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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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Wilderness 3 hours ago.
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derkelly274 6 hours ago.
Enjoy climbing the odd hill. Hope to visit more and more.

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derkelly274 4 hours ago.
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peter1 15 hours ago.
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peter1 15 hours ago.
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