July 2010 newsletter from MountainViews.ie
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Glendowan hills circuit
This is an interesting route near Glenveagh.
three5four0 on Glendowan Mountain cicuit
Overview A walk in the Glendowan Mountains, visiting the summits of Farscallop and Leahanmore within Glenveagh National Park.     Approaches From Letterkenny follow the R250, the R251 and then the R254 till B970158, where there is enough space to park 2 cars, by the path into Glenveagh.   Start Follow the path a short distance towards Glenveagh, once through the ... Click here

Walkers Association of Ireland
and other groups.
The Walkers Association Challenge Walks Calendar
This is a calendar of challenge walks such as the Joyce Country Challenge, 17th July; the Mourne Sevens, 7th August; the Marathon Walk Western Way, 14th August. Check out the 17 or so club organised events. While they are all challenges, some such as the Maamturks or the Mourne's Seven Sevens are much harder than others such as the Galtees or the Burren Walk.
There's also a list of some 14 commercial and charity events which have a challenge element about them.
Knockmealdowns (24th April 2010).
The next Mountain Meitheal work day will be Saturday 10th July 2010 on their project repairing a well worn track on Three Rock Mountain. For more information on Mountain Meitheal check out their web site www.pathsavers.org.
WAI Photo Gallery - why not upload some of your pictures (Ireland or abroad) to this?

New features
Short Summaries.
Short summaries are our first venture into collaborative editing, wiki style. The testers have been trying out the short summaries by putting in entries for summits all over the island. The purpose of short summaries is to provide basic information about a top in a compact form. Where to start from, what's of interest, hazards, useful waypoints etc. When it is passed testing all members will be able to enter short summaries, provided they have at least a minumum number of contributors points. (See Contributors Hall of Fame) The idea is to have a short summary for every summit on the island which will be a massive and unique resource for Irish hillwalking. Over 30 short summaries were put in last month so we can achieve this in 3 years or so at this rate.
Occasional problems logging in.
Some users have reported issues with logging in. They enter their password or the one prompted by the system and nothing happens. It hasn't happened to me as yet - I haven't been able to investigate it. Let me know if it happens to you. A workaround seems to be to delete the cookies for Mountainviews. The system will then not prompt the password (unless your browser does separately). Alternatively, you can click on a link from this newsletter to get back into the system without entering the password.

Recent Contributions and News
Walk for members and friends - 14th August in the Mournes.
The "Scavenger" or meet-up should be great fun - certainly it was great last year in the Mournes and by all accounts the one earlier this year was also well received.
SCAVENGER WALK 4 Saturday 14th August 2010 - from 9.30am Trassey Track Nr Bryansford by Newcastle Co Down, Northern Ireland. Mountainviewers and others, mountain get-together. Chance to meet other mountainviewers. Viewers and absolutely everyone else welcome. Grade 2 hillwalk including 2X700ms tops in the Eastern Mournes, Co Down. Format - Meet, walk, pub, eat. Sunday more walks TBD on S ... Click here
Walkers welcome story on Nephin
There are continuing stories of aggro about access (I heard one or two concerning the Sligo area recently). However this is definitely not one of them - it's the reverse. I hope to climb Nephin and encounter the stiles and other aids described in this comment.
Harry Goodman on Nephin: A very pleasant surprise
Many of the comments I had read about Nephin were to the effect that it was a boring mountain both to look at and to climb. This said it has been on my hit list for a very long time and as I had an opportunity to go and see for myself on Mon 24 May 2010 I decided that now was the time to do so. We parked carefully off road at Prughlish Forest G0871104389 between two gates, one wooden and locked ... Click here
Live post from summit marks contributors 300th and final county top.
Rising quickly through the ranks of summiteers, wicklore as usual stage-managed this achievement which combined 300th summit with finishing the county high points. Excellent contribution as always. This is the second time someone has entered a contribution while out on the hills. I note that reidyden also passed the 300 mark last month.
wicklore on Errigal: The sun sets on County Top pursuit
Just like csd did recently from Corn Hill, this is also a live post. I am at the summit of Errigal, and I am celebrating reaching the last of the County Tops. Errigal also marks my 300th summit logged on MountainViews.  I have been really looking forward to this trip! Originally I intended to climb it tomorrow (Saturday) but time pressure meant that on arrival from Dublin I hopped out of the car t ... Click here
Best heading for this month.

Mizen has been Brow beaten
jackill on Mizen Peak: Mizen has been Brow beaten
Contrary to popular belief, Mizen Head is not the most southerly point on the mainland of Ireland. Nearby Brow Head holds that title. Located on the promontory are an old signalling station, a weather station, and a lighthouse. The signalling station, now a museum, is open to visitors. The "99 steps" are a long series of steps on the pathway across to the rocky outcrop upon which the station was ... Click here
MountainViews NI map man
I am happy to announce the appointment of three5four0 who has volunteered for the above title. It appears that there are numerous changes to maps from OSNI (aka Land and Property Services) that may affect our lists. three5four0 will be helping with our next revision of summits, names, area names etc
three5four0 on Mark of the Beast
Just picked up a new copy of OSNI sheet 26, it appears that Cuilcagh has gained a metre, and now has a listed height of 666, rather than the MV listed 665 metres. Other hills have been less fortunate :- Benbeg down a metre to 538 (MV height 539) Bencroy down 5 metres to 513 (MV height 518) and more impressive, the summit has moved around 500 metres east! Knockacullion down 1 metre to ... Click here
Caha summits described.
Conor74 on Barraduff Mountain: 3 summits, 2 hours, 1 beautiful location
Took this in as part of a circuit including Knockeirka and Killaha Mountain. See former for details of parking and ascent of that summit. At the top of Knockeirka, turned west south west and the route to Barraduff is easily visible on a clear day. In cloud or mist simply stay near the wire and post fence that runs from one summit to the other. Warning - this is met by a number of other fences ... Click here
New contributor, interesting way up Mweelrea
Big hand for ablighe please, new contributor. He describes a westerly approach for Mweelrea. I happened to bump into him and some of his friends on the summit. What a spectacular day!
ablighe on Mweelrea: A Western Gem
The last time i attempted Mwelrea i tackled it from the Doo Lough side. The weather really came down & visibility was down to maybe 20 metres when we were on top of Lugmore so we decided to turn back. This time (19/06/10) we decided to start from the Western side. We started a small distance from a Pink house, roughly L 766 697. There is a turn just off the road where there is room at this turn ... Click here
A different way up Slieve League, from north.
Great to see some variety. Now what we need is someone to write up a Short Summary mentioning all main approaches.
scapania on Slieve League: An alternative route to the summit
I noticed that in 5 pages of comments, all of them suggest climbing Slieve League by the same route, from Bunglass, so I thought I'd suggest an alternative route to the summit, from the north. While the route up from Bunglass has its obvious attractions, the path is very badly eroded from overuse and the alternative suggested by the local authorities, The Pilgrim's Path, is not the most exciting r ... Click here
Funniest contribution this month?

People are funny. He was 5 mins from the Mourne Wall at the top of the Bloody Awful Bridge Track.. He was leading a small mop-haired male child in baseball runners and himself nursing a coke. By his deportment, he was neither a fool nor lost and the child was middling happy. This had been achieved over a 2 hour ordeal up this miserable track in the hottest day since the big bang. Then he asked me ... 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
GPS Notes. March 2010. The latest GPS map from MV member pazapas, with more uptodate info including lakes, rivers, roads, antiquities, 150m list from this site and urban areas.
Pazapas on GPS map v1.95 released
Emerald Island GPS map v1.95 is available. This version introduces a new rendering and an easier way to manage layers in MapSource. You will see many trails in Wicklow, Carrauntohill and Mourne Mountains. Coniferous forests are now displayed in a different manner. Enjoy your walks ! The link : http://emerald-island.eu/wikka/GpsMap Click here

This month.
We welcome the following new members who enrolled this month. 1sparks1, abeltas101, Adamk, aidan69, aisling526, anchnuic, anetatree, annemarie, bebelydon, Bee, Blazher, boofit1961, BrianMac, charliecorrigan, Chowdahead, clarebuckley, climberian, Cloghfin, col, conchubar, Corco, corkman, cosi, coublevie, countrychef67, cowans, cy, daireoconnor, Darrenm2904, davelucey, davsheen, daymoe57, Dire, Donegal_Boi, doreenoreilly, driminabeg, drownedinsound, drowned_in_sound, Ed-T, edserman, ElizaD, elizmoylan, Emmet-Murphy, Eoinkid, Eris, eros, Fairynuff, Flora, gary_x_thompson, Gennadijin, gerard-hunt, GerH, glide45, gnpatterson, guiney34, Hazelstrachan, hiphop, hitch_hiker, iankin, insaneco, Janetspaul, Jasmine, jd1959, Jen, jess81, jireh, jjmcdermott, joanfrankham, joanryan, johnnylakes, john_harr45, jonmurf, juno, junowagg, katha5, keithFahy, klaasm, koteka, KTimo, landyliam, leader, lightsinthebay, longmick, luboslm, mac382, mamales, MAnthony, Mapseores, markaduffy, markduffy, martin710, Mayfly, mcgradya, mchugh-pa, michael-tracey3, molinaalexis, mourneman, mshort, msr, murano, mw, overloaded, Paddyoflaherty, palmer, PamelaC, Paschal, paullyons1, PaulMurphy, pbull, PeakPhysique, PeteBog, quilter, rainman1, rgibson, riegart, rodsavage, rorymcguirk, rose, scallywag, ScottStorm, sdavis, seamusryan, sewelln, sheff, SidArthur, smartie, smcnamee, smythc5, SophieP, spaccapassere, sporter, stanislav, stendorado, Step_7, tern, terrytv, TheVsl, theyellowtinker, Townie, tuxy, velcro11, Viewer, viewfinder, whitman, Yenalom, youngdoc, zevof3bk, zimboi (148)
Our contributors to all threads this month: Alaskan (1), Barty1958 (1), Bleck Cra (8), Brendan Dunne (1), Buny Clare (2), Colin Murphy (2), Conor74 (6), Ed-T (1), Geo (4), Harry Goodman (11), John Finn (1), Luimni (1), NewBoots (1), Roen (1), Townie (1), YoungJohn (3), ablighe (3), ahendroff (6), barryd (2), brenno (2), bryanmccabe (2), csd (2), darrenf (5), david bourke (1), deswalk (1), dominic divilly (4), gerrym (2), Communal summary entries (25), hillwalkerliam (1), jackill (11), jkforde (1), kernowclimber (5), maclimber (1), marzka (2), mcrtchly (1), overloaded (1), pdtempan (6), pplsgod (1), roscorrocket (1), scapania (3), senior (1), simon3 (6), thisbliss (1), three5four0 (10), tigerbeat (1), wicklore (12), woody (2) and Contributors to GPS information this month were: csd (1), Geo (4), jackill (5), simon3 (27), wicklore (11)

For a fuller list view Community | Recent Contributors
There were comments on the following summits Aganny Top, Aghla Beg, Aghla Beg (South), An Chailleach, Ardloughnabrackbaddy, Barraduff Mountain, Ben Lugmore East Top, Benbo, Binn Bhán, Binn Charrach , Binn Ghuaire , Binnion, Brandon, Bulbin, Caher, Carrauntoohil, Carrigleitrim, Cashel Hill, Cnoc Leitreach, Cnoicín an tSeabhaic, Conavalla, Coolcross Hill, Cragnamurragh, Crockalough, Crockaneel, Crockaulin, Cruiscín , Cuilcagh, Cush, Donald's Hill, Dunaff Hill, Errigal, Galtymore, Keadeen Mountain, Keeloges, Keelogyboy Mtn NE Top, Killaha Mountain, Knockanaffrin, Knockanaskill, Knockeirka, Knockmealdown, Knocknamaddree, Knocksheegowna, Krinnuck, Laghtshanaquilla, Learmount Mtn S Top, Little Sugar Loaf, Lugduff, Lugduff SE Top, Mangerton, Mizen Peak, Mount Gabriel, Muckanaght, Mullaghcleevaun, Mweelrea, Nephin, Pollnalaght, Prince William's Seat, Sliabh an tSratha Greadaithe, Slieve Beagh South East Top, Slieve League, Slievecarran, Slievemore, Sorrel Hill, Table Mountain, Teevnabinnia, Tievnabinnia East Top, Tonelagee, Tully Mountain and these walks were created Glendowan Mountain cicuit
Thanks to all 815 who have ever contributed summits or routes info and forums. .

For a full list view Community | Contributors Hall of Fame

Summary. MountainViews now has 4490 comments about 918 different hills & mountains out of the total in our current full list (1054). 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 only around 44% There's plenty (136) 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: Puffin Island, Inis Tuaisceart, Maumfin, Inis na Bró, Croaghan Hill, Inch Top, Barr an Dígín, Knockaghaleague, Bunmore, Knocknascollop NW Top and some 36 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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