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mcrtchly
2019-05-29 16:27:17
"La Palma
Picture: La Palma's second highest summit (Contract pics)

Heavens Above
Rising to 2,426 metres above sea level, the volcanic island of La Palma is the second highest of the Canary Islands. It's weather is dominated by the Trade Winds, which often cover ranges between 1,500 and 2,000 metres in cloud. Above this elevation, and especially during the night, the skies are usually crystal clear, and for this reason the island has been designated a Starlight Reserve, one of only three in the world, and the reason we are visiting the island as we reccie locations for a future photo tour. Consequently, La Palma is one of the best locations for astronomical observations in Europe, and is home to a number of important telescopes, including the largest optical telescope in the world. Lining the ridge of the Caldera da Taburiente, one of the planet's largest and tallest erosion craters with a circumference of 29km and caldera walls which rise to over 2,000 metres, these observatories with their gleaming white domes are a truly stunning sight. Many of them are built on the NW slopes of the 2,366 metre high Pico de la Fuente Nueva (pictured here), the second highest point of the island, the Roque de los Muchachos nearby being the high point. Trails line the caldera rim, and using one of these we climbed to this summit to get a shot of it during the small hours with the Milky Way rearing up behind it. The bright star centre right is Jupiter.
tomlug48
2019-05-21 20:42:05
"A Beautiful Day" from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: A Beautiful Day (Contract pics)

More Mount Brandon
On the way to the summit
tomlug48
2019-05-21 20:34:59
"Unforgettable view from the cross at Mt  Brandon summit" from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: Unforgettable view from the cross at Mt Brandon summit (Contract pics)

From Mount Brandon
Glorious views from the Summit of Mount Brandon on May 13th 2019
tomlug48
2019-05-21 20:32:09
"Summit Views" from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: Summit Views (Contract pics)

Mount Brandon
May 13th and the optimistic weather forecast over Mount Brandon was spot on !!
Not a cloud in the sky as the three of us,Tom, Nick & Michael, made our way to the Summit of Brandon from Baile Breac via Cosan na Naomh.
A magnificent blue & totally sunny day day provided stunning views over a panorama of 360 degrees from the cross at the top .
For once not a sign of fog nor mist on Mount Brandon! . From the summit at 953m (Ireland’s second highest peak outside of the Reeks), a clear blue vista gave us wonderful views of the Blaskets, Skelligs, Smerwick harbour ,Three Sisters, Maharees, Pater Noster lakes, Cloghane, Fermoyle beach and Tralee Bay, with the nearby high mountain peaks adding a patchwork of contrasting colours and ridges against the clear blue sky. It was a breathtaking sight ,not to be forgotten, and well worth the effort of the fairly steep ascent, especially towards the top. A total of 9.5 km and a wonderful hike , with superlative views, and one that will have be repeated over the coming months when the summer sun comes out yet again over the Dingle peninsula.!
GSheehy
2019-05-17 07:31:14
"" from GSheehy Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)

Lough Curra - 14/05/2019 - 05:17
There was white horses and they were comin' at me at a pace now
And there was a blue sirocco blowin' cold into my face
The sun was risin' on the other side of the ridges.....

And it was almost like The Hothouse Flowers were in attendance
conorc57
2019-05-14 01:40:58
Car window smashed
Returned to my car on the R440 between Kinnity and Mountrath while climbing in the Slieve Blooms to find my driver side window smashed to bits. Clove compartment open but nothing taken as nothing valuable left. Keep safe fellow walkers
liz50
2019-04-08 18:04:05
"Happy Walkers" from liz50 Contract pics
Picture: Happy Walkers (Contract pics)

Mournes Mountainviews walk
A small but select group of Mountainviews met for a walk in Newcastle Co Down last Saturday 6th April. The low clouds that were covering Slieve Donard at 9.30am lifted by 10am to give us a wonderful sunny day with amazing views. Having done most of the hard work with an ascent over Thomas's mountain to Slieve Donard we decided to extend the original planned walk to make the most of the perfect conditions. Following the wall from the summit towards the Bog of Donard we followed the Brandy Pad around the base of Commedagh before ascending to Slieve Corragh and on to Slieve Commedagh. Returning to Newcastle along the shoulder of Commedagh looking down to the Glen River.
Well earned refreshments were enjoyed in McHugh's bar and restaurant following the walk. It was a most enjoyable way to spend a Saturday.
liz50
2019-04-04 19:50:44
"Approaching Sl Donard from Thomas
Picture: Approaching Sl Donard from Thomas's mountain (Contract pics)

It's this weekend
Mountainviews members walk in the Mourne mountains this Saturday 6th April. For details contact Liz at elizabethashton2014@outlook.com for details
mcrtchly
2019-04-04 16:08:21
"Funningsfjørður at dawn" from mcrtchly Contract pics
Picture: Funningsfjørður at dawn (Contract pics)

Sea to Summits
The jaw dropping view from Middagsfjall Ridge overlooking Funningsfjørður and the rugged and mountainous interior of the island of Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands. On the far left rise the mountains on the islands of Kalsoy and Kunoy. The centre is dominated by the spiky Sandfelli (Oyndarfjørður) Massif rising to 754 metres, and on the far right rises the pyramid-shaped Húsafjall (695 metres). We climbed this steep ridge in the twilight to get this view over Funningsfjørður at dawn. The mountains had received a dusting of snow overnight, and the temperature was round freezing, with a fierce wind giving a wind-chill of about -10 °C. Although the dawn was somewhat muted, we were delighted with this image, created from three horizontal wide angle shots.
kernowclimber
2019-04-04 13:38:28
"" from kernowclimber Contract pics
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MV Winter Talk in Dublin next Monday!
A date for your diaries! Martin and I are delighted to be supporting the MV winter talks series, and we look forward to coming over from deepest Donegal to give a talk on trekking the geological wonderlands of Ethiopia and Iceland. Please help spread the word for a good turnout. Looking forward to seeing you in Dublin Monday 8th April at the Lansdowne Hotel.


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No Green Card Required!
liz50 2 months ago.
With the likely postponement of Brexit until June at the earliest a Green Card will not be required to attend the Mountainviews members and friends meetup walk in the Mournes on Saturday 6th April...

  
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Truskmore SE Cairn: Nice addition to Truskmore
bertandally 2 months ago.
No excuse not to come over here for a peek if you are at Truskmore, so that's what we did and it's worth it for the extra view.

  
Track
Fothair na Manach
Fergalo 2 months ago.
Fothair na Manach is one of the remotest, most spectacular & magical sites in Ireland and barely accessible. It lies jus walk, Len: 13.8km, Climb: 1118m, Area: Brandon Group (Ireland) ||

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Truskmore: Can't get much easier but so worth it!
bertandally 2 months ago.
This was our second time to climb Truskmore and we've been lucky enough each time to get space to park at the start of the transmitter road at G7438546834. As we sat having some food in the van, w...

  
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Dalkey Island: Stepping off the mainland
Maulin 2 months ago.
Every visit to an Island is such a unique experience. There is something magical about stepping off the mainland and being, even for a few hours on another Island. When thinking about visiting an ...

  
Track
Near Brandon Group (Ireland)
Fergalo 2 months ago.
walk, Len: 13.8km, Climb: 1112m, Area: Brandon Group (Ireland) Piaras Mor thuai...

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Carran South Top: An uninspiring summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 2 months ago.
The shortest approach to Carran S top is from Bealick. Starting from Gougane Barra forest park W070 653 C. Follow trail to it's high point then head North to Bealick then follow a fence to Carran ...

  
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Carran: Several approachs
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 2 months ago.
There is no direct approach to Carran. The options include taking in all 4 Carran summits from the west parking near a farmyard at the end of a yellow road W039 689 and follow a track from W043 68...

  
Track
An Starraicin
Fergalo 2 months ago.
An Starraicin overlooking lockadun starting at the Lockadun start point Cloghane walk, Len: 9.0km, Climb: 533m, Area: An Starraic?n, Central Dingle (Ireland) An...

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An Cheathrú Lair: Highest Point is the West Quarter.89m ?
ucampbell 2 months ago.
The way marked trail maps provided on the Island lead you to the Cliffs. However I wanted to reach the highest point and this was easily done in the time allowed before getting the afternoon ferry...


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