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tomlug48
2019-11-13 13:55:42
"Autumn Glory !" from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: Autumn Glory ! (Contract pics)

Autumn in Wicklow
A beautiful walk through Cloghleagh Woods Co Wicklow in November 2019
tomlug48
2019-11-12 20:53:32
"" from tomlug48 Contract pics
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Autumn Colours
Cloghleagh Wood along the Shankhill river to Butter Mountain
simon3
2019-11-06 22:04:54
re Newsletter comments on UK hill lists
Ouch!
We got some facts wrong. We will get back to you when we have had a think about this.
IainT
2019-11-06 19:19:35
Newsletter comments on UK hill lists
Enjoyable newsletter as usual - wish I'd known all that info about Lough Bray when I camped there back in 1993.However, if you're going to have a grumpy dig at UK hill lists (nothing wrong with that, they're an enticing target) you ought to get the facts right. e.g. Alfred not Albert Wainwright; Hewitts are nothing to do with Dave Hewitt, they are one of Alan Dawson's lists and were published by Cicerone not TAC; The TAC lists however ARE connected with Dave, although he was the publisher and wrote some historical info rather than being the compiler; Munro Tops ARE an SMC list, and in fact were Munro's original list and the one he tried to collect himself; Donalds were classified by a mixture of height and drop adding "units" representing the two together, the 30metre drop criterion is another Alan Dawson innovation (and one that doesn't seem to have stuck). "Opinionated" is fine, but opinions are only worth anything when the opiner knows what they're on about! I expect better from an operation as usually excellent as MV.
eamonoc
2019-10-15 20:12:12
"View towards Trevenque" from eamonoc Contract pics
Picture: View towards Trevenque (Contract pics)

Recent trip to Sierra Nevada Spain
Trevenque
simon3
2019-09-27 09:08:36
"Pic courtesy New Yorker." from simon3 Contract pics
Picture: Pic courtesy New Yorker. (Contract pics)

Re Is it getting warmer ...
Captain Vertigo --
On this grey day where as usual I am beset with a heap of things that I have to get started on, it is a great pleasure to see a comment from a contributor such as yourself and to see that you are well and in good voice. We have missed your contributions and even though we were assured you were getting out and playing, ugh, golf, we were worried that you were working too much. I regard your occasional essays on current affairs a little like another legal person turned commentator, Michael McDowell in the Sunday Business Post. Usually interesting to read and often agreeing with my own opinions or at least prejudices. (Except when they sometimes don’t – which can leave me grumpy for at least 10 minutes)

Weather has always affected hillwalking. Recently I have experienced two occasions that seriously bad weather impacted what I had been planning to do in Donegal and in the Dolomites. I wrote it up here and I hope you take a look https://mountainviews.ie/newsletters/month/2019-07/#carbon

Yesterday I bumped into Tom Milligan (the triple Lug Walk man) who’s current project is to do the Lug Walk 100 times. He is already up to 88 incidentally but tells me that while doing one during last winter he was on Lug and got caught by a storm. He found he could barely move and was reduced to crawling at times. Once again, we who have been hillwalking for decades have experienced high winds before and find it easy to categorise such remarks as anecdotal ramblings. Let me say, the article referred to above provides a useful recorded statistic, that annual rainfall in the last 10 years is 40% more for the last decade than the previous 300 years – that’s recorded figures not climate science hypothesis. So far I haven’t come across an equivalent measured figure for wind speed though I would be surprised it if didn’t confirm that winds are higher today than previously on average. So I for one think we should accept that climate change is affecting us immediately and directly in hillwalking and we need to consider remediation both governmental in terms of policy and individually perhaps including carbon offsetting.

So I would be slow to satirise Greta Thunberg or in any way diminish what she has to say. Very probably it is too radical for many who will shut off their ears particularly when she had the effrontery to include statistics and figures in her UN address. The thought of it. But she is being heard by millions particularly young people and she is making a difference.

Anyway we are delighted to recognise one of our leading controversialists back and hope you will indeed favour us with more.
CaptainVertigo
2019-09-26 22:42:31
Is it getting warmer or is it me?
I have been a little bit out of touch in recent times with good reason about which more anon. During my absence, your temperatures have continued to rise. The ice has been melting and the seven seas have crept closer. All of this happened before, many times. 10,000 years ago northern Europe was covered in a massive sheet of ice. The melting of that sheet is indelibly ingrained on our beautiful hills (for which scraping and carving much thanks). But that great melt was part of the Earth turning, untainted by human activity. There is compelling evidence that the current melt is down to us.
Sweden (now inhabited, 10,000 years ago it lay under a large lump of ice) has produced a young woman called Greta Thunberg. This young lady is mitching school and encouraging others to follow suit: she wants a “cooling off” period. Her landing in New York to attend the United Nations recalls the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem to fulfil his destiny. Both Messiahs attracted considerable attention. But Jesus went by donkey and left a bit of a carbon footprint. Greta, sin free, simply sailed up the Hudson, like Captain Sully, engineless, and left no trace.
Greta, let loose among the sullen burghers of New York, is, in the eyes of her besotted supporters, no less than a Joan of Arc. She is possessed of that certainty and righteousness that is the special province of the young and the spectacularly gormless. She rants and heaps scorn like something from the Old Testament, and the terrified crowd , all Life of Brian extras, shout: “She has come to save us!” Joan of Arc fell foul of a particular sort of anthropogenic "warming”. Greta (currently planning to walk to South America) may be in for a different kind of roasting. It is now fashionable to say that elderly white men feel absurdly threatened by Miss Thunberg. Perhaps it is time to leave the kitchen.
geohappy
2019-09-23 12:21:07
"" from geohappy Contract pics
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Lost GPS
If you happen to be climbing up the east face of Slievemore on Achill, keep an eye out for a dropped Garmin GPS which foolishly I clipped on the wrong strap. It is quite steep and my first serious climb in months so I was not going back to look for it...But a gorgeous day, Saturday 21 September.
Peter Walker
2019-09-18 07:20:58
UK website for mountains
I'll second peter1...walkhighlands.co.uk is very good (specifically for Scotland, unsurprisingly).

I'll even forgive the person on their forums (the forums are excellent, btw) whose response to 'is there an equivalent to walkhighlands for Ireland?'OK was to suggest this very site, and then say 'it's like walkhighlands, but not as good'.

Glen Coe is a fantastic place, have fun.
peter1
2019-09-17 10:35:53
UK website for mountains
Hi, I use walkhighlands.co.uk and find it very useful.


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