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2012-09-04 14:11:54
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“I agree with anyone that says that a map and compass and knowledge to use them should always be taken. I don't agree that a compass should be part of the primary means of navigation since using one is slow, cumbersome and error prone.”

Who on earth contributed that to the newsletter? It’s seriously irresponsible. If you’ve a map and compass and you’re slow, cumbersome and error prone then you’ve not the knowledge to use them.

I’m not arguing GPS users are anyway inherently worse people than compass users but they’ve less idea about navigation – they don’t have to know where they are at every moment, so they’re less aware. Me and my mates all are compass navigators though the other two carry GPS, one as back up, the other to download actual route travelled. The one time we tried GPS versus compass in Scotland’s decidedly bigger, more challenging terrain, GPS was faster because you had to stop to check the map and compass at course changes but I’d guess the difference was 5 minutes over an hour. There were no signs of differences of accuracy in the navigation.

I’m not saying I haven’t been error prone with a compass, I have been, and quite spectacularly, but that was me not the compass. I’ve also seen a GPS user making the fatal error of starting at the wrong car park and audibly blaming his device. As with most of these things, operator error’s at the root .

Get so you can use a compass and map easily then use the system you fancy. But map and compass are more fun.
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Camaderry South East Top: Glenealo Valley and Miners Village
sev 14 hours ago.
Glenealo Valley and Miners Village - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

  
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Camaderry South East Top: Glendalough Upper Lake
sev 14 hours ago.
Glendalough Upper Lake and the valley - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

  
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Seefin: "Megalithic Fallout Shelter"
sev 18 hours ago.
Wicklow Mountains - Megalithic tomb on Seefin Mt.http://youtu.be/u--BKEqB-JM

Summit Summary
Skregmore: Incidental summit in the Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker a day ago.
Much climbed but little remembered, Skregmore is a victim of its location. One of the highest summits in Ireland but adjacent to still higher tops, impressively rocky but still far less dramatic t...

  
Track
Near Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullion (Ireland)
Gus 3 days ago.
Tough ascent from the carpark, but once on the ridge is reasonably easy with an identifiable track. On the return kee... walk, Len: 8.7km, Climb: 413m, Area: Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullio

  
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Cnoc an Bhráca: The last hurrah of the high Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 2 days ago.
Cnoc an Bhráca, together with its near neighbour Cnoc na DTarbh, are the last (relatively) high summits along the great ridge of the Eastern Reeks; beyond here the ground gradually declines to the...

Track
Wicklow: Cullentragh Mountain
Onzy a week ago.
Easiest route to an hill that is really just a point on the way to Mullacor and beyond ... run, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 185m, Area: Cullentragh Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow (Irela...

  
Summit Summary
Tievnabinnia: Bulky Sheeffrys summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 3 days ago.
Tievnabinnia is the easternmost of the higher Sheeffry Hills, a distinctly bulky eminence where gently grassy upper slopes contrast with a series of steep corries to both north and south of its ge...

  
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WalkinIreland
WalkinIreland 2 days ago.
Walking Holiday Ireland provide self-guided hiking & guided walking tours in Ireland’s Ancient East and along the Wild Atlantic Way since 2012 for hiking & trekking enthusiasts from around t...

Summit Summary
Maumtrasna: A steep-sided fortress in the West
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 4 days ago.
Maumtrasna is one of the most singular mountains in Ireland, a monumental sprawl of plateau plunging away in viciously steep slopes around almost all of its perimeter; these slopes are themselves ...

  
Track
A Postcard from the Edge
mcrtchly a week ago.
This summer we spent 2 weeks in the Faroe Islands, a remote arrowhead-shaped archipelago of 18 basalt islands rising up walk, Len: 4.3km, Climb: 216m, Area: Faroe Islands, Nor?oyar ()

  
Summit Comment
Corn Hill: New Pathway around the Summit
TommyMc 6 days ago.
A new pathway around the summit has been installed over the summer. Walkers are now met with a locked gate within circa 50 yards of the masts and trig point, but a new and quite attractive pathway...


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