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The Summit

Monthly newsletter of MountainViews.ie for guestuser

July 2013




EAST, WEST, NORTH and SOUTH Route ideas and places to go, also Yorkshire Dales & Australia and Italian scrambling.

VIDEOS: gerrym - A White Eagle kernowcritch on the Via Ferrata in Italy

Identifying "new" Irish summits - 2 or 3 probably found!

Mourne Wall Walk Restarting: Celebrate or not?



2012 - 2013 Winter Talks Series
Full details here: www.walkersassociation.ie

The talk series is at an end for this season. The WAI committee has many new ideas for talks for the next season starting in Oct 2013 however if you any suggestions or would like to give a talk, do get in touch.
  • Report: Sat June 8th, 2013, GPS Workshop The Walkers Association held a course on Modern Navigation see course It was oversubscribed so it may be rerun later this year.

More on Walkers Association here: www.walkersassociation.ie

For a full list of Challenge Walks, visit here.
WAI Photo Gallery - They would like you to upload some of your pictures (Ireland or abroad) to this?


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More information at www.pathsavers.org

Knockatee, the hill of the fairy mound, must be a contender for the best small prominent hill (aka Binnion) in Ireland. It has so much, neat conical shape, reddish rock inlaid with green, historical connections to walking writer Richard Mersey, great coastal location and open aspect.
This picture was taken of it from the slopes of Knocknaveacal, newly identified Arderin to the SW. Even the background is a fantastic Kerry panorama with the water of the Kenmare River (actually a sea inlet), and three of the mighty Iveragh ranges. Distant on the left skyline is the Purple Mountain group (32km away) with the plunging side of Boughil in the Dunkerrons just in front. To the right is the western start of the Mangerton group with Peakeen and Knockanaguish very visible.

In short: Discovery

NORTH: Bird's eye view
Member Kingdom snapped a nice shot of Slemish in the Antrim Hills, we assume, from the comfort of his private helicopter!
Kingdom on Slemish: Aerial View of Sliabh Mish
I took this photo in August 2011 while passing over on a trip to and around the North Antrim coast and down the Bann Valley. Click here

NORTH: Video by Gerrym: "A White Eagle Mournes Mountains"
The video mostly lets the frozen landscape do the talking.
gerrym on A White Eagle
http://youtu.be/XUhNtpGmScc A walk in the much quieter western Mournes culminating on the top of Eagle Mountain. Entering Batts Estate, in the shadow of Hen Mountain, as the sun was starting to rise in April 2013, with significant deposits of windblown snow clinging to northern and western slopes and attempting to bury any traces of the Mourne Wall. Taking in Rocky Mountain, Tornamrock, Wee ... Click here

WEST: Cool views
Cloonacool in the Ox mountains may not be too great a challenge, but it makes up for it with its panoramic views, reports member sandman.
sandman on Cloonacool: THE LAST OX
On 8/05/2012 I completed my accent of the 12 summits whcih maake up the Ox Mountains, a journey which started with Largan Hill on 07/08/2011 athough this mountain range is small in size the highest summit Knockalangy at 544 meters the views from most of the summits are truly fantastic. Views vary from Slieve League across the Donegal Bay to the Pantry Mountains with the Nephin Range and Croagh P ... Click here

WEST: The meeting of the waters
Loughs Corrib and Lough Mask come together in one splendid view from Lugnabrick NE Top in Partry/Joyce Country, reports paddyhillsbagger
paddyhillsbagger on Lugnabrick NE Top: Fine views
Ended a circular walk on this top which started on Ben Beg leaving car near L963 569 after asking local farmer. There are great views all around the 5 tops taken in on this circuit and Lugnabrick NE doesn't disappoint on that front. Picture shows summit terrain with Lough Corrib on Right, Lough Mask on Left and Mt Gabriel roughly in middle. The lack of cairn can be satisfied by walking further Eas ... Click here

SOUTH: Tree'd Peeve on Lateeve
A Lesson on why you should Read about other MountainViews Routes BEFORE Ascending.
Leataoibh in Dingle West, sincere wailing by member Conor74
If you park in the laybys at the crossroads to the north of the summit, be careful. There is a short stretch of forestry on the direct route to the summit and the temptation will be to go through it. Now I have been through plenty of forestry in my time, but this one was hell on earth, trees densely packed, waist high furze growing through it, briars, tufts of ground that dropped up to above the waist when one took a step forward or back into the said furze. I set new records for swearing to myself, I hollered and howled, I praised arsonists and thought how from now on I will greet the sight of burning forestry with a new found joy, and when I emerged at the other side I was like a pin cushion with lots of bloody spots dotting my clothes. I can't offer an alternative route, I descended to the east of the forestry which involved getting across a fence, again mixed with furze, that would do the Grand National justice. You have been warned. Views from the top pretty spectacular mind you, and did have the mild pleasure of releasing a lamb trapped in a fence and disappointing the crows circling overhead.
Do NOT take the "shortcut" through forestry!

SOUTH: Great Caha circuit. Great walk, great views, "new" summits, no fee.
Another lovely circuit in the south-west is the perimeter of Cummeengeara on the Beara peninsula, taking in six tops and some wonderful panoramas of mountains and water. This is another route that somehow seems to stay quiet and semi-unknown despite hiding in plain sight in numerous guidebooks, and the accompanying description of big pointy teeth and knife edges sounds deeply alluring.
Walking with a precision GPS had an unnerving effect for the summiteers on this walk because it turned out that at least one (possibly two) of Knocknaveacal's tops is an Arderin and that Coomacloghane marked on the OS map as being at 599m is actually at 600.2 which makes it a Vandeleur-Lynam. It sort of tops that phrase about the "Man who climbed a hill and came down a mountain*" It's a case if "Men and woman who climbed a ridge's hills and left them mountains."
Also, walking around a valley where a farmer has chosen to charge Euro 4 for access across his not recreationally developed land gave a certain interest. The route taken uses a different bridge and is further east than the route often described or as shared earlier this year by Onzy. No-one requested money though of course we cannot say if this would always be the case.
* For the pedant, the fictional hill the book and film were based on "Garth Hill" http://mountainviews.ie/summit/B2299/
simon3 on Cummeengeara Circuit with Knocknaveacal and easier descent.
This is the exploration of a hopefully useful loop including walk, Length:17.8km, Climb: 1065m, Area: Tooth Mountain, Caha Mountains (Ireland) Tooth Click here

SOUTH: The little people?

Mist and perspective combine to create the illusion of a tiny man standing atop a trig pillar at the summit of Baurtregaum in the Slieve Mish area. Colin Murphy on Baurtregaum: Small wonder
My friend in pic appears to have spotted a Lilliputian dwelling on the summit of Baurtregaum. Click here

SOUTH: Boulder-topped Kerry peak
Simon3 carefully picks his way up Cnoc na d'Tarbh in the Reeks, which features a heathery summit topped by large boulders and also some precarious cliffs. Do you remember the discussion late last year about summits whose top was a perching boulder? Add Cnoc na dTarbh to the list!
group on Saggart Hill: Summary
Starting at O0135522458, Parking at entrance gate walk approx 400m bearing 25 deg true until track sweeps around to the right.Take this route until the track takes another turn to the left after approx 180m.This track then leads to the mast covered 395m summit. Nice views to the NW and a couple of overgrown passage tombs (O0176123072 and O0196222974) are found near the summit. Click here

SOUTH: Steep sided jutting peak
An extraordinarily shaped piece of rock jutting out into Rabach's Glen, with a sheer drop of over 300m. Not to be missed, reports Simon3
group on Eskatarriff East Top: Steep sided jutting peak.
This is an extraordinarily shaped piece of rock jutting out into Rabach's Glen. Most likely it will be accessed as part of the circuit of that Glen. It could be reached from the north in Rabach's Glen or south from the Glanmore River side. The north face of the summit is a nearly sheer 300m, however the south side is a relatively benign slope. A somewhat comparable peak would be Ben Lugmore in ... Click here

SOUTH: Cloony Tunes

The Cloon Horseshoe is one of the very best of Ireland's longer hillwalks, and CaptainVertigo has a) had a bit of an epic tracking it, and b) written it all down quite beautifully. His interpretation of the route uses the elevation of Ballaghbeama Gap and his trusty bicycle to remove a smidge of the climbing (without such hardware a start from the shores of the lake then a reverse of his route, starting up Mullaghnattin's dramatic N ridge is probably the best strategy), and commences with an ascent of Knocknacusha (which as he suspects is better saved for another day; a smash 'n' grab raid from Ballaghisheen Pass to the north is way easier) before a magnificent skyline of 12 tops (with the possibility of Beann S Top knocking it up to 13) climaxes in the haughtiness of Mullaghnattin and a vicious descent to the start. That last aspect is a very good reason for reading the Captain's notes, but far from the only one. CaptainVertigo on A Cloon Horseshoe: The Longest Day
I am conscious of the fact that some of you may look at this walk, Length:28.5km, Climb: 1022m, Area: Knocknacusha, Dunkerron Mountains (Ireland) Kno Click here

SOUTH: Where the lack of a metre makes you little...

Scoring slightly lower on the brutality scale than the wilderness of Iveragh are the Ballyhouras, where simon3 has traced a nice little stroll with tracks and inclines and forests as opposed to scree, crags and exposure. This is an easy one for an afternoon, but those dissatisfied with the two tops taken in could reasonably extend the route to the three tops centred around Seefin; this will need transport or a prediliction for retracing one's steps. {{item=mvtrack2218 }}

SOUTH: Lesser lumps on the way to Brandon
When people think of Dingle (well, the sort of people who aren't dolphin-fixated) they tend to think of Brandon. The more knowledgeable might then consider Baurtregaum, or maybe even Benoskee and Stradbally. It speaks volumes of the sheer volume and variety of hillwalking that a superb outing such as the Moanlaur ridge remains practically unknown despite hiding in plain sight under the Caherconree fort. Onzy has been along it in poor conditions where decent navigation is necessary to identify the tops amidst the assorted lumps and bumps. His track can be extended to the extra top of Emlagh, possibly the best viewpoint of all.
Onzy on Western Spur of the Slieve Mish
Route over Knockbrack, Moanlaur, Beenduff and Lack Mountain, walk, Length:10.8km, Climb: 608m, Area: Knockbrack, Slieve Mish (Ireland) Knockbrack, Mo Click here

EAST: Breathtaking views and lost Spanish tourists
Scarr in Wicklow is one of the most rewarding ascents in the county, with waterfalls, loughs, deer and Spanish walkers to encounter, reports Sarkuns.
Sarkuns on Scarr: From Glenmacnass Waterfall
My route was pretty simple. I left my car at Glenmacnass Waterfall car park and just took the direct route to Brown Mountain using animal and people paths to get to the summit. From Kanturk there is a rocky and at some places boggy path straight to Scarr. I need to say that 360 degree view is breath taking. Lough Dan looks incredibly tempting and the Roundwood lakes as well. When I was walking ... Click here

EAST: White bog and cottongrass
Like a bus, you wait ages for one and three come along. Such is the recent popularity of Moanbane in Wicklow that it merits three interesting comments.
group on Moanbane: One Part of a Double Act
Moanbane is rarely mentioned, or climbed, without reference to its almost twin summit Silsean. The two tops are the highest points of the area of mountain overlooking the hamlet of Ballyknockan to the east of the Blessington Lakes and Phoulaphuca Reservoir. If you catch an inversion over the lakes it can be disorientating as it looks like there is sky above and below the cloud, and land floating i ... Click here

EAST: Remembering Shay Elliott
If you're after a summer's evening walk in the Wicklow area new user amadain17 has uploaded several strolls admirably suited to the purpose. Not many of them take in any summits (which isn't a crime) but the selected walk goes over Kirikee Mountain with the possibility of extending to Carriglineen Mountain if desired.
amadain17 on The Shay Elliott Memorial Walk
Walk details on my site: http://rathdrumwalkers.wordpress.co walk, Length:8.1km, Climb: 132m, Area: Kirikee Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Kirike Click here

EAST: Her name isn't Rio...
In the hope that the summer might actually resurrect itself here's yet another 'ideal for an evening stroll in Wicklow' track, this time from nkenealy. It's an ascent-cum-circuit of Great Sugar Loaf which illustrates the dividing line between 'the city' and 'the mountains' in stark fashion.
If you are new to track sharing on MountainViews and live in the Dublin area you might like to try exporting this track to your GPS ( e.g. as a route or as condensed track) to try using a track.
nkenealy on Sugar Loaf Loop
Up from the GAA Pitch and around the South Side of sugar loa walk, Length:5.6km, Climb: 375m, Area: Great Sugar Loaf, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Great Click here

Italy: Even More Exciting Than Italian Politics...
Considering Italy is one of the world's hotbeds of designer kit (be it clothes or cars) it shouldn't be surprising that they have a long tradition of designer adventure in the form of Via Ferrata. These routes tend to give spectacular journeys through vertiginous country with at least the semblance of safety being provided by assorted ironmongery; despite this, they aren't for the faint-of-heart or the inexperienced. mcrtchly has submitted a track for the Tordini Galligani Via Ferrata, a fairly exacting trip including a mind-boggling steep arete that makes the Hag's Tooth ridge look like a ridge that isn't particularly worrying. Those interested are directed towards the associated YouTube clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoTSsjhVRdQ
mcrtchly on Via ferrata Tordini Galligani in Apuan Alps, Italy
The Apuan Alps is a little known range of mountains in north walk, Length:6.8km, Climb: 754m, Area: Italy, Tuscany () Click here

Australia: Strange ladies, nerves and breakfast
Back in the land of jolly swagmen and Skippy, march-fixer continues his chronicles of perambulation with an exploration of the apparently excellent coastline adjacent to the splendidly-monikered Aireys Inlet. If you ever find yourself in the vicinity you can enjoy cliffs and beaches; granted, you can enjoy that sort of thing in Ireland too but I've not yet seen any echidna or yellow-crested cockatoos lurking in the Sperrins. Perhaps they're just shy.
march-fixer on Aireys Inlet Surf Coast Walk 1
This is a magnificent part of the coast. The walk first head walk, Length:9.7km, Climb: 294m, Area: Australia, Victoria () Click here

BRITAIN: Undiscovered gem in the North Pennines

group on The Calf: Howgill Fells, Yorkshire Dales
The Howgill Fells in north west Yorkshire are undiscovered gems and the Calf at 676m is the highest point. Lovely walking country - no heather, no peat hags, most of the mountains are covered by short grass with plenty of tracks. Easiest access is from the lovely town of Sedbergh - lots of accommodation, restaurants, pubs with great local beer, bookshops (Sedbergh is a "book town") - and you can ... Click here

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


Social climbs
Member BleckCra comments on the Mourne International Festival in his usual robust fashion. Hopefully even if the organisers don't fully agree about value for money it may prompt discussion. He also enquires about MV and walks aka scavvies. The position is as it has always been, if members want to get together and take on the responsibilities of organising a walk then that's absolutely fine. While not actually organing these events MV has always publicised them. There was one to the Antrim Coast and also to Binevenagh earlier this year. There's two being mooted as below and another (to Lambay) is fully subscribed.
While another northern walk in the Mournes would indeed be welcome, its not the only place in or adjacent to Norn Ireland that would be of interest. For example there's the whole of east Donegal stuffed full of places to experience. BleckCra on MORE SOCIAL CLIMBERS?
We made our guest appearances at the Mournes Walking Festival on Saturday. The Saturday big walk, the Saturday big eat, the Saturday big drink and the Sunday big hangover. The A route was that fabulous loop, Hen, to Eagle - Eagle to Rocky - and in different company, would allow me to tell the story about co ck Mountain - but Ah well ...... The Mourne International Festival seemed to be pretty we ... Click here

There is a trip to Wales (30 Aug - 2 Sep) that people may find of interest also. The main purpose of this will be to allow hill-surveyors on both sides of the Irish Sea to meet, however there will also be plenty of time for hillwalking. Get in touch with admin@mountainviews.ie to express interest. At this point you will have to organise your trip yourself - we will be based in Porthmadog.

There is a Iveragh Long Walk being proposed.
Note: This is NOT a beginners walk since the route being proposed would be well up in the Challenge Walk class.
Conor74 on The “longest, hardest high level walk"
...in Ireland was how Paddy Dillon described a proposed walk across the tops of a number of the summits in his “The Mountains of Ireland”, stretching from the east end of the Mangertons and across the Dunkerrons and the heart of South Kerry. As I live between the two ranges and have spent many great days around both, I decided I would give it a go and see if I could maybe “open up” a new walk for ... Click here

and more
Conor74 on A Cloon Horseshoe "mini Scavvy"?
Think none of the Scavvies so far have tackled the Dunkerrons, and the Cloon Horseshoe at its heart - Mullaghanattin, Beann, Finnararagh and then moving all the way on to Knocknagantee and swinging north to Teermoyle and Coomura. Did it a few weeks back and put a walk description up here, was thinking if there are a few who want to do it over the summer might go there again and show off this corn ... Click here

MORF - Mournes Outdoor Recreation Forum

The six-monthly meeting of the Mourne Outdoor Recreation Forum took place on Tuesday 18th June near Newcastle, an event organised by the Mourne Heritage Trust and attended by various bodies interested in the usage and maintenance of this famous and much-used range of mountains. Topics under discussion at this gathering included:

1) Footpath repair and maintenance. The recently completed works along the summit ridge of Slieve Binnian were received positively by those who have already used the rerouted path. The repairs on the track down to Carricklittle received a more mixed reaction. Requests were made for volunteers to assist with the ongoing work on the path from the Ben Crom reservoir to the Binnian/Lamagan col.

2) The MHT's new procedure for dealing with organised events within the hills; this was examined in both theory and practice.

3) Various localised access issues (mostly at lower levels) within the Mournes.

4) The upcoming revival of the organised version of the Mourne Wall Walk. This was last run in 1983 and then cancelled owing to concerns regarding the erosion potentially caused by the thousands of participants (both registered and unregistered). [Ed, not entirely, there was also an issue of rubbish]

In view of the generally negative reaction to this development from those assembled I contacted the organisers to request some clarification regarding queries raised at MORF. The questions posed and replies given appear below unedited. The organisers were at pains to point out that this year's event is very much a pilot project.

"On the 1st September 2013, 30 years since it ceased, the Mourne Wall Walk will, for the first time, be taking place with the support of land owner NI Water and restricted entirely to NI Water property. With categories for experienced walkers and runners, the event will be a fully professionally (locally) managed event with a key emphasis on encouraging positive participation in mountain activity. Participant numbers will be capped at 250, a fraction of previous events, to ensure minimal environmental impact as well as the overall safety and enjoyment of both challenge participants and other mountain users. Everything that makes the Mournes unique will be reinforced through the event to include the emphasis on participation 'payback' whereby donations will be made to two specific local charities. Likewise participants will be encouraged to stay locally, eat locally, support both local tourism and community businesses and hopefully have them wanting to return."


The route. It's stated in your publicity that it's all on NI Water land. How will that work? I can think of several places along the wall where pretty much everyone walks on the 'outside' of the wall (e.g. Donard down to the Bog of Donard col). In many places the natural flow does retain walkers on the outside of the wall, however our natural flow will be on the inside and along with clear briefing and supervision at strategic locations it will be illogical to cross the wall.

If the event is a success and is run again in future years, do you envisage it staying roughly the same size or will you be trying to 'grow' it? The event will be subject to a full review post event to include both ourselves and the landowner and will include a range of pre-set criteria - such criteria will obviously impact on the events future and as such will also dictate future numbers.

Possibly more relevant in terms of 'future years' if they happen, but what will you do if a lot of unregistered walkers descend on the start and join in? This was certainly a major problem with the previous event and as such we have looked at ways of controlling such matters to include encouraging responsible participation and not deliberately excluding any particular section of the outdoor community supported by essential online booking and the fact that the event starts within the access controlled Silent Valley Mountain Park.

Are there any circumstances other than dangerous weather conditions under which you would cancel it? We always add fire risk to weather risk when considering exceptional circumstances but aside from that,Yes there are others, both environmental and economic. Environmental - Ultimately the route is within a water catchment and we must always bear in mind that it must be highly respected and that we do not pose any risk to either the immediate mountainscape or the run off into the water supply chain - although hard to determine its important to be open minded to exceptional situations that may occur. Economic - This event is purely private sector funded and accepted to run at a loss for it's first and if permitted second years (this will not affect the payback) with a potential breakeven following and as such for every participant, our loss will be greater and we always need to consider the current economic circumstances in which we find ourselves and whether or not we can support the event without any external funding. All such matters are dynamic and remain in constant review.

-- Peter Walker


Minor improvements.

When viewing a summit it is now possible to see the last 15 members who have logged climbing it. If you hover over the name you will get the approximate date that MountainViews was notified about the ascent. In future it will refer to the exact day MV was notified, and also in the future, it will refer to the date climbed where this has been entered by the member.

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Elevating summits - two or three list members found.
As discussed in our book and on the website MountainViews has been trying to establish the positions and statuses of summits in Ireland. The status of a summit, that is whether it is or is not in a particular list, requires a precise measurement of its height and often its prominence. In the past we had established for example that Carrigshouk in Wicklow was an Arderin because it had a prominence of 31m, 1m over the required 30.
So it is my great pleasure as publisher of MountainViews to include this item and congratulate MV committee member jackill on his perseverance in hill surveying. -- Simon Stewart.
jackill on Two Arderins and one Vandeleur Lynam found.
I guess it was only a matter of time. In the course of the past 18 months the MV survey team has checked nearly 80 summits for position, height and prominence using a Differential GPS unit. So it was on the 9th of June we found ourselves doing a circuit in the Rabachs Glen in Kerry which contains 6 MV listed summits. Our route dictated that we ascend first to Knocknaveacal a summit close to Co ... Click here

Taking summiteering too seriously? An antidote.
Alan Tees sent me this piece from a summiteering sceptic.
As well as the original article which is indeed refreshing, there is some excellent comment including a reference to the "One Hundred Famous Mountains" (of Japan).
The photo shows Alan and Margaret Tees, well, summiteering in Kerry.

Young Summiteers of Ireland.
We note from member Rob_Lees profile that he has ambitions.
"Growing up in the Wicklow Mountains, I've been walking in the hills my whole life and after doing a mountain skills course in 2012 (when i was 18) I decided I wanted to be the youngest man to climb every Irish peak over 600m. I'm not sure how realistic this goal is but I'll give it a bash."

Good luck! And are any other younger walkers tempted to try?

MountainViews book in the shops.

A Guide to Ireland's Mountain Summits - The Vandeleur-Lynams & The Arderins
MountainViews first book available online and in many bookshops.

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

This month.
Kudos to our contributors.

We welcome the following new members who enrolled this month. 6011david, abbeypa, acastanikic, Airwolf, amadain17, anitab, anngallagher56, antrimbadger, aronbakst, aspinnivy, ballyalla, belfast, bluefoot, BoltonAbbey, christina1, dankiely, darky, davidlpower, DeaglanO, dinkle78, dstirk, edita, Emiprior, fairweather, Fergalh, fionas, flormccarthy, gaothmhor, Gerardm, Giampi, HBouille, helencahill, heverbt, Hilary, Ianricey, jamescarroll353, Johnnylayne, johnpaws, kerry4sam, kerryabu, KlausGottsche, knuckshee, la1ena, liamj, lindsay1, Lovac, maidhc, mariagladun, MikeC, mikedoody, monsur, murish, nevinjimbo, Newdawn, noctero, pete135, phamde, philip59, pollypierce, rollontheweekend, rooneyp1976, rossa53, sballinrea, scobrien8, Shaneoc, stroel, tokyoandyc, tonyrock1, turfymccloud, unlilariebark, wassiewasp (71)

Our contributors to all threads this month: BleckCra (6), CaptainVertigo (3), Colin Murphy (3), Conor74 (3), Dessie1 (2), Geansai (1), Hilltop-Harrier (1), Kingdom (2), Onzy (5), Peter Walker (6), Ryan_mournes (1), Sarkuns (3), Trailtrekker (2), ahendroff (1), aidand (1), amadain17 (6), bsheils (1), conormcbandon (1), csd (1), eamonoc (2), gerrym (2), Communal summary entries (23), hivisibility (1), jackill (2), jlk (2), march-fixer (9), mcrtchly (3), nkenealy (1), paddyhillsbagger (3), padodes (2), sandman (4), simon3 (23), thomas_g (1), wicklore (1), wwwalker (1)
For a fuller list view Community | Recent Contributors

There were comments on the following summits , Baurtregaum, Ben Creggan South Top, Birreencorragh South Top, Bulbin, Caher, Caherconree, Carroll's Hill, Clogrennan Hill, Cloonacool, Conigar, Corriebracks, Derryclancy, Eskatarriff East Top, Glennamong E Top, Keelogyboy Mountain, Keelogyboy Mtn NE Top, Knockanuarha, Knockatee, Lackabane, Lugnabrick NE Top, Lugnaquillia, Moanbane, Saggart Hill, Scarr, Slemish, Sorrel Hill, Urris Hills
and these tracks Australia , Australia, Victoria , Australia, Victoria , Barnanageehy, Slieve Mish Ireland, Caherbla, Slieve Mish Ireland, Corriebracks, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Great Sugar Loaf, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Italy, Tuscany , Kirikee Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Knockboy, Shehy/Knockboy Ireland, Knockbrack, Slieve Mish Ireland, Knockmulanane, Central Dingle Ireland, Knocknacusha, Dunkerron Mountains Ireland, Little Carron, Ballyhoura Mountains Ireland, Long Hill, Comeragh Mountains Ireland, Lugnagun, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Mullaghareirk, W Limerick / N Kerry Ireland, Mullaghcarn, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Struicín, MacGillycuddy's Reeks Ireland, Tooth Mountain, Caha Mountains Ireland tracks and these walks were created Blessington Lakeside Walk 2

Thanks to all 1070 who have ever contributed summits or routes info and forums.

For a full list view Community | Contributors Hall of Fame

Summary. MountainViews now has 6195 comments about 1042 different hills & mountains out of the total in our current full list (1057). We need more comments, better comments and more balance for every summit as our rate for "data completion" now that the 150m summits have been added is currently around 49% There's a few (15) of opportunities for you to be the first to comment on a summit. About half of summits do not have a Short Summary. We have around 500 GPS tracks for Ireland however many summits lack even one track.


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Track reviews: Tom Condon, Peter Walker
General Forum Digest: Mark Brennan
Gear reviews: Tom Sweeney
Book reviews: Conor Murphy, Aidan Dillon, Peter Walker
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