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aidand
2012-02-03 13:04:15
Bridges
I'd like to add my own thoughts to this debate. We would all much prefer to have a pristine wilderness. Thankfully Ireland is big enough that there are plenty of hills where man has made little impact. Unfortunately there are problems in some areas.
I recently climbed Djouce for the first time in a decade. I was depressed to see how much erosion has taken place, seemingly all due to thousands of walkers. Similar rapid erosion has occured on the Devil's Ladder route up Carrauntoohil. The Kerry Mountain Rescue website lists drowning as one of the main causes of death in the hills. I am not very familiar with the Mournes, but I don't have any objections to the new footbridges in the Hags Glen. Unless hill walking goes out of fashion I think we should accept bridges, railway sleepers etc on the more popular routes.
I have wondered about the idea of a properly maintained tourist route up Carrauntoohil. There is something similar on Ben Nevis in Scotland. The idea is to give a safe route to the inexperienced walkers and tourists. It may also reduce the number of call-outs for mountain rescue. The main argument against is that it may result in even more badly prepared and inexperienced walkers getting into trouble.
This is not an issue that is going to go away. This website does encourage us to head for the lesser known hills so we can generally get away from the crowds. Now if only someone can devise a solution to quad bikes on the hills - land mines anyone!


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Fothair na Manach
Fergalo a day ago.
Fothair na Manach is one of the remotest, most spectacular & magical sites in Ireland and barely accessible. It lies jus walk, Len: 13.8km, Climb: 1118m, Area: Brandon Group (Ireland)

  
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Carran: Several approachs
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 a day ago.
There is no direct approach to Carran. The options include taking in all 4 Carran summits from the west parking near a farmyard at the end of a yellow road W039 689 and follow a track from W043 68...

  
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An Cheathr Lair: Highest Point is the West Quarter.89m ?
ucampbell a day ago.
The way marked trail maps provided on the Island lead you to the Cliffs. However I wanted to reach the highest point and this was easily done in the time allowed before getting the afternoon ferry...

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Carran South Top: An uninspiring summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 a day ago.
The shortest approach to Carran S top is from Bealick. Starting from Gougane Barra forest park W070 653 C. Follow trail to it's high point then head North to Bealick then follow a fence to Carran ...

  
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No Green Card Required!
liz50 a day ago.
With the likely postponement of Brexit until June at the earliest a Green Card will not be required to attend the Mountainviews members and friends meetup walk in the Mournes on Saturday 6th April...

  
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Near Brandon Group (Ireland)
Fergalo 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 13.8km, Climb: 1112m, Area: Brandon Group (Ireland) Piaras Mor thuai...

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Lackagh Mountain: Lackagh or Boleybrack?
TommyV 2 days ago.
My approach to Lackagh mountain also known as Boleybrack was from the West side of the mountain. There is a road leading to G90078 31002 where there is a road leading into a forest with unauthoriz...

  
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Carrane Hill: Navy Seals only for this approach
TommyV 2 days ago.
I decided to try Carrane Hill from the East side as it looked on my map as if there was a forest track going most of the way up and indeed there is. It's possible to park at a forestry gate at G86...

  
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Curlew Mountains: The Blair Witch Project
TommyV 2 days ago.
It's hard to believe this has been visited by 19 members. paddyhillsbaggers description is about right. The first stage is a stumble over stumps and felled trees before entering the forest. I had ...

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Croaghmuckros: A great reward for a leisurely stroll
bertandally 3 days ago.
We parked up at the entrance to the comms mast access road at G6186975866 as we thought the access road was the best option for us as we had our 6 year old with us and regardless the recent weathe...

  
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An Starraicin
Fergalo 2 days ago.
An Starraicin overlooking lockadun starting at the Lockadun start point Cloghane walk, Len: 9.0km, Climb: 533m, Area: An Starraic?n, Central Dingle (Ireland) An...

  
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Carronadavderg: Very unremarkable.
TommyV 3 days ago.
Not much to add to the comments here except that there appears to be some maintenance work being carried out on the access road so there is a mound of gravel at the access gate so parking is a bit...


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