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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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Beinn Ghobhlach
Peter Walker 2 days ago.
Beinn Ghobhlach by evening lightWhen you're told that you can do a walk in the morning if you're quick because your o... walk, Len: 10.9km, Climb: 739m, Area: Beinn Ghobhlach, Loch Maree to Loch Broo

  
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Suilven
Peter Walker 3 days ago.
I first read about Suilven when I was about 11. It was in some British geographical gazetteer, a stern washed-out pict... walk, Len: 24.0km, Climb: 1029m, Area: Lochinver to Ullapool (Britain) Suilve

  
Summit Comment
Knockannavea: Nice views to be had
csd 4 days ago.
While not very challenging, recent felling means the views along the way and from the summit are pleasant enough. A nice spot for a lunchtime walk.

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Maumtrasna Plateau via Dirkbeg and Buckaun Spurs
Onzy 4 days ago.
Route to the Mauntrasna plateau using the Dirkbeg spur for ascent and the Buckaun for descent. walk, Len: 10.8km, Climb: 535m, Area: Maumtrasna North-East Top, Partry/Joyce C...

  
Summit Comment
Slieve Elva: Fantastic scenery
Damian120 3 days ago.
A stunning walk going up over Slieve Elva that you can begin and end end at Fanore Beach. Some great locations along the Caher River to stop and relax and watch the water gently flowing downstream...

  
Summit Summary
Knocknabro East Top: Drought made difficult ground trek possible
Collaborative entry Last edit by: CaminoPat 5 days ago.
Knocknabro East Top is best climbed as part of a good loop walk, taking in the West and North-East tops of Knocknabro. This summit is best reached firstly via Knocknabro West Top and then onto the...

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Lough Ouler From Tonlagee
tomlug48 3 days ago.
A beautiful July day on the summit of Tonlagee. Gazing down at the beautiful heart shaped Lough Oular.Tom Barragry & the Lugs .

  
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Picos de Europa
peter1 4 days ago.
I can say with certainty three things: the ascent was not 3266m, given the peak is only 2503m; secondly, I will be back walk, Len: 13.9km, Climb: 3266m, Area: Spain, Cantabria ()

  
Summit Summary
Knocknabro North-East Top: NE Top Revealed
Collaborative entry Last edit by: CaminoPat 5 days ago.
This summit is best reached via Knocknabro West Top. Park at laneway to old farmhouse now in ruin at W15905 83498. Room for 1-2 cars to park. Climb gate at entrance and follow post and wire fence ...

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Sail Mhor
Peter Walker a week ago.
After a week of blazing sunshine in the Peak District overwhelmingly spent swimming in the pool, lazing by the pool a... walk, Len: 11.3km, Climb: 833m, Area: Sail Mhor, Loch Maree to Loch Broom (Bri

  
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Found
des carroll 5 days ago.
Hi folks. A pair of walking sticks were found in Seskin, Glen of Imaal near Fenton's. Would the owner please phone 086 8607393. If you do not get an answer, please leave a brief message with a pho...

  
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Coastal Dublin - Donabate to Malahide
Onzy a week ago.
Circuit of Broadmeadows Estuary from Donabate to Malahide walk, Len: 12.9km, Climb: 115m, Area: Dublin Islands (Ireland)


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