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2022-01-14 13:39:31
Irish runner Eoin Keith wins the Spine Race
For those who haven't come across it, the Spine Race is a 268 mile hill run up the Pennine Way in Northern England, run in January, so usually in foul weather, making it one of the world's toughest ultra marathons. This year was the 10th anniversary so a star-studded cast took part, but nearly all failed to finish! The exception was Eoin Keith from Cork, who just took it steady and ran his own race, finishing as the winner by a fair distance, his second win (he's also won the summer version). Eoin is an absolute legend and by all accounts a true gent. Shout out too for Liam Vines from Wicklow, who has just finished with more than a day to spare. Anyone who even gets to take part in the Spine is a genuinely tough cookie.
2022-01-13 17:54:06
Court Case Highlights Stag Attack Dangers
Worker attacked by stag on mountain access road.

Employer (admittedly one that has no problem writing cheques) admits liability - worker "permitted to work alone in a mountain area during the deer mating season when it ought to reasonably have been known that it was dangerous and unsafe to do so."

How many hillwalkers even know when deer mating season starts and ends? Might be worth finding out!
2022-01-10 10:39:09
Access to Leenaun Hill
Thank you Simon for the update and for the news that MI are active on this. Delighted with the location of the alternative access form Leenaun village. It saves me walking out the Western Way particularly if I have individuals who are new to walking the hills.
2022-01-08 11:54:21
"Possible ways up Leenane Hill." from simon3 Contract pics
Picture: Possible ways up Leenane Hill. (Contract pics)

re Access Issues, Leenane Hill
I understand MI (Mountaineering Ireland) have been active for some time on this one.
Apparently the land there is a commonage but one of the shareholders, one of perhaps only two still actively farming the land, has turned a number of walkers back.

MI indicate that there are two other access points, for people without dogs, as shown on map. Both access points are indicated by the red boots symbol on the EastWest 1:25k Connemara map (which of course is not an indication of any right or formal access agreement, it simply notes that walkers use this point for access to the mountains).
2022-01-07 09:56:45
"" from maurice12 Contract pics
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Access Issues
Hello all, the attached picture has been on this gate at the foot of Leenaun Hill (An Meall Dubh/Black Knoll ) on the road to Maum Bridge. It has been here for a year now and I was wondering if any readers can shed any light on it's presence. I have climbed Leenaun hill from this entrance on many occasions. There is a rough pathway to about 300ft to ease the walker in and out. I have never been told I can't walk here by any local. There are many other routes to Leenaun Hill so it's not a major problem but hopefully it's not the start of a trend in this beautiful area. Ben Gorm , The Devils Mother, Gorgeous Garraun ,and Mweelrea are all close by. In general there there has never been an issue walking in this area. On Stephens day I rambled the green road on the western shore of Killary Harbour in splendid sunshine, visiting the deserted village en-route, access was easy, stunning,

Ath Bhliain Faoi Mhaise Dhiobh

Maurice Healy. (Maurice 12)
2021-12-23 17:18:57
Viewranger is shutting down its smartphone ap
Wondering if anyone has come across a smartphone app that offers gps tracking service and OS Ireland discovery series mapping?

The ViewRanger android smartphone app has been providing this service for a number of years - in a very affordable offering whereby you only paid to purchase small sections of maps as you needed them and then you supposedly had them forever (or at least until the app's owners decided to shut it down). This app allowed users to download sections of Discovery series maps and then track a route walked across the mapped area using the gps locator on your smartphone. Once the map was downloaded it could be used offline - i.e. outside of mobile phone service.

ViewRanger has been taken over by another provider called OutdoorActive which does not have OSI mapping, is subscription based and its functionality appears to be less user-friendly.
2021-12-22 14:27:11
"Coming down off Two Rock" from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: Coming down off Two Rock (Contract pics)

Mist on Two Rock on a clear blue day
Heading towards Glencullen from Fairy Castle
2021-12-22 14:22:04
"Coming down off Two Rock " from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: Coming down off Two Rock (Contract pics)

Two Rock Mountain
A crisp and clear blue day on Two Rock mountain with beautiful cloud and mist patterns .
Jim Holmes
2021-12-16 16:46:39
"Sugar Loaf from The Wicklow Way" from Jim Holmes Contract pics
Picture: Sugar Loaf from The Wicklow Way (Contract pics)

Sugar Loaf from The Wicklow Way
Sugar Loaf (in the distance) as viewed from The Wicklow Way, off the slopes of Djouce. The lower sun and longer shadows highlight long lost potato drills and deep furrows!
Jim Holmes
2021-12-16 16:42:49
"Maulin from The Wicklow Way" from Jim Holmes Contract pics
Picture: Maulin from The Wicklow Way (Contract pics)

Maulin from The Wicklow Way
Longer shadows in December yet still some lovely days to be had!

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Maulin from The Wicklow Way
Jim Holmes a month ago.
Longer shadows in December yet still some lovely days to be had!

Summit Comment
Moel Cae'r-defaid West Top: Short enough trek to summit but worth the effort
Fergalh 2 months ago.
Some great views on this ascent despite the rain on the day

Summit Comment
Moel Cae'r-defaid West Top: Grassy slopes to impressive summit
Fergalh 2 months ago.
Drove up steep road near the village of Rhydymain to the gate at the end of the road. room for one car at the end beside abandoned farm building. Pass through gate and follow track north and ...

Donard and Commedagh from Newcastle
Peter Walker 2 months ago.
Some Sundays you don't have the mental energy to be wildly creative with your route choices, and such days in... walk, Len: 13.7km, Climb: 1070m, Area: Slieve Donard, Mourne Mountains (Irelan|...

Summit Comment
Cerrig y Ieirch [Moel Llechwedd-gwyn]: Bog and heather to base of hill from road
Fergalh 2 months ago.
Parked to the North East at a junction beside an old fountain room for 3/4 cars here. Walked to country boundary sign and trekked south west over heather and bog to base of hill. From this po...

Sliabh Aughty Ramble. Musings on the Folklore, History, Land by Madden, Gerard
germadden 2 months ago.
182 pages, numerous photographs, sketches and drawings, book and map index

Summit Comment
Bryn-mawr: Long trek to summit
Fergalh 2 months ago.
From Llechwedd Mawr i headed North East down to a col and crossed this which is wet and boggy. Than headed upwards to a minor summit called Bryn Glas (465). From here continue North East down...

Summit Comment
Llechwedd Mawr: Some wet bog to cross first
Fergalh 2 months ago.
Park to North west at small bridge parking for two cars here. Follow rough tracks into boggy heather. Eventually you have to cross wet bogland to this summit which is marked in OL18 as a pile...

Near Knockroe, Blackstairs Mountains (Ireland)
osullivanm 2 months ago.
walk, Len: 14.6km, Climb: 1146m, Area: Knockroe, Blackstairs Mountains (Ireland...

Summit Comment
Moel Pen-y-bryn: Forest tracks most of way until short section through grassy an
Fergalh 2 months ago.
Just south of Penmachno park at forest entrance where there is parking for ten or so cars. Head up forest track and take first right and than first left continue along winding tracks around m...

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Craig Dolfudr: Short trek to summit
Fergalh 2 months ago.
From Craig Dolfudr head down to the fence at the col to the North east. At a wooden gate follow rough track over a few false summits until you are just south of summit. A short hop northwards...

Summit Comment
Craig Dolfudr North Top [Pennant-Lliw]: Long wet and long grass trek to summit
Fergalh 2 months ago.
From Mynydd Bryn -Llech I descended eastwards towards the col. The eastern slopes were mangeable but the col was very wet. Than a long and wet climb up with elephant grass from roughly south ...

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