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weedavie
2009-11-03 13:31:11
"Hail of ladybirds" from weedavie Contract pics
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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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Shefy Knockboy
Ulsterpooka 5 hours ago.
walk, Len: 39.0km, Climb: 1287m, Area: Lackabaun, Shehy/Knockboy (Ireland) Lack...

  
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MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET APRIL 2018
liz50 2 days ago.
It is this Saturday 28th April! Visiting some of the lesser know summits in the Galtees, including Temple Hill and Lyracappal. If you would like to join us please contact Liz at elizabethashton201...

  
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Galtybeg: One of those rare perfect days
jackill 2 days ago.
Every once in a while comes a rare day when everything just works, even though it shouldn't.Dodgy back, banjaxed knees, starting time silly o'clock, have to be home by noon to evict the crows from...

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Nephin from the North....stunning views.
derkelly274 2 days ago.
First time climbing Nephin for both myself and my friend. We decided to go at it from the North as it seemed like a more walk, Len: 5.3km, Climb: 644m, Area: Nephin, North Mayo (Ireland) Nephin

  
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Lugduff: A high point on long ridge separating Glendalough from Glenmalure
Bunsen7 2 days ago.
This picture is taken pretty much directly to the west of Lugduff across Glenmalure on an approach to Camenabologue SE Top.Most people will probably take in Lugduff as part of a circuit of Glendal...

  
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derkelly274
derkelly274 3 days ago.
Enjoy climbing the odd hill. Hope to visit more and more.

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Camenabologue SE Top: Direct Route from Glenmalure
Bunsen7 2 days ago.
Followed directions posted on MV to find the forest ride up from Glenmalure. See track 3766.The first section of forestry SW of the forest track has been felled, making the forest ride more obviou...

  
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An Alp for OAPs...
Colin Murphy a week ago.
If you an ageing hillwalker like myself who might have liked to bag an ‘Alp’ but are too long in the tooth to contemplate such an adventure, fear not, there is a simple little Austrian Alp you can...

  
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Camenabologue SE
Bunsen7 5 days ago.
This shortish alternative track makes use of a forest ride (as heralded by Simon3) from Glenmalure to reach Camenabol... walk, Len: 10.6km, Climb: 664m, Area: Camenabologue SE Top, Dublin/Wicklow (Ir

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Bealick: Between two counties
Wilderness 2 days ago.
I approached this mountain from the North East ,coming from the Coomataggart mountains. When I got to the top I had to walk around for a few minutes to pinpoint the true summit; which I'm sure is...

  
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Mullaghcleevaun circuit
osullivanm 5 days ago.
A very pleasant circuit although some difficult ground between Duff Hill and the return to start of hike. walk, Len: 17.3km, Climb: 792m, Area: Black Hill, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Blac...

  
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MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET APRIL 2018
liz50 a week ago.
Not long now until the first Mountainviews members meet of 2018. We will be walking in the Galtee mountains on Saturday 28th April. If you are thinking of joining us and would like more details pl...


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