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Bleck Cra
2012-02-12 23:54:53
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WHAT A CARRY ON IN THE MOURNES
I have aired my views on the goings-on in the Mourne Mountains on this site a few times. There hasnít been any support really for my position, so after today, I suppose I shanít be airing them again.
Bearing in mind this is an all-Ireland site, interest in Northern mountains will in the main follow the population on the island. Add in that there are 2 main mountain ranges here, the Mournes and the Sperrins, statistically interest in the Mournes declines further. Finally, there can only be a handful of walkers who frequent the Mournes to the same level as myself. So ultimately my position is fairly lonely.
Just briefly to revisit the argument. A seemingly unaccountable body is building track and other structures in the Mournes.
Their position is that this is necessary. My position is that it is not.
They argue it is to do with safety and accessibility. I argue that it is not.
They also take the position that the effort is worthy. I take the position that it is not.
Using heavy machinery, they have carved a track up Slieve Binnian effecting an horrific scar on the beautiful landscape; they are also trying to do the same up the Bloody Bridge track including building a horrible bridge concreted into steel sleepers across the pretty Fofanny river and taking out big, natural boulders from the river. (see David Kirkís view on this Ė a man with credentials on the Mournes the length of your arm). They are also now engaged in driving a track up the Glen River.
As far as I understand, none of the hillwalking fraternity has been consulted. When I suggested that it should have been, on this website they tried to make a mockery of that position.
If we are so irrelevant then I am happy to take my walking circle into the Sperrins or anywhere else and we can spend our money on accommodation, food, drink and entertainment there instead.
My mountainview is essentially this. I have no issue with fixing existing tracks where they have become dangerous. I do have an issue with building completely unnecessary and unnatural structures in an otherwise natural environment.
However my main complaint is with the time, energy and our money committed to an enterprise which is ultimately an indulgence. Not in my view, so good in the current climate.
Given there is no support for my position I shall take comfort that the thing is like a joke in a Carry On movie. Not that the joke is good but that the audacity in trying it is wonderful.
Lastly I have presented the argument to the National Trust here and at HQ. Neither has got back to me, which means either they think we don't matter or they don't think they are up to a serious debate on the subject.
Also, given this is the biggest and most popular website on mountains in Ireland, they or the perpetrators of the above work needn't say they haven't seen this. They have. So if they don't respond ..........


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Summit Comment
Curra Hill: Cloudy Climb
andreos97 17 hours ago.
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Track
Barnavave and Slieve Foye from Carlingford
simon3 a day ago.
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Summit Summary
Barnavave: Double humped, easy to visit, good views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day ago.
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Forum: General
Carol Morgan wins the women's Spine Race agai
IainT 2 days ago.
Carol Morgan from Dublin has come in as first woman in the Spine Race for the 2nd time after crossing the Cheviots in some of the toughest conditions in the race for years. She is over a day ahead...

  
Track
Nire Valley 22km loop walk through the Gap and to Crotty's and up to Fauscoum
Ulsterpooka a week ago.
walk, Len: 20.4km, Climb: 1140m, Area: Fauscoum, Comeragh Mountains (Ireland) F...

  
Summit Comment
Knockastia: Hunting and shooting forbidden
ceadeile 4 days ago.
The path described by FergalH is now, January 2018, very overgrown. There are many thorn bushes in particular which make it a somewhat dangerous for your eyes. A simpler approach is to park at the...

Forum: General
When hill-walking meets (pre)history
David-Guenot 3 days ago.
Amazing discovery by a hill-walker. It seems the Irish hills still have many a secret to hide... http://www.thejournal.ie/ancient-human-remains-mayo-3805783-Jan2018/?utm_source=shortlinkAnd an art...

  
Summit Comment
Banagher Hill: Better road surface - easier access now
Pepe 4 days ago.
Followed the Bluestack Way sign mentioned by Aidy. The road is well surfaced now, though narrow. Drove a couple of kilometres NW (ignoring lower-down parking areas) to a small plantation on the le...

  
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Aidy a week ago.
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The Ravens Rock: Crispy Morning Rock Hopping
Pepe 4 days ago.
Climbed this via the ascent up the Fox's Rock from the Long Woman's Grave. Took the direct route up (steep and slippy!) on a crunchy January morning. The light and the views were magnificent. If y...

  
Bibliography
Exploring Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way by David Flanagan & Richard Creagh
aidand 5 days ago.
This book is definitely a keeper, a book Iíll hang on to knowing Iíll return to it again and again.I donít know who the genius is who came up with the concept of the Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) but th...

  
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January Club Walk - Na Sleibhte Hillwalking Club - Route 1 (of 5 options)
GSheehy a week ago.
" 'Twas like doing the Turks challenge after the Christmas dinner." walk, Len: 31.0km, Climb: 1800m, Area: Fauscoum, Comeragh Mountains (Ireland) F...


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