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Colin Murphy
2019-12-06 17:28:49
"A mere morsel of the vast Iguazu spectacle..." from Colin Murphy Contract pics
Picture: A mere morsel of the vast Iguazu spectacle... (Contract pics)
Too beautiful for words...
On a recent trip to Argentina, we took a flight from Buenos Aires to visit one of nature's greatest sights - The Iguazu Falls, which are shared between Argentina and Brazil. I've heard the Brazil side is the better viewing point, but frankly, that's hard to imagine. Getting there involves a bus journey to the National Park from the local town of Puerto Iguazu which takes about 30 minutes. Unfortunately it is not possible to walk to the largest single waterfall - Garganta del Diablo (The Devil's Throat), but an open sided train conducts you most of the way, (about 5-6km) and then you walk a further 1.5km along a series of tracks and metal footbridges linking islands in the vast Iguazu River. Garganta del Diablo is truly spectacular - about the size of Niagara in itself, and flowing into a verdant basin that is surrounded on three sides by countless other smaller waterfalls - it is truly difficult to turn away from the sight. But it gets better! Returning to the National Park, you can explore a network of trails that lead to a different section of the falls, and you can follow footbridges from one fall to the next. This section if indescribably beautiful - like having a glimpse into paradise! Had two days here and wished we'd stayed a week to fully explore all the forest track and countless views of nature at it finest.
simon3
2019-12-03 15:02:08
re new Galtees, Knockmealdown maps
Aidan
That's great news. Indeed I do remember the 1/2 inch to mile maps only too well. They were the staple until the mid 90s.Who can forget the horrendous error in the Maamturks NW of Binn Chaonaigh where a massive glacial valley wasn't shown properly leading to people dropping 200m on the challenge walk.

Going on experience with previous East-West maps such as the Comeraghs these will be excellent maps for hillwalkers, properly showing features the hillwalkers care about such as tracks, terrain, forest roads, possible access points etc. They also show the position of Arderins, The lack of clutter is also outstanding and the new contours are a lot better than older East-West maps.

It remains to be seen whether these will have the same occasional issues to do with the removal of official names. However I hope people do support East-West in this endeavour.
aidand
2019-12-03 10:18:50
New maps Galtees, Comeraghs and Knockmealdown
East-West mapping have just launched new 1;25,000 scale maps of the above areas. This is a great development, especially for those of us old enough to remember the old half inch to the mile maps which were all we had for most of the country up to the 1990s.

A new map is a great way to shorten a long winters night - plotting new routes or reliving a fine day on the hills. Go on, treat yourself.
simon3
2019-11-21 08:49:29
re Newsletter comments on UK hill lists
We got two complaints about errors in our Opinionated Glossary of terms used in connection with British Hill Lists.
Of the general type, "hill lists ripe for opinionated comment, but you'd better get your facts right" and unfortunately we didn't get all of our facts right. After discussions with IainT we have reissued the quarterly newsletter with corrections.

See https://mountainviews.ie/newsletters/month/2019-11/
tomlug48
2019-11-13 13:55:42
"Autumn Glory !" from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: Autumn Glory ! (Contract pics)

Autumn in Wicklow
A beautiful walk through Cloghleagh Woods Co Wicklow in November 2019
tomlug48
2019-11-12 20:53:32
"" from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)

Autumn Colours
Cloghleagh Wood along the Shankhill river to Butter Mountain
simon3
2019-11-06 22:04:54
re Newsletter comments on UK hill lists
Ouch!
We got some facts wrong. We will get back to you when we have had a think about this.
IainT
2019-11-06 19:19:35
Newsletter comments on UK hill lists
Enjoyable newsletter as usual - wish I'd known all that info about Lough Bray when I camped there back in 1993.However, if you're going to have a grumpy dig at UK hill lists (nothing wrong with that, they're an enticing target) you ought to get the facts right. e.g. Alfred not Albert Wainwright; Hewitts are nothing to do with Dave Hewitt, they are one of Alan Dawson's lists and were published by Cicerone not TAC; The TAC lists however ARE connected with Dave, although he was the publisher and wrote some historical info rather than being the compiler; Munro Tops ARE an SMC list, and in fact were Munro's original list and the one he tried to collect himself; Donalds were classified by a mixture of height and drop adding "units" representing the two together, the 30metre drop criterion is another Alan Dawson innovation (and one that doesn't seem to have stuck). "Opinionated" is fine, but opinions are only worth anything when the opiner knows what they're on about! I expect better from an operation as usually excellent as MV.
eamonoc
2019-10-15 20:12:12
"View towards Trevenque" from eamonoc Contract pics
Picture: View towards Trevenque (Contract pics)

Recent trip to Sierra Nevada Spain
Trevenque
simon3
2019-09-27 09:08:36
"Pic courtesy New Yorker." from simon3 Contract pics
Picture: Pic courtesy New Yorker. (Contract pics)

Re Is it getting warmer ...
Captain Vertigo --
On this grey day where as usual I am beset with a heap of things that I have to get started on, it is a great pleasure to see a comment from a contributor such as yourself and to see that you are well and in good voice. We have missed your contributions and even though we were assured you were getting out and playing, ugh, golf, we were worried that you were working too much. I regard your occasional essays on current affairs a little like another legal person turned commentator, Michael McDowell in the Sunday Business Post. Usually interesting to read and often agreeing with my own opinions or at least prejudices. (Except when they sometimes donít Ė which can leave me grumpy for at least 10 minutes)

Weather has always affected hillwalking. Recently I have experienced two occasions that seriously bad weather impacted what I had been planning to do in Donegal and in the Dolomites. I wrote it up here and I hope you take a look https://mountainviews.ie/newsletters/month/2019-07/#carbon

Yesterday I bumped into Tom Milligan (the triple Lug Walk man) whoís current project is to do the Lug Walk 100 times. He is already up to 88 incidentally but tells me that while doing one during last winter he was on Lug and got caught by a storm. He found he could barely move and was reduced to crawling at times. Once again, we who have been hillwalking for decades have experienced high winds before and find it easy to categorise such remarks as anecdotal ramblings. Let me say, the article referred to above provides a useful recorded statistic, that annual rainfall in the last 10 years is 40% more for the last decade than the previous 300 years Ė thatís recorded figures not climate science hypothesis. So far I havenít come across an equivalent measured figure for wind speed though I would be surprised it if didnít confirm that winds are higher today than previously on average. So I for one think we should accept that climate change is affecting us immediately and directly in hillwalking and we need to consider remediation both governmental in terms of policy and individually perhaps including carbon offsetting.

So I would be slow to satirise Greta Thunberg or in any way diminish what she has to say. Very probably it is too radical for many who will shut off their ears particularly when she had the effrontery to include statistics and figures in her UN address. The thought of it. But she is being heard by millions particularly young people and she is making a difference.

Anyway we are delighted to recognise one of our leading controversialists back and hope you will indeed favour us with more.


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Forum: General
@Hugh Mangan
wicklore a day ago.
Hi Hugh. I suggest a circuit from Taylor's Three Rock pub. From Taylor's walk along the southern boundary of Marlay Park, then follow the Wicklow Way up to Kilmashoge car park. Conti use to follow...

  
Track
Cummeengeera Horseshoe
Onzy a day ago.
Irieland's best day out... walk, Len: 14.8km, Climb: 1262m, Area: Tooreenbaha, Caha Mountains (Ireland) To...

  
Summit Comment
Knockastakeen: A circuit of Lough Muskry
peter1 2 days ago.
Despite gale force winds and occasional driving rain, I had a really enjoyable high level walk around Lough Muskry. Starting from the trail head near the water works, as mentioned by others, I too...

Summit Comment
Gregory Hill: Low hill to the west of Letterkenny.
simon3 3 days ago.
This hill is around 7km west of Letterkenny. Unless someone knows a better way up, I think it is strictly for list tickers. Ticks, ah yes we'll come to that.There may be other ways up via the fore...

  
Track
GouganBarra: Conigar South Top
Onzy a day ago.
Possible Arderin Beg to the south of Conigar walk, Len: 12.9km, Climb: 795m, Area: Faill an Stuaic?n, Shehy/Knockboy (Irelan...

  
Summit Comment
Lackagh Mountain: Bog burst
simon3 a week ago.
According to newspaper reports there was a bog burst which wiped away some of the road about 7 or 8 km to the south east late June 2020. This was at place called Shass mtn.

Forum: Suggestions
Uisneach Hill
Fergalh a month ago.
An addition to the historical HillsUsineach (Cnoc Uisnigh) is situated near the hamlet of Kilare in County Westmeath and is steeped in history, It is the burial site of the Earth Goddess …riu & th...

  
Summit Comment
Stranisk: Windmills of your Mind
sandman 2 weeks ago.
There are two windfarms situated in this area Lendrum Bridge and Screggagh the summit is situated in the latter adjacent to turbine 6 .Therefore the better parking option is at the entrance to Scr...

  
Track
Grand Canal: Deep Sinking
Onzy a day ago.
Leg stretcher along the Grand Canal from Blanch... walk, Len: 12.3km, Climb: 65m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) ||

Summit Comment
Cruach Eoghanach: Access Restrictions
MichaelG55 2 weeks ago.
Climbed Croaghonagh this evening with my wife and enjoyed superb views from the summit.NB. Be aware that due to new windfarm development that security prevent access to the forestry track. We were...

  
Summit Comment
Stookeen: The heathery top in 2008
wicklore 2 weeks ago.
I approached Stookeen from the south and parked at S940 675. From here I followed the Wicklow Way, and headed north along a delightful grassy track, with high hedgerows on each side. This was mudd...

  
Track
Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil from Culra
melohara 2 days ago.
I walked this route some years ago after spending a night camping near Culra Bothy. I was reminded of it when, durin... walk, Len: 17.5km, Climb: 980m, Area: Loch Treig to Loch Ericht (Britain) Ben||


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