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From An Bheann Mhor.



New contributor gearoidmurphy was night walking on the south end of Iveragh (Kerry).

SCRABBLER HIGH SEASON

There is something about this time of year that makes you feel you should be doing something: building a boat or a sports car or learning horticulture or decanting to Spain or having a sex change - you know, something dramatic. The cynicism that surrounds 21C Christmas, pervasive as it is, does not seem to dull the innate enthusiasm we have for the winter solstice. Sure the bugs in the trees know it. Can we bring ourselves to enjoy Christmas itself? Not a chance - "same old people, same old places, same old food and drink" - but dangling from a crag in Donegal or Dingle or bog-bashing up Binnian or Benbulben - at this time of year, some of us can't get enough of it. Fact is, every nerve, every muscle, every hormone tells all of us we need to rejoice at this time of year but the misanthropes and merciless commercialisers around us, divert, distract and disappoint us with their miserable tableau of Christmas.
.. the innate enthusiasm we have for the winter solstice ..
Today I received my first year-end invitation to wing off into the dull, damp mist with the "same old people, same old places, same old food and drink" and I can't wait! I expect numerous more before the tree lights have even warmed up. For those of us who scowl at our window and mump and grump about cold, damp, dull, blah blah …. get on your gaiters and Goretex and go explore a brand new land (ironically of course, at this time of year, stone dead) amongst gold, ochre, vermilion and blood red; amongst squirrel and mountain hare; amongst peregrine and buzzard; amongst glistening holly, monster mushrooms and mist-drizzled cobwebs; amongst the "same old people, same old places, same old food and drink" that you love.

Your comments or suggestions to The Scrabbler.



Recent Contributions and News
The now numerous Antrim Hills
Not so many years ago, I, the prodigal northerner returning, decided to visit all 4 of the Antrim Hills one weekend. Each had a charm or at least a peculiarity all of its own. Knocklayd - volcano like with views to Scotland, Trostan the highest point in Antrim with a cairn just clear of the rough moorland, Slievenanee covered in a bog connoisseur's choice of pristine decay, Slieveanorra with one of the ugliest telecoms structures on the island beside a simple stone ring. Moving our list down to 400m has raised the number of the Antrim Hills to no less than 17.
Veteran summitteer gerrym has been making a start describing these places, including this contribution. I can't see many people doing them in a weekend any more!
gerrym on Slievenahanaghan
Driving through the lonely mountain roads I was surprised to come across a veritable carpark of vehicles near to Slieveanorra Forest. I then remembered that the Glens of Antrim rally was sceduled for this weekend. I took an hour to spectate and listen to the tortured sounds of engines and the staccato fire from exhausts, reverberating like shotguns and machineguns through the forest, like a full b ... Click here
.. the golden aura of God’s most articulate aeronaut, a peregrine ..
a Paean in Praise of the Mournes
Bleck Cra on TWO BY TWO OR 4x4s?
Ten years ago a man could stand on Crannoge and touch air like it was Christmas tinsel: gritty, washed, sparkling. It was arid - like a desert, arid. Heather clung grudgingly; at the first opportunity to be off. An drunken bumble bee floated in from Spain or Poland. And we talked of countryside and environment. Our countryside. We had space - but countryside?! A year ago, I watched, under an unfaz ... Click here
Low rise, high value.
Frequent visitors to MV will know of our regard for the smaller often less well-known summits of Ireland. Frequently they have better views, less environmental problems and less of an access difficulty history. Early this year we introduced the 400m summits and since then our contributors have kept a continuous flow coming of descriptions to some of these places. None more so than eflanaga who has described some 16 summits this month. Some sort of record perhaps!
eflanaga on Crockmulroney
Starting point for this walk which was to include Dooish SE Top, Saggartnadoish & a number of other minor summits was at the back entrance to Glenveagh National Park IB 97095 15827 (Point A) – 240m. There is room for a car (possibly two) to park just off the narrow mountain road (R254). The path immediately begins to descend through a gate in a Deer fence. I followed the track down as far as the f ... Click here
GPS Course
We mentioned the WAI (Walkers Association of Ireland) course on GPS and Modern Navigation methods. Some 28 came and it went well. I expect there will be more of them. There's contact info on their (soon to be improved) site at walkersassociation.ie
There's usually two points of view.
A Mountain Rescue reply to previous comments. Following a few fitful comments after this, I do believe the topic has fizzled out. Perhaps we all learnt something. Last month I asked for suggestions about the Conditions of Use etc. Nothing came yet.
kevinshandler on kevinshandler
I have only just come across the comments made by bleck cra with regards to mourne mountain rescue and an incident on the 30th September. I was the group leader involved, and I think that his critism of the mountain rescue team was uncalled for. I do remember having a conversation with him at the scene, he wason his way back to newcastle at the time and stopped to observe. The team in attendance w ... Click here
Newcomer night pics.
gearoidmurphy, new to MV, sent two interesting pics on previously uncommented summits in that distant, rewarding and rarely explored far end of Iveragh (that's the fat peninsula of Kerry). Enjoy the pic.
gearoidmurphy on Farraniaragh Mountain
I climbed this mountain as part of a mountain skills course in March. The weather was splendid for the weekend and we reached the summit of Farraniaragh just in time to catch the sunset over Derrynane. This mounatin has one of the most spectacular Atlantic views I have seen. The descent involved a night nav north towards the hill known as Trusk and handrailing a stream until we rejoined the track ... Click here
Northern Travels to Outlying Spots
Frequent visitors to MV will know of our regard for the smaller often less well-known summits of Ireland. Frequently they have better views, less environmental problems and access difficulties. Early this year we introduced the 400m summits and since then our contributors have kept a continuous flow coming of descriptions to some of these places. None more so than eflanaga who has described some 16 summits this month. Some sort of record perhaps!
eflanaga on Crockmulroney
Starting point for this walk which was to include Dooish SE Top, Saggartnadoish & a number of other minor summits was at the back entrance to Glenveagh National Park IB 97095 15827 (Point A) – 240m. There is room for a car (possibly two) to park just off the narrow mountain road (R254). The path immediately begins to descend through a gate in a Deer fence. I followed the track down as far as the f ... Click here
The delicate balance between cairn destroyers and cairn builders
Newcomer murd explains his hypothesis:
murd on Two Rock Mountain
just got "broad band" and low and behold i can now get the newsletter, before it just came up blank! two thoughts on two rock which i have gone up almost every Monday for many years. firstly the challenge, it is as challenging as we want to make it. get a stopwatch and get up as quick as you can, then next time try to get up quicker! take a different rout down at an easy pace . ... Click here
Overlooking Laragh
csd, that prolific contributor, writes about Trooperstown Hill. I'm not sure if this is still the case, but at one time this was a great place for orienteering.
csd on Trooperstown Hill
Trooperstown Hill itself isn't a particularly interesting summit, but its position means it affords some fantastic views of the rest of the Wicklow Mountains. Access to the summit is easy: there's a track that starts off at the road to the west and brings you all the way up to the summit. The isolated location means there aren't any obvious circuits incorporating Trooperstown Hill, but a quick up- ... Click here
Access rights to dream of.
There was some correspondence on how access is handled in Sweden.
padodes on Everyman's Right of Access
Just in case anyone else may be interested in the Swedish approach to the Right of Public Access, I can recommend the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency's webpages on this topic (http://www.naturvardsverket.se/en/In-English/Menu/Enjoying-nature/The-right-of-public-access/). Another informative page can be found at http://www.pinetreedevelopment.net/scandinavia/allemansratt.php. Although this ... Click here
Sorry if I didn't mention what you posted .. there's a list of all contributors for the month later.

Site notes If you can set-up your email to get web-format ("html format"), you should be able to get more out of this newsletter. Previous Newsletters
Getting a map on your GPS. Would you like a map on your GPS so that you can visualise summits, contours etc? Well, depending on whether you have the right sort of GPS and your willingness to do a bit of uploading, we may have the answer.
simon3 on GPS for Ireland, article, download.
Currently MV provides GPS information in the form of waypoints that indicate the summit positions of all of the mountains in our list. While better than nothing this still does not use the full potential of GPS units . Essentially these can show maps and points of interest. There is no commercial product for GPS units at present, however we are pleased to announce the results of various communi ... Click here

This month.
We welcome the following new members who enrolled this month. Aderon, alanshealy, Allister_G, arasradza, Attila_the_Hun, Barneyrogers, bernadetteconlon, bernieconlon, billiobob, bobwilliams, Bowe, brisca, Byrnelong, callaghan_t, cax, chagny, chelman7, ciaranlawler, cillwalk, corrie, csylv1, cuilcagh1, damianfobrien, dani, decaptn, der_hayes, Desmond, deverek, dgibson61, dmaccarthy, DonkeyBike, dpsweene, drj1221, dwijnant, eamon, elifres, eoin58, ewetree, fiddler, Finola, fisher, francesmcdonagh, frankboyle, galleryt, goawalkers, grahamc, grahamgyh, grodgers42, gslattery, gw1tdv, Hadad13, hermitage, Hubi, J-Whitty, janebrennan, JasonBorland, javelin, jcla, jcla1, jhpaulin, joemurray110277, JohnMoore, julinka, kevinshandler, kfod4, krecik, LaLa, liamjgallagher, LiamWicklow, lnolan, Maj, mar1e, markfield, markobglenroe, marshall, marshall1951, marshall1951m, martyg, maryccarvill, maxeyboy, mazda_01, mckirdyservices, mfs24, mgmcl, Michaelm, Milkau, natszak, niamhy, nkeane, nkeery, ofb123, oisinboydell, PaddyD, Patkenneally, pauld, paulwalsh, podwyer, poemann, pokdub, pop, ptrisha, r9mcgon, redape99, richella135, robbieg, roger1, Ross_Fitz, Rover, rumi, seand, secretary_dwmrt, shamrocks, shaneh, shrigz, somcon, sonzer, stephlyn, steve27, sullivantangney, syn899, tararussell, thebigtime, thiago, tomaszdabr, tonyd, ugallagher, vikinghar, vince123, walkinblues, watson, Wickerman, zaik (132)
Our contributors to all threads this month: Alex92 (4), Bleck Cra (2), Moac (1), Wounded Huzzar (1), brenno (1), csd (3), dhmiriam (1), eflanaga (18), gearoidmurphy (2), gerrym (4), joemurray110277 (1), kevinshandler (1), maclimb (1), marshall (1), milo (1), murd (1), padodes (3), pdtempan (2), simon3 (3), sparow (1), superbam (1), tgormley (2), weedavie (2) and Contributors to GPS information this month were: csd (3), eflanaga (9), jackill (2)
There were comments on the following mountains Aghla Beg, An Bheann Mhór, An Grogán Mór, Anglesey Mountain, Ben Crom, Benbradagh, Benbulbin, Bennaunmore, Boviel, Carn Hill, Carntogher, Carrickrawor, Chimney Rock Mtn, Clermont, Cró an Locháin, Croagh Patrick, Crockmain, Crockmulroney, Cruach an Bhearnais, Cruach na Sagart, Derrybawn Mountain, Dooish, Farraniaragh Mountain, Lugnagun, Slievecorragh, Slievenahanaghan, The Foxes Rock, The Ravens Rock, Tievebulliagh, Trooperstown Hill, Trostan, Two Rock Mountain and these walks were created (none in period)
Thanks to all 484 who have ever contributed
The five who have contributed most to the site are simon3 (412), csd (213), jackill (145), Bleck Cra (120), gerrym (115).
Summary. MountainViews now has 2529 comments about 542 different mountains out of the total in our current full list (840). We need more comments, better comments and more balance for every summit as our rate for "data completion" now that the 400m summits have been added is currently around 35% There's plenty (298) of opportunities for you to be the first to comment on a summit. Listing summits in "Lists & Logs" (tick MV completion information) allows you to see what information we need to get more even coverage.

Notices
If you are contributing, please be careful to respect the interests of landowners. Suggest access routes well away from houses, gardens or that could conceivably impact farming activities. When walking, keep away from gardens or farm buildings. Use stiles or gates wherever possible. Never do anything that could allow animals to roam where the farmer did not intend.
If you hear of a problem area or route, write it up in MountainViews which does everyone a service. Report rubbish tipping in the Dublin/ Wicklow area - ring PURE 1850 365 121
If you have climbed some of the less well known places, we would appreciate a mountain rating.We could use your help in making ratings for the unrated mountains which you have climbed, such as: An Machaire, Foilduff, Croaghcarragh, Cnoc Onna, Hangmans Hill, Barraduff Mountain, Killaha Mountain, Tirkslieve, Cnoc Lios Uachtair, Croaghmeen and some 16 others. and also GPS readings for summits.
If we can, let's make MV have more than one route up a mountain so as to reduce the tendency for paths to appear. Your grid refs in comments for different starting points show up on MountainViews maps.

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