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weedavie
2006-09-01 12:04:55
Burn the books.
Scottish mountains do suffer from being over-described. "The Munros" is a beautiful volume but its routes are seen as prescriptive. There are people who've completed the lot and never left a path or learned to navigate. This is because you can follow the worn groove the books have caused. There are worse books like Cameron McNeish's which is dull and badly written and has the same effect. It also leads to a bad mindset which leads to mountains being ticked and forgotten. I met someone at a party who had climbed 270 Munros in 270 ascents. How do you avoid repeating a peak for that long? When you've once been up Ben Lui how do you stop yourself returning? Going round the Mounth, how do you avoid multiple ascents of Tom Bhuidhe (I'd have thought this the dullest hill in these islands but I've read MV's entries for Stillbrook Hill.)

The answer to the problem in Ireland or Scotland is chucking out the handbook, getting out the map and saying to yourself "Why does nobody climb these two peaks together?" Even better go up two peaks on different maps. Nobody may have thought of this (especially if you screw up and choose non-adjoining maps.) You may find out there's a very good reason - mad goats, mad Paddy, or more peat hags than anyone needs in a lifetime but even the worst mistake has its bonuses. At best you find out that book descriptions are wrong and there's another piece of heaven that only belongs to you. Then you decide whether you're going to tell MV or just smugly sit on your discovery.
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Collon hill loop walk and summit.
simoburn a few minutes ago.
walk, Len: 7.9km, Climb: 265m, Area: Collon Hill, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Coll...

  
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A bush-wackery experience to the trig point of Barranisky.
simoburn 3 hours ago.
A fun outing to the summit of Barranisky. For the best part forest tracks but the last 300 meters or so involve some b... walk, Len: 6.4km, Climb: 237m, Area: Barranisky, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Bar

  
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Oughtmore the lesser
Peter Walker 6 hours ago.
walk, Len: 1.6km, Climb: 117m, Area: Oughtmore, Sperrin Mountains (Ireland) Oug...

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Slieve Rushen
Peter Walker 6 hours ago.
walk, Len: 2.5km, Climb: 41m, Area: Slieve Rushen, Breifne (Ireland) Slieve Rus...

  
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Forest walk to the summit of Westaston Hill
simoburn 7 hours ago.
walk, Len: 3.9km, Climb: 109m, Area: Westaston Hill, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) W...

  
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Short walk even shorter! Killeagh Hill views & ring fort.
simoburn 22 hours ago.
walk, Len: 0.8km, Climb: 20m, Area: Killeagh, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Killeagh

Summit Comment
Belmore Mountain: A standing stone gathers all moss.
TommyV a week ago.
As mentioned by Harry Goodman, it's possible to drive along Belmore forest for almost two kilometers as far as a black forestry gate. There is also a standard gate here on the right giving access ...

  
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Bruse Hill: Bruse Summer 2017
TommyMc a week ago.
Since a big gorse fire in 2016, this hill is once more easily accessible to casual walkers and has been widely visited this summer. An easy approach is possible by taking the L6636 minor road off ...

  
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Brougher Mountain: A quick bag.
TommyV a week ago.
Nothing much to add to the comments already. Drove most of the way up from the North side of the hill to within 450 metres of the trig point. Nothing to recommend to anybody who is looking to get ...

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Croghan Hill: Broken Trig Pillar to be replaced
TommyMc a week ago.
The recent damage to the Croghan Hill trig pillar is covered in an article in this week's Offaly Independent. The good news is that Offaly County Council plans to replace the damaged pillar to its...

  
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Slievereagh: To drive or not to drive?
TommyV a week ago.
Geo's directions are spot on. At the aforementioned Coilte forest entrance there is a sign staing no unauthorized vehicles beyond this point as the gate may close at any point. However as the Lazy...

  
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Mullacor
JoHeaney 22 hours ago.
walk, Len: 9.1km, Climb: 537m, Area: Mullacor, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Mullaco...


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