January 2009 newsletter from MountainViews.ie
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Lugnaquillia (Hollow of the Wood) - photo: Wounded Huzzar


Iveragh delight
Newcomer salee uploaded this medium difficulty walk near Killarney.
salee on Tomies Purple and Shehy starting at Lake
Overview Moderate walk starting from the lake side and avoiding the conventional way up Purple. Its a straightforward loop walk taking in Tomies, Purple and Shehy in a circular walk starting near Lough Leane and finishing along the gentle Tomies wood walk. Best part is getting to sample the views of the Gap and the Reeks as well as those of Lough Leane and Killarney. An easy walk to get to ... Click here

Walkers Association of Ireland
Trailmaster/ Geolives
As we mentioned last month the Ordnance Survey of Ireland are changing the way that its recreational computer based maps are delivered. In future there will be an online service. Find out more and if you are interested to get involved with testing the new system. As of today around 20 people are participating in this programme, however more contributions and more points of view very welcome.
Read more here
There's various upcoming events for the WAI such as
  • Table Quiz. Jan 29th Harold Cross Road, Dublin
  • talk on the Munros. Anne Morrissey, 5th March, Dublin
  • Walking Holiday in Spain, Camino de Norte, 26th Mar, Dublin
  • Modern Navigation course featuring TrailMaster (with information on the online service) Sat Feb 7th in Tallaght, Co. Dublin.
More details for all of these at the www.WalkersAssociation.ie. If you enrol on their site you can request their newsletter which has details of future events.
WAI Photo Gallery - why not upload some of your pictures (Ireland or abroad) to this?
Recent Contributions and News
Maughernane Circuit - end of the Iveraghs.
Many of the great almost unheard of summits in Ireland are at the far end of the Iveragh peninsula. Staigue, Coomcallee and Coomnahorna. Take a look at this one.
Peter Walker on Glanbeg
The final top on the Maughernane Circuit is Glanbeg, and it really is a matter of just a couple of minutes absence from the col before it. It's well worth that little diversion, both to look at the reasonably imposing ridge you've just descended, and to take one last proper look at the beautiful westward view. On returning to the col, the initial northward descent is rough but easy: not too steep. ... Click here
A sort of Cronin's Yard for the Galtees
jackill on Kings Yard Knocknagalty
Maybe its just me living in the back of beyond or possibly is this one of Irelands best kept secrets?. A friend and I recently stumbled across Kings Yard on a Sunday trip to the Galtys. It really was a case of follow the breadcrumbs from Galty castle wood just outside Kilbehenny. This farmyard has opened a carpark, toilets and coffee/tea/chocolate facilities(and they are all in pristine conditi ... Click here
Antrim Hills - great views.
gerrym has this interesting piece in about a 400m summit east of Trostan and looking a lot less boggy. And there's a view.
gerrym on Crockalough
Crockalough is the highest point of the majestic upland plateau separating two of the famous Glens of Antrim - Glenariff and Glenballyemon. This visit to the plateau starts in the village of Waterfoot, parking in the handy carpark next to the beach (243255). Return to the main street and head for the bridge over the Glenariff river, passing a number of pubs and taking in the smell of burning turf. ... Click here
padodes on Leaving no trace
Commenting a few weeks ago on an abandoned tent and its jumbled contents – mostly heavy-duty plastic – that I had found at the head of Glensoulan in Wicklow, I could see this unsightly heap remaining where it was for years to come. Happily, future generations can rest easy. Alerted to the problem by Simon, the people from PURE (‘Protecting Uplands & Rural Environments’ partnership project), with t ... Click here
Tibradden disappointing?
But surely the ritual must have been fun (if only to take the Michael)
Surtr on Tibradden Mountain
Having not been up Tibradden for a couple of years I found the new boardwalk and gravel trail a little disappointing. While it was never remotely difficult to start with I think having a path to the summit removes all the fun! Still some great views from the top. Walked up from the carpark and followed the trail to the Wicklow Way and saw a few deer on the way. Not too keen to undertake that walk ... Click here
Newcomer on Mangerton
New contributor salee has this description of Mangerton. Nice pic too. Having myself recently become acquainted with the charms of this set of summits, I appreciate the trip report.
salee on Mangerton
up mangerton on saturday (December 6 )A beautiful clear frosty blue day turned into freezing fog on top of Stoompa but cleared into golden winters evening on the way down from Mangerton. Be prepared for very wet going underfoot both at the start and near the summit of mangerton. also the romantic vision of 'steeping stones' at the lough garagarry proves to be more than one leap of faith, its possi ... Click here
Watch found on Lugnaquillia
reidyden on Lugnaquillia
While exiting end of track from wood at T036905 onto S Prison route I found gents watch. If anyone knows of owner(description of watch required) contact Denis at 045445345. This route along Ow river up steep prison is recommended. Click here
Full Moon Walks
Commercially led walks.
terree on Full Moon Walks
These are walks by the light of the full moon. They will take place in the Wicklow area over the next coming months. The 1st walk is on Dec 12th starting in Glendalough. It will be along a trail for the majority of the walk. It will last between 3 and 4 hours. You will be expected to bring your normal day pack hiking trip along with a head torch. Raingear as always is essential and a good p ... Click here
Sorry if I didn't mention what you posted .. there's a list of all contributors for the month later.

MountainViews Site News
Some stats.
Mountain comments by year.
Year:2002 135
Year:2003 407
Year:2004 504
Year:2005 651
Year:2006 465
Year:2007 358
Year:2008 579
Our best year for mountain contributions was 2005 however 2008 was the second best.

Page views per December
2004 19352
2005 46499
2006 51819
2007 84205
2008 117881
Pages viewed in MV has grown around 6 times in the last four years.
MountainViews and Open Source map making
MountainViews has been exploring the options made possible by OpenLayers and OpenStreetMap. If you are interested in this and would like to help, give us a shout.

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
GPS Notes. 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

Also the latest from MV member pazapas, with more uptodate info including lakes, rivers, roads, antiquities, 150m list from this site and urban areas.
pazapas on GPS: Ireland map v1.8.7
Ireland map is now available with the new extended summit list to 150m. Some old data have been removed and there is a new layer : megaliths and irish antiquities from Megalithomania.com. Download PC and Mac version at http://emeraldisland.free.fr Click here

This month.
We welcome the following new members who enrolled this month. agriffee, alanq, alisonb, amcdaniel, andy888, annette, armsrace, ashwat, barkerron, barragebox, bdoherty, billcari, bneville, budfly, cantwbr1, crawfy71, Crysceles, delaneyt, Dermon, dissingg, duffpaddy, dzfinlay, eoconnor, eoinmarshall, etrexvista, Frank-Ferguson, frodo27, gerryrea, gmartin, greg_g, hakank, harvey, herbies, Ian-Hall, illyesgyuri, jgkav, jm61phibbs, johnom, jontheshrub, karenfoxyrock, keatingn, Keithmillar, koalabear, kos, laoise2009, leonardlad, lunay, magneticfields, Malachy, marcusgeoghegan, mbarron, Miguel1969, misieq73, mobster, moggy40, mrcgoldring, mspillane, noelc, NormanW, passiflora, Patfoley, peter_cooney, philipmurray, philipoc, pkv, puddle-jumper, Raghnall, rcuddy, rdebarra, redevil, RockyMountain, rojon, rtoconnor, salee, sarita, shanerooney, Sherlock1, signpostk, singer, sixmile, Slow-Walker, snail, stanlece, stick-man, Stratus, surefoot, swan, tiompan, Tom-Fourwinds, treblecone, TrevorA, vincentohanlon, wdonnelly, whathefeck, windchillfactor, zephyr (96)
Our contributors to all threads this month: Big-Foot (1), Bleck Cra (1), Buny Clare (1), CaptainVertigo (1), Claude Hopper (1), Colin Murphy (2), HoschIchenheim (1), Peter Walker (5), Surtr (1), Wounded Huzzar (1), brenno (1), brian_m (1), csd (3), ddiamond (2), denise-vosges (2), donieg (1), eoconnor (1), gerrym (2), jackill (2), kevin dockery (1), marty1133 (1), murphysw (1), paddyhillsbagger (1), padodes (5), pazapas (2), pdtempan (3), reidyden (1), rossbeighed (2), salee (3), simon3 (1), ssames (1), terree (1), three5four0 (2), weedavie (1), wicklore (2) and Contributors to GPS information this month were: Big-Foot (2), simon3 (1)

For a fuller list view Community | Recent Contributors
There were comments on the following summits Abbey Hill, An Bheann Mhór, Beann na Stiocairí, Ben Bury, Brandon Hill, Carrauntoohil, Carrick Mountain, Cnoc na Toinne, Coomcallee, Craignamaddy, Crockalough, Cuilcagh, Derryfanga, Doan, Errigal, Glanbeg, Glendoo Mountain, Knockmealdown, Lugnaquillia, Mangerton, Mount Hillary, Muckish, Mullaghbolig, Nephin, Saggart Hill, Tibradden Mountain and these walks were created Dartry Delight, Tomies Purple and Shehy starting at Lake
Thanks to all 609 who have ever contributed summits or routes info and forums. .

For a full list view Community | Contributors Hall of Fame

Summary. MountainViews now has 3100 comments about 670 different hills & mountains out of the total in our current full list (1048). We need more comments, better comments and more balance for every summit as our rate for "data completion" now that the 150m summits have been added is currently around 33% There's plenty (378) 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.

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
Report quads in national park area (in which they are banned). For Wicklow please phone the Duty Ranger: 087-9803899 or the office during office hours Telephone: +353-404-45800. Put these numbers in your phone, take regs etc. Let MV know of contact numbers for other areas.
If you have climbed some of the less well known places, we would appreciate a summit rating.We could use your help in making ratings for the unrated mountains which you have climbed, such as: Cnoc na Sleá, Inis Tuaisceart, Maumfin, Inis na Bró, Carhoo Hill, Edenacarnan, Carranarah, An Tiaracht, Disert, Ceann Sibéal and some 143 others. and also GPS readings for summits.
If we can, let's make MV have more than one route up a summit 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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