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David-Guenot
2016-01-04 23:06:05
"Breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean from the top of Mweelrea !!" from David-Guenot Contract pics
Picture: Breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean from the top of Mweelrea !! (Contract pics)

Walk of the Year 2015
First, thank you aidand for the suggestion, and Happy New Year to everyone !!
2015 has been my busiest year in the Irish hills since I really got back into hillwalking in November 2012. I have done many amazing walks over the past year, including the Coomloughra Horseshoe anticlockwise, two 10h-trips through the Slieve Mish and Central Dingle mountains, a fabulous traverse on Achill, etc...
But I would say my Walk of the Year 2015 is the Ben Lugmore-Mweelrea loop I completed in July; first because I did it with my good friend Wilderness; but also because I had been up Mweelrea, starting from the W in September 2005, but I was never sure I had reached the top at the time due to the terrible weather conditions I endured during the last part of the ascent. Being back there after such a long time -this time under clear skies to admire the breathtaking 360° vista- was a very special moment.
I can remember being slightly nervous at the beginning of the walk. I knew it was going to be a tough one. Fantastic feeling to reach and follow Ben Lugmore's ridge. Amazing feeling of emotion and self-accomplishment to reach Mweelrea, ten years after my first attempt, which had been followed a few days later by my first big walk, the (almost complete) Glencoaghan Horseshoe. To sum it up, ten years after I really started to be addicted to hillwalking in Ireland.
If it hadn't been for Mweelrea, I wouldn't be aiming at completing the +500m Irish MV list today. And I probably wouldn't be a member of this amazing site... ;-)


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Fothair na Manach
Fergalo a day ago.
Fothair na Manach is one of the remotest, most spectacular & magical sites in Ireland and barely accessible. It lies jus walk, Len: 13.8km, Climb: 1118m, Area: Brandon Group (Ireland)

  
Summit Summary
Carran: Several approachs
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 a day ago.
There is no direct approach to Carran. The options include taking in all 4 Carran summits from the west parking near a farmyard at the end of a yellow road W039 689 and follow a track from W043 68...

  
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An Cheathrú Lair: Highest Point is the West Quarter.89m ?
ucampbell a day ago.
The way marked trail maps provided on the Island lead you to the Cliffs. However I wanted to reach the highest point and this was easily done in the time allowed before getting the afternoon ferry...

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Carran South Top: An uninspiring summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 a day ago.
The shortest approach to Carran S top is from Bealick. Starting from Gougane Barra forest park W070 653 C. Follow trail to it's high point then head North to Bealick then follow a fence to Carran ...

  
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No Green Card Required!
liz50 a day ago.
With the likely postponement of Brexit until June at the earliest a Green Card will not be required to attend the Mountainviews members and friends meetup walk in the Mournes on Saturday 6th April...

  
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Near Brandon Group (Ireland)
Fergalo 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 13.8km, Climb: 1112m, Area: Brandon Group (Ireland) Piaras Mor thuai...

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Lackagh Mountain: Lackagh or Boleybrack?
TommyV 2 days ago.
My approach to Lackagh mountain also known as Boleybrack was from the West side of the mountain. There is a road leading to G90078 31002 where there is a road leading into a forest with unauthoriz...

  
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Carrane Hill: Navy Seals only for this approach
TommyV 2 days ago.
I decided to try Carrane Hill from the East side as it looked on my map as if there was a forest track going most of the way up and indeed there is. It's possible to park at a forestry gate at G86...

  
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Curlew Mountains: The Blair Witch Project
TommyV 2 days ago.
It's hard to believe this has been visited by 19 members. paddyhillsbaggers description is about right. The first stage is a stumble over stumps and felled trees before entering the forest. I had ...

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Croaghmuckros: A great reward for a leisurely stroll
bertandally 3 days ago.
We parked up at the entrance to the comms mast access road at G6186975866 as we thought the access road was the best option for us as we had our 6 year old with us and regardless the recent weathe...

  
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An Starraicin
Fergalo 2 days ago.
An Starraicin overlooking lockadun starting at the Lockadun start point Cloghane walk, Len: 9.0km, Climb: 533m, Area: An Starraic?n, Central Dingle (Ireland) An...

  
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Carronadavderg: Very unremarkable.
TommyV 3 days ago.
Not much to add to the comments here except that there appears to be some maintenance work being carried out on the access road so there is a mound of gravel at the access gate so parking is a bit...


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