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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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Feet in bog, eyes on planets.
simon3 2 hours ago.
RossnafinnaSince we brought up the number of islands we have to over 570, when looking for a shorter walk I take a lo... walk, Len: 1.7km, Climb: 65m, Area: Rossnafinna Island, Mayo Islands (Ireland)

  
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Fergalh
Fergalh 16 hours ago.
Hill walks and Way Marked Trails...

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Corraun Circuit
Onzy 18 hours ago.
Route taking in Corraun and its East top. Essentially a variation on Wicklore's track 1404, but without the lift on t... walk, Len: 10.8km, Climb: 604m, Area: Corraun Hill East Top, Achill/Corraun (I

  
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Rossnafinna Island: Small island with huge views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day ago.
This island can be reached from the north at around F80097 03359 by a small but driveable bridge.There is one central path heading SE from the bridge. There are extensive turf cuttings on both sid...

  
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Crossing the Corraun Plateau
simon3 18 hours ago.
There were various other tracks before this one going onto the Corraun plateau but none crossing from one side to the ... walk, Len: 13.7km, Climb: 648m, Area: Corraun Hill, Achill/Corraun (Ireland)

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Knockbwee: Summit Revealed
CaminoPat 2 days ago.
From the south, parking available for only one car at W124 775. Proceed uphill from junction with local road in a NNW direction along a rough stone covered road until you come to a six bar field g...

  
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Mournes: Donard and Satellites
Onzy 18 hours ago.
Route to Donard from Bloody Bridge via Crossone taking in Millstone Mountain on the return. walk, Len: 10.6km, Climb: 871m, Area: Crossone, Mourne Mountains (Ireland) Cros...

  
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Crocknafarragh SE Top: Climb it, but include one or more "cousins"
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 3 days ago.
The way to Crocknafarragh SE Top can follow the full route up to Crocknafarragh with an additional 700m walk out to the lesser top or, part of the way up, by contouring up and around the S flanks ...

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Croughan ridge by going around Lough Acorrymore
simon3 a day ago.
This is a relatively easy way to reach the Croughan ridgeline and get a taste for the magnificent all-round views. Ir... walk, Len: 7.8km, Climb: 595m, Area: Croaghaun SW Top, Achill/Corraun (Ireland

  
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Baurtregaum Far NE Top: Great views from a so-so mountain
Colin Murphy 4 days ago.
The view over Tralee Bay at low tide from Baurtregaum Far NE Top had the appearance of the Amazon River delta!

  
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Bunnacunneen South Top: Simple bag from nearby tops
Colin Murphy 4 days ago.
For approach see entry for Bunnacunneen SE Top. From that grassy summit it is just over 1km across a gently rising slope to the NW and the South Top's equally grassy summit, which has marvellous p...


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