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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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Forum: General
Tough Soles complete a WayWalkers Challenge.
simon3 a day ago.
Tough Soles a couple of determined walkers who chose to walk all the waymarked ways in Ireland will be finally finishing on Sunday the 28th of July when they reach the end of the Wicklow Way in Du...

  
Summit Comment
Curracahill: Not great
chelman7 2 days ago.
Curracahill is the 633rd highest spot in Ireland. It would be about 633rd on my list of good walks.

  
Summit Comment
Cuilcagh: A classy mountain
hazyview 6 days ago.
I followed the directions (per scarecrow & others) to the second carpark & we commenced the awesome long boardwalk across the bog & up the mountain. A good challenging climb of stairs to the summi...

Summit Comment
Hill of Allen: Pleasant and easy stroll
TommyMc a week ago.
A pleasant and easy stroll from the lay-by on the Allen-Miltown road as referenced by Dessie1. Frustratingly a spacious car parking area at this spot is padlocked, meaning visitors must park in a ...

  
Summit Comment
Largan Hill: Having it Largan
madfrankie a week ago.
In an effort to avoid the unpleasant tree-stuff described previously, I decided to make an alternative approach. At the western end of Lough Talt I took a minor road at G38776815942 that skirts th...

  
Track
Thor's Cave and the Manifold Valley
Peter Walker a week ago.
walk, Len: 17.5km, Climb: 445m, Area: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Penni...

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Inishturk: A quiet place
TommyV a week ago.
Similar to Inis Mean, the middle Aran island, Inis Turk is in the middle of Clare Island and Inis Bofin and is much less visited than it's neighbours. The island itself is very small and can be hi...

  
Track
Buachaille Etive Mor (mostly)
Peter Walker a week ago.
Being sick on your holidays is a classic example of a First World Problem, but it's still pretty annoying. After ... walk, Len: 12.9km, Climb: 972m, Area: Stob Coire Altruim, Loch Linnhe to Loch |...

  
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Knockastia: Most central hill in Ireland??
TommyV a week ago.
Heading North from the little village of Rosemount will bring you near this hill. I found parking beside an old abandoned house at N24222 42974 and proceeded to walk up a road which leads to a hou...

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Soum de l'Arraït, Montagne de Lège and Sommet de l'Oudérou from Binos
David-Guenot 5 days ago.
walk, Len: 16.8km, Climb: 1272m, Area: France, Occitanie () ||

  
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Meall Fuar-mhonaidh
Peter Walker a week ago.
walk, Len: 9.5km, Climb: 520m, Area: Meall Fuar-mhonaidh, Glen Affric to Glen M...

  
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Cupidstown Hill: One for the County High Pointers only!
TommyV a week ago.
The start point as mentioned by others leads to an easy walk along a forest road for about 500m before reaching the trig point. behind the mast marking the Kildare CHP. The forest trail had lots o...


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