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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, itís 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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Summit Comment
Maulin: Misty morning
simon3 17 hours ago.
Just sometimes and just for a short while a damp forest can show a misty fairy side. And so it was one January day after a heavy raincloud had passed and the sun had majicked this sprite into the ...

  
Summit Comment
Slieve Beg: Southern plunge
simon3 21 hours ago.
The famous side of Slieve Beg is the NE, gashed by the Devils Coachroad. However the SE side also has its drama.Taken on a frosty slippy day from Cove.

  
Summit Comment
Chimney Rock Mountain: Rock, cloud and sea.
simon3 21 hours ago.
Chimney Rock photographed from between Slievelamagan and Cove.

Summit Comment
Dromderalough NE Top: Odd-looking formations
Colin Murphy 2 days ago.
On my approach to the summit I came across a large field of hundreds of these rather striking formations, which I think are are moss-covered boulders, but which looked like giant green ant-hills o...

  
Track
Pic de Cresp
David-Guenot a day ago.
walk, Len: 12.9km, Climb: 1190m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
Summit Comment
Dromderalough NE Top: VL Number 273 bagged....
Colin Murphy 2 days ago.
My final Vandeleur-Lynam! Unfortunately No. 273 wasn't the most distinctive summit (when I came off Mangerton I couldn't even pick it out on the landscape) , but the views from the top are tremend...

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James Forrest - VLs in 2 months man - talks
simon3 2 days ago.
Date: 23rd/24th/25th January 2019Venue: 23rd Jan Dublin24th Jan Thurles25th Jan NewryDetails here: https://mountaineering.ie/events/2013/default.aspx?iid=2214The Vandeleur-Lynams, a list now maint...

  
Summit Summary
Dromderalough NE Top: Long route from the south.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 2 days ago.
Not normally done in isolation, this top usually forms part of a walk involving Dromderalough itself or Mangerton. One approach is from the north, which has the advantage of a gently rising track ...

  
Summit Comment
Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 3 days ago.
Visited Mullaghdoo today, as part of a 16.4km tek over the Mullaghs, followed Onzy`s track 2570 and added on the walk out to Mullaghdoo and back from Mullaghclogha, much retracing of steps require...

Summit Comment
Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 3 days ago.
View back over route taken from Mullaghclogha to Mullaghdoo

  
Summit Comment
Slievenaglogh: Pleasant 90 Minute Stroll
Pepe 5 days ago.
A blanket of cloud covered the higher Cooleys from Foxe's Rock to Foye but Slievenagloch was in the clear - happy days! Lots of logging activity at 9.30 of a Monday morning, so no space to park at...

  
Summit Comment
Mangerton: The Lake District
TommyV a week ago.
Scapania's directions to the start are perfect. It's possible to make a looped walked taking in Stoompa and Mangerton which will allow for great views of so many lakes I won't list them. It's a fa...


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