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liz50
2019-07-22 14:57:21
The Mountains are calling
Mountainviews members and friends walk on Saturday 17th August in the Eastern McGillicuddy Reeks. An iconic Irish ridge walk, even THE iconic Irish ridge walk!. Not to be missed! The walk will be followed by a 'social' gathering involving food and drink in Killarney later on that evening. For more information please contact Liz at elizabethashton2014@outlook.com.
simon3
2019-07-19 08:21:46
MI Access News.
Access updates July 2019

Gleninagh, Twelve Bens
The Bodkin family who own Gleninagh in the Twelve Bens have asked that climbers and hillwalkers not park along the access road to their farm, which is often used by people going into Carrot Ridge and up to Maumina and Benbaun.
In recent times the Bodkins have had problems with access along the roadway to their farm being obstructed by parked vehicles, hence this request for people not to park anywhere along the access road. It is also no longer possible to park outside the unoccupied house on the way into the Bodkins’ farm, due to changes made around that house.
Hillwalkers and climbers are still welcome in Gleninagh, but they are asked to respect the Bodkins’ request by getting dropped off, or car-pooling and finding a suitable location to park along the Inagh Valley road. As parking space along that road is very limited Mountaineering Ireland is working with the local Rural Recreation Officer to see if a parking solution can be found.

Cuilcagh Mountain
In response to continued erosion from high visitor numbers in the area at the top of the Cuilcagh Boardwalk, and between there and the summit plateau, plans are being put in place to manage visitor activity in a way that minimises further damage.
Visitors to the boardwalk are kindly asked to keep to the designated path and to remain within the confines of the viewing platform at the top of the boardwalk.
Mountaineering Ireland is asking hillwalkers who want to visit the summit of Cuilcagh to take other routes on the mountain and to avoiding using the Cuilcagh Boardwalk, to prevent further environmental damage between the viewing platform and the stile, and so as not to encourage others onto the fragile summit plateau.
The current platform was created as a short-term measure and a redesign of this end point/destination area is currently being investigated. Line definition and conservation work is also planned for the summit plateau, however this won’t be implemented until next year.
Mountaineering Ireland, is planning an environmental awareness day at Cuilcagh Mountain, to take place on Saturday 12th October in conjunction with in conjunction with the CANN project*. This event is aimed primarily at Club Environmental Officers, but open to other members interested in understanding Cuilcagh’s complex story. This study visit will provide an insight into the sequence of events that has led to the current situation, as well as an opportunity to learn about the special features of Cuilcagh’s natural environment. Places are limited; if interested, please email helen@mountaineering.ie.
*The CANN Project is a cross-border environmental project which is working to preserve priority habitats and species at a number of sites across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, including at Cuilcagh Mountain. CANN is supported By the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme.
simon3
2019-07-17 19:04:15
Tough Soles complete a WayWalkers Challenge.
Tough Soles a couple of determined walkers who chose to walk all the waymarked ways in Ireland will be finally finishing on Sunday the 28th of July when they reach the end of the Wicklow Way in Dublin.

Visitors to MV will remember that we featured Tough Soles in our Annual and also had them to speak at our Gathering in Feb.

What: Tough Soles Finish Line BYO Picnic
Where: the Wicklow Way start point in Marlay Park, right next to the car park
https://maps.app.goo.gl/eJAbmC8mmZaw25bM8
When: Sunday, July 28, 16:00 (more or less)
simon3
2019-07-15 18:59:39
Our thanks for donations!
We announced the donation system in our monthly newsletter earlier this July. I am glad to tell you that so far over Euro 600 has come in. The donations help us run this website and provide services such as insured walks and other initiatives.

Today we received a message with one donation from a visitor evidently from abroad:

Message:
liz50
2019-07-15 17:53:31
"The Reeks" from liz50 Contract pics
Picture: The Reeks (Contract pics)

MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET SUMMER 2019
Next Mountainviews Members and friends walk will be on Saturday 17th August. Based in Killarney we will be tackling the iconic Eastern McGillycuddy Reeks ridge walk so a head for heights and a good level of mountain fitness will be required. The walk is around 12kms with 1,000m ascent and a bit of scrambling!
If you would like to join us and require further information please contact Liz at elizabethashton2014@outlook.com
PaulaMelvin
2019-07-08 15:04:45
"" from PaulaMelvin Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)

Inspiration Point, Yosemite National Park, Ca
My husband, Dr Ultan Mc Caffrey and I recently eloped and got married at Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California.

Ultan and I are keen hikers having hiked to the highest point in every county and recently climbed all of the 12 Bens. We hiked el capitan and half dome while on honeymoon.

Yosemite was the perfect location for our wedding having gotten engaged at Everest Base Camp.
Peter Walker
2019-06-19 07:23:35
The gender gap...a sobering tale
Hi folks

Those of you who know me in real life will know I generally try to find the humour in the outdoors (to an annoying degree for some). But what follows is serious; the points I'm raising are not exclusively related to hillwalking, but it's something that happened in that context.

On Sunday afternoon I went out for a drive with my fiancee; it had been a tough week and we wanted out of the house if only for a few hours. We'd get an ice cream down in Newcastle, but before that I would have a quick shlep up and down the easy route to Slieve Croob for the exercise. Fiona isn't into hillwalking but for a short walk like this she'll happily wait in the car and do a bit of crochet. So it was we rocked up at the car park around 2.45pm...glorious sunshine, about four other cars and a few people around. My plan was walk briskly up, run down, drive on, drown in ice cream. Job's a good 'un.

So off I trotted. I passed a couple of people on their way down and was at the top in just over 20 minutes. I got out my phone to let her know I was on the summit and turning around. I then discovered she'd sent me a series of texts starting a couple of minutes after I set off...

A bloke in his late 40s, scruffy, seemingly drunk, had appeared at the car window and asked if she'd talk to him. She'd said no thanks, upon which he'd stepped even closer and asked again. 'Don't you want my chat? What's wrong with you?' and reaching for the door handle. 'I'm not a creep. I only want to talk to you. I won't touch you.' He then proceeded to stare at her through the window for five minutes before backing off and getting into the car. Throughout this time it became unfortunately obvious that there were now no other people in the car park.

Shortly afterwards the driver of the car returned and my fiancee called him over. He said his name was Martin and my fiancee said he had a Southern accent. He said the man Fiona had seen was his brother and that he'd been drinking. He was apologetic but didn't seem surprised at his brother's behaviour.

When I got back to the car (quite my fastest ever descent of Slieve Croob, I'm telling you) she was utterly distraught. She was sat in a car in car park in a mountain area, dressed plainly, minding her own business, and yet she's getting intimidated and harassed even there.

So I'm sorry if anyone feels these things don't need saying and I'm being patronising. But anyone who thinks that female empowerment and women's equality has gone far enough needs to remember that situations like this NEVER happen with the genders reversed.
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


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