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Peter Walker
2019-06-19 07:23:35
The gender gap...a sobering tale
Hi folks

Those of you who know me in real life will know I generally try to find the humour in the outdoors (to an annoying degree for some). But what follows is serious; the points I'm raising are not exclusively related to hillwalking, but it's something that happened in that context.

On Sunday afternoon I went out for a drive with my fiancee; it had been a tough week and we wanted out of the house if only for a few hours. We'd get an ice cream down in Newcastle, but before that I would have a quick shlep up and down the easy route to Slieve Croob for the exercise. Fiona isn't into hillwalking but for a short walk like this she'll happily wait in the car and do a bit of crochet. So it was we rocked up at the car park around 2.45pm...glorious sunshine, about four other cars and a few people around. My plan was walk briskly up, run down, drive on, drown in ice cream. Job's a good 'un.

So off I trotted. I passed a couple of people on their way down and was at the top in just over 20 minutes. I got out my phone to let her know I was on the summit and turning around. I then discovered she'd sent me a series of texts starting a couple of minutes after I set off...

A bloke in his late 40s, scruffy, seemingly drunk, had appeared at the car window and asked if she'd talk to him. She'd said no thanks, upon which he'd stepped even closer and asked again. 'Don't you want my chat? What's wrong with you?' and reaching for the door handle. 'I'm not a creep. I only want to talk to you. I won't touch you.' He then proceeded to stare at her through the window for five minutes before backing off and getting into the car. Throughout this time it became unfortunately obvious that there were now no other people in the car park.

Shortly afterwards the driver of the car returned and my fiancee called him over. He said his name was Martin and my fiancee said he had a Southern accent. He said the man Fiona had seen was his brother and that he'd been drinking. He was apologetic but didn't seem surprised at his brother's behaviour.

When I got back to the car (quite my fastest ever descent of Slieve Croob, I'm telling you) she was utterly distraught. She was sat in a car in car park in a mountain area, dressed plainly, minding her own business, and yet she's getting intimidated and harassed even there.

So I'm sorry if anyone feels these things don't need saying and I'm being patronising. But anyone who thinks that female empowerment and women's equality has gone far enough needs to remember that situations like this NEVER happen with the genders reversed.
mcrtchly
2019-05-29 16:27:17
"La Palma
Picture: La Palma's second highest summit (Contract pics)

Heavens Above
Rising to 2,426 metres above sea level, the volcanic island of La Palma is the second highest of the Canary Islands. It's weather is dominated by the Trade Winds, which often cover ranges between 1,500 and 2,000 metres in cloud. Above this elevation, and especially during the night, the skies are usually crystal clear, and for this reason the island has been designated a Starlight Reserve, one of only three in the world, and the reason we are visiting the island as we reccie locations for a future photo tour. Consequently, La Palma is one of the best locations for astronomical observations in Europe, and is home to a number of important telescopes, including the largest optical telescope in the world. Lining the ridge of the Caldera da Taburiente, one of the planet's largest and tallest erosion craters with a circumference of 29km and caldera walls which rise to over 2,000 metres, these observatories with their gleaming white domes are a truly stunning sight. Many of them are built on the NW slopes of the 2,366 metre high Pico de la Fuente Nueva (pictured here), the second highest point of the island, the Roque de los Muchachos nearby being the high point. Trails line the caldera rim, and using one of these we climbed to this summit to get a shot of it during the small hours with the Milky Way rearing up behind it. The bright star centre right is Jupiter.
tomlug48
2019-05-21 20:42:05
"A Beautiful Day" from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: A Beautiful Day (Contract pics)

More Mount Brandon
On the way to the summit
tomlug48
2019-05-21 20:34:59
"Unforgettable view from the cross at Mt  Brandon summit" from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: Unforgettable view from the cross at Mt Brandon summit (Contract pics)

From Mount Brandon
Glorious views from the Summit of Mount Brandon on May 13th 2019
tomlug48
2019-05-21 20:32:09
"Summit Views" from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: Summit Views (Contract pics)

Mount Brandon
May 13th and the optimistic weather forecast over Mount Brandon was spot on !!
Not a cloud in the sky as the three of us,Tom, Nick & Michael, made our way to the Summit of Brandon from Baile Breac via Cosan na Naomh.
A magnificent blue & totally sunny day day provided stunning views over a panorama of 360 degrees from the cross at the top .
For once not a sign of fog nor mist on Mount Brandon! . From the summit at 953m (Ireland’s second highest peak outside of the Reeks), a clear blue vista gave us wonderful views of the Blaskets, Skelligs, Smerwick harbour ,Three Sisters, Maharees, Pater Noster lakes, Cloghane, Fermoyle beach and Tralee Bay, with the nearby high mountain peaks adding a patchwork of contrasting colours and ridges against the clear blue sky. It was a breathtaking sight ,not to be forgotten, and well worth the effort of the fairly steep ascent, especially towards the top. A total of 9.5 km and a wonderful hike , with superlative views, and one that will have be repeated over the coming months when the summer sun comes out yet again over the Dingle peninsula.!
GSheehy
2019-05-17 07:31:14
"" from GSheehy Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)

Lough Curra - 14/05/2019 - 05:17
There was white horses and they were comin' at me at a pace now
And there was a blue sirocco blowin' cold into my face
The sun was risin' on the other side of the ridges.....

And it was almost like The Hothouse Flowers were in attendance
conorc57
2019-05-14 01:40:58
Car window smashed
Returned to my car on the R440 between Kinnity and Mountrath while climbing in the Slieve Blooms to find my driver side window smashed to bits. Clove compartment open but nothing taken as nothing valuable left. Keep safe fellow walkers
liz50
2019-04-08 18:04:05
"Happy Walkers" from liz50 Contract pics
Picture: Happy Walkers (Contract pics)

Mournes Mountainviews walk
A small but select group of Mountainviews met for a walk in Newcastle Co Down last Saturday 6th April. The low clouds that were covering Slieve Donard at 9.30am lifted by 10am to give us a wonderful sunny day with amazing views. Having done most of the hard work with an ascent over Thomas's mountain to Slieve Donard we decided to extend the original planned walk to make the most of the perfect conditions. Following the wall from the summit towards the Bog of Donard we followed the Brandy Pad around the base of Commedagh before ascending to Slieve Corragh and on to Slieve Commedagh. Returning to Newcastle along the shoulder of Commedagh looking down to the Glen River.
Well earned refreshments were enjoyed in McHugh's bar and restaurant following the walk. It was a most enjoyable way to spend a Saturday.
liz50
2019-04-04 19:50:44
"Approaching Sl Donard from Thomas
Picture: Approaching Sl Donard from Thomas's mountain (Contract pics)

It's this weekend
Mountainviews members walk in the Mourne mountains this Saturday 6th April. For details contact Liz at elizabethashton2014@outlook.com for details
mcrtchly
2019-04-04 16:08:21
"Funningsfjørður at dawn" from mcrtchly Contract pics
Picture: Funningsfjørður at dawn (Contract pics)

Sea to Summits
The jaw dropping view from Middagsfjall Ridge overlooking Funningsfjørður and the rugged and mountainous interior of the island of Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands. On the far left rise the mountains on the islands of Kalsoy and Kunoy. The centre is dominated by the spiky Sandfelli (Oyndarfjørður) Massif rising to 754 metres, and on the far right rises the pyramid-shaped Húsafjall (695 metres). We climbed this steep ridge in the twilight to get this view over Funningsfjørður at dawn. The mountains had received a dusting of snow overnight, and the temperature was round freezing, with a fierce wind giving a wind-chill of about -10 °C. Although the dawn was somewhat muted, we were delighted with this image, created from three horizontal wide angle shots.


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The gender gap...a sobering tale
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Hi folksThose of you who know me in real life will know I generally try to find the humour in the outdoors (to an annoying degree for some). But what follows is serious; the points I'm raising are...


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