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March 2011




WAI: Walking in SW US, Photo course, AGM

Using an iPhone as a GPS.

Forum discussion: Path fixing

Hillwalking legacy of Joss Lynam

Summiteers Corner - New section.


Binevenagh - The Foyleside Giant
Member pdtempan has been working on a route description for Binevenagh which he tells me is reachable by train. The walk is across Binevenagh, which despite its modest height of 385m, is decidedly mountainesque.
pdtempan on Binevenagh - The Foyleside Giant
Overview (This walk description is a work in progress.) Despite its modest altitude, a mere 385m high, Binevenagh has the character of a true mountain, arguably one of the finest in Ulster. Dominating the shores of Lough Foyle, it is unmistakable with its impressive basalt cliffs and a lower series of broken crags resembling fangs. The attractions on this walk include spectacular cliff sce ... Click here

Walkers Association of Ireland
and other groups.
The Walkers Association Winter Talks Series

Further WAI events in 2011 (updated items)
23rd March 2011: Talk on Walking in the South-West of US, and AGM at St Olaf's GAA club, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin - near M50 and Luas. This will include descriptions of a river walk in Zion National Park, walking amongst the "hoodoos" or pink eroded pinnacles of the extraordinary Bryce Canyon, trekking in the Grand Canyon and chasing the sunset in Monument Valley. Details here.
2nd April 2011: – Mountain Landscape Photography Course see details and booking here

Report on Friday, February 25th Nearly 80 people attended the second MountainViews Winter Talks and Awards at which Gavin Bate (Everest expedition front man and mountain leader) was anchoring and speaking. Gavin described various interesting locations around the world. He drew on experience from "Adventure Alternative" an adventure company he runs and also speak eloquently about his mountain charity "Moving Mountains".
Other speakers: Simon Stewart - Publisher of on the County Highpoints, an interesting slice of the hills of Ireland and Martin Critchly/ Sharon Schwartz on practical hillwalking techniques for Ireland in the snow.
Members jackill & wicklore brought "Curious Tales from the Hills" which included the origin of the "Dan Clancy" chair on Slievecorragh in the Dublin/Wicklows.
Also featured - 2011 Awards Presentations from
where a number of people received awards for climbing all the summits on various lists. Notably, the year we had a further awardee for one of the harder lists, the Vandeleur-Lynam list, in member pn_runner.
Overall we had the misfortune to have committed ourselves to a date on which the election was later arranged, nevertheless there was a good and enthusiastic turnout. There is a photo of the venue here:
simon3 on The 2011 WAI - MV Event.
This event was held in Bewleys, Leopardstown Road, Dublin. A good crowd attended. There is a report in the MountainViews monthly newsletter see /newsletters/month/2011-03/ Click here

WAI Photo Gallery - why not upload some of your pictures (Ireland or abroad) to this?

View of Wales from Three Rock, Dublin Mountains by member Johnjoes

This is a recent view of Wales, taken from Three Rock Mountain in the Dublin Mountains by member Johnjoes
It extremely rare to see Britain with such clarity. Another of Johnjoes pictures, this time combining Dublin with the Mournes, is here See more here.

Recent Contributions and News
Lucky horseshoe
Member FlachDubh enjoys some spectacular views as he ascends Meenteog in the Glenbeigh horseshoe.
FiachDubh on Meenteog: Via Knocknaman
Climbed Meenteog as part of a circuit of Coomsaharn Lake. Parked at an old house ruin (V63687 85201) at roadside and followed a farm track through a small gate to climb the steep, craggy slopes of Knocknaman and then up the squelchy ridge. Great views of the steep back wall of the corrie of Coomeneragh Lake were promised as we approached the summit only to be hidden by the sudden arrival of mist, ... Click here
Using an iPhone as a GPS
Member csd explores the benefits of the iPhone 4 and its GPS applications and finds it surprisingly useful for the hillwalker.
csd on Using an iPhone as a GPS
My trusty Garmin eTrex finally bit the dust after falling off a rather loose handlebar mount on my bike once too many. Given the straitened times we're in, I decided to look for a cheap alternative rather than splashing out on a new eTrex. Seeing as I'd recently treated myself to an iPhone 4 (ok, maybe times aren't THAT straitened!), I had a look to see what apps might do the trick. The GPS chipse ... Click here
Above the clouds
An early morning trek up Camaderry Mountain in Wicklow reward member Murraynolan as he snaps a pic to leave him on cloud nine.
murraynolan on Camaderry Mountain: The benefits of an early start
Enjoyed a lovely hike up Camaderry on Saturday 19th of February ['11] The day was notable for blue skies, mild temperatures and the fact that our 8am start gave us the whole of Glendalough practically to ourselves, which was wonderful. The valley was shrouded in fog which gave us a fantastic vista when we climbed above it into bright sunshine near the top of the zig zags past the mines. Click here
Eagle Eye Views
Mountain Eagle Hill in the Nephin Beg Range earns its first comment by bryanmccabe on MV which rewards with views that dwarf its taller neighbours.
bryanmccabe on Mount Eagle: Eagle Eye Views
Mount Eagle is unlikely to be visited as a destination in itself; visitors will most likely be en route to Birreencorragh from the Srahmore River valley or, as in our case, on a traverse between Buckoogh and Birreencorragh. To its south, in the Skerdagh River valley, the widespread afforestation is both an eyesore (due to felling and the irregular shape) and a hindrance to a more desirable direct ... Click here
Path fixing in Northern Ireland
As with Mountain Meitheal who repair tracks in the Republic, there are people who are interested in fixing paths north of the Border.
maclimber on Upland paths in the mournes
'They will never take our.........freedom!' for the septics(intentional) among us read the followng article on path restoration in the Mournes.... the joy and freedom of hillwalking and the mental and physical benefits come at an environmental price...if we wish to keep doing it work is needed to keep it sustainable read this article or go to or mournelive on facebook someone cares ... Click here

However there is some debate about methods as expressed by member Bleck Cra in his usual style, showing a total mastery of venemous satire. It's ongoing as this appears:
Thinking of a stroll up the Annalong, to enjoy the unspoilt beauty? Think again. What you will see are the instruments of an unwanted, pointless and expensive exercise. A team of diggers, owned by the contractor, appointed by the Mourne Heritage Trust, run by the Environment Agency, part of something else, that swallowed the fly. An “initiative” to repair damage – I ask you – repair damage to mo ... Click here
Mullaghanattin - The Wimbledon connection
Conor74 on Mullaghanattin: Ireland's last Wimbledon Winner
Was Harold Segerson Mahony, whose family owned Dromore Castle in Templenoe, the area between here and Kenmare - the castle itself is in the woods by the sea, some miles south west of Mullaghanattin. He spent most of his youth in this area, and went on to win Wimbledon in 1896. He is widely accredited as being Ireland's last Wimbledon winner, though research has shown that he was actually born in S ... Click here
Bogged down in Mweelrea
New MV member Irishsas immerses himself in hillwalking and bog water on a tough but satisfying trek up Ben Lugmore.
Irishsas on Ben Lugmore: Bogs your Uncle!
Leaving Mweelrea summit we walked in a northeasterly direction along a relatively easy crest, branching northwards to go down towards a gap. Following this descent there is a rugged slope to climb to bring you to the summit of Ben Bury, there are a number of Cairns near the top but the summit lies on an area of boulders. About half way up I realised that if we continued to the summit of Ben Bury w ... Click here
Lugnaquilla - The Movie
Captain Vertigo introduces us to a beautifully shot YouTube video of a climb up Lugnaquilla by a chap called 'distancefading' .
CaptainVertigo on Climbing Lugnaquillia
There is a gentleman who goes under the name "distancefading" who has uploaded a good number of videos on YouTube. Many of these relate to an alarming sport where folks wave giant fishing rods about for no good reason that I can fathom. But this film maker has lately turned his talents to mountain movies and he has a gift- I am sure of that. His most recent piece captures something of the very hea ... Click here
A final farewell to an Irish hillwalking legend
Family and friends gathered on a point overlooking Donegal Bay to pay their last respects to Joss Lynam
CaptainVertigo on Joss Lynam-Paying Last Respects
On Saturday 12th February 2011 family and friends of the late Joss Lynam gathered at the tomb of Queen Maeve and walked in solemn procession to a point overlooking Donegal Bay where words of affection and praise were spoken and his ashes were scattered to the winds. Click here
Joss Lynam, some words.

simon3 on Joss Lynam - some of his life as I saw it.
Recently I put together some words regarding Joss for the MI. In limited space let me mention some of what Joss did for hillwalking that I know of. Established hillwalkers will appreciate the list of Ireland’s 600m summits in common use was originally developed by Joss with a contact of his: Rev CRP Vandeleur, long before any other Irish originated list. An ancestor list was incorporated into on ... Click here
Got Tech skills? Want to try something new in 2011?

The website could use more technical support. If you have a skill such as setting up and managing a Drupal site or know something of web development, site management, why not get in touch. Other tech skills also of interest. Combine the sport of hillwalking with some tech. Can be fun. New social methods - Twitter etc. Incorporating better maps using modern map server methods, supporting tracklogs/ geotagging, videos There are many many others. If you'd like to discuss it why not email here: or use the members messaging service to send to simon3.
Sorry if we didn't mention what you posted .. there's a list of all contributors for the month later.

Summiteers Corner
A place for those interested in Summiteering, Bagging or Highpointing.
So you think you are a bagger?
This video features a guy that's done the Munros, not once, not twice but ... geez!
What is more, he looks fairly normal.

The video was shot around the "Rough Bounds", Knoydart, Scotland by Myrddn Philips. I won't stoop to spoilers about the main content, except to say that for baggers/summiteers it's a revelation. Some of the smaller issues covered are at around 6:52 there is a familiar discussion about the virtues of smaller hill for views and better weather. Something MV has been saying for years. It's particularly true in Scotland where the main event is the Munros, which at over 900m are even more likely to be in the clouds than our peaks. At around 8:00, there's some fairly anal sub-marilyn talk that seems to afflict the neighbouring island.
The recent WAI/ MountainViews event had the now annual awards ceremony. There were twelve awards given out though quite a few weren't in person.
Highlight of this occasion was pn_runner who collected a Vandeleur-Lynam list award.

This month.
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Summary. MountainViews now has 5031 comments about 941 different hills & mountains out of the total in our current full list (1056). 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 (115) 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, Knockaghaleague, Bunmore, Knocknascollop NW Top, Cruach Leac Chonaill, Lettertrask, Coolsnaghtig and some 23 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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