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CaptainVertigo
2012-09-16 23:19:05
"The Great Debate" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
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The Natural Law
Much as I support the proposition that there ought to be zero toleration of human interference or development on mountain wildernesses, other than the most transient (to permit walking and camping), I am almost immediately forced to make concessions. If a mountain wilderness is to be defined as place of a certain height in a natural state, then I lose The Faha Ridge straight away. Irresponsible Iron Age folk put a fort there, at Benagh. They were also active on nearby Caherconree and various other places. In fact the Bronze Age crowd were busy too, and there are no end of early middle and late Christian structures strewn about our mountains. In order to keep all these good places on my wilderness list, I must refine my proposition: there ought to be zero toleration of human interference or development on mountain wildernesses which expression shall include places "developed" in ancient times. No. That won't do either. That would mean kissing goodbye to the Mournes whose walls and cute towers are too recently erected to be called ancient. So it will have to be.."which expression shall include all places "developed" before the First World War." I am happy with that, I think. All post war structures must go. All windmills, all telecommunication towers and masts, all roads, footpaths. All fences. Fences? What about sheep? Ah I forgot. There are people living at or near the mountains. They often own the mountains. They have to live so they farm the mountains. Is farming "development"? It most certainly is. We'll have another go:..."which expression shall include all places "developed" before the First World War and/or currently used by family farmers for traditional low intensity agriculture." May I stop here? I will rest a while now, to reflect on the conundrum of places that would fall within the above definition but are so close to urban centres so as to be virtually over run by walkers.. (Now you know why, when the revolution comes, the lawyers will be the first to be shot)


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Quick up and down Knockakishaun
markwallace 10 hours ago.
Starts from layby opposite a house about 1km before the road crosses the bridge over the Bunowen River.Short traverse ... walk, Len: 4.4km, Climb: 308m, Area: Knockakishaun, Croagh Patrick (Ireland)

  
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MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET SEPTEMBER 2018
liz50 a day ago.
Traverse of Brandon Ridge is scheduled for Saturday 8th September. The walk from the Connor Pass to Brandon Creek is around 18km with 1300m ascent taking around 7 hours. There is a slightly shorte...

  
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Near Slievanea, Central Dingle (Ireland)
simon3 a day ago.
Important note. The end of this route is at Ballyduff Graveyard around Q54076 10104. We no longer recommend finishing ... walk, Len: 16.5km, Climb: 849m, Area: Slievanea, Central Dingle (Ireland) Sli

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Crocknafarragh: The High Route around Glentornan Lough
jsramsey1491 3 days ago.
Last Thursday (16/08/2018) a few friends and I decided to do a recce of a walk around Glentornan Lough. We started close to the Gaelic pitch on the southwestern shore of Lough Nacung Upper, passed...

  
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Knockakishaun: Bunowen River can present problems
markwallace 2 days ago.
Parked at a layby further up the valley from the crossing point mentioned in James Sheerin's comment to do a circuit of Laghta Eighter and Knockakishaun. Access to Laghta Eighter was easy from hig...

  
Summit Comment
An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Head Loop.
sandman 4 days ago.
As already stated Benwee Head has some of the most dramatic costal scenery in Ireland and with this in mind i decided to enjoy on a clear sunny day the joys of walking the 12.4km of the Benwee Hea...

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Burrane Upper
conormcbandon 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 0.8km, Climb: 43m, Area: Burrane Upper, Clare Coastal Hill (Ireland)...

  
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Knocknanacree: Storm Beach and Cliffs at lower western reaches
Bunsen7 4 days ago.
A view of "Acres" from Minard Beach. This is apparently a geologically interesting spot in itself as it is a storm beach comprised of large sandstone boulders. The castle is on private land and no...

  
Track
Kilmore
conormcbandon 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 1.0km, Climb: 26m, Area: Kilmore, Clare Coastal Hill (Ireland) Kilmo...

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Knockafeehane: From the horse's mouth
Bunsen7 4 days ago.
This is the trail description post at Q59652 00497. It summarises the route if taken from east to west, as per track 3881.Vastly superior to my own garbled efforts!Annascaul obviously is a very we...

  
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Oileán an Bhromaigh
conormcbandon 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 1.1km, Climb: 21m, Area: Oile?n an Bhromaigh, Galway Islands (Irelan...

  
Summit Comment
Knockafeehane: Easily Accessible and not overly demanding
Bunsen7 4 days ago.
There is a waymarked trail to the summit which loops over the ridge leading west from this hill. See track 3881.The quickest route to the top would see you park in Annascaul village and walk up th...


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