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2022-03-19 07:21:12
Re BKG summit heights.
Yes indeed this map does indeed seem to have errors.
I found the BKG map at if anyone wants to look.
And with a quick check for one summit, Mullacor, which we measured at 660.7m their height was 706. Their height is 45.3 high which confirms there is at least one error.
BKG are using Open Street Map and most of the heights for this data set for Irish summits were set to WGS 84 ellipsoid heights, not height above sea level.
However a MV volunteer has corrected many of these to use the above sea level values that MV has. Other map makers in Ireland such as OSI also use above sea level. Many of these have come from MV's own measurements using a surveying GPS (accurate to .1m).
It would appear that BKG have not refreshed their rendering of OSM data recently. MV uses another map layer based on OSM called OpenTopoMap. Generally they correct their online map within around 3 weeks of our corrections.
Thanks for describing this Bobbio1969.
Incidentally it's spelt "Arderins"
2022-03-18 22:35:57
Height errors on Irish summits in German BKG
I have recently discovered that the Bundesamt fuer Kartographie und Geodaesie (BKG) has published a topo map that has erroneous heights for nearly all the Ardeerin summits in Wicklow, Dublin and Wexford; this has been confirmed by BKG themselves, after an original snooty response. I raised the issue with BKG at the beginning of March, but the map is still online - I suppose they can't just pull it without inconveniencing a lot of users. I have no idea if this is just a localised problem - I have looked only at those Ardeerins in my local region.

Most of the errors add typically about 46 to 53 m to the accepted heights, but some heights are almost correct, and there are a few summits that actually get shrunk; so it's not a simple matter of a blanket addition, or a quibble over the geoid in use.

I came across this rather astonishing situation while using PhotoEphemeris, a program to figure out the bearings of sunrise, sunset etc. for photographers: this program just happens to overlay its computed bearings on a topo map provided (presumably free) by BKG.

I hope to hear eventually from BKG just how they screwed up, but in the meantime do not rely on BKG's topo map!
2022-03-14 16:53:09
Chalky RIP
Sorry to learn that Chalky, Ken Whyte, has departed this world and at a relatively young age. RIP.
Especially sorry to learn that he had been dealing with a serious health issue for a considerable time before his death.
His peak bagging record is simply amazing see
2022-03-11 08:09:47
Sad death of chalky (Ken Whyte)
We are sad to tell you that Ken Whyte, known as chalky on this website has died from natural causes.

Alan Dawson of the "Pedantic" baggers group on Google said:

Many of you will know Ken Whyte, and most of you will know of him and his remarkable activities in the hills.

I am sorry to have to report that Ken died on Monday. He had been having treatment for a brain tumour for over a year but even so it was unexpected. His wife Gladys has been in touch to say that he died suddenly due to bleeding in the brain following a fall.

Rob Woodall of the same group said:

Ken's bagging record is extraordinary - pretty much everything over 500m in Scotland and over P100m in Ireland, his many Island and Region completions etc etc, often bicycle-powered.

RIP Ken, Condolences to Gladys

For myself, can I say that Ken was in fact top of the overall Summiteers Hall of Records for combined Britain + Ireland with 7803 summits logged. 1203 of these were logged in Ireland.

I didn;t know him personally but we will miss his support of the website which included many comments as well as logging. Condolences to all that loved him..

To see the scale of this achievement it is worth comparing with a leading Irish based summiteer, FergalH who has visited 1487 in Ireland and 3250 in the combined B+I list.
2022-02-12 15:34:22
"Bridges over Blessington Lakes" from march-fixer Contract pics
Picture: Bridges over Blessington Lakes (Contract pics)

Traffic Lights!
Access from Blessington to the east Wicklow mountain area is going to change drastically!

Wicklow Co. Co. has made an executive decision without any local consultation to lodge a planning application to make the three main bridges over Blessington Lakes into single lane bridges with traffic lights at both ends to control access. Total nuts in my humble opinion.

This is their solution to their dilemma with the Blessington Lakes Greenway which will require access for walkers, wheelchairs and bicycles. The three current bridges are about 80 years old and not wide enough to accommodate two lanes of motor traffic while also accommodating a pathway wide enough for the non-motor traffic use!

Traffic flow over these bridges is poor even at low peak times, so just imagine what it would be like on a busy summer weekend. A survey was carried out in May 2021 in the middle of the pandemic lock-down, as far as I am aware, which naturally shows low traffic volume!

As this situation affects everyone's access to the West Wicklow hills and Glendalough area from the the west I would like to see what MV members think of this situation, and possibly lodge objections with the Planning Authority? We have only until March 5th before the Planning Authority makes a decision.
2022-02-08 18:18:57
"" from Onzy Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)

2021 List Completions
Here is the interim list of completions for 2021. As usual this extends slightly into 2022! If you have completed a list and feel you should be in line for a 2021 award, please let me know

As we were unable to hold a Gathering in 2021, we are hoping to present both 2020 and 2021 awards at a Gathering this year - date and venue to be advised - watch this space!
2022-01-20 09:42:04
There's close, and there's too close
Thanks for that information about the stag that gored the ESB worker, bunsen7. It was an extremely serious incident. North Tipperary is not an area I would associate with deer, but once they come into an area they can breed quite fast. I wonder are deer often seen in this area nowadays? But for his rucksack, it sounds like the guy could have had much worse injuries. I hope he has made a full recovery. I wonder if the first group of deer he saw were females. If he had accidentally walked between them and the dominant stag, that would certainly explain the stag's behaviour, as it may have treated him the same as another male deer trying to separate it from its harem. Deer are dangerously aggressive for the couple of months from mid-September to early November. Their hormones literally drive them wild.
2022-01-14 13:39:31
Irish runner Eoin Keith wins the Spine Race
For those who haven't come across it, the Spine Race is a 268 mile hill run up the Pennine Way in Northern England, run in January, so usually in foul weather, making it one of the world's toughest ultra marathons. This year was the 10th anniversary so a star-studded cast took part, but nearly all failed to finish! The exception was Eoin Keith from Cork, who just took it steady and ran his own race, finishing as the winner by a fair distance, his second win (he's also won the summer version). Eoin is an absolute legend and by all accounts a true gent. Shout out too for Liam Vines from Wicklow, who has just finished with more than a day to spare. Anyone who even gets to take part in the Spine is a genuinely tough cookie.
2022-01-13 17:54:06
Court Case Highlights Stag Attack Dangers
Worker attacked by stag on mountain access road.

Employer (admittedly one that has no problem writing cheques) admits liability - worker "permitted to work alone in a mountain area during the deer mating season when it ought to reasonably have been known that it was dangerous and unsafe to do so."

How many hillwalkers even know when deer mating season starts and ends? Might be worth finding out!
2022-01-10 10:39:09
Access to Leenaun Hill
Thank you Simon for the update and for the news that MI are active on this. Delighted with the location of the alternative access form Leenaun village. It saves me walking out the Western Way particularly if I have individuals who are new to walking the hills.

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Summit Comment
Knockboy: What a location (on a fine day!)
hazyview 2 days ago.
The most incredible views on the drive up to Priest's Leap. Still squelchy underfoot in parts despite glorious weather. Stick to the fence: we went astray at one stage when we left it.

Summit Comment
Slievebawn: Worth the short walk up, less steep turf and stone path.
gaoithe a day ago.
We did this on roasting hot day after going up and down Mt. Leinster by road. Nice walk up. Legs welcomed the stretch and walk on turf and rock after the steep tarmac road down the bigger mou...

Summit Comment
Mullaghcleevaun: Light colours, uncertain future.
simon3 2 days ago.
During a heat wave in 2022 this was the view of Mullaghcleevaun seen from the slopes of Kippure to the North East. Overall the colour is much lighter than usual. The purple is of the heather,...

Lugnaquilla and Camenabologue SE top, with a tough descent
eamonoc 2 days ago.
With the decent weather of late, I decided after approx 20yrs to visit Glenmalure and take a trip to Lugnquilla via... walk, Len: 17.7km, Climb: 1122m, Area: Lugnaquilla, Wicklow (Ireland) Lugnaqu||

An easy hike at the Wicklow Gap in County Wexford
jgfitz 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 9.0km, Climb: 299m, Area: Annagh Hill, Wicklow (Ireland) Annagh Hill...

Summit Comment
Sorrel Hill: View from the north-east.
simon3 2 days ago.
This is a view of Sorrel from the north-east.

Summit Comment
Inishturk: Inishturk on a fine summerís day
Tomaquinas 3 days ago.
I had the pleasure of visiting this island on one of the nicest days of the year. There were some magnificent views of Croagh Patrick, the Sheefry mountains, Mweelrea and the Bens from our fe...

Forum: General
Re Crohane
simon3 4 days ago.
So far as I am aware there are no objections to some smaller groups occasionally visiting the place provided they behave responsibly. There were objections to routes being published in a book...

Summit Comment
Mweelin: Great views on the way up to and at the top
Pepe 5 days ago.
It would be possible to drive from Point A up to the first gate, which is only a couple of hundred metres from the top. It would be possible to park at a junction within metres of the gate. B...

Tomies & Purple Mountain
caiomhin a week ago.
walk, Len: 16.3km, Climb: 903m, Area: Tomies Mountain North Top, Purple Mountai...

Summit Comment
Carrigalougha: There are bigger and better fish to fry nearby
Pepe 5 days ago.
Parked at W142 717 and plodded through the boggy terrain. A short but uncomfortable trudge up and down: reeds, tall grass, rocks, dodgy footing, midges, fences, etc, etc. Up top the views are...

Summit Comment
Garravagh North Top: Fun jaggies and brambles
Carolyn105 a week ago.
Parked up a lane marked in picture. Owner of house at the end of the lane was happy to let us park. Said her neighbour wasn't. Easy enough to the top

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