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CaptainVertigo
2008-11-22 23:36:10
"Eating To End World Hunger" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
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Sponsored Charity Walks
I do not set out to change the world nor to bring ill feeling or challenge motives. This is a mere meditation, not a polemic. I have no answers,just questions. But the topic is dangerous. Charities enjoy a certain aura: one might more safely attack newborn infants. So I proceed at my peril...... How has it come about that donors give to charities on the promise that certain individuals will head off to “walk the walk” sometimes in exotic places? I suspect that the premise underpinning the transaction is that the walker/climber will suffer terrible hardship or attain some difficult goal. The donor acknowledges the pledged pain by supporting the nominated cause. Now this is a logic I could readily grasp if the chosen activity were inherently distasteful e.g. marathon dishwashing, nappy changing, or rodent grooming. But rambling in the world’s great beauty spots is no burden: it is a joy, an absolute treat, a holiday of holidays. To illustrate and magnify the point let us consider a comparable process. The Bubonic Plague Society of Leinster badly needs funds. Idealistic foodlovers agree to fly to Paris to dine in gourmet restaurants for 14 nights with daytime visits to vinyards and cheesemakers for tastings. In return for the sacrifice of the gourmands donors pledge funds. No doubt it takes practice and determination to stuff your face for two weeks. Some form of sexual activity might provide a similarly fruitful analogy: perhaps university students agreeing to a prolonged sponsored orgy........ So let me pose the following rhetorical question. Is it not the height of madness to “sponsor” hillwalkers to hillwalk? And is it not more so when all or part of the expenses of travel etc is paid for by the same donors or other donors? You see what unnerves me is that the walkers, gourmands and randy students might all be said to love their chosen activity to such an extent that they are willing to panhandle their friends and communities ostensibly in the name of charity, but in reality because they love their chosen sport. The public would not countenance such self indulgence in the case of eating and reproductive activity, but foolishly forget that for the lover of nature a long walk is as good as it gets.
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Mullaghcleevaun North Loop
Abruzzese less than an hour ago.
In good weather and dry ground, rewarding views on lough Dan, Blessington lake, and west Dublin, with a binocular, fro... walk, Len: 19.0km, Climb: 740m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Duff Hill, Mul

  
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Slieveboy Loop
jgfitz an hour ago.
We followed the official National Loop Walk, Loop 106C, which is the purple trail. We took one small shortcut, but add... walk, Len: 14.1km, Climb: 424m, Area: Slieveboy, North Wexford (Ireland) Slie

  
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St Patrick's Island: Please Respect the Birds
Pepe 8 hours ago.
Do note that this island is an important bird sanctuary. The scale of birds here surprised me, much more than on neighbouring Colt and Shenick islands, I should have heeded the cacophony of their ...

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Feet in bog, eyes on planets.
simon3 13 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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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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Fergalh
Fergalh a day ago.
Hill walks and Way Marked Trails...

  
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Corraun Circuit
Onzy a day 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 2 days 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 a day 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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Mournes: Donard and Satellites
Onzy a day 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 4 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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