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brenno
2011-10-25 13:54:53
16 rescued in Wicklow by MR - comment
The announcement of the rescue of 16 people by the MR should really have people, especially so-called experienced walkers, take a good look at how they approach going out on the mountains and the absolutely necessity of checking the weather forecast.
Whatever about the family group who were rescued near Djouce (they are apparently a family group who just got caught out), I think that the walking club (a supposedly experienced group from a Dublin club) who decided to include the river crossing above Glenmacnass waterfall in their hike were at best foolhardy and at worst downright stupid. The weather forecast was for heavy rain and anybody with the remotest bit of experience of the Glenmacnass area knows that the water level in the river rises very quickly after heavy rain and makes the crossing extremely difficult. There are any number of walks that a hiking club could have done which would not involve crossing a river in full spate and, to call a spade a spade, this group should have known better.
Thankfully this episode ended without mishap but only after 40 MR people from five teams were called out in appalling weather and in awful terrain. We're heading into the winter walking season when we can expect lousy weather and walkers, wherever they are on the island, should be aware how quickly conditions on Irish mountains can change for the worst. At the very least, be aware that the combination of heavy rain, mountains and rivers is lethal combination.
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Misty Morning Hills.
tomlug48 3 days ago.
Coming down off Djouce in the early morning and gazing at the beautiful mist shrouded silhouettes of the south Wicklow hills .

  
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Cullaun: A quick bag.
TommyV 2 weeks ago.
Aidand's directions are spot on. The road that looks like an entrance to a house actually leads into a forest, it is rough but manageable if you drive very slow. I drove as far as an old abandoned...

  
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Mauherslieve: Mother of God!!
TommyV 2 weeks ago.
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The Laugavegur (Hot Springs) Trail, Iceland
mcrtchly a week ago.
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Coomura Mountain: Prairies and precipices
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 2 weeks ago.
Teetering on the northern edge of the extensive plateau extending north from Knocknagantee in the Dunkerrons, Coomura Mountain presents very differing forms of complexity depending on viewpoint. I...

  
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Drumnalifferny loop
David-Guenot a week ago.
Exploring Drumnalifferny as to bag the NE top. Fantastic views once the clouds lifted. I also spent some time to clim... walk, Len: 8.6km, Climb: 542m, Area: Drumnalifferny Mountain, Donegal NW (Irel

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Knocknacusha: There and back again
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 3 weeks ago.
You can start at Ballaghisheen, a mountain pass V671 792. Space here for 3-4 cars. Ballaghisheen is at just over 300m so the climb to the top at around 551m is not a great strain. There is a sign ...

  
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Cooneen Hill: Very average
TommyV 2 weeks ago.
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Meenteog: Squat and steep-sided summit on Glenbeigh Horseshoe
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 3 weeks ago.
Lumpen in its higher reaches but very much steep-sided lower down (especially to the north), Meenteog is the first of the higher, more dramatic summits on the Glenbeigh Horseshoe if walked clockwi...

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David-Guenot 4 days ago.
walk, Len: 17.9km, Climb: 1379m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
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The shortest route up Knocklayd
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 4.8km, Climb: 372m, Area: Knocklayd, Antrim Hills (Ireland) Knocklay...

  
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Scarr: Three ridges, many routes and good views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 3 weeks ago.
Scarr has three useable ridges off it, to the north, south and east. The easiest perhaps is the Glenmacnass Waterfall carpark O11380 03009 (notorious for break-ins). From here head for the north ...


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