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CaptainVertigo
2012-09-17 23:44:20
"Savonarola Implores The Duchess to Preserve us from The Paths" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
Picture: Savonarola Implores The Duchess to Preserve us from The Paths (Contract pics)

Our Common Purpose Outshines Our Differences
Bleck Cra did a helluva lot of crying in the wilderness before the rest of us finally began to put fingers to keyboard in signifiicant numbers on the subject of our desire to conserve our natural uplands. It takes a bit of a Savonarola pulling his hair out to stir the herd. In that singular stampede there have been some Pamplonically bruised egos - collateral damage in the China shop - but my sense is that what binds us is far greater than what divides us. It is one thing to "know" something, it is another to articulate it. The other night, in a deliberately tedious way, I managed to persuade myself that in an ideal world there would be no foreign forests, no windmills, no teletowers, no roads, no bridges, no tracks, no paths, no helicopter landing pads. But we do not live in a Platonically ideal world. We certainly don't live in a static world. Yesterday's seabed is today's mountaintop. We are are spinning at over 600 mph while hurtling around the sun at over 60,000 mph. There are no absolute paradises. Everything ebbs and flows. That is why we must bring huge focus to our thinking on conservation. We cannot "save" everything. Therefore we must be selective and ruthless. We must marshall our arguments so as to be ready for the endless red herrings that will be fired our way. I intend, in due course, to deal with the codologies of Health and Safety, Insurance, Tourism, comparative "path"ology, Wood as a Natural Product, Green Energy and much more. But equally we must be pragmatic about the adverse consequences of our own proselytising. The NUMBER ONE cause of mountain damage is people like us...people tramping up and down the hills of Ireland. Thankfully the great majority of mountains are unscarred. But the popular ones are suffering and in many cases the damage is very noticeable. Where that happens, a path of some kind may actually prevent a greater evil. Now that's not a judgment in any particular case, but simply accepting in principle that where the mountain is being cut open an ugly bandage may be better than an open wound. I can see that we may have to cede some of our precious mountains to the visigoths as you would throw lumps of meat to the lions in the hope that they might not devour your children. I recently did a circuit of the Dublin Mountains. One part of the circuit, Tibradden and Three Rock, was full of paths put there by the Dublin Mountain Way people. Folks, we can't defend everything...Now there's a big difference between the pathification of the Dublin Mountains which had already de facto surrendered to the city, and the mad Mourne carry on reported by BC. Paths, stairs and bridges can never be justified for the convenience of users or potential users. Wilderness is not to be tamed. Paths can only be a last resort when it is clear that the cure will not be worse than the disease.
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Really getting away from it all!
peter1 13 hours ago.
This group of mountains is probably best approached from Dalwhinnie. Parking is available at the petrol station and th... walk, Len: 18.7km, Climb: 926m, Area: Loch Treig to Loch Ericht (Britain) Bei

  
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4 Munros in 2 days, part 1
peter1 13 hours ago.
I went back to Scotland to climb more Munros after an absence of nearly 15 years. This group of 4 can be done in a da... walk, Len: 11.2km, Climb: 1126m, Area: An Socach, Killilan to Inverness (Brita

  
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4 Munros in 2 days, part 2
peter1 14 hours ago.
walk, Len: 9.8km, Climb: 480m, Area: Sgurr na Lapaich, Killilan to Inverness (B...

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Bencorrbeg: Shapely outlier, serious scrambling.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 5 days ago.
Bencorbeg dominates views from the mouth of the Gleninagh Valley. Although only 577m, the full extent of this height is seen when the mountain is viewed from north or east, as the mountain plunges...

  
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Binn Charrach: NE finger from the Twelve Bens offers a way in.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 5 days ago.
Knockpasheemore (Binn Charrach) is a small summit at the end of a 2km ridge heading NE from the lower scree slopes of Benbaun, and makes a worthwhile climb either in its own right, or as a diversi...

  
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Cadamstown to Kinnitty - Slieve Blooms
jgfitz 2 days ago.
We commenced the hike along the way-marked Silver River eco-walk. The well-illustrated information boards along the gorg walk, Len: 13.3km, Climb: 341m, Area: Slieve Bloom (Ireland)

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Inis Leacan: Island south of Roundstone.
simon3 a week ago.
Inishlacken is a small island south of Roundstone. Here it is viewed from Inishnee.

  
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Oileán an Chlaí: Island in Bertraghboy Bay
simon3 a week ago.
Oghly Island is around 250m from the driveable Inishnee island.

  
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The Heights of Malta
madfrankie a week ago.
When you're considering hiking trips abroad, Malta is not likely to be high on anyone's list. It's small and the human f walk, Len: 8.4km, Climb: 40m, Area: Malta, Dingli ()

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Lettershinna Hill: Grass top, distant heights.
simon3 a week ago.
As paddyhillsbagger found, the Bens form a backdrop to the top of Lettershinna. This picture was taken during a generally mist covered period one May day.

  
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Benbulbin: donieg on the summit, 2008
donieg 4 days ago.
Thursday 29.05.2008 a beautifull sunny day I decided to take on the three peaks challenge of Benbulbin followed by Benwiskin and finally Slievemore. I found 'eflanaga' comment of 15.03.06 helpfull...

  
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Benglenisky: Southern Bens easiest way up.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a week ago.
Driving towards Clifden along the N59, go 2km past the Benlettery Hostel and take the minor road on the right. I.5km along this, at point L750 499, there is a large space for parking on the right,...


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