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padodes
2008-06-17 17:19:08
A path in the wilderness
The other day, crossing from Scarr to Brocagh (Wicklow), I came upon a very enthusiastic Mountain Meitheal group busily laying a boardwalk not far from the wooden bridge that crosses Glenmacnass River at T141 973. This new assemblage, not unlike those to be seen around Glendalough, runs into the dense thickets between the road (R115) and the river. I was so surprised that anyone would think of building a causeway in that place that my curiosity later took me to the MM webpage (www.pathsavers.org). A photo with the caption “Building Bog Bridge on Wicklow Way at Brocagh” still left me a bit mystified, but the MM Programme for 2008 speaks of the construction of “an interpretative trail at Brocagh”, which seems to refer to the same thing. I admire very much the generous commitment of MM members to “repairing, maintaining and building mountain and forest trails”, as their stated objective indicates, but I often have mixed feelings about the end result. It seems at times to be at variance with the other stated aims of “maintaining the challenge for recreational users” and “striving to preserve a sense of solitude and a ‘wilderness’ experience.” When I see a rough path battered into tidy submission, or a boardwalk stretching into a 'wilderness' where people would otherwise seldom go, I can't help feeling it has more to do with a taming of the wilderness than with its preservation. The MM ecological ethos of "Leave No Trace" is certainly the ideal.
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Bruse in April
ceadeile less than an hour ago.
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Bruse Hill: Trig Bruse
ceadeile less than an hour ago.
Trig Bruse

  
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Bruse Hill: Turnoff from quarry track
ceadeile an hour ago.
Turnoff from quarry track

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Bruse Hill: Wall beside gate giving access to lane / track
ceadeile an hour ago.
Wall beside gate giving access to lane / track

  
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Bruse Hill: Not quite the ogre I expected
ceadeile an hour ago.
Tackled Bruse in early April 2019 before bracken etc. had chance to be too much of a nuisance.Started at carpark at N31338 98810 and walked down through the cemetery to the gate giving access to t...

  
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Near Sugarloaf, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
Ulsterpooka an hour ago.
walk, Len: 20.7km, Climb: 670m, Area: Sugarloaf, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Sugar...

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Mangerton North Top: On the way to Mangerton
MountainHunter 2 days ago.
I started at Point A car park and followed the path. At about 520m (-9.4817 51.9882) the path swings westward, as you walk along the path, the coum for the Devil's Punchbowl comes into view. After...

  
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Slieve Bawn: No longer a drive-up
TommyMc a day ago.
A series of new road barriers means that it's no longer possible to drive further than the car park on the Strokestown side. A very pleasant walk uphill from the car park to the summit and back to...

  
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Knockalongy South-West Top: Choose your highest point
madfrankie 2 days ago.
Whichever turfy outcrop is the highest point now may not be in 10 years time.

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Knockalongy South-West Top: Beware of the barrier
madfrankie 2 days ago.
We followed sandman's route to the summit which is probably the best way to explore Knockalongy and its satellites. Gentle gradients but many eroded peat hags. Worth noting that the forest barrier...

  
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Carrauntoohil via the 'Back Ladder' from the Bridia Valley
peter1 3 days ago.
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Binn Bhriocáin: Long views of a stepped descent.
simon3 5 days ago.
Letterbreckaun can be seen from Clare island, around 33km away. It appears between Mweelrea and the high ground towards the Sheefrys.


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