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Pepe
2021-04-02 13:38:00
"The new hill at Rogerstown estuary, Lusk" from Pepe Contract pics
Picture: The new hill at Rogerstown estuary, Lusk (Contract pics)

New North Dublin Hill
The new hill known as Rogerstown Park (formerly Baleally tiphead) Lusk, with passing train for scale.
melohara
2021-03-22 22:00:16
Well done to all concerned with the ad
Well done to all concerned with the addition of pronunciations to the MountainViews website
Bunsen7
2021-02-12 23:43:59
Mizen Head
Ah yes - thank you for considering this - and of course if I had watched the end of the show, instead of turning it off perplexed, they would have told me :)

Well that's moved towards the top of my list of places to visit.
Pazapas
2021-02-12 17:49:34
Mizen Head footbridge
The answer is in the title.
A fast search on Google with "bridges of ireland" gives few results :

https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lusas.com%2Fcase%2Fbridge%2Fimages%2Fmizen_head_completed_775.JPG&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lusas.com%2Fcase%2Fbridge%2Fmizen_head_footbridge.html&tbnid=Y0PDEzpKXlTFTM&vet=10CLABEDMotgFqFwoTCKDCx53y5O4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD..i&docid=BPxy7G5wmDWBVM&w=775&h=462&q=bridges%20of%20ireland&client=ubuntu&ved=0CLABEDMotgFqFwoTCKDCx53y5O4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

Across deep waters - bridges of Ireland, a book written by Michael Barry (1985) shows the same bridge on its cover.
Bunsen7
2021-02-12 08:28:31
"" from Bunsen7 Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)

A stranger in my own land?
Seeing as mountainviews now features islands, and many of you are so well travelled in these parts, can anyone tell me where the pictured place is? The image is part of a filler section in episode 3 of "Great Irish Lighthouses", currently on the RTE player. It's close to a section where the weather reporting of lighthouse keepers is discussed.

I shamefully can't name it, having considered carrick-a-rede and duly discounted it after a decent google maps review.

Anyone care to put me out of my misery? Is it even Ireland :) I may hang my head in shame.
PatrickKinsella
2021-02-06 23:04:47
"" from PatrickKinsella Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)
GPS tracker: question and answer
UPDATE 15 February 2021.
I have now tried out both Guru Maps and OsmAnd Maps on my iPhone. My preference is for Guru: the interface suits me better, and seems more straightforward, while OsmAnd's is less intuitive and the help pages are complicated. Also OsmAnd stopped recording for 300m in the middle of one walk.

And OsmAnd asks you to pay 5.49 if you want contour lines! I don't mind paying, but I'd prefer a free trial, and then pay for the app if you like it.

My thanks again to march-fixer for his suggestions.

Note: both apps are quite power-hungry, so I strongly advise carrying a good top-up battery. I will probable keep both apps, so I can check where they have different depth of local detail.

UPDATE 7 February
I have downloaded both OsmAnd and Guru Maps, the free versions in both cases.
My initial impression is that there are differently-good features to each. Looking at an area I know quite well, OsmAnd labels the chambered cairn on Tibradden Mountain, but the paths around there seem clearer on Guru. Guru shows your elevation and speed, OsmAnd does not. Neither show lat/long (but I can get that easily from the iPhone compass). For me, Guru has the cleaner look. Be careful of Osmand if data-space is an issue: it will automatically download the Ireland map (345Mb, that's OK), and then a world map of 252Mb, and it takes a bit of work to pause and stop it.

I will report further when I've tried the record features out on the hills (not for a few weeks - I am training-in my new knee!)
march-fixer
2021-02-06 14:00:47
Hill Suited?
It is a frightening and spooky thing when someone seems to have delved into your cranium and poked about in your still generally unformed thoughts! BleckCra has voiced the feelings of many a "mature" mountain walker with his very astute observations! We have got too cautious to just go out there and "Give it a lash Jack"!
march-fixer
2021-02-06 13:34:04
Map, GPS and tracker app?
PatrickKinsella asked about a replacement for the iOS version of MotionX. I am presuming that since the query was posted on MountainViews that he requires a robust app that can track his GPX on open terrain rather that in an urban location.

GPS tracker apps are used for any number of applications. Mostly they are used in city and urban locations to find directions. Using them out in open countryside is quite another matter. Here you are at the mercy of the map terrain quality so as to reference your location on the ground. There are a number of GPS Tracker apps on iOS. However, getting a good one is more difficult than for Android users. Many use standard maps that have scant open terrain detail. Downloading other maps can cost you. Good apps that use the facilities of OpenStreetMap are free and up-to-date. Proprietary apps have the nasty habit of harvesting your data!

As I am not an iOS user it is difficult to give a solid user view of these apps. However, having researched a number of them and surveyed user reviews it can give a reasonable appreciation of their usefulness. I personally prefer open source applications to the proprietary ones.

Apple Maps - In June 2020, Apple announced that the UK, Ireland, and Canada would be the first places outside of the US to receive updated maps. In September 2020 Apple updated these areas to include their new maps detail. Like Google Maps it is more urban related.
Google Maps - This is probably the most widely used and has good detail but is more urban related. Its use in open countryside is difficult due to lack of ground terrain detail.
Scout GPS Navigation - This tends to be more focused on social connection tracking rather than remote outdoor track recording.
Maps.Me - This was a promising contender until recently. The new version 11.0.0 released in December 2020 has changed the app significantly and removed what made this app interesting and worth using. GPX Track recording is not simple and outputs a .dat file which needs converting to .gpx using a convertor.
Waze - Waze is owned and operated by Google but it does not allow you to download maps on your phone. It tends to be orientated towards traffic management much like Google Maps.
OsmAnd - Provides optional offline maps and turn by turn directions. OsmAnd is a collaborative, open source (GPL) software project that incorporates the 100% free OpenStreetMap data to deliver a complete, user-friendly, mobile GPS solution. Frequently updated map and POI data are typically downloaded beforehand and stored on the navigation device. OsmAnd+ is the pay-version of the app (EUR 14.99) and supports the project and development of new features. OsmAnd is a large software project with millions of users worldwide.
Guru Maps - (formerly known as Galileo Offline Maps) for Offline Maps & Navigation. Vector Maps are based on OpenStreetMap data (up-to-date and accurate). There is no limit on the number of countries/regions you can download. Record your trips and export them as KML/GPX files. Monitor your real-time speed, distance and time traveled, as well as altitude right on the map during the trip. Beautiful gradients to visualize altitude and speed changes. Changeable size of labels - large labels on maps is extremely useful depending on the quality of your eyesight. Takes up less space than most others and works really fast - the app uses GPUs in addition to CPUs to render the vector maps.

My final opinion would favour both OsmAnd+ and Guru Maps. Best to read their respective web sites and see which best suits your needs!
melohara
2021-02-04 18:35:09
Farmers ask hillwalkers to leave dogs at home
https://www.rte.ie/news/munster/2021/0204/1195088-sheep-farmers-kerry/

Link above to farmers appeal to hillwalkers to leave their dogs at home.
Anyone who has seen sheep after they had been worried by dogs or anyone who has seen a dog after it was shot with a shotgun will not need this reminder but others may.
PatrickKinsella
2021-02-04 03:55:14
"No longer working well" from PatrickKinsella Contract pics
Picture: No longer working well (Contract pics)
Map, GPS and tracker app?
UPDATED 15 February 2021
I have now tried out both Guru Maps and OsmAnd Maps on my iPhone. My preference is for Guru: the interface suits me better, and seems more straightforward, while OsmAnd's is less intuitive and the help pages are complicated. Also OsmAnd stopped recording for 300m in the middle of one walk.

My thanks again to march-fixer for his suggestions.

Note: both apps are quite power-hungry, so I strongly advise carrying a good top-up battery. I will probable keep both apps, so I can check where they have different depth of local detail.

Originally:
I am looking for advice, please.
MotionX GPS is an iPhone app that shows your location on a simple map, and (importantly for me) records your track for sharing later with friends. Thanks again to march-fixer for pointing me in the right direction.
Unfortunately it no longer functions fully and is not being supported by the developer.
So I've looked at possible alternatives including AllTrails and Outdoor GPS etc. They mostly seem to be very USA focused. Has anybody got any experience or advice they can share about an alternative app that works well?
(I apologise if this has been covered before, I cannot find a way to search the forum.)


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markmjcampion 2 months ago.
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Urra Moor - Round Hill: Long trek to summit
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