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wicklore
2011-11-12 23:49:14
"Hill or Mountain? (Corcogemore on right)" from wicklore Contract pics
Picture: Hill or Mountain? (Corcogemore on right) (Contract pics)

The highest hill in Ireland...
...Or the smallest mountain in the land?

A mountain is a summit of 2000 feet or higher. This translates as 609.6 metres. A hill therefore is anything of 1999.9 feet or below, which translates as 609.5 metres. The difference of 100 centimetres is what separates hills from mountains.

So how does this fit in to an Irish context? Well we have only one 'stuck in the middle' summit. It is Corcogemore in the Maamturks. At 609 metres it is our only hill/mountain. Unless someone can accurately measure it to within 100 centimetres, we will never truly know which category - hill or mountain it belongs to. We of course classify it as a mountain and those who have climbed it will agree it is very worthy of the title. But it must be lonely being the only summit in Ireland sitting squarely in that ambiguous place measuring only a few centimetres high that separates hills from mountains. (oh I can hear the baying hordes sharpening their typewriters!)
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Summit Summary
Crocknafarragh SE Top: Climb it, but include one or more "cousins"
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3, Harry Goodman an hour ago.
The way to Crocknafarragh SE Top can follow the full route up to Crocknafarragh with an additional 700m walk out to the lesser top or, part of the way up, by contouring up and around the S flanks ...

  
Track
Croughan ridge by going around Lough Acorrymore
simon3 an hour ago.
Croughan ridge by going around Lough Acorrymore walk, Len: 7.8km, Climb: 595m, Area: Croaghaun SW Top, Achill/Corraun (Ireland)...

  
Track
Scouting the start of the Galty Challenge.
jackill 7 hours ago.
walk, Len: 17.5km, Climb: 623m, Area: Slieveanard NE Top, Galty Mountains (Irel...

Summit Comment
Baurtregaum Far NE Top: Great views from a so-so mountain
Colin Murphy 11 hours ago.
The view over Tralee Bay at low tide from Baurtregaum Far NE Top had the appearance of the Amazon River delta!

  
Summit Comment
Bunnacunneen South Top: Simple bag from nearby tops
Colin Murphy 11 hours ago.
For approach see entry for Bunnacunneen SE Top. From that grassy summit it is just over 1km across a gently rising slope to the NW and the South Top's equally grassy summit, which has marvellous p...

  
Summit Summary
Bunnacunneen SE Top: Handy track
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 11 hours ago.
Although there was a sign on the track at L973 570 forbidding trespassers, the farmer in the nearby farmhouse had no problem with us using the track, which curved up the hillside almost to the sum...

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eamonoc
eamonoc 23 hours ago.
A lot of walking done and so much more to do, thank you Mountainviews for the inspiration

  
Summit Summary
Caherbarnagh East Top: A Hidden Gem Discovered
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
Park off road next to gate at the saddle between Claragh Mountain and Curracahill W23626 87990. There's room for 3-4 cars to park safely. Climb gate and follow rough stone track keeping forest to ...

  
Summit Comment
Corraun Hill: Views! what views?
Harry Goodman 2 days ago.
Climbed this hill on Wed. 12 Oct 2011. Our intention was to start from Belfarsad Bridge but the blanket of thick mist covering the Plateau made me opt for the simpler climb from Burnanioo Bridge s...

Track
Simple ascent of Minaun.
simon3 4 days ago.
An easy way up starting from the carpark. walk, Len: 3.6km, Climb: 121m, Area: Minaun, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Minaun

  
Summit Summary
Corraun Hill: Western summit on plateau above big corrie lakes.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
(1) Bunannio Bridge Route: Start around L737 943. Take the well made track E up to a T junction L751 948, turn left and follow track to its end L749 950. Go NW up the hillside for some 1.2k over s...

  
Track
molls gap loop walk
strangeweaver 3 days ago.
From the car park at molls gap follow the narrow country lane down to the pass between to stumpa duloigh and Knocklome... walk, Len: 17.6km, Climb: 985m, Area: Dunkerron Mountains (Ireland) Knocklome


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