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PuterMan
2012-04-06 09:39:00
Maps Consultation
“Ordnance Survey of Ireland are running a consultation on 1:25,000 paper maps, Tues Apr 17th, 6pm
These are maps of specific areas in the Republic, such as the Brandon Mountains, the McGillycuddy Reeks and the Aran Islands. OSi are looking for informed opinion on these maps at a consultation in Dublin, on the value of paper maps in general and on whether the future is digital.”

I would not be able to attend in Dublin but I should just like to comment on the value of paper maps.

I firmly believe that both versions are required based on the following reasoning.

Digital maps using GPS are fine for for a quick 'fix' or for people who have not learnt how to read a map properly and wish to depend on technology to steer them on the right path, These persons have a need for digital maps.

My own feelings on the matter are that digital maps are an addition to paper maps and not a substitution. This is not because I learnt to read maps 45 years ago and am an old stick in the mud but because technology is all well and good until it fails. Digital maps can fail you because of comms problems, and because of something so simple as a handset failure or batteries running out. Yes you should always carry batteries but, if the handset fails it will be of no use to you to have spare batteries.

On the other hand if the handset fails and you have a map you are no longer without the means to navigate. The basic equipment for mountain walking, in addition to the correct attire, is a map and a compass. Without both of these you are best advised not to proceed. A GPS map system is an enhancement but not a substitute in my opinion.

There is also the matter of cost. A map is considerably less outlay and will, if properly looked after, outlast any GPS technology neither does it require to be fed with batteries. I can afford an occasional map or upgraded map, but I cannot afford a GPS device.

I would also add that you cannot guarantee the integrity of the GPS system. By that I mean that these GPS satellites are up in space and controlled by other countries than Ireland. There are many reasons why the service may suffer discontinuity or even termination amongst which could be the outbreak of war or a massive CME from the Sun. Neither are beyond the bounds of possibility although the risk may be extremely small.

I would rather be carrying my maps if it is all the same to you!
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Knockbwee: Summit Revealed
CaminoPat 17 hours ago.
From the south, parking available for only one car at W124 775. Proceed uphill from junction with local road in a NNW direction along a rough stone covered road until you come to a six bar field g...

  
Track
Slieveboy Loop
jgfitz 22 hours ago.
We followed the official National Loop Walk, Loop 106C, which is the purple trail. We took one small shortcut, but add... walk, Len: 14.1km, Climb: 424m, Area: Slieveboy, North Wexford (Ireland) Slie

  
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Crocknafarragh SE Top: Climb it, but include one or more "cousins"
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day ago.
The way to Crocknafarragh SE Top can follow the full route up to Crocknafarragh with an additional 700m walk out to the lesser top or, part of the way up, by contouring up and around the S flanks ...

Track
Croughan ridge by going around Lough Acorrymore
simon3 a day ago.
This is a relatively easy way to reach the Croughan ridgeline and get a taste for the magnificent all-round views. Ir... walk, Len: 7.8km, Climb: 595m, Area: Croaghaun SW Top, Achill/Corraun (Ireland

  
Summit Comment
Baurtregaum Far NE Top: Great views from a so-so mountain
Colin Murphy 2 days ago.
The view over Tralee Bay at low tide from Baurtregaum Far NE Top had the appearance of the Amazon River delta!

  
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eamonoc
eamonoc 2 days ago.
A lot of walking done and so much more to do, thank you Mountainviews for the inspiration

Track
Scouting the start of the Galty Challenge.
jackill 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 17.5km, Climb: 623m, Area: Slieveanard NE Top, Galty Mountains (Irel...

  
Summit Comment
Bunnacunneen South Top: Simple bag from nearby tops
Colin Murphy 2 days ago.
For approach see entry for Bunnacunneen SE Top. From that grassy summit it is just over 1km across a gently rising slope to the NW and the South Top's equally grassy summit, which has marvellous p...

  
Track
molls gap loop walk
strangeweaver 5 days ago.
From the car park at molls gap follow the narrow country lane down to the pass between to stumpa duloigh and Knocklome... walk, Len: 17.6km, Climb: 985m, Area: Dunkerron Mountains (Ireland) Knocklome

Summit Summary
Bunnacunneen SE Top: Handy track
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 2 days ago.
Although there was a sign on the track at L973 570 forbidding trespassers, the farmer in the nearby farmhouse had no problem with us using the track, which curved up the hillside almost to the sum...

  
Track
Simple ascent of Minaun.
simon3 5 days ago.
An easy way up starting from the carpark. walk, Len: 3.6km, Climb: 121m, Area: Minaun, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Minaun

  
Summit Summary
Caherbarnagh East Top: A Hidden Gem Discovered
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 3 days ago.
Park off road next to gate at the saddle between Claragh Mountain and Curracahill W23626 87990. There's room for 3-4 cars to park safely. Climb gate and follow rough stone track keeping forest to ...


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