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Colin Murphy
2021-01-21 16:25:59
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Vote for MV's Photo of the Year 2020!
Despite a very restricted year in terms of hillwalking (and everything else), nevertheless many people did get to venture out and also take some fine pictures of the countryside.

Take a look at two collections of photos via the links below, which were shortlisted from members’ photos during 2020. We request your help in choosing 2020 Pictures of the Year for International and Irish pictures.
Copy and paste the links below to see the shortlists.

Pictures of Ireland link:

International Pictures link:

Closing date for voting is January 26th, so no time to lose!

Instructions for voting:
The pictures in each collection are numbered.
Send an email to:

Title: Photoaward

Include something like this in the email body for your choices:

Choice from John Smith:
Irish Picture of the Year 2020:
My choice. Picture Number XX

International Picture of the Year 2020:
My choice: Picture Number XX

Happy voting ...

MountainViews Committee
2021-01-20 14:20:32
MountainViews Community - Awardees 2021


Arderin + Arderin Beg:

County Highpoints:

Highest 100:

Local 100:

As normal we want to acknowledge also a number of Special and Contributor awards:

Special Awards:
Declan Murphy of the Mi/MV Arderin group for getting the Arderins accepted in MI

Grainne McLaughlin of the MI Hillwalking Committee for getting the Arderins accepted in MI

Alan and Margaret Tees, for getting the Irish Peaks book out

Helen Lawless, of the MI Staff for meticulous work in relation to the Irish Peaks book.

Contributor Awards:
Fergalh, articles and reports on UK summits

Markmjcampion, completing the Highest Hundred Short Summaries, further work on these and many other contributions

Paul Tempan, major revisions to the placename information

Melohara, ongoing work to sort out the subareas

Hopefully we will get to present these awards sometime in 2021.
2021-01-20 11:59:02
MountainViews Community - Gathering 2021
Our annual gathering normally takes place in February each year. Last year around 100 of us were in attendance. Given the pandemic situation this will not happen this year.

The MV Committee have been agonising as to how we could mark the 2020 walking year and celebrate the achievements of our members. We considered using Zoom or some similar technology, but felt that this removes the mixing and mingling that is an integral part of the event.

Accordingly, we have decided to defer the Gathering until later in the year, at which stage we may be able to hold it in person. Obviously this will depend on how the pandemic and any control measures develop. The Committee will keep an eye on this and update you as necessary.

In the meantime, congratulations to all those who completed lists in 2020 and thanks to all those who helped us with the site and contributed to the wider world of hillwalking in 2020. A list of Awardees for 2020 will follow.

MV Committee
January 2021
2021-01-14 13:13:31
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View across the Irish Sea
From @Sam_Greenwood_ on Twitter: Yesterday’s view from Howth in Dublin to a snow capped Snowdon in North Wales is just incredible. It’s 140 kilometres away.
Photo by Niall O’Carrol
2021-01-13 12:05:45
2020 List Completions
I am currently working towards working out our list completions for 2020. Here is what I have so far:

Vandeleur-Lynam: Eamonoc,Geo,Ilenia,Millsd1,Mountainmike

Arderin: Ilenia

Arderin + Arderin Beg: Ilenia

County Highpoints: Aidy,Brendanbarrett,Dergish,Helenha,Jasonmc,Karoloconnor,Kitchen,Marty_47,MichaelG55,RockyCaver,SenanFoley,Sfoley

Highest 100: Eamonoc,Fergalh,Geo,Ilenia,No1Grumbler

Local 100: Eugeneryan959,Briankelly,Abcd,MichaelG55,Daingean,Mountainmike

As yet we are unsure how we are going to commemorate those who completed lists in 2020, given the pandemic - but something will occur to us!

If you have completed a list in 2020 and your name is not here, drop me a line on the site, or at
2021-01-05 10:36:55
"Les Roches de Borée (1315m) in the Massif du Mézenc, one of the little gems included in this brand new summit list" from David-Guenot Contract pics
Picture: Les Roches de Borée (1315m) in the Massif du Mézenc, one of the little gems included in this brand new summit list (Contract pics)

Another summit list for Massif Central
Just finished working on my second list for the Massif Central (France). This one includes all summits between 1000 and 1499m with a prominence of 100m or more. Note that at the time I'm writing this I haven't climbed any of them yet, so the list is still prone to evolve. Here is the link:
2020-12-02 20:55:21
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Spotted on Letter hill
It's a juvenile snowy owl! Spotted Wednesday lunchtime, November 25th right on top of the hill.
2020-11-25 13:53:18
"Somewhere in the beautiful Monts du Cantal..." from David-Guenot Contract pics
Picture: Somewhere in the beautiful Monts du Cantal... (Contract pics)

A new, exhaustive list for Massif Central
For those who might be interested, here is a list I posted on my blog:
It includes all +1500m summits of Massif Central (France) with a prominence of 20m or more. I have started working on this list during the first lockdown and can now share its final version after having completed it between June and October this year. A few summits were added or deleted along the process, with a final count of 130 summits. It took me a total of 6 trips, i.e. 24 (not all full) days, covering a total of 448.8kms with 20539m height gain. This proved to be a very enjoyable journey as I had never been hiking in this vast area before. There are quite a few distinct massifs, with a fantastic variety of landscapes and a real feeling of remoteness and space in places. The volcanic origins of Massif Central can mostly be admired in the three main sub-areas of the list (Massif du Sancy, Monts du Cantal and Massif du Mézenc) as well as in the lower Chaîne des Puys near Clermont-Ferrand. Despite not requiring huge amounts of climbing, some of these tops proved to be fairly challenging, with a couple even requiring some short yet exposed scrambling. I'm currently working on another list (1000-1499m with 100m prominence) for the same massif, as well as other lists for Vosges and Jura (Pyrenees and Alps may come much later, but will obviously require a huge amount of work).
2020-11-10 23:55:49
"Druid Order of Seahan" from patton4 Contract pics
Picture: Druid Order of Seahan (Contract pics)

Seahan shelter
HI, Can an yone please throw light on the following ?The small shelter on the summit cone of Seahan has been filled in. The shelter has existed since my first visit circa 1980 and probably for 100 years. It was exposed to the west but was a sometimes welcome windbreak and good lunch spot on this exposed summit. In June 2019 someone raised the stone surround marginally and tastefully left some enigmatic message on three flat stones "Druid Order of Seahan 5000: I fought the law and the law won: Please keep tidy, thank you". See photo. Sometime later I found the shelter completely filled in. Later still it was excavated and restored. Recently I found it filled in again by some scoundrel who does not appear to appreciate it long standing history and function.
2020-11-08 10:41:56
A New Hill for North Dublin?
Or am I talking a load of rubbish - again!
If anyone local had asked me where I spent yesterday morning I would have replied, "The dump" - because that's what lots of people hereabouts still refer to Baleally Landfill as; the dump, even though the tiphead closed some years ago and now it's been transformed into Rogerstown Park.
The high point of the new park is at least 80 metres, so a friendly Fingal Council worker assured me (and it's virtually all prominence as the surrounding terrain on all sides is of the low-lying estuarine variety). One of the two looped walks currently open goes right to the top.
The summit area is a large flat plateau surrounded by a fence, rendering the plateau itself currently inaccessible. By standing on the armrest of a pathside bench I reckoned my feet were level with the highest point of the plateau so am hereby claiming a historic first ascent, which is of course predicated on whether or not MV recognises artificial hills. In my view Rogerstown Park fits the bill as a new top for north county Dublin. The new hill dominates the local landscape and certainly looks the part when you see it from ground level.
The views from above are fabulous: Lambay, Rush, Lusk, the Dublin Mountains, the plains of Meath, the nearby Blackhills - but the highlight has to be a magnificent vista of Rogerstown inner estuary, world-renowned in the bird-watching world so bring your binoculars.
Even if it's not a legitimate top to be ticked off do treat yourself to a visit. It's well worth it Currently it's only open on Saturdays but check opening times before setting out. The place will be even more of a star attraction when the lower looped walk is open, though I imagine that will be next year. At the moment you have a choice of ascent: the path on the RHS of the carpark is a long gentle incline, the path on the LHS is shorter but steeper. And when you're up top it's just like being on a real mountain..

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Bryn Rhudd: Long trek to summit
Fergalh 8 hours ago.
Parked to south and followed farm track North East track for 3/4 of the distance before veering off to the north west to the summit. This is marked by a large cairn

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Bryn Garreg-lwyd: Future push through !
Fergalh 8 hours ago.
Parked to the North at a bend in the road and crossed a few grassy fields before crossing the fence a short distance into the newly planted trees. This was September 2016 so they will have grown a...

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Bryn Rhudd: View of River valley and starting point
Fergalh 8 hours ago.
As is often the case the best views are on the ascent or descent and not at the summit

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Cefn Cnwcheithinog: Remote west Wales
Fergalh 8 hours ago.
As is very often on these hills the best views are on the way up not at the summit

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Cefn Cnwcheithinog: Short climb to summit from track
Fergalh 8 hours ago.
Parked to west at end of tarmac. Followed stone track past lonely farmhouse and than grassy track. Than a short steep climb North East to the unmarked grassy summit

Summit Comment
Llethr Erwast: Long trek to summit
Fergalh 9 hours ago.
From Pen Yr Raglan Wynt head north west along gently slopping plateau. After a while a short steep descent to small river and a crossing follows. Than a steep ascent past some crags leads to this ...

Summit Comment
Pen-y-raglan-wynt: Short trek to summit
Fergalh 9 hours ago.
From Carn Nant yr Ast head North east to forest. Head North east along forest edge before reaching the unmarked summit

Summit Comment
Carn Nant-yr-ast: Long trek along track before short sharp climb
Fergalh 9 hours ago.
Just North East of Cwrt y Cadno parked near a farmhouse and follow track north that runs parallel to the river Afon Cothi. Than a short sharp climb east leads to the summit marked by a trig pillar...

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Lindley Moor: Short walk to summit
Fergalh a day ago.
Park to west at wide entrance and follow track up to communications mast. Just beside the communications mast there is an outcrop which is the unmarked summit

Hidden routes around Carrickgollogan.
simon3 21 hours ago.
Prefer the solitary, prefer the unmuddy?No guarantees but this route will minimise interaction and bring you on the ... walk, Len: 7.1km, Climb: 258m, Area: Carrickgollogan, Dublin (Ireland) Carric||

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The Chevin: Short walk to summit
Fergalh a day ago.
Parked to south in the Yorkgate Quarry Car park. Than followed track to unmarked summit with great views

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Bennan: Detour off main track is worth it
Fergalh 2 days ago.
On the way off The Meerick traversed the Nieve of Spit than Benyellary. Shortly afterwards as the track took a turn south east. ASt this point I headed south west over boggy ground to the Rocky su...

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