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BleckCra
2018-08-12 09:52:55
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Riddle of the Spinc
I was at Glendalough yesterday and on the Spinc for the first time. I cannot imagine there haven't already been a thousand hours debate on the boardwalk and and that there won't be a thousand hours more. Those conspiratorially for and those vociferously against.
And if I could add my twopence worth. Me? I'm just baffled.
Does it get people on to the Spinc? Undoubtedly but are those people more or different from those who would be on it anyway?
We most if us know that in recent times a party fell on it and took its guardians to court. That is absolutely not to suggest that it is easier to fall on than nature's own route underfoot but is it perhaps not inviting controversy if someone does fall on it - and I have to add that coming of it at some spots would be no joke. There's a busted limb somewhere in there.
My boots, my precious new big eff-off Zamberlans. Do I want their very expensive soles antagonised by that surface? Am I being precious?
I'll keep the jury out for now with just the barest edge in favour.
Incidentally I had forgotten what a very unappetizing spot is the Glendalough Park and Run.
brenno
2018-08-08 15:34:52
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Lofoten Islands Norway
There are innumerable wonderful views on the coast of Norway, but the area around the Lofoten Islands offers probably the best. Don't know the name of the mountain in the pic, but it's about an hour north of the main Lofoten town of Svolvaer heading towards the Trollfjord. Pic is taken from the Hurtigruten ferry which links all the small towns on the Norwegian coast all thge way up to the Russian border town of Kirkenes. Pic taken in late April at about 10pm
mcrtchly
2018-08-07 15:33:54
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A magical mountain?
Kirkjufell (Church Mountain) is probaby the most photographed mountain in Iceland. Its conical shape rising 463 metres above sea level, framed in the foreground by series of small waterfalls, makes it a popular photography location. Unsurprisingly, its wizard hat-shape has seen it feature in the blockbuster TV series, "Game of Thrones". This shot was taken on a cold summer morning at dawn to avoid the inevitable large crowds, and we were treated to some diffuse colour in the sky and had the place totally to ourselves.
BleckCra
2018-08-05 21:14:33
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EDIT OUT
I've been away from the hills for some time. Barely missed a week in 35 years. But 2018? You can count on one hand and seldom in anger. Just chapters I suppose and like a writer coming back to his work after the passage of time, he sees what needs fixed.

Fat people.
Fat people shouldn't be allowed on the hills. That said, there are many good and competent fat hillwalkers - they are allowed to stay. But on the hills and fat? Just for the Hell of it? No way. Get them out of my sight. They offend me.

Whining children.
Whining children should be beaten with canes or the leg of a stool and made to go up the mountain and the men who purport to be their fathers taken away from them and held in custody until at the behest of the whining child, they can be hanged.

Whining old people.
Whining old people can stay. Their feet do genuinely hurt and besides they've earned the right to whine.

People who follow their Partner.
People who follow their partner into the hills because their partner said they would like it when they knew they wouldn't and they don't. Off Off. They have miserable faces and I won't have miserable faces on the hills. Go back to the golf, the garden or the GAA. You'd be much happier and so would I.

Religion.
All religions and faiths should be allowed on the hills. All except Northern Ireland protestants who refuse to read Irish or anything like it. So when they are faced with a map of pretty well anywhere in Ireland and Britain, they have no idea where they are or what they are looking at.

Scotsmen.
Scotsmen should be banned from the hills. All the hills. Forever. They are a menace to everyone including themselves and they are completely humourless. I'm sure they don't know what's under their kilt either.

People with walking poles.
People with walking poles should be summarily executed so always carry a large stake, some binding twine and a Lee Enfield rifle.

On the other hand, honey glazed girls in their Autumn days, Riviera honed, haughty in barely wrap-round dresses and unimaginably expensive Jesus sandals .... they're allowed. Yep they're allowed.
tomlug48
2018-07-18 20:47:44
"View from Tonlagee Summit" from tomlug48 Contract pics
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Lough Ouler From Tonlagee
A beautiful July day on the summit of Tonlagee. Gazing down at the beautiful heart shaped Lough Oular
.Tom Barragry & the Lugs .
des carroll
2018-07-17 18:33:08
Found
Hi folks. A pair of walking sticks were found in Seskin, Glen of Imaal near Fenton's. Would the owner please phone 086 8607393. If you do not get an answer, please leave a brief message with a phone number for a return call.
Trailtrekker
2018-07-13 01:03:59
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Bushfires in Dublin/ Wicklow July 2018
To answer your question, you are good to go. Happened to drive the length of the Military Road last Sunday. As of that time all the fires were north of the Sally Gap. I am not aware there having been any further fires this week.

By coincidence, I have also been rereading Moire OSullivan's "Mud Sweat and Tears" book about the Wicklow Round this week. It outlines a route from the Sally Gap to Drumgoff. Not the best route from one place to the other IMHO, but worth looking at!
https://www.imra.ie/wicklowround/
MickC
2018-07-09 17:11:58
Bushfires in Dublin/ Wicklow July 2018
Hi,
Does anyone know, or suggest where I might find out, the extent of the recent bushfires in Dublin/ Wicklow? Planning a walk from the Sally Gap to Glenmalure over the next few days.
Cheers.
Mick
Onzy
2018-07-02 10:38:56
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Maumtrasna Southern approach
I am planning joining Glennagleragh Mountain with Devilsmother South Top, approaching from the south somewhere around L948602. The Benwee spur looks ideal for ascent but it is clearly quite steep, perhaps a little steeper than the Leynabrick spur which I have ascended before.

Has anyone been up the Benwee spur? Any info gratefully received...
tomlug48
2018-06-28 21:03:04
"Sunset at Slea Head " from tomlug48 Contract pics
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The Dingle Way
Tom Barragry, Nick O Neill, and Aidan Cruise coming around Slea Head at evening time, with the Blaskets just coming into view. A beautiful vista not to be forgotten.!
Having set out from Dingle ,along the Dingle way, it was a good stretch along the coastal path, through Ventry, the famine cottages, under Eagle Mountain ,and on finally to Dunquin.


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Summit Comment
An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Loop walk towards Portacloy.
ucampbell 17 hours ago.
The Loop walks here are well signposted, it's a great idea to go out onto each headland.

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 21 hours ago.
On 26/4/2014 i spent a very enjoyable afternoon walking this area visiting the army observation hut and the stone constructed EIRE marking as part of an addition to the Benwee Head Loop walk but i...

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Flat topped but hard to get to.
simon3 21 hours ago.
View from the west.

Track
Circuit of Dirkbeg Lough - easier ascent
simon3 2 days ago.
The purpose of this walk is to reach the Maumtrasna plateau and Maumtrasna NE top (MNET). The lattter is quite possib... walk, Len: 11.6km, Climb: 564m, Area: Maumtrasna North-East Top, Partry/Joyce

  
Track
Near Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
caiomhin 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.3km, Climb: 663m, Area: Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland) Galty...

  
Track
Benwee Coastal Walk
simon3 2 days ago.
The walk starts at a small carpark and Wild Atlantic Way sign just west of Benwee. In fact some of the local rock has ... walk, Len: 8.1km, Climb: 245m, Area: An Bhinn Bhu?, North Mayo (Ireland) An B

Summit Comment
Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 21 hours ago.
View from the east.

  
Forum: General
Riddle of the Spinc
BleckCra 2 days ago.
I was at Glendalough yesterday and on the Spinc for the first time. I cannot imagine there haven't already been a thousand hours debate on the boardwalk and and that there won't be a thousand hour...

  
Summit Comment
Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 21 hours ago.
Picture from the west.

Summit Summary
Kid Island: Steepwalled island.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 23 hours ago.
Kid Island is very visible from Benwee Head.

  
Track
Lenadoon Coastal Walk
simon3 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 2.5km, Climb: 8m, Area: Mayo Coastal Hill (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
Buckaun East: Cliffy north edge.
simon3 23 hours ago.
This is a picture of Buckaun East taken from the valley below.. Obviously the safest way to go up and down this is to the left or south of the ridge.


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