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Colin Murphy
2018-04-18 15:59:26
"Untersburg in the Alps seen from Kapuzinerberg" from Colin Murphy Contract pics
Picture: Untersburg in the Alps seen from Kapuzinerberg (Contract pics)

An Alp for OAPs...
If you an ageing hillwalker like myself who might have liked to bag an ‘Alp’ but are too long in the tooth to contemplate such an adventure, fear not, there is a simple little Austrian Alp you can bag without too much effort – and you can enjoy a beer straight afterwards! If you ever visit Salzburg (Mozart, The Sound of Music etc), you’ll see a hill right in the heart of town called Kapuzinerberg – a green, protected and peaceful oasis. It is a mere 640m high, and as Salzburg is already at about 400m elevation, you can be up and down in an hour. A path leads directly from town, first up steep steps then through a towering forest. You pass a monument to Mozart and a 17th century friary on the way and there are incredible views of the Alps and Hohensalzburg Castle (which is reminiscent of the fictional ‘Schloss Adler’ in ‘Where Eagles Dare’. The summit is a small woodland clearing with unfortunately restricted views. From town to summit takes about 40 minutes and twenty minutes later you’ll be sipping a large glass of the local Stiegl beer!
liz50
2018-04-17 14:53:00
MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET APRIL 2018
Not long now until the first Mountainviews members meet of 2018. We will be walking in the Galtee mountains on Saturday 28th April. If you are thinking of joining us and would like more details please contact Liz at elizabethashton2014@outlook.com
BleckCra
2018-04-15 21:27:22
"" from BleckCra Contract pics
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The Independent State
Independence of Ireland from Britain but not from Europe. Independence of Catalonia from Spain but not from a Spanish jail. Independence of Scotland from no one but definitely from England. Independence of Cork from Kerry and Kerry from Cork but neither from either or from Ireland.
Independence a damned fine concept but very complicated - and crucially a state of mind which is exactly all that matters.
I was up a hill yesterday. It's as well I know that because were I to be dependant on some expert advice, I wasn't. Up a hill that is.
It's hard to believe a hill can be a point of view but it seems it is. I have discussed this before on this website reference Tara Hill which the website now defines as a hill because it is historic and not because it is a hill. You do wonder.
Regarding that point of view, Slieve Mageogh may evolve to be THE point of view in the Mournes and I shall go back to check it out in some vis: any vis.
..... but there are things about it even in the mirk.
An ascent independent of its sister top, Pigeon Rock. An independent and defined summit, defined by a peak. Ben bin pin. A hangy rock for extra effect - a kind of badge of independence. Notably a Sliabh/Slieve according to ancient local observations. Independent of other Slieves.
... and on the mviews website? Not a mention.
So there we have it. I was hillwalking yesterday but according to the experts not up a hill.
So.... rock on experts. I'll just go this way. Up this hill.
maclimber
2018-04-09 16:50:12
Times past
Its strange what can be found when not looking!.. a post from his eminence Cra Noir brought me back to a wonderful weekend in kerry..https://mountainviews.ie/summit/10/
As wee Van said 'his mama done told him there'd be days like this'.....nostalgia what is it good for
BleckCra
2018-04-08 22:31:08
"" from BleckCra Contract pics
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More or Less
A Challenge of English and Maths

1 dog saw 6 elephants when going to Kilimanjaro.
Every elephant saw 2 monkeys going towards Kilimanjaro.
Every monkey holds 1 parrot in their hands.
How many animals are going towards Kilimanjaro?

So many bogholes to upend us - and so many reasons to get all of it wrong. Busy day? Footie on the box? Bewilderment? Drunk? And the least cited and most likely ones: laziness and stupidity. The wisest of us will ascribe all of those, without exception, to ourselves.
...... and the poor innocents first tasked to commit placenames from a thousand impenetrable gaelic dialects into print, and be damned? Just the same. Too much mead? A coach to catch to Carlow? A promise from the ale wench? Torpid, stultifying, boredom?
"Wad some power the giftie gie us tae see ourselves as ithers see us."
Would some power give us the gift to see ourselves as others see us. And the the converse ....
Would some power give us the gift not to see others only as we see ourselves - or as it suits us.
These scribes despatched from their warm city cots to some godforsaken bog had every reason to be sometimes ... well ... economical. Stand in their sodden court slippers and their sparkly tights. You'd want to get home too.
There are a couple of clinkers in the Mourne Mountains and I am sure there are many more throughout Ireland and the world.
Carrick Little and Carrick Big? Erm ... nope. Give me a Big Rock Candy Mountain. Give me even a Big Gun. But Rock Little and Rock Big? Yuck. Yer man, presented with Carrick Beg thinks "Jaysus will this ever end? Carrick Big. That'll do. And the other one will be be Carrick Little. Fine. Pub. Gone."
What he had was Carrick Beg and Carrick More. Lazy? Bewildered? Stupid? Yep - human.
Meelmore and Meelbeg. Big bald hill and small bald hill. Thing is Meelbeg is higher than Meelmore.
While modern academics grapple​ with that one, the boy with the quill is tucking into a lard and kingfisher pie at his Mammy's. More and Beg wrong way 'round courtesy of a grumbly tumbly.

Because a man says it, does not make it so. When we challenge it, it reminds us that we are the most successful species on the planet - and why.

Dogs? Elephants? Monkeys? Parrots? Pff.
gerrym
2018-04-07 21:28:18
Access Glenariff Mountain Antrim Hills
Glenariff Mountain rises impressively at the head of one side of the ice scoured Queen Of the Glens in the Antrim Hills. Not a recognized top here but it provides one of the most beautiful walks imaginable from Glenariff Forest Park - a walk i have done countless times until No trespassing signs appeared in recent years. The yearning to return got the better of me recently and although my route meant i did not encounter the signs i knew they were there and furtive glances betrayed my trespass.

When the farmers quad appeared in the distance i tried to disappear into the hillside and admired my ability to blend as it was lost from view. Shortly after it was coming right at me and I was nervously readying to produce my Mountaineering Ireland card and make it know that i have my own insurance for walking in the hills. He pulled up beside me and turned off the engine and we proceeded to chat for half an hour - mostly about Brexit, politics and the weather.

it was not lost that he mentioned walkers and the signs barring entry but they were sort of okay unless they had a dog with them - this is where the pain as a sheep farmer seemed to emanate. We left on good terms and I have some confidence that i can return to this special place that built my confidence in and love for hillwalking in the future.
liz50
2018-04-05 15:09:21
MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET WALK 2018
If anyone is thinking of joining us for the Mountainviews Walk on Saturday 28th April in the Galtee Mountains, please contact Liz at elizabethashton2014@outlook.com for further details. The walk will include Temple Hill and Lyracappul returning via Carrignabinnia and Monabrack. The walk is approx 16km with around 1,000m of ascent and an anticipated 6 hours duration. A meal has been arranged for Saturday evening in Cahir House Hotel at 8pm for anyone who would like to stay.
Geo
2018-04-02 14:57:54
"" from Geo Contract pics
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Thank you to MV!
I'd like to belatedly pass on my thanks to the powers that be in MV responsible for Certicates.
I unfortunately could not attend the 23rd Feb gathering and my good walking friend Liz50 was kind enough to take my award home to Meath for me!

I have used my trusty old 1990's spec Garmin as I summitted any new peaks over the last decade and a bit and have tried where time permitted to include these Grid Ref's when marking off my "visited" and filling out my "rating" for same.
Imagine my surprise when I found that I would get "An Outstanding Contribution" Wow!
Thanks to you, it may only be a fancy piece of paper to the uninformed but to me it's a lovely thanks, especially considering the amount I have gotten back from MV over the years with all the info I could never have gotten elsewhere.

Keep up the good work everybody and hope that MV goes from strength to strength and maybe see some of you in the Galty's at the end of April when Liz is organising her Scavvy walk!
jackill
2018-04-02 08:50:11
"Meanwhile somewhere in the Comeraghs........" from jackill Contract pics
Picture: Meanwhile somewhere in the Comeraghs........ (Contract pics)

Ger Sheehy gets his award.
A bit like the golden cleric award but better is a MountainViews certificate for outstanding contribution to long distance walking. He'll be insufferable now!.
BleckCra
2018-03-31 17:19:19
"" from BleckCra Contract pics
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No Challenge
After many years of lusting after the poisoned chalice that is a Mourne Seven Sevens entry form and also drinking deeply from it over the years, challenge childer and mountainviewers Roberto and yours truly, the Cra recently took mountainviewer Jackill's advice to go and get paralytic on the head of bagging Errigal but as much to catch the last set of the Six Nations.
I cannot speak for the rest but I certainly can't be sure about a period between noon on the Saturday and somewhere around Omagh on the Sunday.
During these out of body hours the Robert and I resolved to have one last lash at by far the best Challenge walk in Ireland and as we planned the preamble with the enthusiasm of 20 year olds it occurred to me that we weren't. The prospect of all that training when I could be setting beans or thinning out leeks or drinking wine.
Couple of days ago we are all advised that the Sevens are off this year. No one able to take it on. Genuinely very sorry to hear that and the Spartans club efforts over the years ... magnificent and really appreciated.
Thing is, no point in training now.
Is that greenfly on the roses?


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Forum: General
An Alp for OAPs...
Colin Murphy a day ago.
If you an ageing hillwalker like myself who might have liked to bag an ‘Alp’ but are too long in the tooth to contemplate such an adventure, fear not, there is a simple little Austrian Alp you can...

  
Summit Comment
Divis: Great views
Wilderness 2 days ago.
The car park is quite high up on the west side of the mountain at J266741. There are a number of different trails to walk around on Divis and Black mountain. Divis is the highest point (478m), wi...

  
Summit Comment
Scrabo Hill: Hill with a tower on top
Wilderness 3 days ago.
The hill on its own is 160 meters high and the tower is 40 meters high. The tower is closed during the winter months.The hill can be climbed from the car park just below the Golf Clubhouse at J475...

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Bonscale Pike-Wether Hill Loop
David-Guenot 3 days ago.
A beautiful route which takes in 6 wainwrights (Bonscale Pike, Arthur's Pike, Loadpot Hill, Wether Hill, Steel Knotts... walk, Len: 17.3km, Climb: 948m, Area: Swarth Fell (Ullswater), Lake District -

  
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Great Mell Fell
David-Guenot 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 3.2km, Climb: 277m, Area: Great Mell Fell, Lake District - Eastern F...

  
Forum: General
MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET APRIL 2018
liz50 2 days ago.
Not long now until the first Mountainviews members meet of 2018. We will be walking in the Galtee mountains on Saturday 28th April. If you are thinking of joining us and would like more details pl...

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Little Mell Fell
David-Guenot 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 1.2km, Climb: 130m, Area: Little Mell Fell, Lake District - Eastern ...

  
Summit Comment
Keelogyboy Mtn Far E Top: A small beautifully shaped mountain.
Wilderness 4 days ago.
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The Ullswater Way
David-Guenot 3 days ago.
The Ullswater Way with a diversion up to the top of Gowbarrow (481m) and down via the Aira Force. walk, Len: 34.7km, Climb: 818m, Area: Lake District - Eastern Fells (Britain) G...

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Cloghernagh: Snow Covered Plateau
davsheen a week ago.
Cloghernagh and Lug taken from Croghanmoira

  
Forum: General
The Independent State
BleckCra 4 days ago.
Independence of Ireland from Britain but not from Europe. Independence of Catalonia from Spain but not from a Spanish jail. Independence of Scotland from no one but definitely from England. Indepe...

  
Track
Pen y Fan South Loop Walk from Pontsticill
David-Guenot 3 days ago.
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