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pdtempan
2022-01-20 09:42:04
There's close, and there's too close
Thanks for that information about the stag that gored the ESB worker, bunsen7. It was an extremely serious incident. North Tipperary is not an area I would associate with deer, but once they come into an area they can breed quite fast. I wonder are deer often seen in this area nowadays? But for his rucksack, it sounds like the guy could have had much worse injuries. I hope he has made a full recovery. I wonder if the first group of deer he saw were females. If he had accidentally walked between them and the dominant stag, that would certainly explain the stag's behaviour, as it may have treated him the same as another male deer trying to separate it from its harem. Deer are dangerously aggressive for the couple of months from mid-September to early November. Their hormones literally drive them wild.
IainT
2022-01-14 13:39:31
Irish runner Eoin Keith wins the Spine Race
For those who haven't come across it, the Spine Race is a 268 mile hill run up the Pennine Way in Northern England, run in January, so usually in foul weather, making it one of the world's toughest ultra marathons. This year was the 10th anniversary so a star-studded cast took part, but nearly all failed to finish! The exception was Eoin Keith from Cork, who just took it steady and ran his own race, finishing as the winner by a fair distance, his second win (he's also won the summer version). Eoin is an absolute legend and by all accounts a true gent. Shout out too for Liam Vines from Wicklow, who has just finished with more than a day to spare. Anyone who even gets to take part in the Spine is a genuinely tough cookie.
Bunsen7
2022-01-13 17:54:06
Court Case Highlights Stag Attack Dangers
Worker attacked by stag on mountain access road.

Employer (admittedly one that has no problem writing cheques) admits liability - worker "permitted to work alone in a mountain area during the deer mating season when it ought to reasonably have been known that it was dangerous and unsafe to do so."

How many hillwalkers even know when deer mating season starts and ends? Might be worth finding out!

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/esb-worker-attacked-by-stag-sues-in-high-court-41230349.html
maurice12
2022-01-10 10:39:09
Access to Leenaun Hill
Thank you Simon for the update and for the news that MI are active on this. Delighted with the location of the alternative access form Leenaun village. It saves me walking out the Western Way particularly if I have individuals who are new to walking the hills.
simon3
2022-01-08 11:54:21
"Possible ways up Leenane Hill." from simon3 Contract pics
Picture: Possible ways up Leenane Hill. (Contract pics)

re Access Issues, Leenane Hill
I understand MI (Mountaineering Ireland) have been active for some time on this one.
Apparently the land there is a commonage but one of the shareholders, one of perhaps only two still actively farming the land, has turned a number of walkers back.

MI indicate that there are two other access points, for people without dogs, as shown on map. Both access points are indicated by the red boots symbol on the EastWest 1:25k Connemara map (which of course is not an indication of any right or formal access agreement, it simply notes that walkers use this point for access to the mountains).
maurice12
2022-01-07 09:56:45
"" from maurice12 Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)
Access Issues
Hello all, the attached picture has been on this gate at the foot of Leenaun Hill (An Meall Dubh/Black Knoll ) on the road to Maum Bridge. It has been here for a year now and I was wondering if any readers can shed any light on it's presence. I have climbed Leenaun hill from this entrance on many occasions. There is a rough pathway to about 300ft to ease the walker in and out. I have never been told I can't walk here by any local. There are many other routes to Leenaun Hill so it's not a major problem but hopefully it's not the start of a trend in this beautiful area. Ben Gorm , The Devils Mother, Gorgeous Garraun ,and Mweelrea are all close by. In general there there has never been an issue walking in this area. On Stephens day I rambled the green road on the western shore of Killary Harbour in splendid sunshine, visiting the deserted village en-route, access was easy, stunning,

Ath Bhliain Faoi Mhaise Dhiobh

Maurice Healy. (Maurice 12)
Bunsen7
2021-12-23 17:18:57
Viewranger is shutting down its smartphone ap
Wondering if anyone has come across a smartphone app that offers gps tracking service and OS Ireland discovery series mapping?

The ViewRanger android smartphone app has been providing this service for a number of years - in a very affordable offering whereby you only paid to purchase small sections of maps as you needed them and then you supposedly had them forever (or at least until the app's owners decided to shut it down). This app allowed users to download sections of Discovery series maps and then track a route walked across the mapped area using the gps locator on your smartphone. Once the map was downloaded it could be used offline - i.e. outside of mobile phone service.

ViewRanger has been taken over by another provider called OutdoorActive which does not have OSI mapping, is subscription based and its functionality appears to be less user-friendly.
tomlug48
2021-12-22 14:27:11
"Coming down off Two Rock" from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: Coming down off Two Rock (Contract pics)

Mist on Two Rock on a clear blue day
Heading towards Glencullen from Fairy Castle
tomlug48
2021-12-22 14:22:04
"Coming down off Two Rock " from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: Coming down off Two Rock (Contract pics)

Two Rock Mountain
A crisp and clear blue day on Two Rock mountain with beautiful cloud and mist patterns .
Jim Holmes
2021-12-16 16:46:39
"Sugar Loaf from The Wicklow Way" from Jim Holmes Contract pics
Picture: Sugar Loaf from The Wicklow Way (Contract pics)

Sugar Loaf from The Wicklow Way
Sugar Loaf (in the distance) as viewed from The Wicklow Way, off the slopes of Djouce. The lower sun and longer shadows highlight long lost potato drills and deep furrows!


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Near Scarr, Wicklow (Ireland)
BrianKennan 6 hours ago.
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Ben Crom: To the heart of Mourne
pdtempan 18 hours ago.
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Knockmulanane: Airy ridge with sea and upland views. Cliffs to the east.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day ago.
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Cnoc na Bánóige: Ridge summit with some cliffs and great views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day ago.
From the west: Start from the car park at the Connor pass Q49054 05587 .Cross the main road and head due east uphill following a distinct track for 200 meters, then keep east and had for An C...

  
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Teevnabinnia: Hill overlooks Killary Fjord on ridge to Mweelrea
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day ago.
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Crockastoller: No Crock of gold on this one
eamonoc 2 days ago.
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Slieve Daeane: A hat-trick of cairns (part 2)
pdtempan 3 days ago.
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Forum: General
There's close, and there's too close
pdtempan 4 days ago.
Thanks for that information about the stag that gored the ESB worker, bunsen7. It was an extremely serious incident. North Tipperary is not an area I would associate with deer, but once they...

Summit Comment
Slieve Daeane: Projecting light and shadow onto Carrowmore (part 1)
pdtempan 3 days ago.
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A tough Glendowan Mountain circuit
eamonoc a day ago.
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Purple Mountain: Purple Range
Onzy 6 days ago.
Purple range over a misty Muckross Lake...


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