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2009-02-13 19:55:06
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Lost on Lug
The recent elaborate rescue of two men stranded overnight on Lugnaquillia gripped the headlines for a while on Monday last, but there has been no analysis of the reasons that led to this situation. From the point of view of hill-walkers, we have good reason to try to understand what went wrong.

From the little detail that was given in the media, it appears that the two men chose to climb up rather late in the afternoon (around 3pm, it was reported), and, if true, that was probably ill-judged, since it left little more than two hours of light before dusk, so sorting out any problem – such as losing one’s way – would be on borrowed time. The slowness of progress over deep snow doesn’t seem to have been duly reckoned with either.

The main problem, however, seems to have been one of navigation, or the absence of it. It was said that the men lost their map at some point, but a map can be pretty useless in foggy or whiteout conditions – such as those that arose towards evening – unless one has a compass to go with it, and that does not seem to have been the case. It is true that the cliffs that ring Lug in several places are very dangerous, yet it is also true that there are several broad exit routes from the summit plateau. If one knows the mountain, and knows approximately where one is on the mountain, a roughly calculated compass bearing can take one out of harm’s way and down. (It is even easier if one happens to have a GPS with a contour map.)

Perhaps I am mistaken in expressing an opinion that would need to be based on more precise information. Nonetheless, although the two young men were said to be "experienced", I have a feeling that in this case it was as Oscar Wilde once quipped: experience is the name we give our mistakes.
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Near Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
ewen less than an hour ago.
Note this will take considerably less time in my opinion. I take too many photos so it adds about an hour to the trip.... walk, Len: 12.7km, Climb: 469m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Corrigasleggau

  
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Omey Island
Onzy 23 hours ago.
A circuit of Omey ... cut short by my fear that may car wouldn't make it back across the sound... walk, Len: 5.6km, Climb: 60m, Area: Galway Islands (Ireland)

  
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Short Loop north of Omey
Onzy 23 hours ago.
walk, Len: 2.1km, Climb: 33m, Area: Galway Coast (Ireland)

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Camaderry South East Top: Glenealo Valley and Miners Village
sev 3 days ago.
Glenealo Valley and Miners Village - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

  
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Scarr: A walk in the clouds.
TommyV 2 days ago.
This route starts on an old forest road at Oldbridge, there is room for parking 5 or 6 cars near the top at O15162 01916. From here follow the road West until you reach a gate at O14832 01892. Go ...

  
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Camaderry South East Top: Glendalough Upper Lake
sev 3 days ago.
Glendalough Upper Lake and the valley - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

Summit Comment
Seefin: "Megalithic Fallout Shelter"
sev 3 days ago.
Wicklow Mountains - Megalithic tomb on Seefin Mt.http://youtu.be/u--BKEqB-JM

  
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Coastal Walk noth of Cleggan
Onzy 23 hours ago.
A spectacular walk circling the peninsula immediately north of Cleggan ... a detour to Olivers for lunch and a fast coun walk, Len: 22.5km, Climb: 386m, Area: Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland)

  
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Skregmore: Incidental summit in the Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 3 days ago.
Much climbed but little remembered, Skregmore is a victim of its location. One of the highest summits in Ireland but adjacent to still higher tops, impressively rocky but still far less dramatic t...

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Cnoc an Bhráca: The last hurrah of the high Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 4 days ago.
Cnoc an Bhráca, together with its near neighbour Cnoc na DTarbh, are the last (relatively) high summits along the great ridge of the Eastern Reeks; beyond here the ground gradually declines to the...

  
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Near Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullion (Ireland)
Gus 5 days ago.
Tough ascent from the carpark, but once on the ridge is reasonably easy with an identifiable track. On the return kee... walk, Len: 8.7km, Climb: 413m, Area: Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullio

  
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Tievnabinnia: Bulky Sheeffrys summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 5 days ago.
Tievnabinnia is the easternmost of the higher Sheeffry Hills, a distinctly bulky eminence where gently grassy upper slopes contrast with a series of steep corries to both north and south of its ge...


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