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CaptainVertigo
2013-12-11 01:57:44
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Prelude to The Case for Pristine Mountains
An unintended benefit of our relative isolation and underdevelopment has been the preservation of some pristine wildernesses, no doubt at a great historical cost to our people. The hierarchy of a nationís needs may well require that its natural beauty be damaged to some extent in the name of a population that is fed, has health, has education and general welfare. There is not much point in having a magnificent environment populated by the cold, hungry and depressed. Clearly a balance must be struck.
Simon reminds us that there are no free lunches................................................. See "Safeguarding the Comeraghs and electricity" ( http://mountainviews.ie/motleyviews/general/comment/7067/) We need energy, but no one appears to be willing to pay the price, preferring the ostrich approach. Harnessing energy always comes at a cost. Fossil fuels allowed us to leap forward in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries but caused tremendous environmental damage. The consequences of nuclear power are potentially catastrophic, no matter what the immediate benefit. In this context perhaps wind energy is the least worst option of all the energies? Considerable reflection is required.
I ply my trade in what is known as the adversarial system. Two opposing sides clash head on: someone else decides. Hegel described how this works for ideas: Marx for material things. Its called the dialectic. Thesis, antithesis, synthesis. With respect to Simon (and that is no empty formula, I mean true respect) I want to be adversarial. I want to nail my colours to the mast. I want to preserve and protect our mountain wildernesses. That is what I am about. There will be no shortage of those who argue the opposite: that the high places are there for the taking in the name of electricity. I am damned (by my own conscience) if I am going to begin the debate with a compromise. Some sane person can decide that I am wrong. In the meantime I am committed to the crazy proposition that the mountains are entitled to have their cause pleaded without reservation or compromise. I already inhabit a world where there is no shame in pleading a seemingly hopeless case. A world where I may be wrong more than I am right. I am not the judge and jury. I am the advocate.....................................................
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High tour of Clare Island
simon3 15 hours ago.
walk, Len: 15.0km, Climb: 622m, Area: Knocknaveen, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Kno...

  
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Glencullin ridge to Ben Bury/Mweelrea
markwallace a day ago.
This route was suggested by the Grade 1 scramble up the Glencullin Ridge described in Alan Tees? Scrambles in Ulster ... walk, Len: 16.5km, Climb: 1097m, Area: Ben Bury, Mweelrea Mountains (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: An unremarkable summit, worth the visit for the views.
David-Guenot a day ago.
The summit is unremarkable though easy to spot as it lies along the fence.

Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: An easy stroll from Caherbarnagh.
David-Guenot a day ago.
There is a gate to cross when coming down from the cairn at the NE end of the main Caherbarnagh ridge (I found it was actually easier to cross the fence just right of the gate). There is a faint t...

  
Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: A worthwhile addition.
David-Guenot a day ago.
This summit is easily reached from the main Caherbarnagh ridge and seems easy enough to get to from Curracahill as well. If coming from Caherbarnagh, best is to cross the fence just before the col...

  
Summit Comment
The Paps East: Two shapely hills.
TommyV 4 days ago.
There is a forestry road in the Clydagh Valley with parking at W12955 83343. Following this road will lead you out onto the open mountain. From here it's a steep pull up to spot height 562 metres ...

Track
Dart & Sawel
Peter Walker 2 days ago.
(Note: the time is bonkers, and the ascent isn't right either, but hey, at least the distance is correct. And it ende... walk, Len: 16.3km, Climb: 635m, Area: Dart Mountain, Sperrin Mountains (Irelan

  
Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh: A mini horseshoe
TommyV 4 days ago.
I mostly followed Aidands directions. There is now a sign on the road marking the path for the Dulhallow Way at beside the bungalow mentioned by Aidand, and several more going through the private ...

  
Summit Comment
Musheramore: Follow the fence.
TommyV 4 days ago.
As mentioned in other comments the entrance to the Millstreet County Park is an ideal spot to approach Musheramore from. Over the stile across the road and simply hand rail the fence all the way t...

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MV Members Walk - Mournes, 06/04/2019
Peter Walker 3 days ago.
A fun time was had by all as we went up Donard by Thomas' Mountain, dropped down to the Brandy Pad before meandering ... walk, Len: 13.7km, Climb: 1191m, Area: Slieve Donard, Mourne Mountains (Irelan

  
Summit Comment
Knockchree: A nice forest trail takes you up
Pepe 6 days ago.
Various scraps of metal litter the summit area: an old mast stay, plus various other bits and pieces. Perhaps they're the remnants of comms masts or maybe an old military watch station from back i...

  
Summit Comment
Scarr North-West Top: Bird's eye view
Colin Murphy 6 days ago.
The descent from Scarr NW affords fine views of the Glenmacnass Waterfall and the expansive valley below it, far better than you'll get when you're at road level.


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