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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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Forum: General
An Sli
Slier159 9 hours ago.
Hello all,I am currently trying to organize a longs distance walk from Killarney to Derry city, using the existing National Waymarked Trails along the West coast. A 1,000km of Trail already exist ...

  
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Cashloura: An enjoyable walk for all ages
CaminoPat a day ago.
Park at W20849 49704 at Coillte forest entrance just off the R586 Regional Road between Dunmanway and Drimoleague. Follow forest road which is along line of disused west Cork railway line for appr...

  
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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Loop walk towards Portacloy.
ucampbell 2 days ago.
The Loop walks here are well signposted, it's a great idea to go out onto each headland.

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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
On 26/4/2014 i spent a very enjoyable afternoon walking this area visiting the army observation hut and the stone constructed EIRE marking as part of an addition to the Benwee Head Loop walk but i...

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Flat topped but hard to get to.
simon3 2 days ago.
View from the west.

  
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Circuit of Dirkbeg Lough - easier ascent
simon3 4 days ago.
The purpose of this walk is to reach the Maumtrasna plateau and Maumtrasna NE top (MNET). The lattter is quite possib... walk, Len: 11.6km, Climb: 564m, Area: Maumtrasna North-East Top, Partry/Joyce

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Benwee Coastal Walk
simon3 4 days ago.
The walk starts at a small carpark and Wild Atlantic Way sign just west of Benwee. In fact some of the local rock has ... walk, Len: 8.1km, Climb: 245m, Area: An Bhinn Bhu?, North Mayo (Ireland) An B

  
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Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 2 days ago.
View from the east.

  
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Lenadoon Coastal Walk
simon3 4 days ago.
walk, Len: 2.5km, Climb: 8m, Area: Mayo Coastal Hill (Ireland)

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Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 2 days ago.
Picture from the west.

  
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Near Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
caiomhin 4 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.3km, Climb: 663m, Area: Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland) Galty...

  
Forum: General
Riddle of the Spinc
BleckCra 4 days ago.
I was at Glendalough yesterday and on the Spinc for the first time. I cannot imagine there haven't already been a thousand hours debate on the boardwalk and and that there won't be a thousand hour...


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