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brenno
2012-09-16 16:08:01
Keepin Ireland Clean 2
Just to add to march-fixer's comments a few minutes ago, it's not generally known that the Spink boardwalk above Glendalough (which he mentions) leading to Lugduff consistently tops the charts for call-outs by the two mountain rescue teams in Wicklow - usually for lower legs injuries suffered by people slipping off the board walk. Just shows that you can install as many "safety features" as you like on the mountains, but in high usage areas where poorly-equipped walkers are common, there will always be a large number of accidents.
I've mixed views about paths and boardwalks being built on the mountains. I'm old enough to remember the Spink when it became a swamp from about October onwards and believe that the boardwalk here isn't the worst or most intrusive feature. Likewise, the WW between Djouce and the Pier Gates which would be virtually impassable if not the board walk. I do however have issues with engineering-type works such as that on the Glenealo above the zig-zags at Glendalough and also the work down from Curtlestown Wood up to Prince Williams Seat. I don't know the stretches in the Mournes being mentioned by other posters but some of the pictures posted are pretty awful.
A thorny question - do we want to encourage more people onto the mountains by installing boardwalks and graded tracks (and by the way we aren't the only ones doing this - New Zealand trails include lots of "improved" sections) - or do we want to make the mountains accessible only to those who have the ability and equipment to do so without third party help.


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Slieveboy Loop
jgfitz less than an hour 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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Croughan ridge by going around Lough Acorrymore
simon3 10 hours 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

  
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Crocknafarragh SE Top: Climb it, but include one or more "cousins"
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 21 hours 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 ...

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

  
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Baurtregaum Far NE Top: Great views from a so-so mountain
Colin Murphy a day 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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Scouting the start of the Galty Challenge.
jackill a day ago.
walk, Len: 17.5km, Climb: 623m, Area: Slieveanard NE Top, Galty Mountains (Irel...

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Bunnacunneen South Top: Simple bag from nearby tops
Colin Murphy a day 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...

  
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molls gap loop walk
strangeweaver 4 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

  
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Bunnacunneen SE Top: Handy track
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a day 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...

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Simple ascent of Minaun.
simon3 4 days ago.
An easy way up starting from the carpark. walk, Len: 3.6km, Climb: 121m, Area: Minaun, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Minaun

  
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Caherbarnagh East Top: A Hidden Gem Discovered
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 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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Puglia: Circuit south of Otranto
Onzy 5 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.1km, Climb: 215m, Area: Italy, Apulia ()


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