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CaptainVertigo
2013-11-05 19:33:04
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The Crown Joules
Of all the faculties in any third level institution, in my day, there was none more sexist than the Engineers. Maybe it’s all changed since girls started to become very, very clever, but when I was “at large” the “Engs” were predominantly male, and were generally confined to their barracks (“the drawing room”) where they fantasised about doing the unmentionable to the unobtainable. Think multiples of “Big Bang Theory”. Think wolf whistling and drooling. Think underpants that you wouldn’t want be wearing in a road traffic accident.
Oddly enough their delayed development didn’t overly handicap them. Once they found mates, they got over the “heightened arousal stage” and made excellent husbands and fathers, although (and this is my major “beef” with them) they tended to become self-righteously pedantic about human affairs, all of which, they believed, could be parsed and analysed to death in the interests of efficiency. I never met an engineer who didn’t think that the tried and trusted court listing system (where all four hundred cases are put in for hearing before three judges on the same day) could be bettered. Smart asses and know it alls just about sums them up.
In this context, and with considerable trepidation, I wish to pose a question that may well result in the “coming out” of a swarm of this site’s closet engineers. It is a question that must be resolved if those of us who believe in “contouring” are to persuade other Baggers that it is right to circumvent certain obstacles, rather than climb over them.
If a mountain is a perfect cone, with a base diameter of 1000 metres and a height of 500 metres, and a walker and his baggage weigh 100 kilograms, how much “work” is expended by contouring the mountain at its base instead of ascending and descending the peak using the shortest climbing route? Please give your answer in Joules, and presume that the co-efficient of friction is 1.


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Summit Comment
Curra Hill: Cloudy Climb
andreos97 7 hours ago.
Fantastic walk, personally feel it's best starting your approach from Glenbeigh village and heading up through the forest (663 908) as it's quite well signposted. Once leaving the cover of the tre...

  
Track
Barnavave and Slieve Foye from Carlingford
simon3 18 hours ago.
This route mostly takes low gradient tracks to ascend to first Barnavave and then Slieve Foye.Ascending Barnavave from... walk, Len: 9.8km, Climb: 684m, Area: Barnavave, Cooley/Gullion (Ireland) Barn

  
Summit Summary
Barnavave: Double humped, easy to visit, good views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 19 hours ago.
One way to go up is from Carlingford. Start at around J1839 1095 up a path (not the adjacent track). Following the track makes for an easy ascent. It is also possible to start on the SW side for e...

Forum: General
Carol Morgan wins the women's Spine Race agai
IainT a day ago.
Carol Morgan from Dublin has come in as first woman in the Spine Race for the 2nd time after crossing the Cheviots in some of the toughest conditions in the race for years. She is over a day ahead...

  
Track
Nire Valley 22km loop walk through the Gap and to Crotty's and up to Fauscoum
Ulsterpooka a week ago.
walk, Len: 20.4km, Climb: 1140m, Area: Fauscoum, Comeragh Mountains (Ireland) F...

  
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Knockastia: Hunting and shooting forbidden
ceadeile 4 days ago.
The path described by FergalH is now, January 2018, very overgrown. There are many thorn bushes in particular which make it a somewhat dangerous for your eyes. A simpler approach is to park at the...

Forum: General
When hill-walking meets (pre)history
David-Guenot 2 days ago.
Amazing discovery by a hill-walker. It seems the Irish hills still have many a secret to hide... http://www.thejournal.ie/ancient-human-remains-mayo-3805783-Jan2018/?utm_source=shortlinkAnd an art...

  
Summit Comment
Banagher Hill: Better road surface - easier access now
Pepe 4 days ago.
Followed the Bluestack Way sign mentioned by Aidy. The road is well surfaced now, though narrow. Drove a couple of kilometres NW (ignoring lower-down parking areas) to a small plantation on the le...

  
Track
Drumnalifferney North East Top
Aidy a week ago.
I did this route in winter conditions, and the views to be had around the Derryveagh Mountains, over Dunlewey, and ac... walk, Len: 8.7km, Climb: 577m, Area: Drumnalifferny North-East Top, Donegal NW

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The Ravens Rock: Crispy Morning Rock Hopping
Pepe 4 days ago.
Climbed this via the ascent up the Fox's Rock from the Long Woman's Grave. Took the direct route up (steep and slippy!) on a crunchy January morning. The light and the views were magnificent. If y...

  
Bibliography
Exploring Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way by David Flanagan & Richard Creagh
aidand 4 days ago.
This book is definitely a keeper, a book I’ll hang on to knowing I’ll return to it again and again.I don’t know who the genius is who came up with the concept of the Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) but th...

  
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January Club Walk - Na Sleibhte Hillwalking Club - Route 1 (of 5 options)
GSheehy a week ago.
" 'Twas like doing the Turks challenge after the Christmas dinner." walk, Len: 31.0km, Climb: 1800m, Area: Fauscoum, Comeragh Mountains (Ireland) F...


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