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wicklore
2009-06-10 22:07:22
"A Distinctive Hill" from wicklore Contract pics
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Iconic Mountain: The Great Sugar Loaf
The Great Sugar Loaf sits at no. 456 out of the 1048 hills and mountains on MV. Taking just the 500m mountains it sits near the bottom of that list at 501m. It is middle of the road in many ways. But it has three attributes that make it stand out from the crowd, and perhaps place it firmly in the realm of    ĎIconic Hillí

Its first attribute is its name. The Great Sugar Loaf. What a name! For those of you who donít know it, doesnít it make you curious to know what kind of hill generated such a mighty name?

Its second attribute is its appearance. You may be looking at it as you buzz down the N11 past Bray, or you may be on the road from Glendalough via Roundwood. You may be on the Military Road near Glencree or looking out the restaurant window in Dublin Airport. From near and far the Great Sugar Loaf is instantly identifiable by its distinctive shape. Conical and pointed, it is the volcano that never was. (Many people believe it is an extinct volcano but it is in fact Cambrian quartzite) But what is important is the fantastic shaped hill that is present now. A smaller version of Croagh Patrick, the Great Sugar Loaf is great in its own way.

Its third attribute is its absolute accessibility to those who wish to climb it. A clear track leads to the top from the road at the Ďbackí (Roundwood side) of the hill. Every time I pass the Great Sugar Loaf I see people on top. I think it is almost a rite of passage for Dubliners to climb it. Iím not sure how well it is known by those further afield, but most people in Dublin and Wicklow would certainly know it.

So what makes an Iconic Mountain for Ireland? Is it one that looks the best? One that is climbed the most? One that has the most striking name? I would suggest the Great Sugar Loaf is a contender in all three categories. It stands alone and offers no varied routes. Death defying it is not. And remote it most certainly isnít. But the Great Sugar Loaf is popular beyond most other hills. Does this immense popularity win it any prizes? Could it go on the flag padodes?
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Ireland's Adventure Bucket List, Great Outdoor Experiences by Helen Fairbairn
aidand less than an hour ago.
This is an inspiring book. It is a great introduction to the wide range of outdoor activities we have on our door step. We tend to stick to our own sports be that hill walking, rock climbing, cano...

  
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Slievecoiltia: Access Closed During Drought
TommyMc 10 hours ago.
The road up Slievecoiltia, from the entrance opposite the JFK arboretum, is currently closed owing to the risk of fire arising from the current dry spell in the South East. Expect this to continue...

  
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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...

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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

  
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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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Beinn Ghobhlach
Peter Walker 2 days ago.
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Maumtrasna Plateau via Dirkbeg and Buckaun Spurs
Onzy 4 days ago.
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Knocknabro East Top: Drought made difficult ground trek possible
Collaborative entry Last edit by: CaminoPat 6 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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Picos de Europa
peter1 5 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 ()

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Lough Ouler From Tonlagee
tomlug48 4 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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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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Knocknabro North-East Top: NE Top Revealed
Collaborative entry Last edit by: CaminoPat 6 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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