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Peter Walker
2013-10-08 12:15:55
You're not on the list, you're not coming in,
Tackling each of my esteemed colleague Mr Cra's issues...

Hill name translations - I am but a heathen from Albion, but one who happens to be a grammar Nazi and as such am far more likely to be irked by someone sticking apostrophes in the wrong place than dodgy conversions from Irish to English. Therefore I'm not unduly concerned by any errors in the hill names (they're entertaining whether they're correct or not), but equally I'm aware that I'm the last person anyone should be asking. It's a beautiful language, but it's not my language.

The messaging service - Notifications to your email address when you're sent a message and a sent items folder...that'd be grand, I reckon.

What constitutes a hill? That's entirely an individual opinion. I'm not against list ticking per se (a wise standpoint when I'd be fibbing if I claimed I'd never done any); some decry it as being a bit trainspottery but then again trainspotters are 'a club of just wannabe rogues' as the Frank & Walters once put it. Working to a list can open your eyes to some fantastic places you might never see otherwise.

While all of the current MV lists conform to some sort of tight definition there are several famous ones out there that are or seem arbitrary; the Munros (other than the 'over 3000ft' bit, nobody knows how Sir Hugh decided what was in and what was out), the Wainwrights in the Lake District...strewth, even over here Paddy Dillon's list of 2000ft summits was constructed using his gut instinct rather than surveying equipment. So with that in mind, summits of interest (historical or otherwise) does have precedents.

But even considering that, I'm unconvinced of the need for such a list. A good hill or a good feature doesn't need the validation of appearing on a list...it just is. Is anyone in Belfast with eyes prone to pointing upwards going to ignore Cave Hill just because it's not on MV's lists (yet)? Of course they aren't, and if they do they're daft. I quite like the idea of a list shaped exclusively by the whims of an individual, but once you throw that sort of thing open to 'democracy' it doesn't seem quite so appealing to me. Case in point? Prepare to shoot me down, but I've been to Tara and to me it resembled the ancient seat of Irish kings not nearly as much as it looked like a haphazardly maintained municipal golf course.


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Summit Comment
Maulin: Misty morning
simon3 17 hours ago.
Just sometimes and just for a short while a damp forest can show a misty fairy side. And so it was one January day after a heavy raincloud had passed and the sun had majicked this sprite into the ...

  
Summit Comment
Slieve Beg: Southern plunge
simon3 21 hours ago.
The famous side of Slieve Beg is the NE, gashed by the Devils Coachroad. However the SE side also has its drama.Taken on a frosty slippy day from Cove.

  
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Chimney Rock Mountain: Rock, cloud and sea.
simon3 21 hours ago.
Chimney Rock photographed from between Slievelamagan and Cove.

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Dromderalough NE Top: Odd-looking formations
Colin Murphy 2 days ago.
On my approach to the summit I came across a large field of hundreds of these rather striking formations, which I think are are moss-covered boulders, but which looked like giant green ant-hills o...

  
Track
Pic de Cresp
David-Guenot a day ago.
walk, Len: 12.9km, Climb: 1190m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
Summit Comment
Dromderalough NE Top: VL Number 273 bagged....
Colin Murphy 2 days ago.
My final Vandeleur-Lynam! Unfortunately No. 273 wasn't the most distinctive summit (when I came off Mangerton I couldn't even pick it out on the landscape) , but the views from the top are tremend...

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James Forrest - VLs in 2 months man - talks
simon3 2 days ago.
Date: 23rd/24th/25th January 2019Venue: 23rd Jan Dublin24th Jan Thurles25th Jan NewryDetails here: https://mountaineering.ie/events/2013/default.aspx?iid=2214The Vandeleur-Lynams, a list now maint...

  
Summit Summary
Dromderalough NE Top: Long route from the south.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 2 days ago.
Not normally done in isolation, this top usually forms part of a walk involving Dromderalough itself or Mangerton. One approach is from the north, which has the advantage of a gently rising track ...

  
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Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 3 days ago.
Visited Mullaghdoo today, as part of a 16.4km tek over the Mullaghs, followed Onzy`s track 2570 and added on the walk out to Mullaghdoo and back from Mullaghclogha, much retracing of steps require...

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Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 3 days ago.
View back over route taken from Mullaghclogha to Mullaghdoo

  
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Slievenaglogh: Pleasant 90 Minute Stroll
Pepe 5 days ago.
A blanket of cloud covered the higher Cooleys from Foxe's Rock to Foye but Slievenagloch was in the clear - happy days! Lots of logging activity at 9.30 of a Monday morning, so no space to park at...

  
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Mangerton: The Lake District
TommyV a week ago.
Scapania's directions to the start are perfect. It's possible to make a looped walked taking in Stoompa and Mangerton which will allow for great views of so many lakes I won't list them. It's a fa...


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