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A Matter of Life or Death
Having being on something of a hiatus from the hills I have not been on this site as often as I used. However, I recently looked in and was intrigued and amused by the musing of a newbie poster, who seemed clueless on both the ethics of messageboard debate and many aspects of safety in hills! Many of his myths have been debunked already and he seems to have left the field of play (no doubt off to another messageboard to hurl insults), but there was one of his myths that was not dealt with "Am I the only one here who knows that standard life insurance policies do not cover death resulting from mountaineering?" A direct copy and paste for fear that he may reappear and accuse me of twisting his words.

Just to clarify, there is no such standard exclusion applying to life assurance policies in the Republic of Ireland. I would imagine that it is the same up north, but would not be so definitive. So whether you are taking a non boardwalked bog trot up Cuilcaigh, taking the Faha ridge to Brandon, the green ramp to Mweelrea or approaching Carrauntohil from Beenkeragh, Cruagh Mor, Caher ridge or even the Devils Ladder there is no standard exclusion to your life cover should the worst happen. Of course if you are concerned you should always check with your insurer, the best advice is always independent advice from a qualified financial advisor and if in any doubt at all about a disclosure, mention it. But most life insurers in Ireland are only concerned with mountaineering if it is at heights well in excess of what can be gained in either Ireland or Britain.

PS: the boardwalk on Cuilcagh looks completely OTT, but having only walked this mountain once, from the extremely boggy Gortlughany side in 2011, I would take a hideous boardwalk over that route any day!
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Summit Comment
An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Loop walk towards Portacloy.
ucampbell an hour ago.
The Loop walks here are well signposted, it's a great idea to go out onto each headland.

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 5 hours ago.
On 26/4/2014 i spent a very enjoyable afternoon walking this area visiting the army observation hut and the stone constructed EIRE marking as part of an addition to the Benwee Head Loop walk but i...

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Flat topped but hard to get to.
simon3 5 hours ago.
View from the west.

Summit Comment
Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 5 hours ago.
View from the east.

  
Summit Comment
Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 5 hours ago.
Picture from the west.

  
Summit Summary
Kid Island: Steepwalled island.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 7 hours ago.
Kid Island is very visible from Benwee Head.

Summit Comment
Buckaun East: Cliffy north edge.
simon3 7 hours ago.
This is a picture of Buckaun East taken from the valley below.. Obviously the safest way to go up and down this is to the left or south of the ridge.

  
Summit Summary
Buckaun East: Bump at the end of Buckaun ridge.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 8 hours ago.
This summit is almost an Arderin and almost a Carn. It makes a handy extra stop on the fringes of Maumtrasna, a place notoriously devoid of relief.

  
Summit Comment
Tievecrom: Ring of Hills
Bunsen7 a day ago.
Coming down off Slieve Gullion (Culann's Mtn) you get this lovely framed view of Forkhill sandwiched between Croslieve and Tievecrom. It's easy to understand how a village might pop up in such a n...

Track
Near Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
caiomhin a day ago.
walk, Len: 11.3km, Climb: 663m, Area: Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland) Galty...

  
Summit Comment
Barr na Coilleadh: Shapely perhaps phallic tower.
simon3 2 days ago.
Barnacuillew and it's Irish Aviation Authority radome pictured from the north.

  
Track
Circuit of Dirkbeg Lough - easier ascent
simon3 a day ago.
The purpose of this walk is to reach the Maumtrasna plateau and Maumtrasna NE top (MNET). The lattter is quite possib... walk, Len: 11.6km, Climb: 564m, Area: Maumtrasna North-East Top, Partry/Joyce


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