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October 2014



WEST, NORTH, SOUTH Route ideas and places to go, many to "new" places.

VIDEOS: Five videos and a review.emVee-tube, our video section.

Book Review, Sean Rothery Reprint of A Long Walk South

User interface changes Changes made, comment critical. Take a look.


For a full list of Challenge Walks, visit here.

MOUNTAIN MEITHEAL: the following are upcoming work days for 2014:
05/10/2014 18/10/2014 02/11/2014 15/11/2014
We publicise Mountain Meitheal because they make practical repairs to some of the more popular areas we walk on, using a voluntary community based approach. (More information at their website.)

Picture of the month

Gortnagarn of itself never looked to me like much of a place to visit. No scrambling hard-won ascent. But what a view from near the top as brought to us by member eamonoc. Click for source comment.

In short: Discovery

Featured summit report
Irelands largest wild animal
by Colin Murphy: Torc West Top is unmarked by a cairn or other prominence. However it is a fairly well-defined grassy mound with great views over the lakes of Killarney and towards Torc mountain itself. On my descent I stumbled upon (almost literally) a small group of Red Deer. Luckily they didn't flee too far before I could get a snap. Strikingly large and beautiful animals close up. Apparently they are Ireland's largest wild animal, or so I read. Having come within about 10 metres of them, I can't disagree with that. The larger animal in the shot came almost to my shoulder.

NORTH: Wiley, windy moors (probably)
The Cuilcagh Way is a 33km loop walk over this exceptionally distinctive border-straddling mountain, and it has made a deep impression on Heathcliff, who reports some new board walks and some missing waymarks.
Heathcliff on Cuilcagh: A walk on the wild side !
By Heathcliff 25sept.2014 completed "Cuilcagh Way" Mon.22nd Sept.This 33km loop walk from Cladagh Bridge took me 9 hours,including breaks.Part of the route is officially closed owing to a landslide (2010?) but with weather being so dry decided to take a chance.So glad I did-one of finest walks I've ever done!! Good news is ,a board walk over very marshy ground approaching the ascent is neari ... conormcbandon on A round of the Maamturks
I took advantage of a good weather/life/work window for this walk, Length:49.9km, Climb: 2880m, Area: Corcóg, Maamturks (Ireland) Corcóg, Cruiscín,
simonburn's take on doing the Carran group
Some years ago I visited the Carran group a less frequented place SE of Kilgarvan in east Cork. Carran itself just makes the Vandeleur-Lynam category. Access was somewhat awkward, though possible, the way I did it (Track 1964). If you are prepared to walk 32k then you can take a much more interesting route as this one from Simon Burn does, taking in a host of other smaller hills in the Shehy/Knockboys.
simoburn on PMG Walk 43- The Carran Summits
PMG Walk 43 - The Carran Summits - Much easier walking. walk, Length:32.1km, Climb: 1066m, Area: Mweelin, Shehy/Knockboy (Ireland) Mweelin, Lackabaun

SOUTH: Committed, in both senses of the word...
The Irish water supply seems to have been spiked with hallucinogens again, as this month's tracks mark a definite return to the territory named 'clinically insane'. What could be better than a walk taking in Mullaghanish, Caherbarnagh and the Paps in a single push? 'Just about anything' would be the sensible answer, but simoburn's Project Mountain Goat has long since forsaken such indecision. Anyone seeking further self-mutilation could always include Knockullane's E top as well, which he amazingly opted to exclude.
simoburn on PMG Walk 39 - Mullaghanish to The Paps
PMG Walk 39 - Mullaghanish to The Paps - Overcast but dry! V walk, Length:32.9km, Climb: 1785m, Area: Knockullane, Paps/Derrynasaggart (Ireland) Knoc


Eruption in Japan kills 30 ...
There are quite a few ex-volcanos Ireland, but fortunately none active in the last few million years. Not so in Japan.
Click for info


Book review: A Long Walk South by Sean Rothery Publisher: The Collins Press
Published : Originally 2001, republished 2014

In this Camino obsessed era, this fine book is a welcome reminder of other wonderful long distance walks. First published as a hardback in 2001, Collins Press have now issued it in paperback. I first encountered this book about 10 years ago, marked down in price and seemingly unloved in a Limerick bookshop. I enjoyed reading it so much that I turned from the final page to the first and read it a second time. It is an account of a walk along the GR5 trail which runs over 2,000 km from the North Sea to the Mediterranean. The GR5 crosses through Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Switzerland. The full walk takes 3 or 4 months. Séan Rothery, a Dublin architect, marked his retirement not by taking up golf but instead by walking across a continent. The format of the book is a day-by-day account of his walk along the GR5. It’s a format that could easily become tedious, but Rothery is a skilled writer and he quickly draws the reader into his journey. There are wonderful descriptions of places and people, high mountains, canals and lakes. He started his journey on the bleak North Sea, always drawn southwards by the heat and the light of the Med. There is plenty of history for example as he crosses First World War battlefields or admires . The book is also adorned with some of the many drawings he made on route. Rothery made his journey in 1994. Although only 20 years ago, this was an era without sat-navs, smartphones or Wi-fi. He clearly endured some lonely moments but by travelling alone he opened himself to meeting many locals and fellow walkers. The book is part autobiography as Rothery reflects back on a serious climbing accident he survived in the Alps in 1967. Well worth reading.

-- Aidan Dillon


Videos this month:
(mcrtchly & kernowclimber)





Videography by Peter Walker.

Video review
Captain Vertigo reviews the Mountaineering Ireland video we mentioned in the August newsletter.


MAD changes
MAD that is in "Main Area Display", the unique map page combining route and summit data, where MountainViews has been making various user interface improvements. Well, we thought they were improvements however commenters so far have begged to differ.
Do take a look and see what you think. Full info

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

A Guide to Ireland's Mountain Summits - The Vandeleur-Lynams & The Arderins
MountainViews first book available online and in many bookshops. The first reprint with numerous minor amendments is now out.

This month.
Kudos to our contributors.

We welcome the following new members who enrolled this month. aboveandbeyond, acetylene, Aideen99, aisling123, A_Malfatti, Bagger_Plz, Barry115, Bettymurphyhb, calfburner, compassman, Coolcreen, coxd214, coyle232, CuilChaoin, delboyir, devsy7, Dmcdonald79, Edelweiss, farrenp, g07797, Garahy, gerw, Gpk, Heathcliff, jds6up, jerry007, JimBones, JKelly, Joshua3, ktmg, Mac-Uchta, martinsp, marymmross, McConvey1952, Meunclemichael, michaelfinn, michaelmelia, mimmo, mrmoj0, nadav, Nikki, noca13, odonnells, oloughlk, peaches, peteablitt, Pinefox, quinnle, reginald, RobiBailey, rosscado, samapril, seamaspeineas, shanemccullough, thatguysteve, tim300458, Tombeisty, TommyV, Wellshaman, westham (60)

Our contributors to all threads this month: Aidy (3), Bleck Cra (1), BleckCra (1), CaptainVertigo (7), Colin Murphy (1), Conor74 (1), Fergalh (2), Heathcliff (1), Onzy (6), Peter Walker (3), Trailtrekker (3), brenno (1), camellia (1), chalky (3), conormcbandon (6), des carroll (1), dimser (1), eamonoc (1), elarbee (1), garrettd (6), gringottsgoblin (1), Communal summary entries (15), happymourneview (2), hazyview (1), jackill (7), mcrtchly (3), oldboots (1), paddyhillsbagger (1), paul condon (1), sandman (3), scannerman (1), simoburn (39), simon3 (3), smmccann (2)
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This newsletter

This newsletter Editor: Simon Stewart, Homepage: www.simonstewart.ie
Assistant editors: Colin Murphy, David Owens
Track reviews: Peter Walker, Tom Condon
Book reviews: Mel O'Hara, Conor Murphy, Aidan Dillon, Peter Walker, Michael Kinahan
Videography: Peter Walker, Video Reviews: Paul Moore
Graphics design advice: madfrankie
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