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2017-06-13 08:29:47
Island Bagging?
I presume the 'climbed' button on MV was changed to a 'visited' button to facilitate the new islands now featured. But what exactly constitutes 'visiting'? In the case of some islands I think a flexible attitude is required. Take two examples; Rockabill off Skerries and Gull Island off Bunmahon. Landing on the Rock is discouraged, in fact there's usually a warden there, especially in breeding season, to prevent pleasure craft from landing. You can venture within yards of it but cannot set foot on it. So does circumnavigating it and waving to the warden constitute 'visiting'?

In the case of Gull Island you can paddle around it in your kayak but it is not possible to safely land and clamber up. This is because there is no safe place to get out of the kayak and secure it to the rock while you're gallivanting about up top! Certainly not at full tide anyway which is when I was fishing for mackerel around and about it. I've read of swimming groups and lone swimmers who have gone out to rocky islands. In their case, yes, they could climb up and 'bag' it in the classic sense but that has a touch of extreme sport about it. Besides, though I have a handsome face, I don't look well in swimming togs because the rest of me is quite revolting and causes a stampede as people, especially the ladies, run for miles.

Does sailing around Rockabill and paddling around Gull Island without setting foot on either constitute 'visiting'? I think it does because in the case of one, landing would've involved breaking the law and possible arrest. In the case of the other, serious injury and possible drowning might have resulted from a foolhardy attempt to gain a foothold. So have I clicked the 'visited' button for Rockabill and Gull Island? Yes I have, because I have visited them to the best of my ability without breaking the law and applying common sense so I won't break my neck on a lump of rock.
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