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 .. 202 203 204 205 206 207 .. 389 Next page >>
Post details Post   (Contract pics)
Further to simon3'.. by slemish   (Show all posts)
A little bit of cu.. by Moac   (Show all posts)
Missing from Mourn.. by valdie68   (Show all posts)
simon3
2011-04-18 09:49:17
Boots and conventional wisdom.
Earlier this year we were on the Paps. On the east most of these we met a farmer's daughter who had walked the entire way from the western access via the west Pap. In wellies. Come to think of it, almost every farmer I have seen on the hills wears wellies.
Some years ago I interviewed that grand old gentleman of Irish bagging, Brian Ringland (you can see the article in the More | Resources section.) We went walking on the Comeraghs. Brian who is the only person I am aware of to have climbed all of the 500m summits in Ireland (his own list, substantially similar to the Arderins) believed in and used wellies. Brian was seriously fast in his wellies which certainly worked well on the boggy ground of the Comeraghs.

So finally I decided to try some wellies out on a short walk on the nearby Little Sugar Loaf, a low quartzite ridge in east Wicklow. What types of conditions are they any use for? Can you walk quickly in wellies without problems? How are they on rough ground? Do the benefits of dry feet more than balance the disadvantages?

My preliminary report: not great grip on land but not too bad either, great in low furze, less protection from rough stones underfoot. A disconcerting sloppiness as you put your foot down caused I think by the fact that wellies' soles are quite narrow by comparison with boots. There was some dampness in the boot after walking for 90mins but nothing excessive - something Brian insisted to me was his experience.

The biggest benefit of wellies is dry feet and the weather and ground didn't let me test this. I will when possible. Certainly I helped lead a walk for one of my walking clubs in Feb and it was a non stop 15k of slushy ground which wellies might easily be much better for. And a lot of walking in Ireland is on soft boggy ground. Could the conventional wisdom simply be wrong? Or at least wrong not to consider wellies for soft boggy ground which we often encounter on this island.
...both on Faha Ri.. by Conor74   (Show all posts)
All MViewers will .. by aidand   (Show all posts)
I beg to differ up.. by mcrtchly   (Show all posts)
Just a brief note .. by Bleck Cra   (Show all posts)
I have a pair of c.. by Bleck Cra   (Show all posts)
...problem is I ha.. by Conor74   (Show all posts)


RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS 1 2 3 .. 22 Next page >>
Summit Comment
Croghan Kinsella: Fine views and a gilded history
Bunsen7 a day ago.
Decided it couldn't do any harm to get on the M11 down past Arklow and make the journey to Croghan Kinsella. Coillte and the ESB have created a 35 MW wind-farm on the eastern flanks of the mountai...

  
Track
Easy Stroll up Croghan Kinsella
Bunsen7 a day ago.
Easy Route up Croghan Kinsella. Slightly surprised this was not already uploaded, as I imagine it is the most frequen... walk, Len: 8.7km, Climb: 336m, Area: Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland

  
Summit Comment
Crocknasmug: Inishowen Head Loop Walk
pearnett a day ago.
As I parked up in the car park beside the Stroove Lighthouse I then began the loop walk around Inishowen Head in an anticlockwise direction. The first part of this walk is along a road past a few ...

Track
Walking under the water!
march-fixer 5 days ago.
With the Blessington Lakes being deprived of input due to the dry conditions, the water level has dropped considerably. walk, Len: 13.1km, Climb: 197m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
Chimney Rock Mountain: Great reward for little effort!
PinkyFloyd a week ago.
Getting to the top of Chimney Rock doesn't take long and isn't too arduous. The views from the top are stupendous though and you'll be glad you climbed it. The rocks at the top help make this moun...

  
Track
Mullagh More and Sliabh Rua
Aidy a week ago.
A leisurely walk in one of the most amazing areas in Ireland, or anywhere for that matter. The route took me to the to... walk, Len: 7.9km, Climb: 316m, Area: Mullagh More, West Clare (Ireland) Mulla

Summit Comment
Slieve Beg: Stared down the Devil's Coachroad and decided he can have it
PinkyFloyd a week ago.
I know that people scramble up the Devil's Coachroad though the mechanics of actually getting up the top part elude me. Braver men than I! Standing on top of Beg, looking down the massive gulley i...

  
Track
Benbaun via Knockpasheemore
Aidy a week ago.
A relatively easy way up to Benbaun, the Co Galway high point, although it is a steep pull up to Binn Charrach/Knockpa... walk, Len: 10.6km, Climb: 797m, Area: Binn Charrach, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Bi

  
Summit Comment
Cove Mountain: Return to Cove!
PinkyFloyd a week ago.
Today was the second time I have visited Cove. Anyone who read my first comment will know my first visit was alone and an altogether nervous affair. Well, the return was a much better experience. ...

Track
Muck to Meelmore Loop
Bunsen7 a week ago.
A track that's very easy to follow, with good parking, 3 highest hundred summits for less than 900m of ascent, but do... walk, Len: 13.6km, Climb: 874m, Area: Slieve Muck, Mourne Mountains (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
Truskmore SE Cairn: Letrim - County high point - Done with my Grandad
ShaunDunne a week ago.
While climbing Truskmore my Grandad and I walked over and bagged our Second County high point of the day. Was very windy and wet up there today.

  
Track
Pic de Lustou
David-Guenot a week ago.
A fantastic, hard-won summit, a relentless, never-ending haul up followed by some easy but somewhat exposed scrambling o walk, Len: 14.7km, Climb: 1684m, Area: France, Occitanie ()


RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS 1 2 3 .. 22 Next page >>