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CaptainVertigo
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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