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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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Forum: General
UK website for mountains
Peter Walker 6 hours ago.
I'll second peter1...walkhighlands.co.uk is very good (specifically for Scotland, unsurprisingly).I'll even forgive the person on their forums (the forums are excellent, btw) whose response to 'is...

  
Forum: General
UK website for mountains
peter1 a day ago.
Hi, I use walkhighlands.co.uk and find it very useful.

  
Forum: Suggestions
Change to map layers. -Google +Bing
simon3 2 days ago.
As a result of various technical difficulties MV has moved to using Bing as a secondary map provider with global scope.You will see Bing Roads and Bing Aerial Hybrid offered as maplayers in the De...

Summit Comment
Devilsmother North Top: Friday 13th... Lucky for me!
Geo 4 days ago.
A crisp early morning in September.The mist shimmering over the lakelets as I drive the winding road north from my base in Roundstone.A night of fitful sleep the night before worrying through the ...

  
Summit Comment
Birreencorragh: Shapely summit welcomes bootless buffoon
wicklore 6 days ago.
This is a view of the rather shapely upper slopes of Birreencorragh as viewed from the col to the south west. In particular, the photo was taken from near spot height 587 meters. From this point i...

  
Summit Comment
Knocknascollop NW Top: The unofficial high point.
TommyV a week ago.
This route actually takes in the cairn on Knocnascallop and not the NW top which is five metres higher. My plan was to take in the NW top but after driving around it seemed that parking and access...

Summit Comment
Tawnaghmore: Rural Mayo
TommyV a week ago.
Followed the directions provided by Geansai. Just to mention with a bit of tidy parking it's possible to fit a car at the start of the bog road at F97993 40155. I wouldn't recommend driving any fu...

  
Track
Devilsmother ridge from N59
Geo 4 days ago.
walk, Len: 10.1km, Climb: 695m, Area: Devilsmother Far North Top, Partry/Joyce ...

  
Summit Summary
Devilsmother North Top: Simple top on the way to main summit.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Geo 4 days ago.
The most direct approach is to park at small lay-by (1-2 cars) at L91270 65070 and proceed directly up steep slope in SE direction. Terrain is short grass mostly, and was solid underfoot in late M...

Summit Comment
Maumakeogh: Wet and Boggy
TommyV a week ago.
I followed the directions provided by sandman and I would second his opinion that this one is a summit bagging exercise. Very little to recommend about this one!

  
Track
The Four Peaks Challenge
wicklore 6 days ago.
walk, Len: 51.5km, Climb: 5405m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Lugnaquilla, Sl...

  
Track
Alt de Comapedrosa
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
Visiting Alt de Comapedrosa, the highpoint of Andorra at 2942m, with a friend from Wales. Actual total ascent ca. 1420m. walk, Len: 15.7km, Climb: 1558m, Area: Andorra, La Massana () ||


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