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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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'Off-Grid' in Arctic Sweden: Trekking the Dag Hammarskjöldleden
mcrtchly less than an hour ago.
We first visited Arctic Sweden in September 2016 and walked the middle section of the Kungsleden trail (MV track 3332). walk, Len: 110.7km, Climb: 1726m, Area: Sweden, Norrbotten ()

  
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Spinans Hill SE Top: Brissels or Brussels
Bunsen7 18 hours ago.
Climbed both hills on 16/12/17, following the main route described by others here on MV.The forestry between the tops has thinned out a little (or so it seems by reference to previous comments) an...

  
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Glen o' the Downs Wood
jgfitz 13 hours ago.
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Cloghnagaune: There must be an easier way!
Bunsen7 19 hours ago.
This is a rather painful hill to summit from the obvious parking spot at the forest entrance to the south east. Following where others have gone I found myself wading through head high gorse to at...

  
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IainMiller
IainMiller 2 days ago.
A rock climber, hillwalker and guidebook author living, working and playing on the sea cliffs, sea stacks, mountain ranges and uninhabited islands of County Donegal. http://uniqueascent.ie/sea_sta...

  
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Roaninish: Roan Inish
IainMiller 2 days ago.
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Cloghnagaune Summit and Stone Circle
Bunsen7 19 hours ago.
This is a rather painful hill to summit from the obvious parking spot at the forest entrance to the south east. Follow... walk, Len: 4.0km, Climb: 144m, Area: Cloghnagaune, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) C

  
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Inishbarnog: Roan Inish
IainMiller 2 days ago.
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The Beara-Breifne Way Day7
mlmoroneybb a week ago.
On Sunday, we were not attacked by the MacCarthys of Drishane Castle but started our walk on the O?Keefe Booning Castl walk, Len: 27.7km, Climb: 362m, Area: Paps/Derrynasaggart (Ireland)

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An Bhuidéal: Climbing An Bhuideal
IainMiller 2 days ago.
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The Beara-Breifne Way Day 6
mlmoroneybb a week ago.
Thanks to all for making the weekends on the Beara-Breifne Way so special. We have completed 187Km in 7 Day?s walking walk, Len: 30.3km, Climb: 781m, Area: Paps/Derrynasaggart (Ireland)

  
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Dún Briste: Climbing dun Briste
IainMiller 2 days ago.
The first ascent by rock climbers was in May 1990 by three UK climbers who climbed a groove system up the north facing seaward face of the stack. The stack then waited 26 years for another ascent ...


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