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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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An Cnoc Fada: The majesty of the Poisoned Glen in the snow
mcrtchly 2 hours ago.
A snowy day gives a different perspective on the Poisoned Glen and Crockfadda. This photo was taken with a 500mm lens at a distance of 1.5km from the Scared Heart Church and 8km from the the Poiso...

  
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Tomies Mountain: Light on Tomies and Purple
davsheen 6 hours ago.
Tomies and Purple in the Light from Muckross

  
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Derrygarriff: Free as a bird
Colin Murphy 6 days ago.
We were lucky to see a white tailed eagle gliding gracefully over Eirk Lough before before coming to rest on a rock, which provided the opportunity to capture a pic of the rarely seen bird of prey...

Track
The Beara-Breifne Way Day 6
mlmoroneybb 3 days 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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Enjoy your trip
BleckCra 3 days ago.
The first flurry of snow here in Armagh. A biting wind. Antenna whiskers taste the chill air and the prospect of picture postcard winter days. In no time at all, the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue will...

  
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Foardal: Beyond a shadow of a doubt
Colin Murphy 6 days ago.
The French writer Maupassant used to say he had lunch in the Eiffel Tower every day because it was the only place in Paris that he couldn't see the thing. A similar view might be taken of Foardal,...

Track
The Beara-Breifne Way Day7
mlmoroneybb 3 days 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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The Beara-Breifne Way Day5
mlmoroneybb 3 days ago.
Day 5 we set out for Ballyvourney where some of us put our cupla focail to good use. Along this trail we came across man walk, Len: 23.4km, Climb: 483m, Area: Shehy/Knockboy (Ireland)

  
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Hillocks
BleckCra 5 days ago.
Simon. Himself is the well known to some, Bernard Hill. Less well known of course are hills to do with ants, except to some. Keep er lit though. At least some sort of discussion and of course only...

Summit Summary
Foardal: Simple approach from NW
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 6 days ago.
If you want to do this in isolation, the simplest route is from the car park at V882790, and then heading SE directly up the heathery slope for 1km. The summit itself is a broad heathery mound.

  
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The Beara-Breifne Way Day4
mlmoroneybb 3 days ago.
The Saturday trek started in the scenic village of Glengarriff. From here a short boat trip brought some of our members... walk, Len: 27.5km, Climb: 783m, Area: Shehy/Knockboy (Ireland) Foilastookeen

  
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Derrygarriff: Fine summit, easily reached.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 6 days ago.
There are access issues around Moll's Gap, so suggest starting at car park at V882790 and proceeding up the heathery slopes to Foardal - about 1km to the SE, before walking the 1.5km to the SW to ...


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