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louisowens
2006-05-16 20:42:36
Safety Issues
The situation regarding general Public Safety in the Wicklow/Dublin Mountains is becoming very problematical. Last summer I was faced with 10 Quad bikes coming around a blind bend on a forest road at speed. My party of 5 had to jump out of the way. These vehicles were no doubt neither taxed or insured and if there had been an accident I wouldn't have liked to have been at the mercy of these hoodlums who would most likely have made themselves scarce. Recently in Glenmalure our party were set upon by large dogs belonging to some alcohol fueled campers who were extremely abusive. Being in a remote area with no witnesses about we beat a hasty retreat. We were treated to some tales of even worse behaviour by the warden in the An Oige Hostel. On Sunday there were 2 or three tents pitched on the "Oasis" at Lough Dan. The occupants who were pretty intimidatory had a prodigious supply of beer and spirits and the sand was strewn with rubbish, bottles and cans. Lone hillwalkers would be very unwise in my view to do other than vacate such areas as quickly as possible as they are remote and assistance in the event of an assault or medical attention or indeed witnesses would be non existant. There also seems to be a significant increase in the amount of both burned out vehicles and large amounts of waste like fridges and the like dumped in what are pretty remote areas. I shouldn't like to be about when the pond life engaged in this behavior were about. Glenmalure in my view is pretty unsafe at Bank Holiday weekends and would be best avoided. We really need a stepped up Warden Service supplied (with dogs for protection) even if it has to be funded by charging for parking or whatever. It's only a matter of time before a very serious incident happens the way things are going. Also I predict that Lough Dan is going to be ruined by idiots in Motor boats if steps aren't taken to stop them soon. A few Sunday's ago there was a clown in an enormous boat speeding up and down; a danger to the White Fronted geese who are often on the lake, disturbing a Peregrine Falcon that has a nest in the area and creating a bloody awful racket. Be very careful out there!!
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Forum: General
Lough Oular From Tonlagee
tomlug48 an hour ago.
A beautiful July day on the summit of Tonlagee. Gazing down at the beautiful heart shaped Lough Oular.Tom Barragry & the Lugs .

  
Track
Maumtrasna Plateau via Dirkbeg and Buckaun Spurs
Onzy 3 hours ago.
Route to the Mauntrasna plateau using the Dirkbeg spur for ascent and the Buckaun for descent. walk, Len: 10.8km, Climb: 535m, Area: Maumtrasna North-East Top, Partry/Joyce C...

  
Summit Comment
Knockannavea: Nice views to be had
csd 5 hours 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.

Forum: General
.Lough Oular from Tonlagee
tomlug48 11 hours ago.
A beautiful July day on the summit of Tonlagee. Gazing down at the beautiful heart shaped Lough Oular.Tom Barragry & the Brothers of the Lug.

  
Track
Picos de Europa
peter1 a day 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 ()

  
Forum: General
Found
des carroll a day ago.
Hi folks. A pair of walking sticks were found in Seskin, Glen of Imaal near Fenton's. Would the owner please phone 086 8607393. If you do not get an answer, please leave a brief message with a pho...

Track
Sail Mhor
Peter Walker 3 days 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

  
Summit Summary
Knocknabro East Top: Drought made difficult ground trek possible
Collaborative entry Last edit by: CaminoPat a day 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...

  
Summit Summary
Knocknabro North-East Top: NE Top Revealed
Collaborative entry Last edit by: CaminoPat a day 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 ...

Track
Coastal Dublin - Donabate to Malahide
Onzy 3 days ago.
Circuit of Broadmeadows Estuary from Donabate to Malahide walk, Len: 12.9km, Climb: 115m, Area: Dublin Islands (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
Knocknabro West Top: A Long Hard Slog
CaminoPat a day ago.
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 heading north until W16029 84252. From there head acr...

  
Track
Tour d'Oueil-Larboust (Pyrenees)
David-Guenot 3 days ago.
How to turn a "GR de pays" which is usually completed over two or three days into a challenge walk. A solo tri walk, Len: 45.9km, Climb: 2128m, Area: France, Occitanie ()


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