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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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Mangerton North Top: On the way to Mangerton
MountainHunter a day ago.
I started at Point A car park and followed the path. At about 520m (-9.4817 51.9882) the path swings westward, as you walk along the path, the coum for the Devil's Punchbowl comes into view. After...

  
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Slieve Bawn: No longer a drive-up
TommyMc a day ago.
A series of new road barriers means that it's no longer possible to drive further than the car park on the Strokestown side. A very pleasant walk uphill from the car park to the summit and back to...

  
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Knockalongy South-West Top: Choose your highest point
madfrankie a day ago.
Whichever turfy outcrop is the highest point now may not be in 10 years time.

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Knockalongy South-West Top: Beware of the barrier
madfrankie a day ago.
We followed sandman's route to the summit which is probably the best way to explore Knockalongy and its satellites. Gentle gradients but many eroded peat hags. Worth noting that the forest barrier...

  
Track
Carrauntoohil via the 'Back Ladder' from the Bridia Valley
peter1 3 days ago.
Park at a small turning place, just opposite The Stepping Stone / Cooky Monsters accommodation and cafe.The route fol... walk, Len: 11.5km, Climb: 1097m, Area: Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (I

  
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Binn Bhriocáin: Long views of a stepped descent.
simon3 5 days ago.
Letterbreckaun can be seen from Clare island, around 33km away. It appears between Mweelrea and the high ground towards the Sheefrys.

Track
Kate's to John's - Na Sléibhte Club Walk
GSheehy 3 days ago.
When we set up the club we said it was all about the economics of supply and demand - if we supplied challenging walk... walk, Len: 24.9km, Climb: 2015m, Area: Tomies North Top, Purple Mountain (Irel

  
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Mweelrea: Coastal mountains
simon3 5 days ago.
Ben Bury and Mweelrea form an impressive sight from Clare Island.

  
Track
Croghan Kinsella & Tops
Peter Walker 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 9.6km, Climb: 411m, Area: Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)...

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Caherbarnagh East Top: An unremarkable summit, worth the visit for the views.
David-Guenot a week ago.
The summit is unremarkable though easy to spot as it lies along the fence.

  
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Corrigasleggaun and Slieve Maan
Peter Walker 4 days ago.
walk, Len: 17.8km, Climb: 541m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Corrigasleggaun,...

  
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Caherbarnagh East Top: An easy stroll from Caherbarnagh.
David-Guenot a week ago.
There is a gate to cross when coming down from the cairn at the NE end of the main Caherbarnagh ridge (I found it was actually easier to cross the fence just right of the gate). There is a faint t...


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