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The Summit

Monthly newsletter of MountainViews.ie for guestuser

August 2013



EAST, WEST, NORTH and SOUTH Route ideas and places to go, also Australia, Pyrenees in Spain


Hills of Great Importance if not very high, Proposal to add., The Camera Detective, Pics betrayed, but for a good outcome.

VIDEOS: kernowcritch on Bluestacks Audio-visual intro to the Bluestacks, gerrym on Knocklayd Overlooking Scotland


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

MOUNTAIN MEITHEAL: the following are the work days for 2013:
11/08/2013 24/08/2013 08/09/2013 21/09/2013 06/10/2013 19/10/2013 03/11/2013 16/11/2013

Holiday Mood: 'On the way to a high col we paused for reflection beside this small lake above Besurta, near Hospital de Benasque in Spain. Reflection visual that is of the surrounds, the people of our group, the peaks like Pic de Sauvegarde (2738m) in the background and reflection philosophical on our companions and what was already a great sense of holiday accomplishment. And that was before we finished the day which took us to a snowbound col, to France and back, tricky navigation and an unplanned river crossing to reach our destination.' More

In short: Discovery

NORTH: Hillwalking by night
Rarely attempted by most hillwalkers, member Ste goes for a trek up Wee Slievemoughan in the Mournes by the light of the silver moon…
Ste on Wee Slievemoughan: Night navigation
Left Leitrim lodge car park at 1930 for a night navigation of wee slievemoughan, slievemoughan, and pigeon rock. Made it to slievemoughan with relative ease, however, conditions deteriorated, low thick cloud base of 250m and strong winds. Planned route aborted and descended to the windy gap to pick up a bearing to return to Leitrim lodge. Five hour planned route reduced to 3 hours. Would have push ... Click here

NORTH: Another Long, Long Way... (has VIDEO)
A fine example of 'considering the big picture' when it comes to reading maps is provided by mcrtchly's epic traverse of Donegal's wonderfully wild Bluestacks, creating a very logical (at least from a cartographical standpoint) route over a conspicuous chain of tops. The terrain is tough and demands experience; you may also feel that it demands a wild camp too like mcrtchly and kernowclimber used, but that decision should be tempered by the knowledge that they also love spending time in mines...anyone who's seen 'The Descent' will know that's just not what sensible people do. The possibility of adding a total of five tops to the start and end should be noted by the masochistic. An excellent idea of the terrain will be had from their video, which also features a little stick man skateboarding over the mountains (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCmv_TB86Ys). I kid you not.
Onzy on Barnanageehy from East
An out and back route to Barnanageehy taking in unnamed spot walk, Length:8.5km, Climb: 384m, Area: Barnanageehy, Slieve Mish (Ireland) Barnanageehy Click here

NORTH: One for grown-ups and kids alike
A good intro to hillwalking and the Mournes, Slieve Loughshannagh is a beautiful walk without being too taxing, reports cranium, who recommends it for families.
cranlum on Slieve Loughshannagh: Summer Ascent of Sl. Loughshannagh
After an amazing spell of weather with temperatures approaching 30 degrees we waited for things to cool down before this climb. On the day it was around 23 degrees with a light cloud base at around 3-3500 feet. Starting at Ott Mt Car Park the ascent was very good over a fairly good path of mixed stone and trodden moorland to the wall and col between Carn Mt and Sl. Lougshannagh. The ground wa ... Click here
NORTH: A spectacular rock
Gigantic boulders mark the summit of this top, and there's even a way up without ropes, much to member Rob_Lee's relief.
Rob_Lee on Slieve Binnian North Tor: A Spectacular Rock
This peak is completely different to any other Irish peak I've climbed and it a was perfect to mark my 50th mountain. I was worried that i might need rope and gear to get to the top but there's a handy track that starts on the south west side between the main rock and another massive boulder. If you're in the Mournes then this is definitely worth a look and if you a climber, bring your rack and ro ... Click here

NORTH: From the sea(side) to the sky (has VIDEO)
gerrym has tracked an ascent of the striking (by Antrim standards) lump of Knocklayd from the shores at Ballycastle, providing a agreeably middling trip through along old railways, through forest and up onto rough mountainside, with vast coastal views on the right day (see his traditionally excellent video indulging his usual penchants for ground level shots of passing walkers and Two Door Cinema Club...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei1u4gQ9Yz0&feature=youtu.be ). It's worth remembering though that recent developments over the Atlantic have rendered squirrels slightly less cute, so bear that in mind if you see one.
gerrym on Knocklayd from Ballycastle
http://youtu.be/ei1u4gQ9Yz0 A walk starting in the lovely s walk, Length:11.7km, Climb: 622m, Area: Knocklayd, Antrim Hills (Ireland) Knocklayd Click here

NORTH: Ireland's strangest 'cairn'?
A trip up Crockasmug in the Inishowen area revealed the precariously balanced constriction of concrete block that doubles for a cairn, reports Harry Goodman.
Harry Goodman on Crocknasmug: Inishowen list of hills now definitely completed !
There was I thinking I had done and dusted all of the MV's listed Inishowen hills last year only to find that the accuracy and detail we have come to expect from MV's has removed unworthy Crockaulin from the list of tops and replaced it with Crocknasmug a slightly higher neighbour. This change has the distinct advantage that this new hill, unlike Crockaulin, does require at least some effort to cl ... Click here

NORTH: Open Goles
Unlikely to be mistaken for the Pyrenees any time before the next Ice Age are the Sperrins, and here Onzy has tracked a short round of three tops that (while not conveniently linking to anything else) does provide a low-calorie flavour of the range's appeal. The route breaks out of the Goles Forest to reach the crowning point of Carnanelly, and has decent going until the last summit of Mullaghbane W Top, but I'd echo Onzy's opinion that a direct return to Goles might be best ignored in favour of a direct descent to the B47 or simply retracing your steps; even the reascent is probably easier than contouring the difficult steep slope between you and the forest.
Onzy on Short Circuit in Eastern Sperrins
Round of three tops taking in Carnanelly, its West top and M walk, Length:9.4km, Climb: 494m, Area: Carnanelly, Sperrin Mountains (Ireland) Carnanell Click here

NORTH: When Wee Were Kings
One of those tops that always seems to end up being 'tidyed-up' later is the irascible little stump of Wee Binnian in the Mournes. It's easily included in an itinerary that takes in its parent peak (although the linking ridge is quite steep) but generally seems not to be, and for anyone finding themselves in that position Onzy has tracked the ascent from Silent Valley, throwing in a bit of the parkland at the end. This could be used as the start or end of a more extended Silent Valley round, or varied in itself with some interesting little scrambles on Wee Binnian.
Onzy on Wee Binnian
An up and down route to Wee Binnian, taking in a short strol walk, Length:6.3km, Climb: 460m, Area: Wee Binnian, Mourne Mountains (Ireland) Wee Binni Click here

WEST: Aussie rules
A spectacular scramble up Barrclascame on a blistering July day was had by Colin Murphy in the company of his Aussie sister, who was overawed by the scenery.
Colin Murphy on Barrclashcame: Fair dinkum sport!
I took my Aussie sister hillwalking at her request during July's heatwave. At least she was familiar with the weather. She is a fanatical cyclist and has undertaken 3000km journeys the length and breadth of Europe and Australia. Yet she was overawed by the magnificence of this area and commented that it was hard to think of anything that matched its beauty in all of her travels. On a day such as t ... Click here

WEST: Unparalleled beauty
The ascent up Barrclashcame North West Top on a blue-sky day is as rewarding a walk as you could hope to experience.
Colin Murphy on Barrclashcame North-West Top: Unparalleled beauty
Parked at viewing point lay-by at L824 699, which is marked by a memorial to the Doolough Tragedy. We headed directly east for 1.5km and the ground starts to rise sharply almost immediately and is tough going - long grass hiding multiple holes etc. It eases somewhat after a couple of hundred metres and the terrain is more navigable, short grass and rocky underfoot. A few hundred metres before the ... Click here

SOUTH: Forever boggy
Cummeenboy in the Paps/Derrynasaggart area seems to remain water-logged despite even the efforts of the recent drought, reports thomas_g
thomas_g on Cummeenboy: Still wet - bring gaiters
Even after the massive dry spell we've had, it was still wet on the way from the turbine to the top. I met the farmer who was heading off with the horse and cart to draw in the turf, he's a lovely gent who seems bemused by people coming here walking. Click here

SOUTH: Nice and Nicely Done
Handy access hints are contained in Onzy's track taking in the two tops of Caherbarnagh, a lofty massif lying to the east of the Paps. (It always behoves one to take the opportunity to ask about access if you're not sure; every polite enquiry helps the cause). There are other tops a few kilometres to the south and east, but it has to be conceded that the journeys to reach them are probably too much like hard work for the average pedestrian.
Onzy on Two Caherbarnagh tops
Easy up and down route to Caherbarnagh and its NW top. Ro walk, Length:7.2km, Climb: 512m, Area: Caherbarnagh NW Top, Paps/Derrynasaggart (Ireland) Click here

SOUTH: Walking In The Clouds
An unusual cloud formation riddled with 'peep-holes' gave paulocon the unnerving sensation of strolling through the clouds on Boughil in the Dunkerrons.
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SOUTH: Misty, with probability of showers...
It must be a good five minutes since this author has pointed out how Brandon is the finest mountain in these islands and the Pilgrims' Path's tortured progress through the eastern corrie is the ultimate 'tourist' route up any of them, so it behoves me to look at Garmin's upload of an ascent of it (with the easy diversion to the North Top thrown in). This is a trip with unforgettable views if the weather is amenable, and astonishing atmosphere if it isn't; if the former is the case it'd be a shame to limit one's self to just this itinerary, although the addition of further tops will probably require transport being arranged or long road walks.
Garmin on Brandon County Kerry
A visit to Brandon North top and then on to Brandon Mountain walk, Length:8.2km, Climb: 384m, Area: Brandon North Top, Brandon Group (Ireland) Brando Click here

EAST: Lug in the sun
Member Groad climbs Wicklow's highest via the beautiful Fraughan Rock Glen route, enhanced by the Med-style weather.
Groad on Lugnaquillia: Lug in the sun
Climbed Lug last Saturday 20th July 2013 for the first time in about 30 years, couldn't have asked for a finer day! Parked at Baravore ford and came up the Fraughan Rock Glen route, up by the waterfall, and on left to the saddle and up to the summit, then down by Cloghernagh and the zigzags back to the Glenmalure valley floor. Simply stunning. Click here

EAST: Great views and lost dogs
Carriglineen is a relatively easy climb but with rewarding views of south Wicklow, reports Nesa1206, who also reunited 2 lost dogs with their owner!
nesa1206 on Carriglineen Mountain: Easy climb and so much worth it!
Walking up Carriglineen is pretty much an easy climb, but well worth the little efford. The route from NE starting at the car park at the Shay Elliot Forest as provided in the comments before follows broad forest roads and an clear & short mountain path towards the summit. The top is rather flat and marked with a little cairn. Views from here include the lightly higher neighbour Kirikee Mountain i ... Click here

EAST: Mulciber's Travels
Probably securing the title of 'lowest number of summits per kilometre walked' is Mulciber's yomp through the hinterlands between and surrounding Glenmalure and Glendalough, concentrating on sheets of water rather than mountain tops. Most of the ground seems to be covered on defined tracks, so those strong enough to consider this trip should be capable of picking off some/all of the several tops that the route sneaks past.
Mulciber on Wicklow Lakes
This walk takes in some of the higher lakes around Glendalou walk, Length:40.7km, Climb: 1726m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Cloghernagh, Tomaneena Click here

EAST: Wicklow's least rounded ridge.
Not the razor-sharp, vertigo-inducing kind you'll find elsewhere, but as Wicklow goes, this ridge on Derrybawn Mountain ain't bad, reports Simon3
simon3 on Derrybawn Mountain: Wicklows least rounded ridge.
While modest as a ridge in comparison with others in Ireland or elsewhere, this is as good as it gets in Wicklow. Here's a view of it from the somewhat less steep southern facing side. The centre skyline is dominated by Scarr with the flat top of Brockagh Mtn SE Top beneath it. There are two unpleasant scars on Derrybawn, one along the length and caused entirely by walkers. I can personally at ... Click here

A Long, Long Way... A Comeragh crossing track has been previously noted in these newsletters, but march-fixer's traverse is mentioned as an example of an acknowledged Challenge Walk being accomplished during the associated organised event. These sorts of gatherings may not suit everyone, but many swear by them and find them a convivial and inspiring way to tackle routes one perceives to be close to (or perhaps beyond!) your personal limits. As for march-fixer, I'm sure he'll be itching to do this again and to include Coumfea W Top this time around...
march-fixer on 2013 Comeragh Challenge
This was a truly superb walk in absolutely perfect weather c walk, Length:43.1km, Climb: 1798m, Area: Long Hill, Comeragh Mountains (Ireland) Long Hi Click here

AUSTRALIA: Who can it be now...?
It seems that march-fixer spent very little time under the shade of a Coolibah tree during his Antipodean wanderings, as July has brought another selection of Australasian tracks for your delectation and Airmiles. His ascent of Mount Oliver has been selected because of its fine coastal aspect, and also because the concept of a Squeaky Beach seems like something of which an Irish website should approve. Repeaters of his route will need to do something they'll never have to do in Ireland...to be wary of snakes. mvtrack2246
march-fixer on Mount Bishop Summit Walk
Got a lift up to the Lilly Pilly Gully Car-park where the tr walk, Length:10.0km, Climb: 377m, Area: Australia, Victoria () Click here

SPAIN in the Pyrenees: Losing my religion...or at least changing it
Mountains (it must be conceded) on a scale and of a grandeur a little beyond anything Ireland has to offer can be found amongst the Pyrenees as they sprawl spikily across the Franco-Spanish frontier. simon3 has been on his holliers hereabouts, and one of several tracks he's submitted bears this out, scrambling up to a culminating point of the Tozal de Mallo (Google it...it's really impressive). A trip here would surely appeal to most adventurous walkers, even if Henry VIII wasn't much of a fan of the region.
simon3 on Circo de Carriata, Ordesa Valley, Spain
Pyrenees 2013. The Ordesa national park and Monte Perdido a walk, Length:12.7km, Climb: 928m, Area: Spain, Aragon () Click here

also see 3 part illustrated account of trip to the Pyrenees, Spain. Some may even the love the uncompromising inner nerd bit or again then not.
simon3 on A Pyrenees Trip.
The Spanish side of the Pyrenees was the venue for an eleven day walking tour starting on 8th July 2013. It was arranged for a group of Irish Ramblers by Pyrenean Group Holidays aka Malcolm and Ann and coordinated by John O’Connor, a member of the Irish Ramblers Club. The tour took in a series of classic point to point walks in an approximately anti clockwise circle starting from Gavarnie in ... Click here

SPAIN in the Pyrenees: Downhill Racer
Straddling the border between France and Spain is another of simon3's holiday snapshots, although those desperate to cross a frontier while walking can do accomplish that objective on Cuilcagh more cheaply. This trip has the unusual boon (well, can you think of an Irish route similarly favoured?) of starting with a taxi ride to the high point and then being all downhill to the endpoint.
simon3 on Gavarnie to Torla
Pyrenees 2013: This route starts with a taxi ride to near th walk, Length:18.8km, Climb: 313m, Area: France, Midi-Pyrénées () Click here

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


Car break-ins - a serious deterrent to walking in Wicklow.
During the month there was some discussion of this issue in the General Forum. The picture isn't pretty. A common technique for break-ins in Wicklow is for the thief to cut the cables leading to the front doors. In some cars, particularly older ones such as mine, this resulted in the lock opening. (In some cases of newer cars the locks all stay shut even with the key - which is almost worse.) Apart from whatever theft ensues, the repair bill can be horrendous. We have heard of people having to pay Euro2000 for a new wiring loom to get this fixed.

Some clubs have resorted to leaving a volunteer to mind the cars for the day at remote car parks.
Please support the call below both for Wicklow or anywhere else and any further initiatives. (Certainly the Mournes used to have a lot of this activity and there are sporadic reports from around the island).
simon3 on Car breakins in Wicklow. Feedback/suggestion
We got the following email recently from a concerned person. "I am concerned at the level of thefts and break ins at the wicklow way car parks, where tourists especially are very vulnerable . it is going unresolved as I found on boards ie , which highlights this is an issue unresolved for years. I've contacted Wicklow politicians, the relevant authorities and the media as I'm now starting ... Click here

Hills of cultural stature whatever about their actual height
BleckCra and others suggested we include the Hill of Tara. (We do actually include Tara Hill in Wexford, but that one's not so famous). There was a lot of support for this. Can I say that you are pushing against an open door as far as I am concerned and I would hope that the MV Committee will also agree. MountainViews can and should include other interesting hills even if they don't meet the height and prominence requirements of summiteers listings.

See the item later about Cultural Summits where we are looking for suggestions and volunteers.
"...... a pound of sausages, bread, milk, eggs, bananas ...... What do you mean there are different kinds of lists? Hills lists? Strange - why would you have lists of hills? What do you mean it's just a kind of a thing? An idiosyncrasy? Fair enough. Someone called mountainviews has billions of them? OK I'll give them a look. Mountainviews, click click, ok here we are. Looks good. Now let me thi ... Click here

Scavvy transmutes into Wee Binnian Festival.
BleckCra invites members to come to this festival. Should be fun.
BleckCra on MEET UP
Anyway ...... A handful of us - mountainviewers - are attending the Wee Binns' Festival in the Mournes on Sat Sept 7th. Out of Newry. "Attending" means having the Saturday big walk, followed by a big dinner, followed by big pints of Guinness and a lot of rubbish talked. We shall be encamped in Warrenpoint which is pretty damned fine in anyone's books. We should be very pleased to meet other ... Click here

Mystery building in Wicklow
MV's esteemed secretary has found something unusual.
wicklore on Those mystery arty types
While descending from Carrigshouk in Wicklow one day in April I spotted a structure on the ground at O10133 05264. Somebody had removed a layer of turf to create a ‘foundation’ for whatever they were planning to build. They were in the process of laying down a layer of stones in the foundation, and had used a bag of cement for this. You can see from the picture that it looked like it was going to ... Click here

HH, the "Everest Challenge", a little light wrist slapping etc
Not sure if I entirely follow the argument here. Too convoluted. But I loved the pics of Errigal from interesting angles. To answer the question about website format. Its a mixture of history and future. The website started when people only had weensy desktop monitors. The future is going to be increasingly mobile which often favours narrower screens so the 800 pixel width sort of works on many of them. The final answer is variable, adaptive formats which will change to suit laptop widescreen and narrow screens. But this takes time and not having a team of 5, I have to prioritise. Mind you it will always look great on an 30" development monitor ( 2560 X 1600 ).
Hilltop-Harrier on Jason Black again on the Everest Challenge
Ah, March Fixer has decided to give ‘myself and http://www.donegaldaily.com’ a little slap on the wrist…..perhaps fully justified????. No!!no!!!no!!! I just thought that with all the good navigational skills in use on this website :) that it would be good practice to find your bearing on the Donegal Daily website....(however on a serious note & point taken)..I’ve always been meaning to ask and a ... Click here

The self deprecating BleckCra

Conversion. T.S. Eliot to Catholicism, Cat Stevens to Islam, Ireland to the Euro..... Should it all be treated with suspicion? The weather was so splendid yesterday, yer Mother in Law would have looked good in it. So, was my epiphany, my revelation, my conversion to the mindblowingly beautiful Southern Mournes clouded (sic) by meteorology? I know a man who grew up at the foot of the lovely Gallo ... Click here

Comedy Cold Case Revisited Mocking Bear Grylls turned into an artform.
Our esteemed track reviewer describes what he has found in Bear Grylls, set philosophically in the context of what he sees as a modernity where "reality isn't what it used to be". Now MountainViews members had enormous fun with Bear Grylls and the appalling episode of his show in Ireland (see link below) but I really think Peter Walker (greenierexyboy - !!) totally wins the prize for what he also produced at the time.
View here for some of the original hilarity on this website:
CaptainVertigo on Unbearable Grills – The Full Irish
(Part One) Bond Slaves of SKY TV in possession of The Discovery Channel will have noticed the recent arrival on our western shores of one Bear Grills (Tuesdays 10pm). Sensing that the ex-Special Forces survivalist might well tread terrain dear to my bosom, I cleared my heirs from the room and gave the aging superman full attention. Eschewing prosaic modes of transit, Grills emerged from the Atlan ... Click here

Then Google for "bear grylls ireland youtube". There's some episodes of the original show if you missed it, but also a string of mock Grylls.

Returning camera.
And finally in Further News this month, the (second) case of re-uniting a camera with its owner.
wicklore on A Hillwalking Detective Story Part 2
Two years ago I wrote a piece on Mountainviews about finding a camera in the Wicklow Mountains and how I was able to use the photos on the memory card to track down the owner. Read that article here: http://mountainviews.ie/motleyviews/general/comment/1412/
Last month an MV member contacted Mountainviews to see if we had a lost and found section as he had found a camera. We don’t have a lost ... Click here


Cultural Summits: Adding famous hills - the story so far.

As mentioned above, members suggested we include the Hill of Tara. Various people came forward with suggestions for other famous but not necessarily very high or prominent hills. Here's what has come in.

Hill of Tara
Hill of Slane
Vinegar Hill
Hill of Tailte
Knockmany Hill
Hill 16
MV is looking for more for consideration please! And we will be talking to those that kindly offered help. For a hill to be listed by the current system in MountainViews we need:
height, prominence, grid reference, county, Irish form of name if possible, Name Origin, Note About Peak, Area, Subarea. We are particularly keen that the Note About Peak should explain why the summit is being included. As with the Name Origin field, the Note About Peak is intended to take a Neutral Point of View with a considered tone."
Trailtrekker on The Royal Hills
Tara It is only recently that I have had the pleasure of experiencing the real mountains of the Kingdom. Since my childhood I have known of their prowess on the football field, but it is only in the last three months that I have become accustomed to their brilliance in terms of great mountains such as the Reeks, Brandon and even Knockboy. But I am one who is exiled in the fertile, but flat plains ... Click here

Historical Views. View your history of walking or who visited a summit last.

We have implemented some of the features described in the design document http://mountainviews.ie/temp/UserVisitDisplay2013.pdf . Two items now in place are:

History of Recent Climbs for every summit. This appears on each summit page, showing who has most recently visited it.

History of Recent Climbs for every user. If you are a registered member you can look at the User Information page for every user, a feature we have had for several years. We now include a list of the most recent summits that the user has climbed for the first time, as notified to MV. We also include a figure for the number of summits visited for the first time in each year also as notified to MV.
Additional points: As with any new feature, this may well malfunction, so do notify us of issues at admin@mountainviews.ie
And if you are not a registered member, remember this is only a small part of what you are missing. Registration only involves giving us a screen name, a password and an email address.

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

New release of the All-Ireland GPS map.
For many years this has been the main map that I have on my Garmin 76 and it's great to see that a revised version has been released.
Pazapas on GPS Ireland map 2.0.4
The new release of Emerald Island map is available. Summits data are updated (2013/05/05). OpenStreetMap.org data increased a lot last months. It should not be a huge issue for hillwalkers but seamarks data evolved a bit and their rendering changed. For interested people, visit OpenSeaMap.org. Enjoy your walks, The Link to the map : http://emerald-island.eu/wikka/GpsMap (version 2.0.3 is st ... Click here

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. akelly, Ann-Brophy, bartleby, Berdip, Bigmac94, breerlyDiewly, briancullen, brianlynch, cablicaci, Cahervillahow, Camino, CaminoPat, cannonball, cilldroichid, cranlum, declancunningham, dmulvagh, dnekro69, donalpon, donnachac, dregishjake, ecahalan, edanto, Fanny_Eubanks, Gerryballybay, gregwalker, Hamule, heavyfoot, Henreyjay, Imelda66, jasonmc, jdchuck, jgpotter, JoeMoran, judycoburn, KevinBreslin, Ladder22, macdobry, MajnaPelikan, MalcolmG, Manbearpig, markwallace, mccann, mcgon79, melhanly, MikeLondon, moclarke, mountaincraft, mountainmike, nickywood, oliverniland, palkypalky, peteroddy, pfrobo, piotras, puddles, Randal, rchl0, rhibee88, rnealon, sandball, seanc15, sh5568, stan27, Tadhgc, TomBren, turklish (67)

Our contributors to all threads this month: BleckCra (19), Bolton (1), BoltonAbbey (1), Colin Murphy (3), Conor74 (3), David-Guenot (1), Fergalh (1), Garmin (3), Groad (1), Harry Goodman (6), Hilltop-Harrier (4), Mulciber (1), Onzy (5), PaulRevere (1), Rob_Lee (4), Ste (1), Trailtrekker (2), Welder (2), ahendroff (1), aidand (2), bsheils (1), cranlum (1), daveevangibbons (1), eamonoc (3), eugeneryan959 (1), gerrym (1), Communal summary entries (10), hbowman1 (2), hivisibility (1), jackill (2), jlk (4), kernowclimber (4), lennyantonelli (1), march-fixer (6), marymac (1), mcrtchly (4), nesa1206 (1), sandman (1), simon3 (22), thomas_g (1), wicklore (1)
For a fuller list view Community | Recent Contributors

There were comments on the following summits Altnapaste, Annagh Hill, Barrclashcame, Barrclashcame North-West Top, Beenoskee, Benbo, Benleagh, Boughil, Carriglineen Mountain, Croaghaun, Crocknafarragh, Crocknasmug, Croghan Hill, Croghan Kinsella, Cuilcagh, Cummeenboy, Derrybawn Mountain, Eagle Mountain, Greenoge, Knocklettercuss, Leataoibh, Lugnaquillia, Slieve Binnian North Tor, Slieve Loughshannagh, Slievenanee, Soarns Hill, Stradbally Mountain, Wee Slievemoughan
and these tracks Australia, Victoria , Australia, Victoria , Australia, Victoria , Australia, Victoria , Brandon North Top, Brandon Group Ireland, Brown's Hill, Bluestack Mountains Ireland, Caher West Top, MacGillycuddy's Reeks Ireland, Caherbarnagh NW Top, Paps/Derrynasaggart Ireland, Carnanelly, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Carrignabinnia, Galty Mountains Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, France, Midi-Pyrénées , Glencappul Top, Mangerton Ireland, Knockahunna, South Midlands Ireland, Knocklayd, Antrim Hills Ireland, Long Hill, Comeragh Mountains Ireland, Mullacor, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Slieve Bearnagh North Tor, Mourne Mountains Ireland, Spain, Aragon , Spain, Aragon , Spain, Aragon , Spain, Aragon , Spain, Aragon , Spain, Aragon , Spain, Aragon , Spain, Aragon , Spain, Aragon , Spain, Catalonia , Wee Binnian, Mourne Mountains Ireland tracks and these walks were created (none in period)

Thanks to all 1074 who have ever contributed summits or routes info and forums.

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Summary. MountainViews now has 6226 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 plenty (15) of opportunities for you to be the first to comment on a summit. Listing summits in "Lists & Logs" (tick MV completion information) 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. 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.
  • 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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