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weedavie
2009-11-03 13:31:11
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Altus, altior, altissimus
County high-points are odd beasts. They shouldn't mean much in Scotland where we went with regions 40 years ago. However there are idiot lines that every guide book repeats. For instance, they can't write about Bidean nan Bian without saying "the highest mountain in Argyllshire." (Equally Carn Eige is always "the highest mountain in Scotland, north of the Great Glen".) I expect Irish cliches include the Reek, "Ireland's holy mountain" or the Mournes "Kerry for the teeny wees."

What complicates the issue has been referred to already in MV. Do you disallow shared highest points? This year I've been on Creag Mhor "the highest point entirely within the county of Banff" as the SMC's Corbett book describes it. It's an insignificant 895 metres, dwarfed by its near neigbours Cairngorm and Ben Macdui, 1245 and 1309 metres respectively. They tower above it but are shared with Inverness. I don't know if this means you've got to divide the metres by two.

I found another odd exception case in Spain this year. I was on Torrecilla," the highest peak in Western Andalusia." This is the highest peak in Malaga at 1919 metres not the highest point which is a slope, I think of La Maroma. This reaches 2000 metres before it slips over the border to its summit in Granada province. Torrecilla is a fine hill in some ways like a sun-baked Cairngorm. I was a bit worried the night before because I'd not brought a compass with me though I had sourced a superb map. I'd tut at this sort of behaviour on Mweelrea. In the end the weather stayed fine and our only problem was the hail of ladybirds which drove us off the peak. Not as bad as midges when you come down to it.
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Summit Comment
Lackakeely: An easy bag after Mweelrea
magnumpig 9 hours ago.
Mweelrea is a sweaty old climb (for me anyways) and if, like me, you feel that climbing it deserves bagging more than one peak, you should visit Lackaleely. Basically it's a small rise overlooking...

  
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Baurtregaum: A walk among the clouds.
TommyV 12 hours ago.
I followed Scapania's directions to get started for the tough pull up to Gearhane. It was a lovely day out and the views on the climb up were spectacular but there was a cloud sitting on the highe...

  
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Crusline: Epic fail!
TommyV 12 hours ago.
As mentioned by Bunsen7, the entrance to the windfarm is the best way to access this hill. Note that there are signs saying no unauthorized access but isn't that always the way. I did come across ...

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Moveen Hill: Highest on the Loop
TommyV 13 hours ago.
As Moveen Hill is the highest point on the Loop Head peninsula, the views on offer are great for such little effort. As mentioned by sandman, through the quarry and then out onto the open hill is ...

  
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Maamturks & 7 MV Summits
simoburn a day ago.
walk, Len: 13.9km, Climb: 949m, Area: Corc?g, Maamturks (Ireland) Corc

  
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Truskmore SE Cairn: Nice addition to Truskmore
bertandally 13 hours ago.
No excuse not to come over here for a peek if you are at Truskmore, so that's what we did and it's worth it for the extra view.

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Fothair na Manach
Fergalo 2 days ago.
Fothair na Manach is one of the remotest, most spectacular & magical sites in Ireland and barely accessible. It lies jus walk, Len: 13.8km, Climb: 1118m, Area: Brandon Group (Ireland)

  
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Truskmore: Can't get much easier but so worth it!
bertandally 13 hours ago.
This was our second time to climb Truskmore and we've been lucky enough each time to get space to park at the start of the transmitter road at G7438546834. As we sat having some food in the van, w...

  
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Dalkey Island: Stepping off the mainland
Maulin a day ago.
Every visit to an Island is such a unique experience. There is something magical about stepping off the mainland and being, even for a few hours on another Island. When thinking about visiting an ...

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Carran South Top: An uninspiring summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 3 days ago.
The shortest approach to Carran S top is from Bealick. Starting from Gougane Barra forest park W070 653 C. Follow trail to it's high point then head North to Bealick then follow a fence to Carran ...

  
Track
Near Brandon Group (Ireland)
Fergalo 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 13.8km, Climb: 1112m, Area: Brandon Group (Ireland) Piaras Mor thuai...

  
Summit Summary
Carran: Several approachs
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 3 days ago.
There is no direct approach to Carran. The options include taking in all 4 Carran summits from the west parking near a farmyard at the end of a yellow road W039 689 and follow a track from W043 68...


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