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Bleck Cra
2011-02-27 22:04:13
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THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO LA LA LAND
Thinking of a stroll up the Annalong, to enjoy the unspoilt beauty? Think again. What you will see are the instruments of an unwanted, pointless and expensive exercise. A team of diggers, owned by the contractor, appointed by the Mourne Heritage Trust, run by the Environment Agency, part of something else, that swallowed the fly.
An “initiative” to repair damage – I ask you – repair damage to mountain tracks! Ah but worse - in order to polyfilla eternity, the MHT is using granite from Percy Bysshe quarry. So what is the problem?” Answer: no one asked you. No one asked if you want geography and history “repaired” and the complexion of this idyll changed forever. No one asked you if you like the rickety track the way it is; or the old quarry - our heritage. No one asked you if you could spend money better, when perhaps, like me, you know people who have neither job nor home to go to. Colour to monochrome; romantic to gothic; animate to arid.
Did it go like this? Someone with an interest makes an application; not with any real research of views. The application is dealt with by people who know little of anything other than applications. It passes the tick box test and goes up the ladder for some reason. It then goes out to consultation to bodies most of us have never heard of, but so long as they have “green” or “universe” or “sustainable” in their title. Like the “Society for Little Green Men” or the “Destruction of the Universe Army” or “The Sustainable Smog Chimneys of Chicago Group”. Never once was I or anyone I walk with, consulted. You and I are regular hillwalkers: we are out in the hills at every opportunity and in whose hostelries, eating houses and hotels we spend our money. So our opinions matter.
Did we want the ridiculous steps up Slieve Donard? No - evidenced by no one using them. Did we want an expensive tombstone stuck on the Bloody Bridge Track telling us the Mourne Wall is up the way? Pur-lease.
My dear old sparring chum maclimber (though at 49 not so old but older than I) who is involved in this…. “thing”, must know better than to try to silence debate by referring to the Heritage Trust puff. Anyone agree with me - please speak to me through the messaging service.


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Summit Summary
Crocknafarragh SE Top: Climb it, but include one or more "cousins"
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 5 hours ago.
The way to Crocknafarragh SE Top can follow the full route up to Crocknafarragh with an additional 700m walk out to the lesser top or, part of the way up, by contouring up and around the S flanks ...

  
Track
Croughan ridge by going around Lough Acorrymore
simon3 6 hours ago.
Croughan ridge by going around Lough Acorrymore walk, Len: 7.8km, Climb: 595m, Area: Croaghaun SW Top, Achill/Corraun (Ireland)...

  
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eamonoc
eamonoc a day ago.
A lot of walking done and so much more to do, thank you Mountainviews for the inspiration

Summit Comment
Baurtregaum Far NE Top: Great views from a so-so mountain
Colin Murphy 15 hours ago.
The view over Tralee Bay at low tide from Baurtregaum Far NE Top had the appearance of the Amazon River delta!

  
Track
Scouting the start of the Galty Challenge.
jackill 12 hours ago.
walk, Len: 17.5km, Climb: 623m, Area: Slieveanard NE Top, Galty Mountains (Irel...

  
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Bunnacunneen South Top: Simple bag from nearby tops
Colin Murphy 16 hours ago.
For approach see entry for Bunnacunneen SE Top. From that grassy summit it is just over 1km across a gently rising slope to the NW and the South Top's equally grassy summit, which has marvellous p...

Track
molls gap loop walk
strangeweaver 3 days ago.
From the car park at molls gap follow the narrow country lane down to the pass between to stumpa duloigh and Knocklome... walk, Len: 17.6km, Climb: 985m, Area: Dunkerron Mountains (Ireland) Knocklome

  
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Bunnacunneen SE Top: Handy track
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 16 hours ago.
Although there was a sign on the track at L973 570 forbidding trespassers, the farmer in the nearby farmhouse had no problem with us using the track, which curved up the hillside almost to the sum...

  
Track
Simple ascent of Minaun.
simon3 4 days ago.
An easy way up starting from the carpark. walk, Len: 3.6km, Climb: 121m, Area: Minaun, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Minaun

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Caherbarnagh East Top: A Hidden Gem Discovered
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
Park off road next to gate at the saddle between Claragh Mountain and Curracahill W23626 87990. There's room for 3-4 cars to park safely. Climb gate and follow rough stone track keeping forest to ...

  
Track
Puglia: Circuit south of Otranto
Onzy 5 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.1km, Climb: 215m, Area: Italy, Apulia ()

  
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Corraun Hill: Views! what views?
Harry Goodman 2 days ago.
Climbed this hill on Wed. 12 Oct 2011. Our intention was to start from Belfarsad Bridge but the blanket of thick mist covering the Plateau made me opt for the simpler climb from Burnanioo Bridge s...


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