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CaptainVertigo
2005-08-25 18:34:08
"Achilles Heel" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
Picture: Achilles Heel (Contract pics)

New Boots
Not for the first time your Captain is like a Eunuch in a harem. Arrived in Connemara a fortnight ago with all necessary equipment fully functional. The senior partner reminded me that the purpose of the visit was a family holiday and that the hills would have to take a secondary place. Decided to do a preliminary check on Mam Ochoige with a view to ascending the MamTurks with my 14 year old when weather would allow. Found the whole thing so exhilarating that (even though it was 7.30pm) I proceeded to the summit of Binn Idir an Da Lug (about which more when I get home and can upload the photos).Anyway the old leather boots literally disintegrated on the descent, a lot of which was in twilight and some of which was in the dark. Bought new boots in Clifden next day and then FOOLISHLY failed to take any precautions. Simply galloped up Maolan and then onto Binn Bhreac...(Twelve Bens).By the time I got home my left heel was a soggy necrotic mass. Seven days later and I still can't wear an ordinary pair of shoes. I walk with a limp in sandals. Why didn't I take the simple precaution of wearing a bandage on my heels and an extra thick pair of socks. Meanwhile the Twelve Bens and the Northern Bens are practically overhanging our humble abode. I am deeply frustrated to have added merely two peaks to my bag, before my incapacitation.Regards to all.
jackill
2005-08-25 09:04:17
Penpictures
Gerrym, yes I think it would be an interesting idea.
Certainly the " favourite areas/routes" might open up places to visit that haven't made
it into guidebooks to other members.
gerrym
2005-08-23 22:11:24
Penpictures ?
A question to guage other members opinion of having the opportunity to add a short pen picture to your comment listing. This could include a photo of yourself and some information such as, home location, other interests, favourite hill climbed, favourite walking area, first hill climbed - just suggestions. This would put faces to usernames and give a bit of background (if you wanted) and give the opportunity to share with other members some of your favourite walking in the hills in Ireland. What do you think?
simon3
2005-08-22 08:38:56
Google Earth
Michael -- yes I think fascination and delight is the reaction a lot of people have with Google Earth or other visualisation programs the first times they try them even with the poor sharpness they currently mostly offer.

Try doing visualisation before walking in a new area (Ireland or anywhere else). You gain a basic familiarity with the shape of the land hard to achieve by reading maps. Pickup GPS information for possible points of interest.. So when you walk, you're navigation is simplified and you understand the shape of the land almost instinctively. Add local knowledge, guidebook info and previous walkers' experience (all I hope facilitated by MountainViews for Ireland). Your experience of hillwalking becomes quite different. Check out what interested previous walkers. Your visit's weather and knowledge of the land will often allow you to capture a new photographic composition.

When you return, visualise where you went using GPS tracks. Express yourself. Add interesting viewpoints and evocative pictures about mountains to sites like this. Strengthen your own experience and memories and add interest for others. Complete the information cycle.

Hill-walking in 2010, that's where it is going.
Michael McA
2005-08-21 22:13:20
Google Earth
Just had my first go on Google Earth the other day. Fascinating! One could spend/ waste hours flying all over the place. You can see lines on the pitch at Corke Park! I fulfilled a dream of standing on top of Mount Everest. Certainly worth a visit if youíre on broadband. Unfortunately at home Iím still on dial-up.
jackill
2005-08-12 12:35:38
Malbekh - Trails
Hi Malbekh. I assume you mean to park at R893 203 at the start of the Black road. You are probably familiar with the Black road and know it finisheds under Galtybeg - from there its a muddy, eroded 750 mtrs approx to the col between Galtymore and Galtybeg. Aim to come out on the cliff edge above Lough Diheen at approx 886 240 then walk around the cliff edge towards Galtymore to 883 238 where you can finally turn away from the cliff edge and head straight for the summit. This approach allows you to avoid the worst of the terrain/mud.
If you intend to descend to the south east I presume you will be heading for the Attychraan River at approx 885 222 above the forestry edge marked on the map. To do this you will have first go west from the summit of Galtymore(straight down is tough/tricky even without a bike) for approx 0.75 kms to 872 235 at a height of approx 825 mtrs and descend form there via Knockduff and Knocknagalty , there are no tracks /trails down from this area.Once on the Flattish area of Knocknagalty head east to meet the stream/forestry edge at 885 222.The stream at this time of the year is quite low and should be easy to cross at this stream junction. Once across try to find the track marked on the map starting at 886 221 which will bring you back onto the Black road.

If you wanted to you could also (by hopping a sheep/barbed wire fence and going down a steep bank for 3-4 mtrs) cross the river farther down at approx 885 217 and join a trail that runs all the way along the Attychraan to the tarred road and car park at 879 188. You could then use the tarred roads marked on the map to intersect with the road (902 185)leading back to your car.
I hope you find this of use-please feel free to ask any questions you may have.
malbekh
2005-08-11 08:24:20
Mountain Biking
Hello everybody.

We're a group of oldish mountain bikers (the ones that slow down, give right of way, don't spook horses and don't damage trails). We're based in south Co Dublin and venture as far as Croaghanamoira riding mostly Coillte trails. Our next expedition is to the Galtees where we want to climb Galtymore.

Obviously, there's very little cycling and a lot of carrying involved. We're aware of that. The plan is to use the Black Road carpark up the old turf track and then ascending NW up the col between Galtybeg and Galtymore. Once on the summit we intend SE to rejoin the northern end of the wood back to the carpark.

I was wondering if anyone can give us details as to navigable the trails are in the areas flanking the mountain? Also we're reckoning on 5 hours to complete the circle. Arewe completely mad?

Over to you.
CaptainVertigo
2005-08-10 22:18:28
"John Dillon-IFA President" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
Picture: John Dillon-IFA President (Contract pics)
The IFA Proposal
The recent IFA proposal is at:http://212.17.35.157/ifa/files/page.cfm?page=ifaproposals.htm
The Farmers' Journal reported the initiative 30th July 05:see:
http://www.farmersjournal.ie/2005/0730/news/currentedition/newsfeature.shtml
There is an interesting background piece in The Farmers' Journal from Jan 2004 at:
http://www.farmersjournal.ie/2004/0131/ruralliving/countrylifestyle/feature.shtml
jackill
2005-08-09 13:01:28
"Mont Blanc and the Brevna Glacier" from jackill Contract pics
Picture: Mont Blanc and the Brevna Glacier (Contract pics)

Monte Bianco
My wife and I spent a week in Northern Italy at the end of July with four days spent in the Aosta region.
My wife isn't into too much walking but I did manage to get her up to 1600mtrs to see the Gran Paradiso,
(4061 mtrs ) from Cogne- admittedly we drove there in a car.On the third day I relinquished my credit card she went shopping and I headed for Courmayeur which is the town on the Italian side of Monte Bianco. I parked just outside the town and headed off on one of the marked trails which eventually brought me to the foot of the Brenva Glacier.The photo was taken at approx 1400 mtrs at the foot of the Glacier with from the left Mount Noir de Peuterey, Mont Blanc(in clouds),and the slope up to Aiguille de la Brenva. Aosta is a beautiful place with many well marked trails to explore and friendly welcoming people, I will return.
CaptainVertigo
2005-08-04 09:29:47
Google Earth
Simon, Thanks for putting us onto Google Earth which is a superb facility. Once you get the hang of the controls you can "fly" over much loved ranges and visualise all aspects of an intended route. Admittedly the level of graphics is relatively crude but clearly the potential for the future is extraordinary. Certain areas are shown in high resolution... the eastern side of Achill island, for example. It is simply stunning to swoop in low past parked cars, bridges etc. Well done Google.


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