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simon3
2007-01-12 10:15:35
re GPS Use
Padodes -

You point out the technological basis of maps, compasses. One could add modern means of transport from cars to Ryanair. In navigation one could preparation by exploring virtual terrain in advance. In gear there's the pervasive inflence of polyester (fleece) and teflon (Goretex).

I approve your sceptical probing about "return-to-nature". Many of our tools are the "outcome of sophisticated technological development".

Nevertheless sports and recreational activities are full of artificial classes of activity often maintained by social groups. People continue to use sail power in the face of the advantages of power-boating. People have started to use snowboards even in the face of the advantages of skis. People do the breast-stroke even though the crawl was established as the most efficient stroke a century ago.

Let's allow the possibility that different ways may exist for people to enjoy walking in the hills. Very likely a series of modes or disciplines will arise. (Another way of looking at it would be to see it as the evolution of different memes under pressure from different cultural influences - Rousseau, environmentalism, technology - filling different niches.)

If some people want to use a limited range of navigational and other gear in the hills - why not?

There could be much general value in a discipline of walking without using some modern tools. It can teach aspects of self-reliance, landscape reading, decision making etc. Indeed how exactly should newcomers to the sport be taught in relation to GPS (which will soon be cheap and available on every mobile phone) without overdependence?

What I do find ridiculous is forms of chauvinism or fundamentalism. Where someone says "our way of doing things is BETTER than yours and we are superior to you". This is particularly silly in relation to new technology where sometimes people cling to what they know without making any allowance for the value of emerging methods. It's like saying the crawl is better than the breast stroke or yachts are better than power boats.
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Summit Summary
Scarr: Three ridges, many routes and good views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 less than an hour ago.
Scarr has three useable ridges off it, to the north, south and east. The easiest perhaps is the Glenmacnass Waterfall carpark O11380 03009 (notorious for break-ins). From here head for the north ...

  
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Near Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
ewen an hour ago.
Note this will take considerably less time in my opinion. I take too many photos so it adds about an hour to the trip.... walk, Len: 12.7km, Climb: 469m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Corrigasleggau

  
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Omey Island
Onzy a day ago.
A circuit of Omey ... cut short by my fear that may car wouldn't make it back across the sound... walk, Len: 5.6km, Climb: 60m, Area: Galway Islands (Ireland)

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Short Loop north of Omey
Onzy a day ago.
walk, Len: 2.1km, Climb: 33m, Area: Galway Coast (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
Camaderry South East Top: Glenealo Valley and Miners Village
sev 3 days ago.
Glenealo Valley and Miners Village - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

  
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Scarr: A walk in the clouds.
TommyV 2 days ago.
This route starts on an old forest road at Oldbridge, there is room for parking 5 or 6 cars near the top at O15162 01916. From here follow the road West until you reach a gate at O14832 01892. Go ...

Summit Comment
Camaderry South East Top: Glendalough Upper Lake
sev 3 days ago.
Glendalough Upper Lake and the valley - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

  
Summit Comment
Seefin: "Megalithic Fallout Shelter"
sev 3 days ago.
Wicklow Mountains - Megalithic tomb on Seefin Mt.http://youtu.be/u--BKEqB-JM

  
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Coastal Walk noth of Cleggan
Onzy a day ago.
A spectacular walk circling the peninsula immediately north of Cleggan ... a detour to Olivers for lunch and a fast coun walk, Len: 22.5km, Climb: 386m, Area: Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland)

Summit Summary
Skregmore: Incidental summit in the Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 3 days ago.
Much climbed but little remembered, Skregmore is a victim of its location. One of the highest summits in Ireland but adjacent to still higher tops, impressively rocky but still far less dramatic t...

  
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Cnoc an Bhráca: The last hurrah of the high Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 5 days ago.
Cnoc an Bhráca, together with its near neighbour Cnoc na DTarbh, are the last (relatively) high summits along the great ridge of the Eastern Reeks; beyond here the ground gradually declines to the...

  
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Near Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullion (Ireland)
Gus 5 days ago.
Tough ascent from the carpark, but once on the ridge is reasonably easy with an identifiable track. On the return kee... walk, Len: 8.7km, Climb: 413m, Area: Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullio


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