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padodes
2009-06-12 16:53:48
Defining the indefinable?
Yes, dhmiriam, the devil is in the definition. If an icon is an exemplar, then by what yardstick is it to be measured? What defines the archetypal mountain by which others can be judged? Perhaps, indeed, if I catch correctly your poetic drift, there is no need to define. We can walk to our chosen peak of perfection across the shifting sands of subjectivity and always find a splendid mountain to admire. But perhaps, too, we can venture a definition of orographic splendour that has its primary reference in the objective rock that commands our awe. Here, what counts is not so much beauty conferred by individual fancy as beauty inferred universally from the elegant shape and form of the rock that is contemplated. In this sense, could the Japanese as a people ever think of having an iconic mountain other than their graceful Mount Fuji?

Without aspiring myself to the role of arbiter in matters mountainous, Iím happy to be stimulated by the multiple comments offered so far. In the end, perhaps a shared iconic mountain-view will emerge from the mists that envelop our little island.


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Near Bweengduff, Boggeragh Mountains (Ireland)
caiomhin less than an hour ago.
walk, Len: 7.4km, Climb: 181m, Area: Bweengduff, Boggeragh Mountains (Ireland) ...

  
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Tonlagee via Stoney Top.
simon3 an hour ago.
Stoney Top view south.Annalecka BridgeThis walk starts from near Annalecka bridge where there is a limited amount of p... walk, Len: 14.4km, Climb: 659m, Area: Stoney Top, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) St

  
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RE: Morocco - advice for tackling Jebel Toubk
muzag a day ago.
@spiider28 Handy article with logistical tips here :https://www.irishmountaineeringclub.org/travelling-light-in-the-high-atlas-mountains/

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Slemish: tea at the top
Parts999 2 days ago.
great views my kids and i are going to as many mountian tops as we can, we call it tea at the topit great fun

  
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Knocknamuck: Summit of the Slieveardagh Hills
Wilderness 3 days ago.
If you fancy a longer walk you can start at the car park just outside Grange at S309566. From here I walked clockwise round the Crag Forest Loop until I reached the Wellington Monument. I then joi...

  
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Sliabh Tuaidh Far W Top: All About The Journey, Not The Destination
Aidy a week ago.
I had a mixed day weatherwise, with dark skies, rain and flat light one minute, and blue skies the next, but it only added to the spectacular views to be had from the summit. If anything, the view...

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Kenmare next week.
simon3 a day ago.
Anyone interested in hillwalking next week?Contact sstewart04@mountainviews.ie

  
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Spelhoagh: Quiet mountain
Wilderness a week ago.
I climbed this mountain coming from the West side from Oughtmore mountain. I've never tried it but I'm sure Spelhoagh can also be easily accessed from the Moneyneany Road on the East side as well ...

  
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Blackstairs Challenge 2018
David-Guenot 3 days ago.
Different finish on this year's challenge, adding some 3km over good forest tracks. Best weather conditions we could ... walk, Len: 34.2km, Climb: 1491m, Area: Mount Leinster East Top, Blackstairs Mo

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Dromderalough: Here we go again
peter1 2 weeks ago.
Ah yes...The Dromderaloughs...in cloud and rain...'climb me once, shame on me, climb me twice, shame on thee'.I had climbed Dromderalough some years ago in Autumn, in cloud and rain, using Paddy D...

  
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Re Morocco
simon3 a day ago.
spider28I walked in Morocco and the Atlas mountains some years ago.I didn't go to Toubkal but did visit various other places. One piece of advice. Be prepared for the heat and UV. And in particula...

  
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Glenbeigh Horseshoe, extended version
David-Guenot 3 days ago.
A peak-bagger's trip over the beautiful Glenbeigh Horseshoe, with plenty of time allowed for filming. walk, Len: 41.7km, Climb: 1906m, Area: Seefin, Glenbeigh Horseshoe (Ireland) Se...


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