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kevin carroll
2012-09-19 20:17:55
track repairs
"Improvements or remedial action to mountain areas/tracks should surely only be done to the extent of saving the area/track from further erosion - at ground level only. With all of our technical ability, surely it must be possible to stabilise the area/track without making it highly obvious that such action has been taken? "

After my previous responce to Bleck Cra a few months back I promised myself not to put a toe back into this shark infested debate, but the above paragraph on top of a lot of silly talk about cable cars and steps to the top of mountains, and health and safety and making it too easy for people to access the hills etc. have persuaded me to dive back in. Firstly the above statement, he says "with all our technical ability", the problem is it doesn't exist, if it did there would'nt be any debate. I have been in Mountain Meitheal for many years and the biggest problem we face is providing a sustainable track that fits in with the surroundings and is'nt an absolute eyesore. For instance how does one make a hardwaring and lasting trail across soft boggy ground and make it blend in, what material do you use, stone or gravel is out, so the only answer to date is the dreaded sleepers. If march-fixer has the answer to these thorny problems which have eluded us all over the years I would like to invite him to come out on Mountain Meitheal, even for one day, just to put us on the right track (pun intended). We're always willing to learn.
The other topic that has been exercising peoples minds is new tracks making it safer and too easy for walkers. There is no doubt when we repair a badly worn track it invariably makes it easier to walk on, but this is only the consequence and not the motive for the work. As far as I am concerned hillwalking is something we do at our own risk and people should be able to look after themselves. I honestly believe that if the issue was simply peoples safety and comfort that not one metre of track would have ever been laid or repaired. The reason I personally got involved in the work on the trails was to try to help to repair the damage done by myself and the thousands of others who take to the hills every weekend and I never once gave a thought to peoples safety.
Kevin Carroll
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Forum: General
More Mount Brandon
tomlug48 8 hours ago.
On the way to the summit

  
Summit Summary
Binn Charrach: NE finger from the Twelve Bens offers a way in.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 16 hours 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...

  
Summit Summary
Bencorrbeg: Shapely outlier, serious scrambling.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 18 hours 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...

Summit Comment
Inis Leacan: Island south of Roundstone.
simon3 3 days ago.
Inishlacken is a small island south of Roundstone. Here it is viewed from Inishnee.

  
Summit Comment
Oileán an Chlaí: Island in Bertraghboy Bay
simon3 3 days ago.
Oghly Island is around 250m from the driveable Inishnee island.

  
Track
Beast of Bencorrbeg tackled from the south.
simon3 3 days ago.
As many others have said Bencorrbeg is a serious scrambling challenge. This track was an attempt to reach it from the ... walk, Len: 14.0km, Climb: 669m, Area: Bencorrbeg, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Benco

Summit Comment
Lettershinna Hill: Grass top, distant heights.
simon3 3 days 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.

  
Track
Wicklow: Glenmalure to Glendalough
Onzy 4 days ago.
Glenmalure to Glendalough viw Wicklow Way & the Spinc... walk, Len: 11.3km, Climb: 540m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)

  
Track
The Heights of Malta
madfrankie 3 days 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 ()

Summit Summary
Benglenisky: Southern Bens easiest way up.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 3 days 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,...

  
Track
Waterfalls Galore
march-fixer 4 days ago.
There are two major waterfalls in Jamaica. Dunn's River Falls and Reach Falls. Reach Falls is by far the most beautiful walk, Len: 6.2km, Climb: 109m, Area: Jamaica, Portland ()

  
Summit Comment
Binn Bhriocáin: Rocky top from afar.
simon3 3 days ago.
The rocky top of Letterbreckaun viewed from Bencorrbeg in the Twelve Bens which is 4.5km away.


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