MountainViews
Welcome to MountainViews
If you want to use the website often please enrol (quick and free) at top right.

General Whatever you want to say that doesn't fit under the comments about places or another forum.
Sort by >

More controls

<< Prev page 1 .. 214 215 216 217 218 219 .. 392 Next page >>
Post details Post   (Contract pics)
A few months back,.. by Bleck Cra   (Show all posts)
The discussion on .. by Bleck Cra   (Show all posts)
It is important to.. by mcrtchly   (Show all posts)
Cra’s recent point.. by kernowclimber   (Show all posts)
Just a follow on t.. by mcrtchly   (Show all posts)
I recently bought .. by Dessie1   (Show all posts)
brenno
2011-03-04 17:19:34
The great trail repair debate - cont'd
I'm not going to give any view on the great trail repair debate in the Mournes as I don't know the area very well and I don't know what's being done. But it does bring up the general question of repairs or "enhancements" to trails and whether they are justified or warranted.
I can only talk with any authority about my home turf in Dublin/Wicklow and even here there has been regular debate at what has been done on the Spink/Glenealo and Mullacor boardwalk stretches above Glendalough, the boardwalk between the JB Malone memorial and Djouce, and the Dublin Mountain Way - especially the stretch between Tibradden and the Wicklow Way.
First of all the boardwalk stretches were generally established because the areas were being overwalked and there was serious soil erosion. I'm old enough to remember the Spink before the boardwalk and anytime back then from September on it was a morass and getting worse by the year. In any event, the boardwalk stretches have been installed reasonably sympathetically although many may disagree with this view.
I'm not so sure about what has been done in the Dublin Mountains on the stretch between Pine Forest through Tibradden to the Wicklow Way. The mounded trail isn't particularly sympathetic with the area and my own view is that a boardwalk could have been a better option here - and would have a less damaging impact than the mounded trail that has been put into place.
We have to accept that interest in walking is growing, the numbers on the mountains are growing at a massive rate - greybeards like me can remember times in Wicklow when even on a good day you wouldn't meet very many people. Now there are large club groups and one a good day there are hundreds tramping over what is very delicate terrain. No doubt the same is the situation in the other upland areas around the country.
I can also remember going up Carrantoohil via the Devils Ladder about 15 years ago and even then it was in a shocking state. Now there is talk of work to stabilise the Devils Ladder.
Ideally, there should be no interference with the mountains, but reality I think dictates that we have to accept that the mountains especially sensitive areas with high boot fall need some protection.
Again, not taking sides in the Mournes debate - but just trying to add some perspective from my own home turf.
With regards to a .. by dhmiriam   (Show all posts)
I have been watchi.. by kernowclimber   (Show all posts)
As a learner walke.. by emp123   (Show all posts)


RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS 1 2 3 .. 30 Next page >>
Summit Comment
Dalkey Island: Stepping off the mainland
Maulin 16 hours ago.
Every visit to an Island is such a unique experience. There is something magical about stepping off the mainland and being, even for a few hours on another Island. When thinking about visiting an ...

  
Track
Maamturks & 7 MV Summits
simoburn 17 hours ago.
walk, Len: 13.9km, Climb: 949m, Area: Corc?g, Maamturks (Ireland) Corc

  
Summit Summary
Carran South Top: An uninspiring summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 2 days ago.
The shortest approach to Carran S top is from Bealick. Starting from Gougane Barra forest park W070 653 C. Follow trail to it's high point then head North to Bealick then follow a fence to Carran ...

Summit Summary
Carran: Several approachs
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 2 days ago.
There is no direct approach to Carran. The options include taking in all 4 Carran summits from the west parking near a farmyard at the end of a yellow road W039 689 and follow a track from W043 68...

  
Summit Comment
An Cheathrú Lair: Highest Point is the West Quarter.89m ?
ucampbell 2 days ago.
The way marked trail maps provided on the Island lead you to the Cliffs. However I wanted to reach the highest point and this was easily done in the time allowed before getting the afternoon ferry...

  
Track
Fothair na Manach
Fergalo 2 days ago.
Fothair na Manach is one of the remotest, most spectacular & magical sites in Ireland and barely accessible. It lies jus walk, Len: 13.8km, Climb: 1118m, Area: Brandon Group (Ireland)

Summit Comment
Lackagh Mountain: Lackagh or Boleybrack?
TommyV 3 days ago.
My approach to Lackagh mountain also known as Boleybrack was from the West side of the mountain. There is a road leading to G90078 31002 where there is a road leading into a forest with unauthoriz...

  
Summit Comment
Carrane Hill: Navy Seals only for this approach
TommyV 3 days ago.
I decided to try Carrane Hill from the East side as it looked on my map as if there was a forest track going most of the way up and indeed there is. It's possible to park at a forestry gate at G86...

  
Summit Comment
Curlew Mountains: The Blair Witch Project
TommyV 3 days ago.
It's hard to believe this has been visited by 19 members. paddyhillsbaggers description is about right. The first stage is a stumble over stumps and felled trees before entering the forest. I had ...

Track
Near Brandon Group (Ireland)
Fergalo 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 13.8km, Climb: 1112m, Area: Brandon Group (Ireland) Piaras Mor thuai...

  
Forum: General
No Green Card Required!
liz50 2 days ago.
With the likely postponement of Brexit until June at the earliest a Green Card will not be required to attend the Mountainviews members and friends meetup walk in the Mournes on Saturday 6th April...

  
Summit Comment
Croaghmuckros: A great reward for a leisurely stroll
bertandally 4 days ago.
We parked up at the entrance to the comms mast access road at G6186975866 as we thought the access road was the best option for us as we had our 6 year old with us and regardless the recent weathe...


RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS 1 2 3 .. 30 Next page >>