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CaptainVertigo
2011-12-11 18:30:48
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Now is the Winters of our Discontent
(Sunday Times 11-12-11) Ramblers who need to be assisted during severe weather conditions or who stray into locations that are known to be dangerous should pay some of the costs of the rescue. Irene Winters of Fine Gael says there are continual cases of “irresponsible" behaviour in the Wicklow mountains, requiring expensive rescue operations by voluntary groups already under financial strain. She argues that hillwalkers should pay up if they need to be rescued after Met Eireann has issued weather alerts. “Increasingly, people are going up into the mountains completely unprepared,” Winters said. “If people knew they had to make a contribution, they would prepare better.” She argues that payments should be based on ability to pay, the rescue cost, and an official assessment of how reckless a person had been. Those who can't afford to pay should be asked to organise fundraising. Mountain Rescue Ireland, which represents12 voluntary teams north and south of the border, recorded 365 incidents last year, its busiest ever. Seamus Bradley, its chairman, is opposed to fines, and points out many people donate voluntarily after rescues. He believes that defining what constitutes recklessness would be too difficult. “We would be fearful that [a charge] would delay someone calling for assistance when they need it,” he said. Bradley believes many many hikers are caught out by Ireland's fast changing weather. "At one point we were that inexperienced person. The fact that we are now in mountain rescue teams and see the mistakes that can happen dosen't mean that we sit, gloat and profit off the people that we used to be.” Brian Murray, whose Donegal mountain rescue team is the busiest in Ireland, said rescue costs vary. Multiple vehicle call-outs can cost hundreds of euros in diesel alone. He says educating people about the dangers of the mountains is more appropriate."
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Beinn Ghobhlach
Peter Walker 15 hours ago.
Beinn Ghobhlach by evening lightWhen you're told that you can do a walk in the morning if you're quick because your o... walk, Len: 10.9km, Climb: 739m, Area: Beinn Ghobhlach, Loch Maree to Loch Broo

  
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Suilven
Peter Walker a day ago.
I first read about Suilven when I was about 11. It was in some British geographical gazetteer, a stern washed-out pict... walk, Len: 24.0km, Climb: 1029m, Area: Lochinver to Ullapool (Britain) Suilve

  
Summit Comment
Slieve Elva: Fantastic scenery
Damian120 a day ago.
A stunning walk going up over Slieve Elva that you can begin and end end at Fanore Beach. Some great locations along the Caher River to stop and relax and watch the water gently flowing downstream...

Summit Comment
Knockannavea: Nice views to be had
csd 2 days ago.
While not very challenging, recent felling means the views along the way and from the summit are pleasant enough. A nice spot for a lunchtime walk.

  
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Maumtrasna Plateau via Dirkbeg and Buckaun Spurs
Onzy 2 days ago.
Route to the Mauntrasna plateau using the Dirkbeg spur for ascent and the Buckaun for descent. walk, Len: 10.8km, Climb: 535m, Area: Maumtrasna North-East Top, Partry/Joyce C...

  
Forum: General
Lough Oular From Tonlagee
tomlug48 2 days ago.
A beautiful July day on the summit of Tonlagee. Gazing down at the beautiful heart shaped Lough Oular.Tom Barragry & the Lugs .

Summit Summary
Knocknabro East Top: Drought made difficult ground trek possible
Collaborative entry Last edit by: CaminoPat 4 days ago.
Knocknabro East Top is best climbed as part of a good loop walk, taking in the West and North-East tops of Knocknabro. This summit is best reached firstly via Knocknabro West Top and then onto the...

  
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Picos de Europa
peter1 3 days ago.
I can say with certainty three things: the ascent was not 3266m, given the peak is only 2503m; secondly, I will be back walk, Len: 13.9km, Climb: 3266m, Area: Spain, Cantabria ()

  
Summit Summary
Knocknabro North-East Top: NE Top Revealed
Collaborative entry Last edit by: CaminoPat 4 days ago.
This summit is best reached via Knocknabro West Top. Park at laneway to old farmhouse now in ruin at W15905 83498. Room for 1-2 cars to park. Climb gate at entrance and follow post and wire fence ...

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Sail Mhor
Peter Walker 5 days ago.
After a week of blazing sunshine in the Peak District overwhelmingly spent swimming in the pool, lazing by the pool a... walk, Len: 11.3km, Climb: 833m, Area: Sail Mhor, Loch Maree to Loch Broom (Bri

  
Forum: General
.Lough Oular from Tonlagee
tomlug48 2 days ago.
A beautiful July day on the summit of Tonlagee. Gazing down at the beautiful heart shaped Lough Oular.Tom Barragry & the Brothers of the Lug.

  
Summit Comment
Knocknabro West Top: A Long Hard Slog
CaminoPat 4 days ago.
Park at laneway to old farmhouse now in ruin at W15905 83498. Room for 1-2 cars to park. Climb gate at entrance and follow post and wire fence heading north until W16029 84252. From there head acr...


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