeen: Extensive views to the south west.
As with wicklore, I also started at S940675 and headed NE on the WW. I didn't come across the style referred to before the summit track and I can only assume that it has been removed. The WW waymarker at this point is also an upgrade so may have been installed as part of the work that removed the style. The best option from here is to cross the summit track and head straight through the old-growth ... Click here


MIDLANDS: Peak bagging on a bike
Glenaneagh Hill Ring Hill and Lackenacreena in the Shannon area are all readily accessible by mountain bike, says peter1
peter1 on Glenaneagh: Peak bagging on a bike no.2
These three hills are now the centre of a wind farm and the views have changed quite a lot from the photos in the comments. However, this also means that the access roads that link the turbines are perfect for a mountain bike! I parked the car at R 95757 55907 and followed the road uphill into the wind farm. I climbed Glenaneagh first, then on to Ring Hill and finally Lackenacreena, returning by t ... Click here


MIDLANDS: Once Upon a Time in the Midlands
The updated Binnions list has unearthed plenty of new opportunities to examine the Emerald aspect of the Emerald Isle from close quarters, seeing as they mostly sit in the midst of apparently unending farmland. simon3 has done of few of these this month, decent examples of days that don't so much offer top notch hillwalking as the chance to drown in the rural idylls of Ireland's interior. And in the case of Carrickatee there's the chance to experience the 'smashed on the back of the head' greeting of a poorly indicated electric fence (a painful memory for the author...not mistakenly touched one since childhood. The dog was in hysterics though).
simon3 on Simple route up Carrickleck
Walk up track beside field to trig pillar. run, Length:1.5km, Climb: 0m, Area: North Midlands (Ireland) Click here


MIDLANDS: Cue-cumber
Yes, the dreadful pun couldn’t be resisted. Anyway…Cumber Hill in the Slieve Blooms is an easy ramble up a forest track, says aidand. 1 hour car to car.
group on Cumber Hill: Easy ramble
Take the road south out of Kinnitty in the direction of Roscrea. Take the first turn left. Drive along this road for two miles until you see an entrance to the forest on the right. There is room to park a few cars here. Follow the forest road, keeping right at the Y junction. Ignore the next two right hand turns. Take the third turn right. This will bring you close to the summit, which is a grassy ... Click here


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

FURTHER NEWS

Scavvy Scavvy 11 (Walk organised by members)

scotchie on Scavvy 11
Many thanks Bleck Cra, Jackill and to all who participated in Scavvy 11, a brilliant day, fabulous company, always a privilege. Click here



Paths and TB.
Revealing discussion originating in Britain. It started with a comment by someone clearly conflicted about being challenged in walking onto a farm in lockdown because of TB. One later contributor to our discussion managed to get the wrong end of the stick. He then proceeded to beat me the editor with said stick. Reason however did eventually percolate in. As people walking sometimes on farms we need to consider issues such as this as aidand pointed out.
The discussion started here:
simon3 on Initial Entitlement, Eventual Enlightenment
From Charles Everett, writing in the Relative Hills of Britain Yahoo Group. 9 Aug 2014. Dungehill..ST700409 ...appropriately named little tump and first log in hill-bagging. My third and final hill of a quick hour and a half window Sunday3Aug afternoon in Somerset. I had a very dungy experience, in that my hill presence seriously upset two women. Parked at 692413. Walked through farmyard ... Click here



East-West revised "Wicklow Mountains West"

Last month we reviewed this map concluding "We recommend this map because of the hugely useful and recently updated detail it has." We took issue with a few aspects such as the maps use of an all-numeric approach to the Irish Grid. While we stand by our comments, we made one mistake in saying that the grid square letters are not repeated across the map. This was incorrect - sorry about that inaccuracy. What we now say is that the repeated grid square letters are not prominent enough though they would be useable.

OSi 1:25,000 maps - Killarney/ Reeks out, some for Wicklow/Dublin by Christmas.

OSI (Ordnance Survey Ireland, the national mapping agency in the Republic) have released the first of their new 1:25000 series for the Killarney area. In previous newsletters we have mentioned the extensive consultation that OSI organised for this. MountainViews contributed a number of things including names for some summits such as Sallagh with Irish form Caora Bhán and corrections to place names such as An Cadram Caol instead of An Cadram Ceol. In other places there doesn’t appear to be a local name and our proposed names have been accepted for example: Beann South Top or Beann North East Top. As with the reprint of the 1:50000 maps, OSI also have used MV positions for summits. Other agencies such as Mountain Rescue and Mountaineering Ireland also contributed many suggestions.

OSI have also been doing work on the Dublin/Wicklow uplands maps at 1:25000. The area covered by this mapping work extends further south than other competitive maps (Harvey’s and East-West Mapping) right down to Annagh Hill in the hinterland of Arklow.

We understand some or all of the maps will be published by OSI in time for Christmas this year, so that’s something to look forward to. MV have also supplied surveyed height information for some of the summits in the Dublin/ Wicklow area. These would be to 10cm accuracy. We understand OSi will also be using this as well as names and positions.

There has been an absence for decades of detailed recreational mapping in Wicklow in that it cuts short of the interesting bits in the south, now increasingly reachable via the N11 and M9 from Dublin. The new detailed mapping includes 21 summits such as Croaghanmoira, Croghan Kinsella, Annagh Hill, Ballycumber Hill, Ballinacor etc. Croghan Kinsella is part of a massif around 15km long with great opportunities for hillwalking including as it does Moneyteige (of 1795 Gold Rush fame). In fact over 20% of the summits of Dublin/Wicklow are on the southmost map. Nor are they unused summits going on the statistics collected by MV. Members have logged 274 ascents of Croghanmoira versus say 321 who have logged ascending Carrigvore beside the Sally Gap and much nearer to Dublin. So it's great that OSI are going to comprehensively map the entire area a main recreational area for the capital city.

Further reading:

MV articles on mountain naming: mountainviews.ie/resources/
MV article on Hill Surveying: Click here


BOOK REVIEWS

Book review: Ireland's Best Walks - A Walking Guide by Helen Fairburn.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Published : 2014

This is a very fine book. It is well written and beautifully produced. The photographs in the book are very impressive. The book describes 65 walks throughout Ireland. These range from moderate hikes to very serious challenges. While many of the routes have been described elsewhere, it is a book that any Irish hillwalker will gladly add to their collection. The title of the book is very subjective – we all have our own favourite walks. However, it is hard to argue with the fine selection of walks in the book. As well as featuring most of the higher mountains in Ireland, the author has included some fine island walks such as the Great Blasket and Inisturk. The book also includes some superb coastal walks such as the North Antrim Coast and Howth Head. Each walk is given 3 or 4 pages in the book. These include an outline map, one or two photographs and a paragraph or two introducing the walk. The actual route descriptions are readable and easy to follow. The author avoids the dreaded instruction manual style of some guidebooks. The format will be very familiar to readers of Walking World Ireland magazine. The book is small and sturdy enough to pack in your rucksack. The last twenty years has seen a remarkable leap forward in the quality of mapping available to Irish hillwalkers. We have also witnessed a boom in both the number and quality of walking guidebooks. Helen Fairburn’s book is up there with the best of them. I once heard a veteran walker berating the walking themed presents his family used to give him for Christmas. ‘If I’d wanted a whatsit I’d have bought one years ago’ he proclaimed. I’m sure that even he would welcome a present of this fine guidebook. Definitely recommended for hillwalkers new and old.

-- Aidan Dillon

emVee-Tube

Videos this month:
Videography by Peter Walker.

Video review
Captain Vertigo reviews rossbeighed's video of an area on the Dingle Peninsula.
CaptainVertigo on Addicted to You - Glanteenassig
I've been meaning to take a look at the rossbeighed mountain movies on YouTube seeing them mentioned by simon3. Lo and behold it transpires that rossbeigh has done some work on Glanteenassig which is a fabulous beauty spot only recently discovered by me. I think he's done a lovely job. I particularly like some of the slow motion sequences, and the cloud work. Now I hope that you stick at this beca ... Click here


Video Tech
I came across this interesting technique for those of you taking POV pictures with head cameras. It might work well with rossbeighed's trip along the Reeks:
digitaltrends.com/photography/microsoft-stabilization-tech-does-stunning-job-of-smoothing-out-shaky-videos

SITE NEWS

Revised Settings Page - more info being recorded.
As we reported last month, in order to have a better understanding of the membership MV has added various fields to the Settings page. A majority of new members have been filling these in. If you are an established member, please do fill these fields in, since it will influence how we structure the website into the future. Settings are accessed at the top right of any MountainViews page when you are logged in.
Full info
simon3 on New feature: Settings Page additions.
Over the years many thousands of people have registered on MountainViews, which is great. Some of the more active members know some of the other active members but really nobody knows as much as would be desirable about the membership in general. If the committee and the publisher know a bit more about the membership we can have a better go at providing relevant services. In 2012 we published ... Click here


Organising Videos: Request for Help Answered
I am glad to say that member Peter Walker has agreed to help in organising our information on the videos that members have produced and also reporting month by month on what has been produced.


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


Another day wasted
Seen on a bus shelter by the N11 this graffiti has a clear message with not bad MV icon. But who is the message for? Enigma in graffiti. Message on subway walls.


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.

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This month.
Kudos to our contributors.

We welcome the following new members who enrolled this month. 39-WW-600, Andy13460, Anissa, Aristoi, Aritz, bordas, brendan8444, CharlieFox, ckmjg, clairebrowne55, colindick, cpompaclark89, daisyrabbit, dalyste, dgreer, Don2, edgard13, editorial, ehbannndpv, Fergalfavier, Gerryann, gosighistigue, Hodi, homer, Iveragh, jahlevrbde, jasonp, jpt, kacenka81, kcone147, Kenstano, kevfog605, Kevin_Mulkerrins, kieran_c, kitchen, knockdara1, koqrrwhbph, Ladyannie, Llimi, lucrezia, marcheur92, MarkWhelan, maryp, masiakaBlr, Meindl, Melrose, Mickgb, mosscheeper, MrChew, mrgmmckenna, muinebheag, officegrough, Orls87, PatriciaG, patrickgray, patwalker, PeteKirk, pfields, Phil-Doyle, Plancoet, p_treanor, qhdeordajr, robhen, roman14, sceptre, Sean-Belfast, SenanFoley, sprogatron, susiep023, thzbmdfywp, trafalgar, Wallm, Williefitz1, Wnunan, xicmastfdq (75)

Our contributors to all threads this month: Aidy (8), BleckCra (5), CaptainVertigo (18), Colin Murphy (6), Conor74 (1), Derry_Danderer (1), Dessie1 (5), Djouce (3), Fergalh (11), Harry Goodman (1), IainMiller (1), Onzy (4), Peter Walker (12), Wilderness (1), aidand (4), brenno (1), bryanmccabe (1), ciarraioch (2), eamonoc (5), frankmc04 (1), garrettd (11), geohappy (2), gerrym (1), grodgers42 (1), Communal summary entries (31), hivisibility (2), jackill (9), jlk (1), kernowclimber (1), maddeb (1), madfrankie (1), melohara (1), murphysw (1), paddyhillsbagger (3), peter1 (9), rossbeighed (2), sandman (8), scotchie (1), simoburn (1), simon3 (12), thomas_g (2), wicklore (1)
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There were comments on the following summits , An Corrán, Ardnageer, Ardnageer SW Top, Ballycumber Hill, Ballystrang, Barranisky, Beenduff, Beenmore, Benard, Binnasruell, Bouleevin, Brow Head, Camenabologue SE Top, Cappaghabaun Mountain East, Cark Mountain, Carnanmore, Carnaween, Carrauntoohil, Caunoge, Clifden Hill, Cloghermore, Cloontohil, Cnoc na Stuaice, Cnoc na Toinne, Coomacloghane, Corrin, Coumsallahaun, Crenville, Croaghgorm, Croaghmoyle, Cuilcagh, Doonties Commons, Dromavally Mountain, Dromona Hill, Dunaff Hill, Eskatarriff, Falleennafinoga, Farrendalouge, Fauscoum, Glenaneagh, Inishmore (Aran island), Kill Hill, Killough, Knockadav, Knockanaffrin, Knockanes, Knockaphuca, Knockbane, Knockbrack, Knocknamaddree, Knockroe, Lackabane, Lakeen, Lavagh More, Leam Hill, Lettermore Island, Loughaskerry, Lurgancloughan, Mizen Peak, Monabrogue, Moveen Hill, Muskeagh Hill, Oldtown Hill, Ouley Hill, Purple Mountain, Seefin, Shehy Mountain, Silver Hill, Slieve Anierin, Slievecorragh, Soldiers hill, Stookeen, Taghart South, Tievnabinnia East Top, Tomies Mountain, Tooth Mountain
and these tracks Barnanageehy, Slieve Mish Ireland, Baurtregaum Far NE Top, Slieve Mish Ireland, Beann NE Top, Dunkerron Mountains Ireland, Beenduff, Slieve Mish Ireland, Binn Bhreac, Twelve Bens Ireland, Cappaghabaun Mountain East, Shannon Ireland, Cark Mountain, Donegal NW Ireland, Carrickatee, North Midlands Ireland, Cloghermore, South Connemara Ireland, Cnoc na Saileog, South Connemara Ireland, Cornasaus, North Midlands Ireland, Cregganconroe, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Cuilcagh, Breifne Ireland, Dromavally Mountain, Central Dingle Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Fauscoum, Comeragh Mountains Ireland, Gearhane, Slieve Mish Ireland, Hag's Tooth, MacGillycuddy's Reeks Ireland, Knockadav, South Connemara Ireland, Knockagarrane, Caha Mountains Ireland, Knocknalee Hill, South Connemara Ireland, Lannimore Hill, Antrim Hills Ireland, Meenard Mtn W Top, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Meenavally, Donegal NW Ireland, Musheramore, Boggeragh Mountains Ireland, North Midlands Ireland, Seefin Mountain E Top, Ballyhoura Mountains Ireland, Shannon Ireland, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Straid Hill, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Stranisk, Fermanagh/S Tyrone Ireland, Tooth Mountain, Caha Mountains Ireland, Townaloughra East Top, Twelve Bens Ireland tracks and these walks were created (none in period)

Thanks to all 1144 who have ever contributed summits or routes info and forums.

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Summary. MountainViews now has 7116 comments about 1287 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 a short summary for every summit in Ireland. There's a few (97) 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. 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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