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David-Guenot
2020-11-25 13:53:18
"Somewhere in the beautiful Monts du Cantal..." from David-Guenot Contract pics
Picture: Somewhere in the beautiful Monts du Cantal... (Contract pics)

A new, exhaustive list for Massif Central
For those who might be interested, here is a list I posted on my blog: https://lonepeakbagger.com/en/index.php/2020/08/18/liste-des-sommets-de-plus-de-1500m-du-massif-central/
It includes all +1500m summits of Massif Central (France) with a prominence of 20m or more. I have started working on this list during the first lockdown and can now share its final version after having completed it between June and October this year. A few summits were added or deleted along the process, with a final count of 130 summits. It took me a total of 6 trips, i.e. 24 (not all full) days, covering a total of 448.8kms with 20539m height gain. This proved to be a very enjoyable journey as I had never been hiking in this vast area before. There are quite a few distinct massifs, with a fantastic variety of landscapes and a real feeling of remoteness and space in places. The volcanic origins of Massif Central can mostly be admired in the three main sub-areas of the list (Massif du Sancy, Monts du Cantal and Massif du Mézenc) as well as in the lower Chaîne des Puys near Clermont-Ferrand. Despite not requiring huge amounts of climbing, some of these tops proved to be fairly challenging, with a couple even requiring some short yet exposed scrambling. I'm currently working on another list (1000-1499m with 100m prominence) for the same massif, as well as other lists for Vosges and Jura (Pyrenees and Alps may come much later, but will obviously require a huge amount of work).
patton4
2020-11-10 23:55:49
"Druid Order of Seahan" from patton4 Contract pics
Picture: Druid Order of Seahan (Contract pics)

Seahan shelter
HI, Can an yone please throw light on the following ?The small shelter on the summit cone of Seahan has been filled in. The shelter has existed since my first visit circa 1980 and probably for 100 years. It was exposed to the west but was a sometimes welcome windbreak and good lunch spot on this exposed summit. In June 2019 someone raised the stone surround marginally and tastefully left some enigmatic message on three flat stones "Druid Order of Seahan 5000: I fought the law and the law won: Please keep tidy, thank you". See photo. Sometime later I found the shelter completely filled in. Later still it was excavated and restored. Recently I found it filled in again by some scoundrel who does not appear to appreciate it long standing history and function.
Pepe
2020-11-08 10:41:56
A New Hill for North Dublin?
Or am I talking a load of rubbish - again!
If anyone local had asked me where I spent yesterday morning I would have replied, "The dump" - because that's what lots of people hereabouts still refer to Baleally Landfill as; the dump, even though the tiphead closed some years ago and now it's been transformed into Rogerstown Park.
The high point of the new park is at least 80 metres, so a friendly Fingal Council worker assured me (and it's virtually all prominence as the surrounding terrain on all sides is of the low-lying estuarine variety). One of the two looped walks currently open goes right to the top.
The summit area is a large flat plateau surrounded by a fence, rendering the plateau itself currently inaccessible. By standing on the armrest of a pathside bench I reckoned my feet were level with the highest point of the plateau so am hereby claiming a historic first ascent, which is of course predicated on whether or not MV recognises artificial hills. In my view Rogerstown Park fits the bill as a new top for north county Dublin. The new hill dominates the local landscape and certainly looks the part when you see it from ground level.
The views from above are fabulous: Lambay, Rush, Lusk, the Dublin Mountains, the plains of Meath, the nearby Blackhills - but the highlight has to be a magnificent vista of Rogerstown inner estuary, world-renowned in the bird-watching world so bring your binoculars.
Even if it's not a legitimate top to be ticked off do treat yourself to a visit. It's well worth it Currently it's only open on Saturdays but check opening times before setting out. The place will be even more of a star attraction when the lower looped walk is open, though I imagine that will be next year. At the moment you have a choice of ascent: the path on the RHS of the carpark is a long gentle incline, the path on the LHS is shorter but steeper. And when you're up top it's just like being on a real mountain..
Camillus57
2020-10-09 13:58:32
Parking Spot - Glenasmole
I was walking in the Glenasmole area last week when I came across a landowner who is providing a supervised
car parking area on his land for €5 per vehicle per day. His name is Ronan and he can be contacted at
0868828415. The car park is located across the road at the South West end of the reservoir just past Castlekelly
New Bridge. It's a great facility to have as it assists with access to the Castlekelly area, purchased in the recent
past by the state, and from there to Kippure, Seefin etc
pdtempan
2020-09-27 08:59:11
Mullaghcarn walk cancelled - apologies
Today's guided walk to Mullaghcarn as part of Feile Pheadair Joe 2020 has had to be cancelled because I am sick with a tummy bug and unfit to drive or walk. As it was intended as a place-names themed walk, focussing on wildlife and the landscape, it is not something that can easily be delegated to another walk leader. Sincere apologies to anybody who has already set off. I contacted the organisers early this morning, and they have rung around to the people who registered for the event. If you turn up on spec, there will be somebody there to meet you at Gortin Glen Forest Park at 11am. We plan to reschedule the walk for a later date. It looks like a great day for a walk and good views, and I'm annoyed to be missing it myself. Very sorry once again. Paul
mcrtchly
2020-09-24 14:09:43
"Milky Way" from mcrtchly Contract pics
Picture: Milky Way (Contract pics)

Heavens Above
The Milky Way arches over the abandoned church in Dunlewy, Co. Donegal with the Derryveagh Mountains in the background during an exceptionally clear night sky in late September 2020. This is a composite of 46 individual frames of the night sky and one single image for the church. The final mosaic of the 46 frames is about 30,728 by 21,189 pixels in dimensions; equivalent to a single 651 million pixel image! I had to lower the resolution for the MV website.

To the left of the church spire is Mars. The bright feature above Mars is the Andromeda galaxy, one of our nearest neighbour galaxies and is about 3 million light years away. To the left of Mars, in area of orange light pollution, is the cluster of stars called Pleiades in the constellation of Taurus, which are also known as the Seven Sisters, although there are more than seven stars! The Pleiades cluster is relatively close to us at 390 light years distance. The two bright dots above Pleiades and to the left of Andromeda are the double cluster of stars in Perseus; each cluster contains about 300 individual stars. The purple area roughly in centre left of the Milky Way is the North America Nebula in Cygnus (2,500 light years away). The pink-red spot in the lower right part of the Milky Way is the Lagoon nebula in Sagittarius which is 6,000 light years away.

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Pepe
2020-09-14 13:30:27
Hillwalking Programme on BBC Alba
It's a half-hour programme on every Monday evening at 7pm and repeated during the week as well. It's called "Tir is Teanga" and is well worth a look. Of course all the mountains are Scottish and it's done largely through the medium of Scots-Gaelic (which means if you want to read the subtitles you miss out on the scenery). Well worth having a look at it though, because the presenters are not averse to traipsing up and down hillsides in all kinds of weathers.
pdtempan
2020-09-10 13:40:11
"" from pdtempan Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)

Mullaghcarn walk - correction to start time
The walk from Gortin Glen Forest Park to Mullaghcarn on Sunday 27th September, part of Feile Pheadair Joe 2020, begins at 11am, not at 10am as advertised in the September MV newsletter. Apologies, my mistake. Full programme of Feile Pheadair Joe 2020 available here. Ta clar Fheile Pheadair Joe 2020 ar fail anseo:
http://pobalaraniul.com/feilte/feilepheadairjoe/
All the best
Paul
Granitemug
2020-09-06 16:52:03
Rocky Mountaim above Annalong Valley
Parked at the walled gates on quarter/head road; walked towards quarter road bend and took first lane on left; continued up thro gates etc until forest on right ends; then took wall on right up to the small tower at the start of wall; walked on left side of wall up to the highest point before descent then turned left and climbed ricky mountain- come to cairn on shabby flattish top; beautiful views of Annalong Valley; evidence of old quarry shelters; was weekday and only met two other people
Aidy
2020-09-01 17:28:24
Irish World Record
Noticed this article on the BBC website. Well done Ian Bailey.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-53984324


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210607_Castletownbere Hiking North
TheDutchman 4 hours ago.
Did the track 2867, by Onzy, there is more parking space now at the gate, at parking place at V720 482, possible 4 car... walk, Len: 12.5km, Climb: 688m, Area: Maulin, Caha Mountains (Ireland) Maulin

  
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Farbreiga: An easy afternoon walk
phonohan 2 days ago.
Started from a small road almost due North of Farbreiga at G 1690 0398 (we were staying within walking distance). Only one fence to cross (easiest point is at a prominent Rowan tree), then straigh...

  
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Crohaun: Pillar painter
Colin Murphy 2 days ago.
Followed the obvious route up as suggested by other contributors, but returned via the forest track that runs parallel just to add some interest, which may be accessed via a stile next to the m...

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Rosroe Point: Access issues
markmjcampion 3 days ago.
There are access issues here...the landowner will not give permission for anyone to walk or camp on his land.

  
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Coolsnaghtig: Burnt Mountain
Fergalh 3 days ago.
Sadly this hill has not escaped the spate of gorse fires that hit Killarney and other places in May. The entire southside of the mountain has been burnt away. The grass is growing quickly on th...

  
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Knockree: Wicklow Way Easy Access
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day ago.
The Wicklow Way passes over the western and southern flanks of this hill and can be used to provide access to the summit from either side. It is a pleasant walk, with good views when there is a...

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Knockaughna: Track nearly Impassible
Fergalh 3 days ago.
Update : The track indicated by Sandman is now totally impassable by any motorised vehicle including tractors as it is overgrown with trees. In fact shortly it will be totally overgrown as in p...

  
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Shrone Hill: Long trek to summit along ridge
Fergalh 3 days ago.
Approached this from Derrynafulla SW Top by dropping down the ridge to the col between . Ground is reasonable when I did but not advisable after rain. The forest at the eastern end of the Derry...

  
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Curraghchosaly Mountain: Summit easily gained - slower progress to the west
pdtempan 5 days ago.
We were looking for a short walk for a Saturday afternoon, and being familiar with Mullaghcarn, decided that it would be worth exploring Curraghchosaly Mountain, its lower neighbour on the west...

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Taghart South: Dissapppearing summit
Carolyn105 5 days ago.
The summit is no longer accessible, unless you climb along edge of steep drop of quarry. Summit is disappearing

  
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Black Hill: A Gateway Hill
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 6 days ago.
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Clashloura and Milane Hill with a Gravel Bike
conorb 4 days ago.
run, Len: 22.9km, Climb: 549m, Area: West Cork Mountains (Ireland) Cashloura, M...


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