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BleckCra
2017-11-25 23:26:56
Another patch on the emperor's new clothes
Years back, when I started berating the Mourne Heritage Trust, its oeuvre in the Mournes and its raison d'etre, what first motivated me was its destruction of the Binnian track from Lamagan and its replacement with a thing of monumental pointlessness.
The organisation's rationale for its project, was what is and remains in my view, a ramshackle affair ... built on a false premise.
That the hill is broken. It is not.
The keystone to its endeavour is "erosion" and I recall my own response .... that a thousand men could dragnet the Mournes for a thousand years and not put a mark on them; so how is it that only one generation of zealots thinks it can?
Over the years my view hasn't changed, despite mountain "repair" becoming the norm and media representing outdoor interests supporting it.
A lot of science-speak explains, defends and promulgates the theories - and there is nothing wrong with that:- A. if something is broken, B. you might fix it like this ...
What is wrong is that it isn't broken.
If there is nothing that can or needs be done to change the mountains, there is certainly nothing a squad of well intentioned enthusiasts can do.
MI Mountain Log Magazine summer edition ran a piece on MHT's latest initiative. The Mourne Heritage Trust claims (for my lack of another description), to be repairing what it avers to be broken hills .... not with thunderbolts and lightning but with jute nets and coir matting, Yes - the Mourne Mountains, with nets and matting.
A local farmer whose family has for generations worked and lived on the land, who knows and understands it better than I or the Mourne Heritage Trust, described to me this latest venture as ..... "laughable".
It is hard to disagree.
Amongst innumerable comments over the years, for and against, the simplest and best was elicited from a friend of mine who wrote "Leave the Mourne Mountains alone."
P.S. I see they, or their kind are currently hoking and poking around the Binnian Lamagan col. God only knows what abomination will spring from those loins.
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Summit Summary
Meenteog: Squat and steep-sided summit on Glenbeigh Horseshoe
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 11 hours ago.
Lumpen in its higher reaches but very much steep-sided lower down (especially to the north), Meenteog is the first of the higher, more dramatic summits on the Glenbeigh Horseshoe if walked clockwi...

  
Summit Summary
Scarr: Three ridges, many routes and good views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 23 hours ago.
Scarr has three useable ridges off it, to the north, south and east. The easiest perhaps is the Glenmacnass Waterfall carpark O11380 03009 (notorious for break-ins). From here head for the north ...

  
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Near Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
ewen a day ago.
Note this will take considerably less time in my opinion. I take too many photos so it adds about an hour to the trip.... walk, Len: 12.7km, Climb: 469m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Corrigasleggau

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Scarr: A walk in the clouds.
TommyV 3 days ago.
This route starts on an old forest road at Oldbridge, there is room for parking 5 or 6 cars near the top at O15162 01916. From here follow the road West until you reach a gate at O14832 01892. Go ...

  
Track
Omey Island
Onzy a day ago.
A circuit of Omey ... cut short by my fear that my car wouldn't make it back across the sound... walk, Len: 5.6km, Climb: 60m, Area: Galway Islands (Ireland)

  
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Camaderry South East Top: Glenealo Valley and Miners Village
sev 4 days ago.
Glenealo Valley and Miners Village - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

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Camaderry South East Top: Glendalough Upper Lake
sev 4 days ago.
Glendalough Upper Lake and the valley - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

  
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Short Loop north of Omey
Onzy a day ago.
walk, Len: 2.1km, Climb: 33m, Area: Galway Coast (Ireland)

  
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Seefin: "Megalithic Fallout Shelter"
sev 4 days ago.
Wicklow Mountains - Megalithic tomb on Seefin Mt.http://youtu.be/u--BKEqB-JM

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Skregmore: Incidental summit in the Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 4 days ago.
Much climbed but little remembered, Skregmore is a victim of its location. One of the highest summits in Ireland but adjacent to still higher tops, impressively rocky but still far less dramatic t...

  
Track
Coastal Walk north of Cleggan
Onzy a day ago.
A spectacular walk circling the peninsula immediately north of Cleggan ... a detour to Olivers for lunch and a fast coun walk, Len: 22.5km, Climb: 386m, Area: Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland)

  
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Cnoc an Bhráca: The last hurrah of the high Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 5 days ago.
Cnoc an Bhráca, together with its near neighbour Cnoc na DTarbh, are the last (relatively) high summits along the great ridge of the Eastern Reeks; beyond here the ground gradually declines to the...


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