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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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Knockastia: Behind quarry
Fergalh 13 hours ago.
At Moate take road to the pretty village of Rosemount. Drive through village and turn left around west side of mountain. At quarry there is a sign for site of old church (N2401043352) proceed up t...

  
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Bruse Hill: Bruse Summer 2017
TommyMc 3 days 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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MV Gathering & Awards - This Friday!!
Onzy 23 hours ago.
ALL WELCOME !

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Belmore Mountain: A standing stone gathers all moss.
TommyV 4 days 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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Coastal Walk west of Mannin Bay
Onzy a day ago.
walk, Len: 13.6km, Climb: 107m, Area: Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland)

  
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Brougher Mountain: A quick bag.
TommyV 4 days 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 6 days 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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Knockatagglemore
caiomhin 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 1.0km, Climb: 30m, Area: Knockatagglemore, W Limerick/N Kerry (Irela...

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Seefin Mountain W Top: Two summits one hike.
TommyV a week ago.
Nothing to add to the directions provided by melohara. Just to mention two things, the parking place was littered with close to a hundred empty beer cans, it looks like there was a party there or ...

  
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Knocknaskagh: The fast and the furious.
TommyV a week ago.
Knocknaskagh is a fairly prominent hill in North Cork. It's possible to access via a Coilte forest entrance on the South East side mentioned by jackill. After about 500 metres, there is a smaller,...

  
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Camlough Mountain: Army Dreamers
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker a week ago.
Relatively recent history has liberated Camlough Mountain from the bonds of the military: some metallic paraphernalia remains high on its slopes but if one puts that aside it's a cracking little e...


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