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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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Croghan Kinsella: Fine views and a gilded history
Bunsen7 2 days 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...

  
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Easy Stroll up Croghan Kinsella
Bunsen7 2 days 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

  
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Crocknasmug: Inishowen Head Loop Walk
pearnett 2 days 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 ...

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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)

  
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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...

  
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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

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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...

  
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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

  
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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. ...

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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)

  
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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.

  
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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 ()


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