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2015-09-09 19:34:19
"The Ridge Tamed" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
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Poor Cuilcagh
I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I see what they've done to Cuilcagh. I always thought the rot would stop near the big cities. Where will it end? Beenkeragh Ridge? I had better warn you. The good people of Cavan and Fermanagh apparently LOVE the boardwalk, insofar as we may glean their opinions from reading the local papers. I suspect that supporters of the notion of wilderness here, and elsewhere, will be dubbed "elitist" and wanting to limit access to places of great beauty. A wooden staircase on a mountain is like a Barnum and Bailey freak show. Why not an escalator? And a big slide to get down quickly?
I would promote the construction of ski lifts on a limited number of Irish mountains to enable the elderly (whose ranks I am currently joining) and those who cannot walk (that could be any of us) to get up to the high places. In other words, we should go the whole way to help those who need help and the rest of us can walk. Is Bleck Cra gone forever? He warned of slippery slopes.

Serious Postscript
We have been through all of this before regarding the Mournes and elsewhere and I think the majority view was that while our preferred option is to keep the hills wild, we have to recognise that there is a case to be made for man made structures on very busy hills to soften the human imapact. UK and European experience suggests that paths (particularly stone paths) can integrate well and produce a better environmental outcome. I am afraid to say that the Cuilcagh Staircase looks as though it was photoshopped onto the mountain and consequently it appears intrusive. Yes MV should take a balanced view on manmade structures while robustly supporting the notion of wilderness. In the meantime I am quite serious in suggesting that we ought to have ski lifts on a few mountains to bring up all those who are physically unable to ascend on foot. A few mountains mind you!
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FrankMc1964 less than an hour ago.
Navigate most of the mountains along the west................member of Limerick Climbing Club.....One of the founder members of Mountain Meitheal Southeast doing Path repair around the Galtees.

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Sheegouna: Tipp of the iceberg #2
madfrankie 4 hours ago.
Slievenamon dominates the view SW from Sheegouna's low cairn

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Sheegouna: The Tipp of the iceberg
madfrankie 4 hours ago.
A couple of pics from a frigid hike up Slievenamon that continued on to the NE top, Sheegouna.Amazing how even the most unremarkable hills are transformed by the white stuff.

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Kinnaveagh: Glenveagh
jackill a day ago.
A photo looking down the beautiful Lough Beagh in Glenveagh national park with Kinnaveagh on the left overlooking Glenveagh castle and the Saggartnadooish ridge on the right.

An abridged Sheeffrys route
peter1 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 13.0km, Climb: 763m, Area: Tievnabinnia South-East Top, Sheeffry Hil...

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Tievummera: Super Sheeffrys
peter1 2 days ago.
St. Patrick's Day, 2018. Halfway through this traverse I was listening to radio commentary as Ireland won a famous Grand Slam! I decided on an E-W traverse as it seems nicer to be walking towards ...

Tievebaun and Truskmore SE Carn
peter1 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 9.4km, Climb: 585m, Area: Tievebaun, Dartry Mountains (Ireland) Tiev...

Glenbeigh Loop
GSheehy a week ago.
That mare of a storm ?Emma? played havoc with the na Sl

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Tievebaun: A short, sharp cold snap
peter1 2 days ago.
Following Colin Murphy's clearly described route, I parked just off the road adjacent to open hillside. The going across from Tievebaun to Truskmore can be boggy in parts but today was frozen, due...

Fuerteventura: La Oliva to Lajares.
simon3 a week ago.
This walk starts in La Oliva, which is served by various bus routes including one that returns from the finish. Casa de walk, Len: 16.7km, Climb: 333m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

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Thanks BlackCra
Aidy 2 weeks ago.
Thank you BlackCra for the extremely generous words on my photo - your description is truly humbling.

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Errigal: Donegal a High Point
BleckCra 3 days ago.
I was first introduced to Donegal 20 years ago. It was the Donegal of Buncrana, Bundoran and Ardara; of kiss me quick tourist towns, warm beer, hiked up prices and bored part time pub staff.I saw ...

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