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2021-01-26 16:53:51
"Looking north towards Brandon Peak, Gearhane and Mount Brandon" from liz50 Contract pics
Picture: Looking north towards Brandon Peak, Gearhane and Mount Brandon (Contract pics)

5km from home
What would you consider the top 5km radius from home to be for a hillwalker? I am quite happy with mine as I live at the bottom of the Brandon range near Dingle in Co Kerry. It has been particularly good recently due to the falls of snow.
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:

International Pictures link:

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:

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
2021-01-20 14:20:32
MountainViews Community - Awardees 2021


Arderin + Arderin Beg:

County Highpoints:

Highest 100:

Local 100:

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.
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
2021-01-14 13:13:31
"" from madfrankie Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)

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
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
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:
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.
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:
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).
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.

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Cribin Fawr: Snowy trek to summit
Fergalh 2 months ago.
Parked at Car Park at the pass of Ochr y Bwlch on the A470 and this was the first of six peaks. Passed through quarry on the ascent and the snow got deeper and deeper although at least the sun sho...

Summit Comment
Pen Ochr y Bwlch [Camlan]: Short and steep climb to summit
Fergalh 2 months ago.
Park at car Park on A470 at the pass of Ochr Y Bwlch and head up hill steep but quick and great views from the top. Unmarked summit.

Summit Summary
Cadair Idris - Penygadair: Long climb to summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Fergalh 2 months ago.
Cadair Idris is the highest mountain In wales to climb as you start from near Sea Level all the others you climb from over 100 metres or so. There are numerous track up this mountain and as it is ...

Summit Comment
Cadair Idris - Penygadair: Long Climb in snow and Ice but worth it
Fergalh 2 months ago.
Long steep and Icy climb up North and than North East from Craig Cwm Amarach. Eventually you arrive at summit and the trig pillar and the survival hut just below can be seen. It was extremly Icy w...

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Mynydd Pencoed: Short walk to summit from Minffordd Track
Fergalh 2 months ago.
Follow the fence and two fences to climb this out and back dog leg leads you to the summit of Mynydd Pencoed on a spur westwards from the Mynyffordd Track

Summit Comment
Craig Cwm Amarch: Snowy Summit
Fergalh 2 months ago.
Second stop on Minfford path ascent of Cadair Idris. There was a lot more snow here than the lower summit of Craig Lwyd

Summit Comment
Craig Lwyd: First Peak on Cadair Idris Climb
Fergalh 2 months ago.
First stop on a snowy climb of Cadair Idris via the Minffordd Path. We parked at car park below and paid the £5.00 parking fee. Then we headed up through forest along track until we emerged just b...

Summit Comment
Mynydd y Betws: Short walk to summit
Fergalh 2 months ago.
Less than one hundred metres from the road easy top to bag short walk from car. Near this summit there is a viewing platform with sign showing all the hills near and far in sight (if the weather i...

Summit Summary
Garth Hill: Parking
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Fergalh 2 months ago.
Like Most of Wales a lot of the hills have parking issues on narrow lanes or roads. Plan well in advance !

Summit Comment
Garth Hill: Grassy Summit
Fergalh 2 months ago.
Nice climb with good views but bear in mind the summit is on private land. I asked permission from the local farmer approached from Cwmdu Road along long track before venturing over the fence and ...

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Mynydd Emroch - Craig Emroch: Short walk to summit from right of way track
Fergalh 2 months ago.
Parked at small layby on B4282 and followed right of way track to obvious field where high point is nice views

Summit Comment
Mynydd Margam: Grassy Track Leads to summit with smallish view
Fergalh 2 months ago.
Parked to south east of hill at T Junction on minor road, limited parking here. Than followed Right of Way track not easy top to find the summit ! The trig Pillar is around 500 Metres to the south...

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