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simon3
2011-02-28 20:35:05
Joss Lynam - some of his life as I saw it.
Recently I put together some words regarding Joss for the MI.
In limited space let me mention some of what Joss did for hillwalking that I know of. Established hillwalkers will appreciate the list of Ireland’s 600m summits in common use was originally developed by Joss with a contact of his: Rev CRP Vandeleur, long before any other Irish originated list. An ancestor list was incorporated into one of the books he re-published in the early 1970’s: Claude Wall’s “Mountaineering in Ireland”, at the time the only book setting out to describe all the hill areas of Ireland. This was one of the main inspirations for MountainViews.ie, promoting the same walking themes of discovery and classification. (At Joss’s express request, the “Vandeleur-Lynam” list that MountainViews publishes will continue with the same specification as to prominence: 15m).

Joss was always fascinated by maps. He created the first Irish five colour orienteering map in the 1970’s and trained map-makers. He created his own maps such as his collaboration with Tim Robinson on an improved Connemara map. He consulted with OSi to improve their maps. As lately as 2009 he was again talking to them in the WAI consultation about the reprint of the 1:50,000 series, helping mitigate risks in some early proposals.

Joss understood the value of infrastructure for sports bodies. To me his greatest achievements lay in his seemingly easy excellence in the techniques of voluntary and non-profit organisation: confidence, self-motivation, consultation, leverage, chairmanship, negotiation, infrastructural detail, alliances – his life was a master-class for organisers and his legacy for walkers a series of enduring institutions in training, in trail management, publication and, above all, inspiration.

Personally I had the privilege of experiencing many of the great thrills of Irish hillwalking with Joss, starting in the early 70’s. From the Reeks Walk, over Mweelrea, Brandon, many of the Bens, Wicklow, the Lug Walk he taught me his style of skilled, hard walking. Perhaps most memorable was the second Maamturks walk (1976) a challenge we started at nearly the same time but did solo in atrocious weather navigating with the small, inaccurate ½ inch map. I treasure the one hole-in-the-mist glimpse I had of him striding along near Letterbreckaun. Joss was one of four to finish that gruelling day. The last time he did the ‘Turks was in 1993 when he finished in under 12 hours, exceptional for someone near 70.

Simon Stewart, Publisher MountainViews.ie
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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Head Loop.
sandman 3 hours ago.
As already stated Benwee Head has some of the most dramatic costal scenery in Ireland and with this in mind i decided to enjoy on a clear sunny day the joys of walking the 12.4km of the Benwee Hea...

  
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Knocknanacree: Storm Beach and Cliffs at lower western reaches
Bunsen7 5 hours ago.
A view of "Acres" from Minard Beach. This is apparently a geologically interesting spot in itself as it is a storm beach comprised of large sandstone boulders. The castle is on private land and no...

  
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Knockafeehane: From the horse's mouth
Bunsen7 5 hours ago.
This is the trail description post at Q59652 00497. It summarises the route if taken from east to west, as per track 3881.Vastly superior to my own garbled efforts!Annascaul obviously is a very we...

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Knockafeehane: Easily Accessible and not overly demanding
Bunsen7 5 hours ago.
There is a waymarked trail to the summit which loops over the ridge leading west from this hill. See track 3881.The quickest route to the top would see you park in Annascaul village and walk up th...

  
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Meelin Hill, Brackloon and Knockafeehane
Bunsen7 5 hours ago.
A grand and simple waymarked trail for a day of low lying cloud.Park up at the post office beside the Tom Crean mini-p... walk, Len: 7.2km, Climb: 343m, Area: Knockafeehane, Slieve Mish (Ireland) Kno

  
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Eagles Hill, Mullaghbeg, Beenrour
bogtrotter 6 hours ago.
There?s plenty of room for parking at the cemetery at the top of Coad Road, near Castle Cove. From here we headed SW ... walk, Len: 21.6km, Climb: 825m, Area: Eagles Hill, Dunkerron Mountains (Irelan

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Erris Head Loop
simon3 12 hours ago.
Simple walk to Erris Head. On the occasion we did it, there were dark clouds and big showers. walk, Len: 9.0km, Climb: 417m, Area: Mayo Coastal Hill (Ireland) Erris Head Hil...

  
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Cashloura: An enjoyable walk for all ages
CaminoPat a day ago.
Park at W20849 49704 at Coillte forest entrance just off the R586 Regional Road between Dunmanway and Drimoleague. Parking available for 6-8 cars. Follow forest road which is along line of disused...

  
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An Sli
Slier159 a day ago.
Hello all,I am currently trying to organize a longs distance walk from Killarney to Derry city, using the existing National Waymarked Trails along the West coast. A 1,000km of Trail already exist ...

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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Loop walk towards Portacloy.
ucampbell 3 days ago.
The Loop walks here are well signposted, it's a great idea to go out onto each headland.

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 3 days ago.
On 26/4/2014 i spent a very enjoyable afternoon walking this area visiting the army observation hut and the stone constructed EIRE marking as part of an addition to the Benwee Head Loop walk but i...

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Flat topped but hard to get to.
simon3 3 days ago.
View from the west.


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