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Happy Walking in 2007!

Recent Contributions and News
The Scrabbler muses about the season

SCRABBLER Friday; you check the forecast: hail, rain, snow, flood, frost and more rain. The scent of heather, the kind you get in armsful , is history. The healing heat of a temperate sun , a memory. The grip of dry rock, and a confident canter on precipitous crags , will not be this weekend. But you would be the poorer for not getting out - and it only needs a couple of hours (against the day-long expeditions of the summer) to recharge and regroup. Underfoot, admittedly is not good, unless you are a Water Buffalo - but reach down and find a different canvass - well not as far down as your socks: you'll only get depressed. What about the kings of the forest, oaks and beeches? Flayed naked, unconscious and gargantuan in the frozen air. A raggle of frost-drunken rooks offloading passengers in 70 knot gusts. The hint of a piebald hare - "now you see me, now you don't". The slow smell of seeping pine - thin fare in the summer heat and now vast against the empty breeze. At your heel, th! e pop of holly berries. A raging river that 6 months ago cooled the feet of fat lambs. The price you pay is only senseless fingertips, visibility zero, the weight of endless sweat that goes with the weight of endless layers and driving home at 5mph on black ice. Come to think of it, Toblerone, mince pies and Bruce Forsyth doesn't sound so bad. Forward ideas to The Scrabbler

MountainViews: Knocknagorraveela, Cahas areaLakes, waterfall, corduroy ground, views - Knocknagorraveela.
MountainViews is happy to announce a new section for "Walks" where users can describe and view complete walking routes. Take a look at the sort of walks that can be added. Try out the rating feature (you must be logged in to do this). You will be able to enter your own suggested walks shortly.
Short walk example 1 with some pictures
simon3 on Oldbridge Scarr Lough Dan Circuit.
Overview Rising from Lough Dan this moderate walk takes in Scarr with fine views to south and west then finishes on a ridge overlooking Lough Dan. Approaches Coming from Dublin go south on the M11/ N11 to Kilmacanogue. Turn right onto the R755 which goes through Roundwood. In Roundwood near the Coach House follow the turn right marked Lough Dan 5km. Take the first left, then right, t ... Click here
Longer walk example The Maamturks Walk
simon3 on The Maamturks Walk
Overview A classic ridge route. Walked mostly on hard whitish quartzite, this route is physically tough and usually navigationally difficult in the very common mist. Starting from near Maam Cross the route runs most of the tortuous Maamturks ridge finishing in Leenane. The maximum height is a modest 700m but the successive steep slopes are very demanding. Under no circumstances attempt this w ... Click here
Short walk example 2 A quick description
djouce on Guinness Gates to Liffey Head Bridge
Overview Follow Wicklow Way from car Park past JB Malone memorial up White Hill - keep on baordwalk leave board walk where track forks at 0180 096 (to be confirmed) for a quick ascent of Djouce. Descent by Coffine Stone to War Hill - col can be very wet underfoot - decent from War Hill to NW - maintaining height as much a spossible - past headwaters of Dargle and climb Tonduffs South and Nort ... Click here
More on the walks section
When entering the guide for a walk, users are required to put in a list of some of the main places or summits that the walk goes through. The point of this is so that the walk can then be shown on both of the area maps that MV offers.
Up to three photos may be added to a walk guide.
Within a walk guide there can be subsections such as "Overview", "Start", "Points visited" etc. The subsections can be renamed, removed or more sections can be added. Some walks really don't need a long description.
If you would like to try entering a walk please let us know, address below:
Captain Vertigo - prodigal returned - has been exploring Garraun South Top (which we used to call Lemnaheltia in MV). I remember the place from a visit in '05 "The whiff of danger adds piquancy to the Paul Henry merging of sky sea and land." Have a look at his comment on Garraun itself for further background.
CaptainVertigo on Garraun South Top
Altnagaighera. From here, eternity does not seem so far. You can spend a long hour staring at the dark green northern face of Doughruach. But it is vaguely disturbing, and suggestive of purgatory. Better to study the north Connemara coastline, and its several islands, and enormous beaches of south Mayo- splashes of heaven on a clear day. Altnagaighera, though no more than a pimple on the massif, ... Click here
The smell of salt and sound of waves assault the senses before arriving at the stunning sight of Gull Island
gerrym describes Slievetooey.
gerrym on Slievetooey
This walk is based upon route 34 in David Hermans Hill walkers Donegal. I used the same ample carpark (662907) as Paul, which was deserted in November. I followed the narrow road out of the village and climbed the open hill after the last building. Height is gained quickly following the zig zags of ground terraced by sheep, with views N to Errigal and S Snaght. Pass an old ringfort or such and pic ... Click here
Timber on Faha
Newcomer Timber describes the Faha Ridge (near Brandon) with an evocative pic.
Timber on Brandon
Faha ridge is a remarkable walk. I have only done it on a very shrouded day so I didn't get a summit vista. Make sure that you do not attempt this route when conditions are wet. The last pitch up the ridge is steep and very unstable when in rain or post rain periods. Incredible rock formations and mountain pools. Click here
Walking book being published
Sounds as if it could be interesting - here is the marketing puff:
Following in the Footsteps of the Four Famous Flannerys, a new book by Irish travel writer John Mulligan. In the early 1860s four young men left their family's smallholding in the West of Ireland and set out to walk the 120 or so miles to Dublin. This was the first leg of a journey that brought them to New Zealand. Nearly a hundred and fifty years later the author set out to walk the same route, and in doing so he found time to consider the story of the four Flannerys and their achievements. This book is not just his story, but theirs as well, and even by modern day standards it is an amazing tale. Following in the Footsteps of the Four Famous Flannerys details the author's trek across Ireland, first tracing the Royal Canal Way from Dublin to the River Shannon, and then continuing onwards to the West Coast at Newport in County Mayo. The book will be of interest to anyone who wants to walk either the Royal Canal Way or the longer coast-to-coast route; it is a detailed description of the topography and terrain, interspersed with interesting snippets of canal and railway history. As he walks, the author unfolds the incredible story of four farm boys fleeing poverty in post-famine Ireland, overcoming almost impossible odds to follow their dream. www.fourflannerys.com
PURE, Protecting rural environment - Press Release

Some further information about PURE.
simon3 on Press release from PURE
PURE (Protecting Uplands & Rural Environments): On September 1st 2006, Mr Dick Roche TD and Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government launched the start-up of a new environmental partnership initiative at Avondale House in Co. Wicklow to combat the escalating problem of fly-tipping and small scale illegal dumping. PURE (Protecting Uplands & Rural Environments), is a new r ... Click here
Pictures from the photo competition.
For the next few weeks we will include some of the winning pictures from the competition.
Sorry if I didn't mention what you posted .. there's a list of all contributors for the month later.

Site notes If you can set-up your email to get web-format ("html format"), you should be able to get more out of this newsletter.
Getting a map on your GPS. Would you like a map on your GPS so that you can visualise summits, contours etc? Well, depending on whether you have the right sort of GPS and your willingness to do a bit of uploading, we may have the answer.
simon3 on GPS for Ireland, article, download.
Currently MV provides GPS information in the form of waypoints that indicate the summit positions of all of the mountains in our list. While better than nothing this still does not use the full potential of GPS units . Essentially these can show maps and points of interest. There is no commercial product for GPS units at present, however we are pleased to announce the results of various communi ... Click here
MV Photography. Keep informed about MountainViews photography activities by enrolling on the mailing list.
Instructions about doing this in MountainViews | Resources section.

This month.
We welcome the following new members who enrolled this month. 747, alanoc, Andrew&Sally, Atlan, bejasus, blinkyidiot, BM51628, bmgalvin, Bob, bogdodger, brucedaria, Cathiecue, ChrisG, ciaranmo, Colbert, coleymurley, cooperbc, daniod81, darrenT, DARRYLLADEVINE, djofarrell, dobsonb, doggy64, donalkeegan, dougie_r, dsoutham, dubber, eew, errigal_shane, Fanningelaine, Felix, FOGARTYP, gcarty, GGbalt, GGBalt1, harry.dornan, Herbert, highview, hkcoffman, hunt3sa, IanT, Jamesr, jilly, jimmyshiel, joe sloane, johnbrady, johnnymcm, kahunakev, kennytmcbride, KilcroneyLad, larrymcdermott, Leo Gallagher, lmchale, MarkMc, marticlimb, marypower, mcos, mfield, MichaelBird, michaelfogarty, mjcn130, murphydv, Noelmc, Peter Walker, philipmartin1, pnanz, proteus, realcurious2000, rhayden, rmcclean, ruthkeane, sarab, scafell3000, scarlett, sdobyrne, seanholden, StewTrex, tbyrne, tgduffy, tgmagee, Tina Ennis, Tomas West, walking, wdhw, webfoot, wtcrit (86)
Our contributors to all threads this month: CaptainVertigo (6), Timber (1), bejasus (1), csd (1), davema (1), gerrym (1), padodes (1), paganji (1), simon3 (2), southern man (1) and Contributors to GPS information this month were: simon3 (2)
There were comments on the following mountains Ben Gorm, Brandon, Garraun, Garraun South Top, Lugnaquillia, Slieve Foye, Slievemore, Slievenakilla, Slievetooey
Thanks to all 345 who have ever contributed
The five who have contributed most to the site are simon3 (341), csd (179), jackill (122), gerrym (105), Bleck Cra (98).
Summary. MountainViews now has 2204 comments about 456 different mountains out of the total in our current list (460). We need more comments, better comments and more balance for every summit as our rate for "data completion" is currently only at 51% Less than 1% of mountains remain without any comment, so that leaves just 4 opportunities for you to be the first. Listing summits in "My View" allows you to see what information we need to get more even coverage.

If you are contributing, please be careful to respect the interests of landowners. 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.
If you hear of a problem area or route, write it up in MountainViews which does everyone a service. Report rubbish tipping in the Dublin/ Wicklow area - ring PURE 1850 365 121
If you have climbed some of the less well known places, we would appreciate a mountain rating. and also GPS readings for summits.
If we can, let's make MV have more than one route up a mountain so as to reduce the tendency for paths to appear. Your grid refs in comments for different starting points show up on MountainViews maps.

This newsletter This newsletter is from Simon Stewart for MountainViews
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