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CaptainVertigo
2008-11-22 23:36:10
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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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Summit Comment
Slieve Foye: Not bad.
shanks a day ago.
Excellent if introduceing new walkers reasonably well signed but was a little overgrown in spots and path really close to wire fencing at others. Apart from that ☺

  
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Ben Dash: One of my earlier attempts
TommyV 4 days ago.
Ben Dash was one of my earlier attempts at hill bagging, back in the days when I had no gps and didn't believe I needed a map. I went through some bog that people had bagged turf on before I found...

  
Track
Wicklow Coastal Walk
Onzy 2 days ago.
Route from Pennycomequick Bridge to Brittas Bay.Not to be taken lightly - the stretch around Mizen Head is blocked by fi walk, Len: 9.2km, Climb: 104m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)

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Knockardakin: Bag it as part of the cliff walk
TommyV 4 days ago.
I technically haven't bagged the summit of this hill as it wasn't listed on MV when I did the Ciiffs of Moher walk, but it would be a very small detour to bag it. I was no more than 50 meters from...

  
Summit Comment
Clifden Hill: Didn't bag it
TommyV 4 days ago.
I drove as far as the point mentioned by Jamessheerin. Nice views over Lough Inchiquin, the drive trhough the trees only add about ten mentres of elevation and lots of briars so I got back in my c...

  
Track
La Gomera- Unfinished Business - GR132
GSheehy 3 days ago.
Maybe the height gain above is correct. Maybe it just felt like one of the hardest things you?ve done. Maybe the cumul walk, Len: 56.3km, Climb: 3018m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

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Cloontohil: My nearest MV hill
TommyV 4 days ago.
This hill is only a few kilometers over the road from my home house. However without Mountain Views website you would scarcely know it's a hill as it is situated in an area of high ground anyway s...

  
Track
Pouy de Hourmigué
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 17.9km, Climb: 1379m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
Summit Comment
Knocknalarabana: A quick drive.
TommyV 4 days ago.
More of a drive than a hike. Well worth it for the views.

Summit Comment
Devilsbit Mountain: Get a bit of the Devil in ya!
TommyV 3 weeks ago.
After a day of bagging some of the more unremarkable summits in North Tipperary, Devilsbit was a delight. There is designated parking at S06115 73178. Follow the waymarked path all the way to the ...

  
Forum: General
The Annapurna Circuit
Colin Murphy 4 days ago.
My daughter, Ciara, has just completed an 11-day trek around the Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas. She's not a particularly experienced walker, so completing it was quite the achievement. Here's...

  
Track
The Laugavegur (Hot Springs) Trail, Iceland
mcrtchly 2 weeks ago.
Listed as one of the top twenty best treks in the world by National Geographic, the Laugavegur Trail (The Hot Spring Rou walk, Len: 56.6km, Climb: 1414m, Area: Iceland, South ()


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