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July 2012




EAST, WEST, NORTH and SOUTH Reports on summits and tracks for all areas.

Book Review: Ger McDonnell book and see also, Gear Review: Gaiters.

Major revamp coming: testers wanted

Some members have suggested an island trip, also Mournes Trip in August


Scavenger 9: Member organised walk for members. Sat August 16th
From time to time members organise walks which other members can go on. Following on from previous successful walks in the Mournes, member Bleck Cra is organising one in the Mournes. See here for details.


Helping the Hills is a two-day conference on the management of upland path erosion, hosted by Mountaineering Ireland and taking place at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow on Thursday 13th – Friday 14th September 2012.

Many of Ireland’s mountains are suffering from the effects of erosion, whether through natural processes, or recreational use, or indeed a combination of these. As most mountain areas have a high conservation value this is a cause for concern.

Given the continued growth in the number of recreational users on our hills, there is need for a broader knowledge base amongst land managers, event organisers and the recreation community as to how to manage erosion effectively and the most appropriate techniques to use.

Helping the Hills will bring together a number of high-profile speakers from Britain and Ireland to share lessons from their experience in recreation and erosion management. The event will also include site visits to look at erosion and path work that has been carried out in the Wicklow Mountains.

Please put this event in your diary now for 13-14 September. Further details as they become available.


The Walkers Association are interested in taking on new people for their committee to help run their successful events series.

More here: www.walkersassociation.ie

For a full list of Challenge Walks, visit here.

WAI Photo Gallery - They would like you to upload some of your pictures (Ireland or abroad) to this?


02/06/2012 17/06/2012 30/06/2012
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09/09/2012 22/09/2012 07/10/2012 20/10/2012
04/11/2012 17/11/2012
More information at www.pathsavers.org

Knockakishaun in shadow
This lonely summit, mid ground in shadow, does have a great backdrop, doesn't it? But then it IS between the Sheefrys and the Croagh Patrick group in Mayo. Picture: Jamessheerin

In short: Discovery

NORTH: Slievetooey? There's three of them!
A first comment for Slievetooey West Top in Donegal SW from member millsd1, and views that encompass the far flung summits of Croagh Patrick, Benbulbin and Errigal
millsd1 on Sliabh Tuaidh W Top: Slievetooey? There's three of them!
Climbed Slievetooey W Top on Sunday 17/6/2012 as part of a loop walk incorporating all three of Slievetooey's tops, part of the Colmcille Way and Crockuna. Car parked at lay-by at approx G642890. Great views all-round including Errigal, Benbulbin and Croaghpatrick. From Slievetooey Main Top, 511m, G628899, access to W Top, 472m, G617906, involves a 160m descent following a very faint grass ... Click here

NORTH: On a clear day you can see 13 counties!
The relative isolation of Cornasaus in Cavan affords it views stretching from the Breifne area, to the Mournes to the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains as Trailtrekker recounts
Trailtrekker on Cornasaus: Long Views from Little Lough an Leagh
This hill is known as nothing else other than Lough an Leagh by all locals (which is what appears on all sign posts, information boards, literature and websites). It is said that on a clear day you can see 13 counties from the summit. On the clear evening that I ticked this off my local 100, I definitely counted 9. You can see the Cooley Mountains, with the Mournes poking out behind them, with Gul ... Click here

WEST: Alpine foothills in N. Mayo!
A snow-capped Croagh Patrick in the distance gave Knockakishaun a distinctly Alpine feel for member Jamessheerin
Jamessheerin on Knockakishaun: Alpine foothills in N. Mayo!
Parked at L851 751 (good space for 2 cars) and first climbed to L851 740 (the unnamed peak 388m, SW of Knockakishaun) to make the day longer! Some rough ground up and down on this one. So, on to Knockakishaun (390m). After crossing the Bunowen river at L863 743 we headed N. atop the steep ridge and on to the spot hight 390 on generally very good ground. Some great glacial errata along the way befo ... Click here

WEST: In a big country...
In addition, mcrtchly has also submitted one of several new tracks exploring the rather in-vogue Nephin Begs of Mayo. This route (from the south, based at the Brogan Carrol Bothy ) is one of the original methods of reaching Slieve Carr that gained the peak its reputation for being the remotest in Ireland (before routes from the east were documented on Mountainviews), and takes in the two tops of Nephin Beg on the way. The way is long and boggy, but the outlooks are vast and glorious.
mcrtchly on Slieve Carr and Nephin Beg
The walk to Slieve Carr, one of the remotest hills in Irelan walk, Length:27.4km, Climb: 1398m, Area: Nephin Beg S Top, North Mayo (Ireland) Nephin B Click here

WEST: Wild Gravity
Achill Island floats like a jewel off the coast of Mayo, sporting a coastline to match any in Ireland. Possibly the highlight is the Slieve League-rivalling declivity plunging into the sea from Croaghaun, the island’s highest mountain. It is most easily approached from Loch Acorrymore, but simon3’s track documents the connoisseur’s approach from the lonely beach at Keem, along the ridge of Benmore before the merciless flog up the mountain’s SW side. There are no tops that can be easily added to this itinerary, but it does visit the western Bunnafreva Lough, a glacial lake poised ridiculously above the sea. Adrenaline addicts can also include a diversion along the spine of Achill Head: this, like several other points hereabouts, is most definitely not for the unsteady of heads.
simon3 on Take in the main ridge and coastline at the end of Achill.
Start from near the end of the road to Keem, where there is walk, Length:14.7km, Climb: 1313m, Area: Croaghaun, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Croaghaun, Click here

WEST: A Cool Ox
Member gerrym recommends this enjoyable climb up through the crags and boulders of Cloonacool in the Ox Mountains
gerrym on Cloonacool: A Cool Ox
From the carpark at the northern end of Easky Lough there is a stunning drive along its shoreline heading south. A couple of isolated dwellings are passed and then drop downhill to find the little layby at 445200. This is an excellent point from which to tackle the steep hillside of Clonnacool.
Drop from the roadside and cross high tussocky grass, easy going and unusually dry. Head straig ... Click here

and track

gerrym on It's all about Lough Easky
A long lonely road into the heart of the Ox Mtns brings the walk, Length:8.1km, Climb: 211m, Area: Meenamaddo, Ox Mountains (Ireland) Meenamaddo Click here

SOUTH: Into the wild
Knockaunanattin W Top is a first step along the sprawling rugged and wild ridge that culminates in Stumpa Duloigh, as Peter Walker reports
group on Knockaunanattin W Top: First step to Stumpa Duloigh
Knockaunanattin W Top lies just north of the impressive Ballaghbeama Gap and is the first eminence on an sprawling-but-entertaining ridge that culminates in Stumpa Duloigh. Starting from the Gap at 755781 an ascent should take no more than 25 minutes to the top. Head north up the slope that constitutes the blunt ridgeline. The ascent climbs over numerous easy benches (especially in the lower re ... Click here

SOUTH: Carefree in Clare
Collecting county highpoints has always been a relatively popular pastime for the Irish walker, even more so since the publication of Kieron Gribbon’s guidebook. Moylussa is the highest hill in County Clare, but it is slightly blighted by some access restrictions and a‘standard’ route up that is boggy even by Ireland’s rarefied standards. Jackill’s track may not be a classic hillwalk, but at least it successfully evades these twin obstacles.
jackill on Moylussa the easy way
an easy run avoiding the muddy tracks walk, Length:11.7km, Climb: 558m, Area: Moylussa, Shannon (Ireland) Moylussa Click here

SOUTH: Misery in the mist!
The diminutive Burren Hill in the Boggeraghs proved boggy and prickly for member thomas_g
thomas_g on Burren: One km with 500m of misery.
Burren has been nagging me for a while, I kept seeing it on my profile, the closest hill to you is Burren and you haven't climbing it yet: so I did what any sensible person does, waited for a truly miserable day after several days of rain with poor visibility to 'enjoy' my trip to the top. Being an avid student of the interweb - I found an interesting track from the north that promised a mere 700 ... Click here

SOUTH: I suspect he didn’t really leap that far...
Another county top is Knockboy, highpoint of County Cork, and thomas_g has contributed a topbagger’s ascent of the mountain, sweeping another three summits along the way. The drive up to the Priest’s Leap (if undertaken from the south) is a decent adventure in itself, and these hills are complex enough to require a bit of navigational skill in poor weather. The route is reasonable (and short) enough in decent conditions, and the extra top of Coomhola Mountain could be taken in by those not averse to a spot of extra road walking or bog hopping.
thomas_g on The Knockboys and Leim an Sagairt
A jaunt around the Knockboys and Leim an Sagairt, which migh walk, Length:9.6km, Climb: 465m, Area: The Priests Leap, Shehy/Knockboy (Ireland) The Pr Click here

EAST: Head above the crowd
Slieveboy in North Wexford has a distinctive triangular shape and is quite isolated, affording a panorama of the Blackstairs, the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea, as Simon3 recounts.
simon3 on Slieveboy: Head above the crowd.
South of the main Wicklow summits are a number of smaller tops poking their heads above the South Wicklow/ Wexford plains. Even if you been to all of the summits it's tricky to remember which is which. If you are looking for at least one distinctively recognisable in the crowd, then such is this summit because of its distinctive triangular shape and the plethora of telecoms towers on it. It's ... Click here

EAST: South Wicklow Spine Walk
What an excellent way to summit Croghan Kinsella while bagging Moneyteige North as well. The linear route follows mixed terrain along the ridge that runs from near Carnew to south east of Aughrim. It keeps the walker high on the mountain all along the way with views west to Tinahely and east to Arklow. A nice walk of reasonable length and duration without too much climb, which is maintained for the duration of the ramble.
simon3 on Croghan Kinsella Linear Walk
Starting from the Wicklow Gap or SW end this walk gains grou walk, Length:17.3km, Climb: 586m, Area: Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Crogh Click here

EAST: East Wicklow Made Easy
Anything that makes life less arduous is to be welcomed. This route traces the easiest route to the summit of Carrick Mountain north west of Glenealy. The terrain is mostly forest track with some open areas. The summit is the highest point along a ridge that runs between Rathdrum to the south west and Ashford to the north east. It is not a taxing talk and should take only about two hours without much climb.
mcrtchly on Easy way to summit Carrick Mountain
This is probably the easiest route to the summit of Carrick walk, Length:3.3km, Climb: 12m, Area: Carrick Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Carrick Click here

EAST: Rebel Cave south of the Lugduffs.
Fancy a place for a sandwich or a bivvy?
simon3 on Lugduff SE Top: Interesting historical feature on the way up from the south.
Somewhat south of this summit is the well hidden Rebel Cave. This is located at T07557 93712. Although we had a nearly correct grid reference it was still hard to find and deceptive. At first you can see an outer part of the cave, to the left facing uphill. It seems a possible cave, if a bit exposed. It is only by searching around that you find the actual slit of an entrance to the interior c ... Click here

and track
simon3 on South of Glendalough from the south - with Rebel Cave
This starts from the car park at the Glenmalure Lodge and go walk, Length:16.1km, Climb: 743m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Lugduff, Lugduff SE Top Click here

Sorry if we didn't mention what you posted .. there's a list of all contributors for the month later.


Island of Adventure Part Two!
The intrepid island explorers of 2011 are plotting further adventures off our rugged western coastline…
kernowclimber on Islands of Adventure 2?
It's been approaching 12 months since a group of intrepid MVers braved the Atlantic to scale the heights of two offshore islands in a summit bagging quest. The day, brilliantly organised by hardcore island summit bagger, Wicklore, in conjunction with Birdwatch Ireland, was absolutely fantastic and I have been wondering whether there would be any interest in running a similar trip this year? This i ... Click here

Also, Scavvy 9, a trip to the Mournes organised by another member has been announced for Sat August 18th More details here:
Saturday August 18th Mourne Mountains Co Down The ninth of these popular weekend walks, open to everyone and in particular mountainviews.ie members and friends. Based in Newcastle Co Down, we meet on the Saturday morning for a day’s hike in the beautiful Mourne Mountains including at least 1 of the highest tops in the North of Ireland. This is a 6 to 7 hour trek - and requires a reasonable le ... Click here
Introducing the Four-Spotted Chaser…
For those who didn't know any better, he's a winged insect, (full of useful information, Mountainviews is!) snapped by paddyhillsbagger along with a plethora of Red Admirals etc, as he ascended Brockagh in the Wicklow Mountains.
paddyhillsbagger on Brockagh Mountain: Never alone!
Sitting on Brockagh summit in brilliant sunshine, eating my sandwiches and contemplating life as my wife pounded the streets of Dublin with 40,000 other women in the mini marathon. I began to realise I wasn't alone. Fluttering around the summit cairn were a few brilliantly coloured Red Admiral butterflies! I duly got out the camera to snap them. In doing so I noticed other flyers around the boggy ... Click here


New release coming - testers

Our first reconstruction of the website's summit page in 10 years is on the way and we need testers. The mapping has been totally updated and tracks are now shown integrated with summits. We hope to get this publicly released in the next few weeks and in the meanwhile we need testing. We have scope for some refinements also.
So if you would like to help, do put your name forward to admin@mountainviews.ie As well as having an opportunity to assist, you will also get access to the new mapping which, I can assure you, is already much more effective at showing you all the contributions for an area. We want to make it possible to have discussion amongst the testers so it is essential that the testers share email addresses.
If you were a tester in the last beta-test program, please let us know if you wish to continue for this one.

Call for photos for the heading of this newsletter

Would any of you excellent photographers have an interesting picture that could be used for the heading of this newsletter? The dimensions have to be exactly as the current one. (800 X 160 px ) It needs to be a summer scene. It needs to fit in with the wording.

Ordnance Survey of Ireland - improved online mapping

This finally went live nearer the middle of June 2012, rather later than we said last month. It is excellent in most respects. In the "View all tracks" section of MV (select layer OSi 1:10k by clicking on the plus sign to the right of the map) There is also be updating of some of their aerial photography.

MountainViews will continue to offer various other base layers as outlined last month



Gaiters are one of those quintessentially Irish items of hillwalking gear. Our wet boggy ground means they are an essential piece of kit for many. Contrast this to the clean dry trails in some parts of the world where it would almost be okay to wear your Sunday best.

The use of gaiters is pretty obvious — protect your lower leg from dirt and wet and form a seal around your boot to stop water getting in. There are those who think that gaiters are a waste of time and you should just get wet and dirty and then dry-out and clean up when you get home. That is fine for some but I prefer to stay clean, dry and warm — especially if I'm wild camping.

As with all outdoor gear, gaiters go from the modest to the bling. You can pick up non-breathable gaiters with rear zips in army surplus shops or Aldi for quite cheap. The specialist gaiters in outdoor shops will usually be made with breathable fabrics, have a front zip, stay up well and be quite durable.

The Black Diamond Alpine Gaiter is a fairly lightweight gaiter which is not really designed for the Irish hills — the clue is in the name. These Goretex gaiters have a very close fit and so you may need to go up a size compared to other gaiters. The front flap has a velcro strip for closure — great for the Alps and snow but not so great if/when it gets clogged with mud and bog. Well made and lightweight but not the ideal gaiters for the Irish hills.

Rab Latok Alpine Gaiter Another gaiter with Alpine in the name but altogether heavier, more solid and generally feeling like it is build for Britain and Ireland. The velcro strip is a bit wider than the BD model so should prove a little better in dealing with mud. The fit is quite high so you might want to go down a size compared to normal. A good all round tough gaiter.

Berghaus Yeti Gaiter The Yeti gaiter has a few different variations but they all do the same thing — fit completely around the boot to give an almost complete seal. The disadvantages are that you can't just put them on and off as needed and they are a little heavier. They're very popular for winter mountaineering in the UK but they seem a bit over the top in Ireland. Probably most useful if doing long bog-slogs (the Nephin Begs comes to mind) where they offer the same protection, or better, as wellies.

-- Tom Sweeney (MV Member)

A place for those interested in Summiteering, Bagging or Highpointing.

The Time Has Come: Ger McDonnell: His Life & His Death on K2 by Damien O’Brien

Published by Collins Press, 2012 €14.39

Ger McDonnell was a County Limerick man who, having climbed Mount Everest in 2003 became caught up in the K2 disaster of 2008. Tragically, despite becoming the first Irishman to reach its summit, McDonnell died on the descent: one of eleven climbers to die on the mountain within two days. Damien O'Brien is McDonnell's brother-in-law, and 'The Time Has Come' tells the story of his progression from the west of Ireland to the roof of the world, and attempts to piece together the events surrounding the end of his life.

Given its author, the reader can be forgiven for approaching 'The Time Has Come' with some caution: there was never any danger of the book dwelling on anything unsavoury. Despite this O'Brien's attachment to the subject never seems to have a damaging impact on the book: you're aware that you're reading a tribute, but you never think you're reading a hagiography. It's hard to imagine anyone having a bad word to say about McDonnell anyway, the amiably friendly freewheeler presented here tying in very well with descriptions available elsewhere.

'The Time Has Come' covers all aspects of McDonnell's life, his Limerick childhood, his adult life in Alaska, his love of music, and his various mountain escapades: ascents of Denali, pucking a sliotar off Everest's South Col prior to climbing it, and his two expeditions to K2. Almost half of the book deals with his fateful second trip, and O'Brien sensibly slices up the narrative (the rest of his life is described in parallel to the events of 2008, more or less) to help with the pacing.

Most importantly (in terms of McDonnell's legacy) he deals with the circumstances of his death in great detail. Having reached the summit and begun the descent McDonnell's party discovered bedlam at the top of the crux section known as 'The Bottleneck': three Korean climbers hopelessly tangled in ropes and the fixed lines below swept away by avalanches. McDonnell then left his partner to climb back up the mountain, an action initially thought to have been brought on by altitude-induced delirium. O'Brien presents an alternative explanation that McDonnell was attempting to save the Koreans; astonishingly heroic, particularly given current debates on the morality shown by some high altitude mountaineers, but ultimately doomed as they all ended up perishing anyway. It should be noted that not everyone accepts O'Brien's version of events (as the saying goes, 'only the mountain knows') but his argument is very convincing.

Criticisms? Well, it's very tricky to make expedition logistics and approach marches sound interesting, and the author hasn't managed it here; a more idiosyncratic and first-person approach might have helped (as demonstrated by some of McDonnell's diary entries used elsewhere, the tale of his encounter with provincial Pakistani healthcare being a particular highlight). Whilst scarcely as guilty as other books on similar lines there were still a few too many mentions of 'the death zone' and 'it's the most difficult/dangerous mountain in the world' for this reader. And the prose never really flies, although that's probably for the best in a book designed to make you think of its subject rather than its author.

But ultimately O'Brien's successes outweigh his failures, and one suspects that 'The Time Has Come' will engender the reactions in the reader that the author was seeking. McDonnell comes across as a splendid bloke who you'd have been thrilled to have as a friend, but ever more as a man who never let his thirst for adventure (and considerable ambition) take precedence over his humanity.

Review by Peter Walker, MV Member

This month.
Kudos to our contributors.

We welcome the following new members who enrolled this month. ac101, ajhickey, Alfie-Hughes, bell25b, beth, binlitir, bjullien, blueboots, bluefeet32, bobmurphy04, buntyxoxo, Burnsey, capybara, cc83, chipnip, chrismcc, concaghp, contef, deekelly106, Deliverance, diarmuid6, eolai, finbarr65, Fonnyboy, FSavage, GerryHx, gerryk2272, getmenot, gloverave, gravure, hibrasil, Hills-away-two, Iany, InesWalls31, iturrizar, ivanski72, james1, jdecker, jmccrohan, joanne1980, John-Smith, johngerardo, johnstor, jonathanfealy, keithwalsh, kerryman1965, KevinDennehy, kguest, Lameduck, leema, leevalleywalking, lukas91, lyons_da, markkirwan, markmcivor, markrohan, martind10, maryjane32f, mckymck, mdmair, miamouse, michaeld, mikep, mishfitz, Morry9086, Mountainwalker, nammona, neilcarlin, ollietrex, Orladwsn, pacalder, paddyproust, pampalini1, pearce, poleulor, rabble, rmc, Rocksmith, salinutza, seanyotoole, Shainnegreehan, Shanehikes, shooter40, shuna, siobhanoreilly, snelson, snowy, spark, stevendrury1, stuartgreig, svatous, svensktoppen, Sway, swordsfrank, tmsr, tom_mw23, tonydoherty, tryfan, twirley, vanmie, vipondd, welshdragon, Wilderness, will41, yoganandaevans (105)

Our contributors to all threads this month: AdrianneB (1), Bleck Cra (3), CaptainVertigo (2), Conor74 (5), DBiscuit (1), Dessie1 (2), Harry Goodman (6), Hilltop-Harrier (1), Jamessheerin (1), Pazapas (1), Peter Walker (4), Trailtrekker (1), Wilderness (1), brenno (2), ciarraioch (1), dalyl (1), djacobs (4), gerrym (6), Communal summary entries (24), hillwalkerliam (1), jackill (7), janetmhackney (1), joemountain (3), kernowclimber (3), lightoffoot (2), march-fixer (2), mcrtchly (4), millsd1 (1), paddyhillsbagger (3), paulocon (1), shaunkelly (2), simon3 (27), slemish (1), thomas_g (2), tmsr (3), wicklore (2)
For a fuller list view Community | Recent Contributors

There were comments on the following summits , Annatoran, Arderin, Ballinafunshoge, Brockagh Mountain, Brockagh Mountain SE Top, Bruse Hill, Burren, Castleconor, Cloonacool, Cornasaus, Cró an Locháin, Crockmulroney, Cruach na Sagart, Derrylahard East, Errigal, Killelan Mountain, Kippure, Knockakishaun, Knockfeerina, Lugduff SE Top, Meenamaddo, Moylussa, Musheramore, Sleamaine, Sliabh Tuaidh W Top, Slieve Foye, Slieve Snaght, Slieveboy, Slievecorragh, Spinans Hill, Sruffaungarve Top, Tibradden Mountain, Two Rock Mountain
and these tracks Annatoran, Ox Mountains Ireland, Beinn a'Bheithir, Loch Linnhe to Loch Etive Britain, Black Hill, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Carn Mor Dearg, Fort William to Loch Treig and Loch Leven Britain, Carrick Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Cnoc Leitreach, Achill/Corraun Ireland, Corcóg, Maamturks Ireland, Croaghaun, Achill/Corraun Ireland, Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Croughaun Hill, Comeragh Mountains Ireland, Derrybawn Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Djouce, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Errigal, Donegal NW Ireland, Great Sugar Loaf, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Knocknasheega, Knockmealdown Mountains Ireland, Knockshanahullion, Knockmealdown Mountains Ireland, Largan Hill, Ox Mountains Ireland, Meenamaddo, Ox Mountains Ireland, Minaun, Achill/Corraun Ireland, Mount Hillary, Boggeragh Mountains Ireland, Moylussa, Shannon Ireland, Na Gruagaichean NW Top, Fort William to Loch Treig and Loch Britain, Nephin Beg S Top, North Mayo Ireland, North Mayo Ireland, North Mayo Ireland, Nowen Hill Far W Top, Shehy/Knockboy Ireland, Shehy/Knockboy Ireland, Slievemore, Achill/Corraun Ireland, Slovakia , Slovakia , The Paps East, Paps/Derrynasaggart Ireland, The Priests Leap, Shehy/Knockboy Ireland, Tinoran Hill, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Truskmore SE Cairn, Dartry Mountains Ireland, Turkey, Antalya , Turkey, Antalya , Turkey, Antalya , Turkey, Antalya tracks and these walks were created (none in period)

Thanks to all 1012 who have ever contributed summits or routes info and forums.

For a full list view Community | Contributors Hall of Fame

Summary. MountainViews now has 5795 comments about 1005 different hills & mountains out of the total in our current full list (1057). 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 49% There's plenty (52) 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.


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Track reviews: Tom Condon, Peter Walker
Gear reviews: Tom Sweeney
Book reviews: Conor Murphy, Aidan Dillon, Peter Walker
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