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wicklore
2008-09-22 15:12:45
"Did I find a needle in a haystack when I found my watch on a mountain?" from wicklore Contract pics
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Using a GPS
I have a Garmin etrex which I take on many hikes. I use it to know my altitude and to mark summits. When I return to previously visited hills I can use the marked summits on the gps to bring me to the summit, or to tell me the exact distance to a previously marked summit. What I DON'T use the GPS for is to programme in coordinates and let it take me there. The reason is that I noticed years ago that the GPS coordinates don't match the summit coordinates and could be off by hundreds of metres. This could lead to missing a summit in bad weather or becoming disoriented. I am happy to use the GPS to retrace my route, and have done this on many occasions. But the big issue for me is: Is my GPS faulty or is an error of several hundred metres the norm? Can it be calibrated to match the OS system of coordinates on the maps? I know that there are new GPS systems that show the map on the screen, but what about my etrex? And while I'm at it, can anyone lend me an etrex cable so I can connect to my computer. I lost mine and they're expensive! (I am in Dublin South) I once lost my watch descending Lugnaquillia via Ballineddin Mountain. The next day I used my GPS to retrace my route and I found my watch about an hour up the mountain. The picture shows the moment of reunification! Does anyone else have such a heart warming GPS story?!!
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Kate's to John's - Na Sléibhte Club Walk
GSheehy 19 hours ago.
When we set up the club we said it was all about the economics of supply and demand - if we supplied challenging walk... walk, Len: 24.9km, Climb: 2015m, Area: Tomies North Top, Purple Mountain (Irel

  
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Carrauntoohil via the 'Back Ladder' from the Bridia Valley
peter1 a day ago.
Park at a small turning place, just opposite The Stepping Stone / Cooky Monsters accommodation and cafe.The route fol... walk, Len: 11.5km, Climb: 1097m, Area: Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (I

  
Summit Comment
Mweelrea: Coastal mountains
simon3 2 days ago.
Ben Bury and Mweelrea form an impressive sight from Clare Island.

Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: An unremarkable summit, worth the visit for the views.
David-Guenot 5 days ago.
The summit is unremarkable though easy to spot as it lies along the fence.

  
Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: An easy stroll from Caherbarnagh.
David-Guenot 5 days ago.
There is a gate to cross when coming down from the cairn at the NE end of the main Caherbarnagh ridge (I found it was actually easier to cross the fence just right of the gate). There is a faint t...

  
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Binn Bhriocáin: Long views of a stepped descent.
simon3 2 days ago.
Letterbreckaun can be seen from Clare island, around 33km away. It appears between Mweelrea and the high ground towards the Sheefrys.

Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: A worthwhile addition.
David-Guenot 5 days ago.
This summit is easily reached from the main Caherbarnagh ridge and seems easy enough to get to from Curracahill as well. If coming from Caherbarnagh, best is to cross the fence just before the col...

  
Summit Comment
The Paps East: Two shapely hills.
TommyV a week ago.
There is a forestry road in the Clydagh Valley with parking at W12955 83343. Following this road will lead you out onto the open mountain. From here it's a steep pull up to spot height 562 metres ...

  
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Caherbarnagh: A mini horseshoe
TommyV a week ago.
I mostly followed Aidands directions. There is now a sign on the road marking the path for the Dulhallow Way at beside the bungalow mentioned by Aidand, and several more going through the private ...

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Croghan Kinsella & Tops
Peter Walker a day ago.
walk, Len: 9.6km, Climb: 411m, Area: Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)...

  
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Musheramore: Follow the fence.
TommyV a week ago.
As mentioned in other comments the entrance to the Millstreet County Park is an ideal spot to approach Musheramore from. Over the stile across the road and simply hand rail the fence all the way t...

  
Summit Comment
Knockchree: A nice forest trail takes you up
Pepe a week ago.
Various scraps of metal litter the summit area: an old mast stay, plus various other bits and pieces. Perhaps they're the remnants of comms masts or maybe an old military watch station from back i...


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