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2009-06-07 20:10:52
"Picu Urriellu" from padodes Contract pics
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Where is the Irish icon?
When you look at a mountain like, say, the Matterhorn, at least from the Swiss side, it immediately seems to symbolise everything we expect from a great mountain: its elegant outline soaring skywards and the promise of a cracking great climb, even if we never get to do it. I was struck recently by the same kind of symbolism at the foot of Picu Urriellu (Naranjo de Bulnes), the great limestone tower that rises majestically to 2,519m in the central Picos de Europa in NW Spain. When it catches the rays of the setting sun (photo), it looks for all the world like an incandescent finger pointing angrily to the heavens. For Spanish climbers, it’s the Mecca that draws them all to itself sooner or later. Have we any truly iconic mountain of that kind in Ireland? Carrantuohill has never caught my imagination in that same way, nor have, indeed, any of the other tops I can think of. Perhaps it has to do with low comparative height, or a lack of dramatic profile, or the fact that very few of our mountains provide the challenge of a towering climb. It would be interesting to know if other MountainViewers see things differently and have found an Irish icon that says it all.
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Thor's Cave and the Manifold Valley
Peter Walker 5 days ago.
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Soum de l'Arraït, Montagne de Lège and Sommet de l'Oudérou from Binos
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Hill of Allen: Pleasant and easy stroll
TommyMc 6 days ago.
A pleasant and easy stroll from the lay-by on the Allen-Miltown road as referenced by Dessie1. Frustratingly a spacious car parking area at this spot is padlocked, meaning visitors must park in a ...

  
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Largan Hill: Having it Largan
madfrankie a week ago.
In an effort to avoid the unpleasant tree-stuff described previously, I decided to make an alternative approach. At the western end of Lough Talt I took a minor road at G38776815942 that skirts th...

  
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Buachaille Etive Mor (mostly)
Peter Walker a week ago.
Being sick on your holidays is a classic example of a First World Problem, but it's still pretty annoying. After ... walk, Len: 12.9km, Climb: 972m, Area: Stob Coire Altruim, Loch Linnhe to Loch |...

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Inishturk: A quiet place
TommyV a week ago.
Similar to Inis Mean, the middle Aran island, Inis Turk is in the middle of Clare Island and Inis Bofin and is much less visited than it's neighbours. The island itself is very small and can be hi...

  
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Cuilcagh: A classy mountain
hazyview 3 days ago.
I followed the directions (per scarecrow & others) to the second carpark & we commenced the awesome long boardwalk across the bog & up the mountain. A good challenging climb of stairs to the summi...

  
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Knockastia: Most central hill in Ireland??
TommyV a week ago.
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Meall Fuar-mhonaidh
Peter Walker a week ago.
walk, Len: 9.5km, Climb: 520m, Area: Meall Fuar-mhonaidh, Glen Affric to Glen M...

  
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Cupidstown Hill: One for the County High Pointers only!
TommyV a week ago.
The start point as mentioned by others leads to an easy walk along a forest road for about 500m before reaching the trig point. behind the mast marking the Kildare CHP. The forest trail had lots o...

  
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The return to the Orange Tree
mcrtchly a week ago.
In 2016 we first visited the Picos de Europa National Park, a 647 square kilometre wonderland that straddles Asturias, C walk, Len: 12.4km, Climb: 685m, Area: Spain, Asturias () ||


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