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BleckCra
2017-11-28 21:49:46
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Light relief
Just putting this up to pass time while the survey below fails to load.
[ED: O yes it does work -- nice pic assuming the blown out highlights and flare are deliberate]
simon3
2017-11-28 09:26:20
Request: Hillwalking Survey - Consultation
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FILL IN THE SURVEY

Mountaineering Ireland organise themselves with 4 year plans. Currently the organisation is seriously under-performing for hillwalking in general in Ireland and also the 85% majority of the membership. Much of MI realise this themselves. You can read the good intentions expressed below in the MI statement. But it needs input. Open to all not just members

FILL IN THE SURVEY

Mountaineering Ireland wishes to advise its membership of the upcoming dates and locations of regional meetings to feed into the creation of a new Strategic Plan for 2018 - 2021.

Murrough McDonagh CEO of Mountaineering Ireland stated “this is an extremely important time and process to ultimately deliver a membership focused Strategic Plan, thus providing a pathway for all of us to move forward together over the next four years up until 2021”. All the regional strategic planning meetings will commence at 7:00pm and finish at 9:00pm. Maeve Buckley from ‘Line Up Consultants’ commented that she was “delighted to be a part of the team to help deliver the next Strategic Plan for Mountaineering Ireland and I hope that there will be high numbers attending at the regional consultations to help provide plenty of discussion”.

These meetings (details below) are open to all Mountaineering Ireland Members and others with an involvement in hillwalking and climbing. Mountaineering Ireland clubs are urged to ensure that their club is represented at the consultation that is closest to them.

FILL IN THE SURVEY - GO TO CONSULTATION

The dates and venues for the six regional strategic planning meetings are below:

Monday 27th Nov. – Belfast (House of Sport/Sport NI)
Tuesday 28th Nov. – Galway City (Menlo Park Hotel)
Wednesday 29th Nov. – Dublin City (Red Cow Hotel)
Thursday 30th Nov. – Mallow Co. Cork (Hibernian Hotel)
Monday 4th Dec. – Kilkenny (Springhill Court Hotel)
Tuesday 5th Dec. – Donegal (Mill Park Hotel)

Please complete the below supplementary ‘Online Survey’

All Mountaineering Ireland members and non-affiliated hillwalkers and climbers are encouraged to respond to an online survey, in addition to attending the regional consultation meetings. The online survey will also help to shape Mountaineering Ireland’s Strategic Plan for 2018-2021. The survey is open from now until 8th December. Please share this link with others you walk or climb with

FILL IN THE SURVEY HERE

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MountaineeringIrelandStrategicPlan

For more information please feel free to contact Maeve Buckley on maeve@lineupsme.com.
BleckCra
2017-11-25 23:26:56
Another patch on the emperor's new clothes
Years back, when I started berating the Mourne Heritage Trust, its oeuvre in the Mournes and its raison d'etre, what first motivated me was its destruction of the Binnian track from Lamagan and its replacement with a thing of monumental pointlessness.
The organisation's rationale for its project, was what is and remains in my view, a ramshackle affair ... built on a false premise.
That the hill is broken. It is not.
The keystone to its endeavour is "erosion" and I recall my own response .... that a thousand men could dragnet the Mournes for a thousand years and not put a mark on them; so how is it that only one generation of zealots thinks it can?
Over the years my view hasn't changed, despite mountain "repair" becoming the norm and media representing outdoor interests supporting it.
A lot of science-speak explains, defends and promulgates the theories - and there is nothing wrong with that:- A. if something is broken, B. you might fix it like this ...
What is wrong is that it isn't broken.
If there is nothing that can or needs be done to change the mountains, there is certainly nothing a squad of well intentioned enthusiasts can do.
MI Mountain Log Magazine summer edition ran a piece on MHT's latest initiative. The Mourne Heritage Trust claims (for my lack of another description), to be repairing what it avers to be broken hills .... not with thunderbolts and lightning but with jute nets and coir matting, Yes - the Mourne Mountains, with nets and matting.
A local farmer whose family has for generations worked and lived on the land, who knows and understands it better than I or the Mourne Heritage Trust, described to me this latest venture as ..... "laughable".
It is hard to disagree.
Amongst innumerable comments over the years, for and against, the simplest and best was elicited from a friend of mine who wrote "Leave the Mourne Mountains alone."
P.S. I see they, or their kind are currently hoking and poking around the Binnian Lamagan col. God only knows what abomination will spring from those loins.
mcrtchly
2017-11-24 21:13:39
"Muckish" from mcrtchly Contract pics
Picture: Muckish (Contract pics)

Muckish in monochrome
First snow of 2017 on Muckish, Co. Donegal.
mallowman
2017-11-20 22:09:15
"Wild and wonderful landscape" from mallowman Contract pics
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A hike in the Alps Maritimes
I went to the Southern Alps for a trek at the end of October for hopefully some sun and a dose of vitamin D to get me through the winter. Here is a link to my blog of the trip. I hope you enjoy, Stephen
http://howlingmist.blogspot.ie/
BleckCra
2017-11-13 00:52:09
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"Deaded"
Never would have thought it but it turns out mountains can can be named after insects. Despite all my decrying this site for its translation of Meelmore as Hill of the Ants, I find right on the doorstep of my old manor, in Kirkcudbrightshire, Maggot Hill. And so, my apologies.
wwwalker
2017-10-25 20:34:27
Local 100
I just wanted to say well done on the change to the local 100 conditions. I was nearly there but the last 2 or 3 would have involved almost going through peoples gardens etc. so I abandoned trying to finish it several months ago. On revisiting today I see the change which is absolutely great, very sensible, well done. Just 2 to go now and its easy to find 2 doable summits, thank you.
BleckCra
2017-10-24 09:15:33
"Who will bless us with the name of this hill and its etymology?" from BleckCra Contract pics
Picture: Who will bless us with the name of this hill and its etymology? (Contract pics)

RISE TO IT
For 30 years I worked as a senior creative in above-the-line-advertising. Executive Creative Director with the then biggest ad agency in Scotland.
It was the tail end of the Madmen era and a place where the very best creative advertising was born and I was lucky enough to apprentice under some of its progenitors.
My first job out of university was as a junior copywriter, working alongside a well known and sometimes sober designer; and was from this font I learned an amazing thing about commercial creative work, through the context of corporate logo design.
"What makes a good logo?" I asked artlessly.
"You see son, you make it that they don't get it at first but then they do. That way they think they worked it out themselves and that way they remember it."
Placenames. Once you've negotiated your way through the Irish, the Polish, the Bantu, the Quechua - once you've unpicked it all, you think you've "worked it out". Thing is, the man just called it that, because that's the way it looked to him.
I have baited Simon 3 many times on mountainviews' translations of mountain names.
I continue in opposition (a compulsory practice in a modern democracy) and he continues to take his ball home.
I am disappointed - not the kind of disappointed in a bank manager's letter - but nearly the disappointed of a lovelorn Shakespearean hero - that no mountainviewer has hopped aboard this funicular with his or her thoughts.
For me, placenames in their native tongue are about as important a thing as you can get.
An invitation into a culture, a history, a people. Devil take the geography.
Is Donard to do with an Irish Saint or a high fort? Is Carrauntoohil any of the exotic possibles or just O'Toole's Carn/Cairn. Or why its parent mountain range is attributed to a Scottish son and not an Irish one. Is there a fundamental and important difference between Hill of the Pig and Pig Hill?
My manor is the Mourne Mountains in Co Down and mountainviews proposes some place name translations here, that prescribe a treatment of breathless laughter and dumb disbelief. Meelmore is my fave. Big Hill of the Ants. Irish wrong; English bad translation; and no ants. Bearnagh is next. Gap toothed. Wow. Some splendid nonsense about boats re Binnian's Back Castles. Doan a fort - yep surrounded on all sides and also confused with Cove Mountain.
Are there any other word crunchers on board this creaky vessel that would like to debate these matters?
If so, can I propose we take a handful of mountainviews translations, work off camera, interrogate them and come back with some constructive suggestions/proposals? If there are any of course.
If form is anything to go by, we shall certainly fail as persuaders, hidden or otherwise - horses and water - but it would be an interesting exercise.
Get me on the Community Messaging service - and that's a whole other thing too.
Colin Murphy
2017-10-23 14:34:53
"Exercising the brain matter while simultaneously destroying it with booze..." from Colin Murphy Contract pics
Picture: Exercising the brain matter while simultaneously destroying it with booze... (Contract pics)

MountainViews' Pub Quiz
A great evening was had by all (and a great number of pints were also had by all) on Wednesday 18th at the MV Pub Quiz in the Lansdowne Hotel. Thanks to Jim Holmes for his entertaining turn as quizmaster and for everyone who attended. There were prizes galore (almost one for everyone in the audience!) and we raised a substantial sum which was divided evenly between Mountain Rescue Ireland and towards the maintenance of the MV website.
But it's amazing that no one in Ireland seems to know the meaning of Aer Lingus or the plural of 'mongoose' but almost everyone knows where the Isles of Langerhans are!
BleckCra
2017-10-12 20:59:43
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Back with a vengeance. Knee with a twinge.
Ah Vertigo. Your mellifluous scratchings and I am back on solid ground again. Well boggy and smelly ground according to you.
For a moment I thought "is this all there is - when the fog lifts over the Louth skyline, all that's left: numbers and letters?" Also known as grid references. Zzzzz. And passion?!
I first noticed I was not there and then I noticed you were not there and I find we were in adjoining cells in stir, all along.
Exhaustion. All it was. For me, 35 years riding the range from Kenmore to Kenmare and barely a weekend missed. And like Wells Fargo, carrying the news to every poor ingenu that would listen.
Then your "life [got] in the way" - no it didnt; I got a complainy knee - no I didnt; domestic responsibilies - give me strength, no there weren't.
Exhaustion. All it was. A chapter old chap.
The kids up, the money in the bank or the river, bags packed, on the bus. Nothing left to do - but be exhausted.
No epiphany at the foot of Howling Ridge, no Damascus moment on the lip of Ben Crom, no revelation above the cliffs of Sliabh Liag.
Just a soft, creeping mist and half a step slower every day.
But it got us here - and here we are. The better for it - and it the better, I hope, for us.


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