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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
THE POWER OF WORDS
Pepe 3 hours ago.
There I was scratching around on Slieve Binnian. Up top, I bumped into a couple out hillwalking for the day. Pleasantries were exchanged – which way did you come up, fabulous views, the weather – ...

  
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Slieve Binnian: Mind how you go on a route Not Recommended
Pepe 7 hours ago.
Climbed this yesterday on the route leading from Brackenagh Bridge. Chose this route because I wanted to do Moolieve and the Wee Binnian on the way up. On a plus note a local farmer kindly let me ...

  
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An Bhinn Bhuí: A spectacular landscape
Damian120 8 hours ago.
It's a seldom-visited area of County Mayo yet it boasts some of the most impressive coastal architecture in the entire country. After spending five years covering and exploring the landscape of th...

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Buckaun - Binnaw circuit.
simon3 9 hours ago.
Hydro scheme at Lough Nadirkmore.The walk starts from a point high in an east facing coum of Maumtrasna. This road goes walk, Len: 5.8km, Climb: 368m, Area: Partry/Joyce Country (Ireland)

  
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Croghan Kinsella
jgfitz 21 hours ago.
This is a variation on track #3938, so I will avoid repeating the comments made there, with which I fully agree. This... walk, Len: 11.4km, Climb: 412m, Area: Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow (Irelan

  
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Knocknalougha South Top
Onzy 22 hours ago.
Route to Knocknalougha South Top from Crow Hill carpark ... as outlined by melohara on the Hill Page... walk, Len: 11.7km, Climb: 430m, Area: Knocknalougha South Top, Knockmealdown Mo...

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12 (Listed) Bens - Revisited
GSheehy 3 days ago.
I was drawn back by the lure of completing the 2002 - 12 Bens Challenge route. I got the details from John J. Cotter w... walk, Len: 29.1km, Climb: 2598m, Area: Benglenisky, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Ben

  
Forum: General
Re: Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon
Peter Walker 2 days ago.
Hi daithi07The 'what's left to do in Ireland' article currently lives largely in my head rather than anywhere more tangible. It will see the light of day at some point in the next few months. I am...

  
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Greece, Pelion Peninsula: Paou to Chorto return
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 8.3km, Climb: 237m, Area: Greece, Thessaly ()

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Greece, Pelion Peninsula: Affisos to Afetes return (2)
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 9.7km, Climb: 458m, Area: Greece, Thessaly ()

  
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Big Collin: Permission required?
StephenMullin a week ago.
Hi thereCan anybody tell me if permission is required to walk up Big Collin? If so, how does one go about obtaining this?Many thanks!

  
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Anglesey Mountain: Great Carlingford views from a so-so top
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a week ago.
There is enough space to park one car at 100 167, just on the edge of a wood around a sharp u-bend. Proceed north for 100m before turning NE up a gentle slope, although the terrain is treacherous ...


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