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mcrtchly
2011-04-15 09:02:01
These boots are made for walking
I beg to differ upon Cra's advice about boots for winter mountaineering in Ireland. Mountain Rescue Ireland have seen an increased number of incidents over the last couple of winters some of which are probably caused by ill equipped walkers. MRI advice from their website (http://www.mountainrescue.ie/MountainAdvice) is that "winter conditions require specialised gear". In fact good stiff boots are essential in icy and snowy conditions but other safety gear such as crampons, an ice axe, shelter and maybe a helmet are also vital especially in high mountains or on steep terrain. Of course there is a weight penalty for the extra gear, but in winter, less gear equals more risk.
Concerning boots, I agree that the Scarpa Manta has been around a while (but have been revised a number of times over the years). But how can they be called 'passé' when they have consistently won 'best in test' in reviews including the following review in Trail Magazine (http://www1.livefortheoutdoors.com/Gear-Reviews/Search-Results/Footwear/Scarpa-Manta-2010/). ?
It would be foolhardy to yourself and Mountain Rescue if you went into the hills in winter unprepared. Even a slight mishap like a sprain or a fall in winter without protection, shelter and spare clothes could result in rapid death.


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Forum: General
Re: Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon
Peter Walker 22 hours ago.
Hi daithi07The 'what's left to do in Ireland' article currently lives largely in my head rather than anywhere more tangible. It will see the light of day at some point in the next few months. I am...

  
Track
Greece, Pelion Peninsula: Paou to Chorto return
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 8.3km, Climb: 237m, Area: Greece, Thessaly ()

  
Track
12 (Listed) Bens - Revisited
GSheehy a day ago.
I was drawn back by the lure of completing the 2002 - 12 Bens Challenge route. I got the details from John J. Cotter w... walk, Len: 29.1km, Climb: 2598m, Area: Benglenisky, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Ben

Track
Greece, Pelion Peninsula: Affisos to Afetes return (2)
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 9.7km, Climb: 458m, Area: Greece, Thessaly ()

  
Summit Comment
Big Collin: Permission required?
StephenMullin a week ago.
Hi thereCan anybody tell me if permission is required to walk up Big Collin? If so, how does one go about obtaining this?Many thanks!

  
Track
Greece, Pelion Peninsula: Portaria Circuit
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 14.3km, Climb: 644m, Area: Greece, Thessaly ()

Summit Summary
Anglesey Mountain: Great Carlingford views from a so-so top
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a week ago.
There is enough space to park one car at 100 167, just on the edge of a wood around a sharp u-bend. Proceed north for 100m before turning NE up a gentle slope, although the terrain is treacherous ...

  
Track
Greek Islands: Kos
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 5.8km, Climb: 381m, Area: Greece, South Aegean ()

  
Summit Summary
Pigeon Rock Mountain South Top: Nondescript summit for baggers only
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a week ago.
Usually done in conjunction with Pigeon Rock itself, but can be done in isolation if you want. Car park can be found at 234 278 A. Take the track directly across the road that follows the Rocky Ri...

Summit Comment
Knockroe: Where Summits relocate with No Plate Movement
CaminoPat 3 days ago.
Knockroe summit is listed as being located in County Cork. The correct location however is County Waterford. Déise abú.

  
Forum: General
Sligo- Leitrim-Roscommon
daithi07 5 days ago.
That sounds good Peter... I can't seem to find the article, is it on here somewhere? Big fan of the Bob Graham loop, etc. so would be on for anything really that involves running up, down and betw...

  
Summit Comment
Wee Slievemoughan: The ups and downs
Colin Murphy a week ago.
Approaching from Rocky Mountain summit requires a bit of up-and-down trekking, as it is necessary to first ascend Tornamrock and then drop down again to a the col to the south before ascending Wee...


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