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kernowclimber
2010-12-21 11:21:12
May you make many Lightening Ascents!
Glad you like your new snowshoes, Weedavie! And yes, MSR have a base in Ireland. They are excellent and repaired a snapped crampon on Martin's snowshoe within 24 hours.

So you have given your pair a baptism of fire out on the Scottish hills. I bet that you were glad you didn't go for a cheaper end shoe and opted for one with an 'aggressive crampon unit'! Going downhill is always fun - I tend to glisade a little in them if the snow is very deep, but on our hills you have to be aware of hidden rocks and other obstacles. I agree, traversing in them is somewhat more difficult, but I have gotten used to this now, it's a lot to do with balance and I don't tend to use poles out on the hills. I tested my snowshoes out in the Mournes this weekend, wearing them for half of the trip, and I agree with your observation that there isn't a significant difference in the speed between using them and wearing just boots. But I would say that wearing snowshoes is much less tiring than treading through shin deep snow in boots, you fall over less and I certainly feel more confident knowing I have a crampon unit underfoot!

Snowshoes were designed primarily for traversing deepish snow, not rocky terrain with a thin layer of the stuff. Here one might be better off in just 4 season boots, or if icy, crampons. With the amount of snow we have here in Wicklow today, I might need mine just to walk down the hill to Tescos!!


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RE: Morocco - advice for tackling Jebel Toubk
muzag 5 hours ago.
@spiider28 Handy article with logistical tips here :https://www.irishmountaineeringclub.org/travelling-light-in-the-high-atlas-mountains/

  
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Kenmare next week.
simon3 5 hours ago.
Anyone interested in hillwalking next week?Contact sstewart04@mountainviews.ie

  
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Re Morocco
simon3 5 hours ago.
spider28I walked in Morocco and the Atlas mountains some years ago.I didn't go to Toubkal but did visit various other places. One piece of advice. Be prepared for the heat and UV. And in particula...

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Slemish: tea at the top
Parts999 9 hours ago.
great views my kids and i are going to as many mountian tops as we can, we call it tea at the topit great fun

  
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Blackstairs Challenge 2018
David-Guenot a day ago.
Different finish on this year's challenge, adding some 3km over good forest tracks. Best weather conditions we could ... walk, Len: 34.2km, Climb: 1491m, Area: Mount Leinster East Top, Blackstairs Mo

  
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Morocco - advice for tackling Jebel Toubkal
spiider28 a day ago.
Has anyone climbed this mountain? I booked to go next month a trip as a surprise for my partner; now getting nervous that we might not be able for it! We'll be going as part of a guided group over...

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Knocknamuck: Summit of the Slieveardagh Hills
Wilderness 2 days ago.
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Glenbeigh Horseshoe, extended version
David-Guenot a day ago.
A peak-bagger's trip over the beautiful Glenbeigh Horseshoe, with plenty of time allowed for filming. walk, Len: 41.7km, Climb: 1906m, Area: Seefin, Glenbeigh Horseshoe (Ireland) Se...

  
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Aidy a week ago.
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Brassel Mountain
David-Guenot a day ago.
walk, Len: 3.0km, Climb: 458m, Area: Brassel Mountain, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (I...

  
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Spelhoagh: Quiet mountain
Wilderness a week ago.
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Slievenamaddy, Antrim Hills
headspace 4 days ago.
Decided to give Slievenamaddy a go today. Parked at layby for Slievenanee and walked up beside the fence on the opposite side of the road. Isn't much of a hill but great views and then continued o...


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