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Colin Murphy
2021-01-21 16:25:59
"" from Colin Murphy Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)

Vote for MV's Photo of the Year 2020!
Vote for MV's Photo of 2020! Despite a very restricted year in terms of hillwalking (and everything else), nevertheless many people did get to venture out and also take some fine pictures of the countryside.

Take a look at two collections of photos via the links below, which were shortlisted from members’ photos during 2020. We request your help in choosing 2020 Pictures of the Year for International and Irish pictures.
Copy and paste the links below to see the shortlists.

Pictures of Ireland link:
mountainviews.ie/poty/Irelandshortlist/

International Pictures link:
mountainviews.ie/poty/Internationalshortlist/

Closing date for voting is January 28th, so no time to lose!

Instructions for voting:
The pictures in each collection are numbered.
Send an email to:

photoaward@mountainviews.ie

Title: Photoaward

Include something like this in the email body for your choices:

Choice from John Smith:
Irish Picture of the Year 2020:
My choice. Picture Number XX

International Picture of the Year 2020:
My choice: Picture Number XX

Happy voting ...

MountainViews Committee
Onzy
2021-01-20 14:20:32
MountainViews Community - Awardees 2021
Vandeleur-Lynam:
Eamonoc
Geo
Ilenia
Millsd1
Mountainmike

Arderin:
Ilenia

Arderin + Arderin Beg:
Ilenia

County Highpoints:
Aidy
Brendanbarrett
Dergish
Helenha
Jasonmc
Karoloconnor
Kitchen
Marty_47
MichaelG55
RockyCaver
SenanFoley
Sfoley

Highest 100:
Eamonoc
Fergalh
Geo
Ilenia
No1Grumbler

Local 100:
Eugeneryan959
Briankelly
Abcd
MichaelG55
Daingean
Mountainmike

As normal we want to acknowledge also a number of Special and Contributor awards:

Special Awards:
Declan Murphy of the Mi/MV Arderin group for getting the Arderins accepted in MI

Grainne McLaughlin of the MI Hillwalking Committee for getting the Arderins accepted in MI

Alan and Margaret Tees, for getting the Irish Peaks book out

Helen Lawless, of the MI Staff for meticulous work in relation to the Irish Peaks book.

Contributor Awards:
Fergalh, articles and reports on UK summits

Markmjcampion, completing the Highest Hundred Short Summaries, further work on these and many other contributions

Paul Tempan, major revisions to the placename information

Melohara, ongoing work to sort out the subareas

Hopefully we will get to present these awards sometime in 2021.
Onzy
2021-01-20 11:59:02
MountainViews Community - Gathering 2021
Our annual gathering normally takes place in February each year. Last year around 100 of us were in attendance. Given the pandemic situation this will not happen this year.

The MV Committee have been agonising as to how we could mark the 2020 walking year and celebrate the achievements of our members. We considered using Zoom or some similar technology, but felt that this removes the mixing and mingling that is an integral part of the event.

Accordingly, we have decided to defer the Gathering until later in the year, at which stage we may be able to hold it in person. Obviously this will depend on how the pandemic and any control measures develop. The Committee will keep an eye on this and update you as necessary.

In the meantime, congratulations to all those who completed lists in 2020 and thanks to all those who helped us with the site and contributed to the wider world of hillwalking in 2020. A list of Awardees for 2020 will follow.

MV Committee
January 2021
madfrankie
2021-01-14 13:13:31
"" from madfrankie Contract pics
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View across the Irish Sea
From @Sam_Greenwood_ on Twitter: Yesterday’s view from Howth in Dublin to a snow capped Snowdon in North Wales is just incredible. It’s 140 kilometres away.
Photo by Niall O’Carrol
Onzy
2021-01-13 12:05:45
2020 List Completions
I am currently working towards working out our list completions for 2020. Here is what I have so far:

Vandeleur-Lynam: Eamonoc,Geo,Ilenia,Millsd1,Mountainmike

Arderin: Ilenia

Arderin + Arderin Beg: Ilenia

County Highpoints: Aidy,Brendanbarrett,Dergish,Helenha,Jasonmc,Karoloconnor,Kitchen,Marty_47,MichaelG55,RockyCaver,SenanFoley,Sfoley

Highest 100: Eamonoc,Fergalh,Geo,Ilenia,No1Grumbler

Local 100: Eugeneryan959,Briankelly,Abcd,MichaelG55,Daingean,Mountainmike

As yet we are unsure how we are going to commemorate those who completed lists in 2020, given the pandemic - but something will occur to us!

If you have completed a list in 2020 and your name is not here, drop me a line on the site, or at davidowens1513@gmail.com.
David-Guenot
2021-01-05 10:36:55
"Les Roches de Borée (1315m) in the Massif du Mézenc, one of the little gems included in this brand new summit list" from David-Guenot Contract pics
Picture: Les Roches de Borée (1315m) in the Massif du Mézenc, one of the little gems included in this brand new summit list (Contract pics)

Another summit list for Massif Central
Just finished working on my second list for the Massif Central (France). This one includes all summits between 1000 and 1499m with a prominence of 100m or more. Note that at the time I'm writing this I haven't climbed any of them yet, so the list is still prone to evolve. Here is the link: https://lonepeakbagger.com/en/index.php/2021/01/04/liste-des-sommets-du-massif-central-1000-a-1499m/
timredfern
2020-12-02 20:55:21
"" from timredfern Contract pics
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Spotted on Letter hill
It's a juvenile snowy owl! Spotted Wednesday lunchtime, November 25th right on top of the hill.
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..


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Summit Summary
Tooreen: Easy at first, hellish final climb.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a day ago.
Park at R92356 57035, room for 3 cars. This is a forest and wind farm access track although it could be mistaken for a farm road as there are no trees visible at first. There is a pedestrian ...

  
Summit Summary
Foildarg: Summit with some views in overused area near track.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a day ago.
From Cappaghwhite village turn north at R88828 47850, passing the school on our right, then turn NNW at R89083 48286 and follow the road towards Cappawhite Wind Farm. The final 1km of this is...

  
Summit Comment
Tooreen: Rough and tumble
Colin Murphy a day ago.
As mentioned in the short summary the first 2km SSW along the track is a pleasant stroll. Then it took me roughly the same time to traverse the final 300m to the summit. The last section from...

Summit Comment
Gortnageragh: Laying down a marker
Colin Murphy a day ago.
This is a nice little hill with good tracks most of the way to the summit, which is marked with a trig pillar. I always think it's nice to reach the top and find it marked in some way, either...

  
Summit Summary
Gortnageragh: Running up that hill
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a day ago.
Park your car at the forest entrance R87571 52878, room for 5 cars. Walk west along a forest track which narrows and enters more dense forest as it turns sharply south at approx. R85453 52650...

  
Track
Lake District: Hartsop Round
Onzy a week ago.
Round above Hartsop, taking in 4 Wainwrights: Middle Dodd, Red Screes, Little Hart Crag and High Hartsop Dodd.Ver... walk, Len: 12.6km, Climb: 796m, Area: Middle Dodd, Lake District - Eastern Fel|...

Summit Comment
Knockastanna: Winter's coat.
Colin Murphy a day ago.
This otherwise pretty dull hill was presented in a better light by an early frost, clear blue skies and a rising sun. Otherwise it's a fairly unremarkable affair, although a very easy bag, if...

  
Summit Summary
Knockastanna: Barrels of fun
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a day ago.
Park at the forest entrance R85087 56394 room for 4-5 cars.There is more parking on the left approximately 200 meters to the north.Hop a locked gate and walk directly uphill on the forest tra...

  
Summit Summary
Lyracappul: Scenic lofty peak at western end of Galtee range
Collaborative entry Last edit by: markmjcampion 2 days ago.
Lyracappul is a grassy steep-sided mt at the W end of the well-defined Galtees’ ridge. The regular routes present no danger although it’s a steep pull-up from the W. Navigational help is prov...

Summit Comment
Lyracappul: From the west
jackill 3 days ago.
Pat crossing a snow drift on the top of Lyracappul in March 2004- started at woods carpark R819 185 on to Temple Hill (where we met the Bishopstown Hillwalking Club- hello to all) then Lyraca...

  
Track
Lake District: Raven Crag
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 5.4km, Climb: 327m, Area: Raven Crag, Lake District - Central & West...

  
Summit Comment
Monabrack: A real sting in the tail.
Harry Goodman 3 days ago.
Climbed Monabrack on 10 10 10 as the fifth and final top of a circuit that also included Temple Hill, Knockaterrif Beg, Lyracappul and Carrignabinnia (For previous part of the route see my co...


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