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Bunsen7
2024-05-22 16:17:56
Kilbride Vs Imaal Firing Range Backstory
Interesting backstory here explaining that Imaal was selected over Kilbride because Seefin was not high enough.

https://m.independent.ie/regionals/wicklow/news/glen-of-imaal-marks-125-years-in-the-firing-line/a1570789326.html
simon3
2024-05-01 15:13:40
Donations Drive, now finished.
The donations drive that MV has been running for the last month is now complete for this year. The MV committee who receive the funds would like to express thanks to all who donated.
Such donations allow us to maintain our hosting and other services that we provide.
Should you wish to donate then you can use the menu option Home | Donate .. or go to url https://mountainviews.ie/donate/
Thanks.
murphysw
2024-02-26 15:20:24
"" from murphysw Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)

Ireland's County Second Summits
I got an email recently from Miriam Kennedy as a result of completing the County Highpoints list. I didn't complete the survey in time, but it has got me thinking. The Seven Second Summits is considered a harder challenge than the Seven Summits, so I wondered what an Irish County version would be like. I couldn't find a listing anywhere, so I put together the attached list myself. Let me know if I've gotten any of them wrong!
mcrtchly
2024-02-25 18:52:24
"Snow Moon" from mcrtchly Contract pics
Picture: Snow Moon (Contract pics)

Snow Moon rise over Aghla More, Donegal
The full moon in February is called a Snow Moon. This year the Snow Moon occurred when the moon is at the apogee of it's orbit (furthest from Earth). This photo was captured rising above Aghla More on when descending from the Derryveaghs. Aptly the Derryveaghs and Aghlas were mantled in snow.
simon3
2024-02-10 06:56:21
MountainViews Gathering - 1st March
Hi All - a reminder that the Annual MountainViews Gathering is taking place on March 1st.

Date: Friday 1st March 2024
Location: The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Co. Dublin, A94 V6K5
Time: 8pm (Doors open 7.30 pm)

Panellists, Awards, Talks and a bar for those that are interested in such things!

We've created an eventbrite page so that you can purchase tickets in advance -

https://mviews2024.eventbrite.ie

It would be helpful if you could purchase your ticket in advance so that we can keep an eye on numbers (payment on the night will be possible - although incase we are overrun with the hiking masses, try purchase your ticket in advance).

We hope to see you there!
Miriam
miriam
2024-01-28 16:48:13
"" from miriam Contract pics
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MountainViews Survey - Tell us what you think
A survey has been designed to collate feedback from MountainViews users about the Website and Newsletters. This is your chance to tell the MountainViews Committee what you think - we can then prioritise the work that needs to be done and also hear what you like about the current offering. If you haven't completed the survey yet, we would really value your input! Please copy and paste the link below to tell us what you think:

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Many Thanks,
Miriam
miriam
2024-01-28 16:29:53
"" from miriam Contract pics
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MountainViews Gathering - March 1st
Hi All - a reminder that the Annual MountainViews Gathering is taking place on March 1st.

Date: Friday 1st March 2024
Location: The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Co. Dublin, A94 V6K5
Time: 8pm (Doors open 7.30 pm)

Panellists, Awards, Talks and a bar for those that are interested in such things!

We've created an eventbrite page so that you can purchase tickets in advance -

https://mviews2024.eventbrite.ie

It would be helpful if you could purchase your ticket in advance so that we can keep an eye on numbers (payment on the night will be possible - although incase we are overrun with the hiking masses, try purchase your ticket in advance).

We hope to see you there!
Miriam
Geo
2023-11-25 21:13:32
"Old man (of Storr)" from Geo Contract pics
Picture: Old man (of Storr) (Contract pics)

Skye Trail - July 2023
My Skye Trail
Most people do the trail from North to South, but I had organised permission to leave my car in the excellent Broadford community campsite on the south of the Isle.
Sunday 9am, with fair weather and the sun on my back, I was feeling strong and also had a great feed at Mrs. Mack's burger van on the coast road past the hamlet of Torrin. I made my mind up to keep going, plodding past the foot of the beautiful Bla Bheinn and on to Kilmarie. I took a shorter route over the hills to Camusunary Bay. By now the rain was on me. After 11 hours or so and over 30km of mixed terrain it was time to pitch camp on possibly one of the most beautiful shores I had ever seen. I slept like there was no tomorrow, the sound of the sea swishing through my dreams.
Next morning was wet so it was 10am when I broke camp. I had a lonely glen until I reached Sligachan, where I crossed the islandís main road. I pushed on, it was a day of several deep river crossings and my feet were soaked and beginning to hurt. By tea time I reached the cul de sac at the end of Loch Sligachan. Then a horrendous road walk to Portree campsite. 10 pm 30+ km and 12 hours after starting I was putting up my tent in the rain and wondering what the hell I had brought this misery on myself for.
Next morning, after some advice I decided to take the bus up to the North of the island and then walk back towards Portree, an unorthodox way of doing the trail but at least I'd finish in civilization! My feet were torn and bloody and I hobbled onto the bus in my crocs with my boots in my hand. I got off at the famous red phone box and sat in the grass trying to medicate my feet then hobbled for the first few kilometres, breaking every hour or so as my left shoulder was now throbbing with the 15kg rucksack. The saving grace was that it was my third day but my first without rain, and I had warm sun on my face. This was a beautiful coastal section, along gorgeous cliffs and on soft turf. I finished by the beautiful lakes at the foot of the atmospheric and Tolkienesque Quaraing, camping on the stony shore of a lake. A relatively short day of less than 20km and only about 6 hours walking. It was a superb wild camp, and sleep was no problem again.
Next day, was going to be the beast, another 30km day with nearly 2000m climbing up and down over a half dozen tough hills until I reached the Old Man of Storr. I managed it, but just before my last big climb I got enveloped in the cloud and the rain came back, heavy and ruthless. I was dog-tired and I sat down to ponder. Two lads going in the other direction stopped and asked my advice on continuing over where I had come from. I advised they retreat to lower ground to camp. I felt better so I pushed on, dusk falling as I dragged my sorry self by the Old Man of Storr. There was nowhere to camp so I set up literally on the path's edge, with the last sightseers to the rock pointing at me in my tent and some even taking pictures of the mad Irishman camping on a trail to the island's busiest beauty spot!
Poor sleep, I got up at 5am and although it was only about a 15km, 500m ascent day, I was in poor shape. The first few kms my feet had ultra pins and needles and I thought they would give way, but when I reached moorland it was easier. I had a couple of hills to negotiate but my mind was set on my finish in Portree. I met a couple from Wales who I walked the last section with. To be honest, although I was happy walking on my own the previous 4 days, having human interaction again at this point got me through those last few hours.
It was an anticlimactic feeling finishing. I was too tired to enjoy it, all I could imagine was a hot shower and the drive back home the next day. But in hindsight it was an incredible experience, 130km in 4 and a half days, superb scenery, marred somewhat by the awful rain but, still, for me a great achievement.
Colin Murphy
2023-09-19 15:16:03
"Passes with flying colours" from Colin Murphy Contract pics
Picture: Passes with flying colours (Contract pics)

At the end of the rainbow...
We all know the devastating effects of climate change, but in extremely rare cases, it can result in something that might be viewed as positive. One such case is to be found in Peru, and the amazing phenomenon of Rainbow Mountain (5,200m), 1000km SE of Lima in the Andes. Up until as recently as 2013, it was permanently covered in snow and ice, but due to rising temperatures, the mountainís beauty has been revealed. The colours are a result of 14 different mineral compositions, among them quartz, sandstone, iron, magnesium & sulphur. Nowadays snowfall is restricted to the winter months (June-August) and even then, the mountain is only partially covered.
It is possible to climb the mountain, but only in the company of a group and a local guide. The actual ascent takes about 3-4 hours.
Photo credit: Michaellbrawn
Colin Murphy
2023-09-19 11:37:10
"The view over the Zurichsee from the top" from Colin Murphy Contract pics
Picture: The view over the Zurichsee from the top (Contract pics)

A hillwalking opportunity next to Zurich
Anyone visiting Zurich who might fancy adding a short hillwalk to the their stay, might consider bagging a very mirror ĎAlpí called Uetliberg, which provides great views over the city, the Zurichsee Lake and the surrounding mountains. Itís a popular day trip for visitors as you can catch a train in central Zurich to Uetliberg Station, which leaves you just a 1km hike up through a forested hillside to the summit (451m). There is a bar/restaurant there to slake your thirst and multiple viewing points. You will also have the option of doing one of the multiple longer treks through the nearby forested hills.


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Track
Energy sapping trudge over, rough, sponge-like terrain.
Colin Murphy 8 hours ago.
I could not, in all conscience, recommend this route! Well, except to say that it is doable and perhaps in bet... walk, Len: 6.9km, Climb: 402m, Area: Croaghmeen, South Donegal & West Tyrone (|...

  
Summit Summary
Croaghonagh: Broad tracks all the way to top.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 9 hours ago.
A straightforward but longish ascent entirely up broad forest tracks. There is parking for several cars just off the Barnesmore Gap at H04758 87717. Proceed up track, encountering multiple ga...

  
Summit Comment
Carrickbyrne Hill: Very overgrown but passable
DeirdreM a day ago.
The trail up to the summit is very overgrown since the last comments but can still be spotted. A small machete would do the trick. No views at all from the top with all the growth.

Track
Long walk for one Carn.
Colin Murphy 9 hours ago.
A walk of almost 10km, most of which is along forest trails. There is parking for about 10 cars in the Barnesm... walk, Len: 9.5km, Climb: 415m, Area: Croaghbrack, Bluestack Mountains (Ireland|...

  
Summit Comment
Tievummera Highpoint: An obvious stop along the ridge
David-Guenot a day ago.
The real highpoint stands close to the edge of the cliffs and is actually an obvious stop between Tievummera trig point and Barrclashcame.

  
Track
Dull trek up forest tracks
Colin Murphy 10 hours ago.
This is a straightforward but longish (and mostly dull) trek up forest tracks, but with some decent views towa... walk, Len: 9.7km, Climb: 467m, Area: Cruach Eoghanach, Bluestack Mountains (Ir|...

Summit Summary
Faha Ridge: Testing ridge with narrow irregular path. Often extreme.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
Start at the carpark under the Faha Grotto( marked on OS map) on the hillside overlooking Cloghane. There is room for 8-10 cars.Walk up the track past grotto and on until you cross over a wir...

  
Track
Beakeen
Peter Walker a day ago.
After quick ascents of Knockanoughanish and Knockatee (already tracked by Simon so no need for me to repeat that ... walk, Len: 2.1km, Climb: 28m, Area: Beakeen, Kerry Coastal Hill (Ireland) Bea||

  
Summit Comment
Hare Island: A very pleasant four hours
garrettd 4 days ago.
The classic traverse of Heir and back. Rather than rushing for the ferry we had a toasted sandwich in the sunshine by the sailing school.

Summit Comment
Garinish Island: White-tailed sea eagles on Gairinish
garrettd 4 days ago.
The nesting pair of sea eagles can be seen from the ferry taking passengers to and from Glengarriff. The thrill of seeing these magnificent birds in the wild was worth the ferry price alone, ...

  
Track
Iron Bridge, Croaghanmoira and Ballyteige circuit.
simon3 3 days ago.
A south Wicklow circuit mostly in or near forestry that rises first to Croaghanmoira, skirts the forest and us... walk, Len: 14.2km, Climb: 644m, Area: Carrickashane Mountain, Wicklow (Ireland|...

  
Summit Comment
Knockbreteen: Be careful where you park
garrettd 5 days ago.
The biggest challenge here was finding suitable parking. Eventually I decided to leave the car at the crossroads about 100m to the south west of the Maughanasilly stone row entrance. We climb...


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