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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
Between Corranabinnia and its SW Top there's a great knife edge arête pictured here by member Onzy ... Click for source comment.
Regions: MOUNTAIN COMMENTS - TRIP REPORTS - TRACKS - SUMMARIES
In short: Discovery
NORTH: Not the main man
Slieve Main in Inishowen is overshadowed somewhat by the bigger Slieve Snaght, but offers a reasonably good day’s walking when combined also with the Carn, Damph.
group on Slieve Main: On the main
Parking in a small quarry 3km to the east at point C444 372, cross the smaller top of Damph and then head north, curving around the valley until you cross a fence at C425 380 then begin to ascend again towards the west. A further 1km will bring you to the top, although it is difficult to identify which is actually the highest point. Ignore a couple of cairns which do not sit on the precise top an ... Click here
NORTH: Well worth its salt.
The very beautiful area around Loughsalt Mountain in Donegal NW is the subject of a YouTube movie by Gerry McVeigh, reports CaptainVertigo.
CaptainVertigo on Loughsalt Mountain: A McVeigh Film
Gerry McVeigh has expanded his film range to cover the whole island, but I think that his special fondness is for the beauties of Donegal. It's a county that appears to be full of hidden gems, and Gerry delights in revealing these to us.
Let me quote from Garmin (Track 2224):
This is a very beautiful part of Donegal with 360 degree wonderful views of North West Donegal and beyond. The going und ... Click here
It may be a difficult summit around which to contrive a longer day on the hill, but Buckoogh in North Mayo has a location that suggests it to be well worth a half day's worth of your time. onzy has tracked the 'normal' ascent up the blunt SE spur, which gains a summit looking both straight at the heart of the Nephin Begs and also with sufficient elevation to see a long, long way east if conditions allow.
Onzy on Up and down the gloriously named Buckoogh
Buckoogh is a relatively isolated peak and pretty hard to li walk, Length:7.0km, Climb: 515m, Area: Buckoogh, North Mayo (Ireland) Buckoogh Click here
WEST: Ireland's two most remote peaks in one day
Twenty six km and 11.5 hours of walking - bagging Slieve Carr and Nephin Beg in one go is quite doable, reports Colin Murphy, but expect blisters on your blisters.
Colin Murphy on Slieve Carr: Ireland's two most remote peaks in one day
We set ourselves the challenge of bagging Slieve Carr and Nephin Beg in the same day in October, which required a car at either end of the route. Started at 7.45 am, parking at the end of a narrow road/track at 866 073. There is a substantial track running for about 7km to the east indicated on the OS map, which seems to cross the Owenduff River soon after the parking spot, but the river was almos ... Click here
WEST: Keeper of the Seven Keys
When simoburn describes a route as 'a wee bit of an adventure for sure' one would be wise to consider it a bit of a gypsy's warning; I'm reminded of days in the Cuillin of Skye when my guide Gerry would describe the route as 'interesting', and you knew that could be accurately translated as 'you'll think you're going to die on many, many occasions'. Frustration may have less ability to kill you than gravity, but his track taking in seven summits around and about Keeper Hill does look like one more for the masochist than the aesthete. Best of luck (and armour and a snorkel) to any would-be repeaters.
simoburn on PMG Walk 52 - Keeper Hill Loop
PMG Walk 52 - Keeper Hill Loop - Some very difficult forest walk, Length:37.6km, Climb: 1568m, Area: Boolatin Top, Shannon (Ireland) Boolatin Top, K Click here
WEST: You will, you will, you will, you will, you will.
A small bump in west Clare, Knockanes’ greatest claim to fame is that you can see Fr. Ted’s house from the top! So says paddyhillsbagger.
paddyhillsbagger on Knockanes: You'll be wanting tea with that!
As exasie commented, Father Ted's House is visible from the top of this hill and well worth a visit before or after your climb. It's only a short drive away, R308 959, from the start point.
Be sure to book in advance however.
Visit the website http://www.fathertedshouse.com/
Ah, go on! Click here
Featured track report
INDIA: The Darjeeling Limited -- Sandakphu Trek, India, Nepal
Slightly more extreme than Wicklow (during the hours of daylight anyway) is the Darjeeling district of India, squeezed in as it is between the mountain states of Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim. mcrtchly and kernowclimber have taken advantage of a business trip 'nearby' to enjoy (and send in a track for) a five day trek hereabouts with abundant local culture, meteorological extremes and stunning panoramas of the very highest of the high Himalaya. And they also get a pedant's kudos for spelling it 'Himalaya', singular (because that's the correct way!). My business travels never seem to go anywhere more exotic than London...perhaps I'll upload a track for a Jack the Ripper walk next time I'm over.
Length:70.0km Start: Mon 15-09-14 13:45, End: 14:13, Durn: 96h27m, Asc: 3146m, Desc: 3249m
Places: Start at Lon 88.1195, Lat 26.9875, end at Lon 88.0753, Lat 27.1303 16km N from Start
With: mcrtchly kernowclimber
The Darjeeling district of West Bengal State in India is hemmed in on the west by Nepal and to the east by Bhutan, whilst the semi-autonomous state of Sikkim lies to the north. Much of the land is above 2,000m in elevation traversed by a long, steep and winding road which rises from the Ganges plain to Darjeeling town. Darjeeling was established by the British in the C19th as a summer hill station to escape the heat of Calcutta (Kolkata) and even today it is possible to see the remnants of Empire in the hotels, private houses, civic buildings, churches and most famously the Darjeeling narrow gauge railway which still operates stream trains built in Britain over 100 years ago.
But there is far more to Darjeeling than the traces of Empire and about 25 km west of Darjeeling is the Singalila National Park, a trekker’s paradise and famous for its red panda population. It was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1986 and an Indian National Park in 1992. Indeed, Darjeeling has a strong mountaineering connection and is the home of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the first director of which was Tenzing Norgay of Everest fame. Having come to SE Asia on business, we decided to take a few days out and follow the Sandakphu trekking route which traverses the western boundary of the park along the India and Nepal border. There are many trekking options but the most popular is a 5 day trek stating at Maneybhanjan which is reached by a 26 km drive along appalling mountain roads from Darjeeling. It is compulsory to take a guide on the trek and we booked through a local company, Adventures Unlimited, which has an Irish lady from Kerry as one its staff. We paid USD$300 each for the trek which included the guide, park fees, transport, food and accommodation.
The Sandakphu trek is quite challenging in places and reaches an altitude of 3,630m at Sandakphu, the highest point in West Bengal. The first day is short at 13 km (and for us was memorably marred by heavy monsoon rain!) and follows the tortuous hairpin bends of the horribly rutted road to Tumling, traversed by vintage Land Rovers from the 1950’s (these go as far Sandakphu and carry supplies to the villages and day trippers in the peak months). We stayed at a well run Nepali guest house at Tumling and rose just after dawn to see a spectacular view of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. The second day follows a 21 km route through several dirt poor but very friendly Sherpa villages, where we occasionally paused at tea shops for the ubiquitous cups of ‘black tea’, before the final ascent up a tortuously steep and badly maintained road to Sandakphu, the highest point on the trek. Here we were again rewarded with a spectacular dawn view of the five snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga, which from here resemble a sleeping Buddha. But that was not all. The views were immense and extensive, including four of the five highest mountains on Earth, and we savoured an incredible view of Everest soaring into a brilliant blue sky between Lhotse and Makalu.
The route next traverses the undulating Singalila Ridge towards our third night’s stop at Phalut. This 21 km section of the route is probably the most interesting as it passes through a varied landscape of silver fir, grassland pastures and forests of oak, rhododendron and magnolia, offering great views across to Nepal on one side and India on the other. The trekker’s hut at Phalut, run by the Gorkhaland Territorial Association (GTA), is little more than a filthy hovel, but this was soon forgotten in the morning when, after a short climb, we reached the summit of Phalut at dawn to witness a spectacular sunrise and an utterly jaw dropping 180 degree view of the Himalayas from far beyond Everest through Sikkim and Bhutan to Arunachal Pradesh in the east (around 320 km in length). This has to be one of the finest vistas of the Himalaya mountain range in the world.
The fourth day follows a long, steep 15 km descent from Phalut to the village of Gorkey passing through a very humid terrain of dense jungle which eventually gives way to crop lands near the Gorkey River. We stayed at the Eden Lodge (a misnamed establishment if ever there was one!) and, having worked up a real thirst in the unrelenting humidity, were glad to avail of cool bottles of imported very strong Sikkim beer! The fifth and final day of about 13 km follows an undulating path through thick jungle past numerous wretchedly poor Sherpa farmsteads and small villages provisioned only by mules, until a drivable road is encountered at Sepi Goan where we were met by a jeep that took us on the 3 hour drive back to Darjeeling.
The Sandakphu trek is not particularly long, but a combination of high altitude, poor food and accommodation, unrelentingly rough roads and variable weather (monsoon rain one minute and blazing hot sunshine next and all with high humidity) made it a tough challenge.
We have uploaded a video of the trek onto Youtube http://youtu.be/DE7bYJUGWv8
See also the blog on http://kernowclimber.blogspot.ie/2014/10/himalayan-high-5-day-trek-along.html
mcrtchly on Sandakphu Trek
The Darjeeling district of West Bengal State in India is hem walk, Length:70.0km, Climb: 3146m, Area: India, West Bengal () Click here
Whatever the length or terrain covered, please do submit suggestions for this "Featured Track" spot in future at firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUTH: The height of good movie making.
The ascent of Beenkeeragh in all its glory is captured beautifully on film by Patrick Zerkowski.
CaptainVertigo on Beenkeragh: PATRICK ZERKOWSKI FILM
Patrick has put together another beautifully crafted YouTube movie, showing the ascent of Carrauntoohil by the Devil's Ladder route, and eventually reaching Beenkeragh. from the notorious ridge. Very clear. Very helpful. Click here
SOUTH: Ask yourself why BEFORE you start
Knockcraugh in the Boggeragh Mountains is as rough as they come, boggy bogs, briars and high grasses. Purely one for the baggers, says jackill.
group on Knockcraugh: Ask yourself why before you start
Approach this hill from the main road beyond Nad turning off at W43042 86051.
You will be driving on a paved road for a kilometer and after that a gravel covered forest track.
You can follow this track down the other side of the hill to W40198 82769 but the surface is truly terrible.
Started at a forest entrance W40556 85813 and followed a good forest road to W402270 86067, went left up a ride ... Click here
SOUTH: A spot of Boggeragh...
Often the most instructive tracks on MV are ones where the user's various trials and errors in route-finding are laid bare upon the map. A fine example of this phenomenon would be conormcbandon's thrashings on the northern flank of Toureen in the Boggeraghs, leading to an eventual decision that it's possible for a man to encounter too much of a good thing on the furze and briars front; sometimes the clearer of two tracks is simply an indication of the capability of the majority of walkers to make the same mistake. In itself the walk doesn't conveniently link to anything else, but transport brings plenty of not-dissimilar adventures within reach.
conormcbandon on Tooreen - The right and the wrong way
I probably wasted thirty to forty minutes on the eastern fir walk, Length:4.3km, Climb: 156m, Area: Tooreen, Boggeragh Mountains (Ireland) Tooreen Click here
SOUTH: A tough ascent from all sides
Whatever way you look at it, Knockmealdown doesn’t offer any easy options, reports jackill.
group on Knockmealdown: A tough ascent from all sides
The most travelled routes to this summit are from the direction of the Sugarloaf.
Starting at the Vee, where there is lots of room to park safely by the roadside, and heading up the rough, often boggy track past the Grubb monument (large stone cairn by the roadside), join the stone wall just after the Sugarloaf summit cairn and follow the wall to Knockmealdown.
You can also park in Bay lough ca ... Click here
South: Sugar crashing
simoburn continues onwards and upwards (and downwards, and lengthways) in his PMG madness with an apparently almost-arbitrary excursion over the mountains of southern Beara, starting over Sugarloaf Mountain and ending in the tops either side of the bleakness of the Caha Pass. Inevitably it's a long path, but the obvious possibilities for cutting it short (or indeed extending it to create a multi-day trip including the summits around Knockowen) may well be inspirational to the reasonably hardy.
simoburn on PMG Walk 50 - Beara Mtns
PMG Walk 50 - Beara Mtns walk, Length:40.1km, Climb: 2373m, Area: Lackawee, Caha Mountains (Ireland) Lackawee, Maulin, Knocknagree, Knocknagree E Top Click here
EAST: Pleasant one to knock off
Knockree in Wicklow sits in the middle of Glencree and has a track most of the way to the top. It offers an easy climb with fine views of the glen and Sugar Loaf to the south, says alarbee.
elarbee on Knockree: Dont Knock it
Made this walk from the Knockree youth hostel, head about 200m along the road from the hostel to find the entrance to he forest path at point D (pictured). Just keep following the path until you reach the clearing at point C, walk around the bench and follow the track up to the summit. This part of the track is narrow and has a number of thistles, so wouldn't advise taking this path wearing shorts ... Click here
EAST: Bray of Light
In contrast to some of the more extreme examples of high-level peak-bagging taking place this month, onzy has submitted a nice family stroll along the coast to the south of Dublin from Bray to Greystones with very little up and down. Those who like a spot of up and down could possibly chuck Bray Head Hill into the mix, but that would somehow seem not in keeping...not every perambulation needs to have a summit included.
Onzy on Bray to Greystones path
One for all the family on a good day with the prospect of a walk, Length:8.3km, Climb: 28m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Click here
EAST: A cool head
So close to Dublin and such a pleasant walk with great views of the bay, it’s little wonder Bray Head hill is so popular with Dubs.
simon3 on Bray Head Hill: Small but locally dominant.
Bray Head Hill dominates the coast south of Bray, Co Wicklow. This photo shows the summit ridge from the SE at around Kilcoole.
The highest point on the skyline is the summit. To the north of this, right, is a building also on the skyline. In fact this is a film set visible as of October 2014. Click here
EAST: Knockree times...
The relatively modest Wicklow eminence of Knockree has been unusually popular with GPS-toting MVers this month; elarbee's track is being reviewed if only because it was the first submitted! The Wicklow Way crests this hill and its summit is easily visited with a brief diversion. It doesn't have an obvious geographical link with any nearby summits, but the Way itself could be used to easily extend the walk.
elarbee on Near Knockree, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
walk, Length:3.3km, Climb: 187m, Area: Knockree, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Knockree Click here
MIDLANDS: On a clear day you can see 13 counties…
Cornasaus hill in the N. Midlands is a well-known spot the locals call Laugh an Leagh, and thanks to its isolation, offers unimpeded views in all directions, recounts Trailtrekker.
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
Sorry if we didn't mention what you posted .. there's a list of all contributors for the month later.
OSI getting ready to launch new 1:25000 maps for Dublin Wicklow|
At least one or more of the series of 3 maps covering Dublin/ Wicklow at 1:25000 scale are due to come out before Xmas.
There may be a trial release of maps. Were that to be the case you may be interested in getting your hands on a pre-release copy. This would be strictly for the purpose of making comments to improve the maps. (This was done in the case of the Reeks/Killarney 1:25000 map.) Register your interest by emailing email@example.com including your postal address - do it soon. It is not certain that there will be pre-release on this occasion for any of these maps, however if there were, then you would need to get your review in quickly.
Maps and Brains
Maps as a way of explaining spatial behaviour and the brain's internal positioning system.
Towards the end of the article there is an interesting compilation of different map styles for an area Derwent in the English Lake District.
Read all about it:
An Award for MountainViews
Award from the Irish Organisation for Geographic Information
CaptainVertigo on IRLOGI
May I add my heartiest congratulations to Simon on winning the IRLOGI Award. When you look at the resources employed by other winners (Environmental Protection Agency and various County Councils, for example), and realise that Simon has constructed and maintained this site from FRESH AIR, it gives you some sense of the breadth of his achievement. I often ask myself where can you find a community b ... Click here
A place for those interested in Summiteering, Bagging or Highpointing.
The Seven (and a bit) Year Itch
Completion of the Marilyns announced
There may no longer be any Kennedy brothers left alive to remember her fondly, but ongoing tribute to America's foremost silver screen blonde is paid by the Marilyns, a list of the 1556 British summits with 150m+ of prominence. First chronicled by Alan Dawson in his 1992 book The Relative Hills of Britain, it has taken 22 years (during which hill ticking has become exponentially more popular) for someone to successfully summit them all. That man is Rob Woodall, and he has ventured forth from his (somewhat unpromising) base in Peterborough (situated in an area so flat as to make the Irish Midlands look like the Dolomites) to complete this most onerous of top-bagging tasks.
The logistics of this feat are difficult to comprehend, something demonstrated admirably by the summits located in the fairytale archipelago of St Kilda. These islands huddle together some 60km beyond the Outer Hebrides, and until now two behemoths of gabbro and guano hereabouts have proved the stopper to all completion ambitions; Stac an Armin and Stac Lee, the tallest sea stacks in Britain and Ireland. But on 13th October these monsters (nicknamed the St Kilda Wall, as there are a fair few devotees who have done everything on the list save these two) were climbed by various members of a party of 11. By the end of the day there were two Marilyn completers (Eddie Dealtry summitting Stac Lee about an hour after Rob).
MountainViews sincerely congratulates both of them.
Rob Woodall's account: dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/39139373/StKildaStacsReport13oct2014v3.pdf
Interview with Rob (by Myrddyn Phillips): www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFUnM_cv4pA
The two really hard finishing Marilyns require quite some logistical planning with good weather and fitting in with the Gannets. This video explores this and much else. The interview continues over 8 parts on YouTube with much discussion of lists, mountain challenges, trig-pointing, humps, ultras etc. 39 Marilyns in 24 hours for those interested in that sort of athleticism. An excellent service to hillwalkers. Didn't answer one question: how does Rob Woodall manage to get the time.
Note: MountainViews includes a listing of the Marilyns here: mountainviews.ie/lists/britishmarilyn (Note you may need to click "All of Type" to see this properly). We also list summiteers from MountainViews climbing the Marilyns mountainviews.ie/summiteers/gbmarilyn/. Currently this list is headed by British based members such as chalky (1555/ 1556 visited) and Jim Bloomer (1294) with the nearest Irish summiteer being three5four0 (247)
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.
simon3 on A Guide to Irelands Mountain Summits
MountainViews first book available online and in many bookshops.
As members will know, for over a decade, Mountainviews.ie has been providing unique information to hillwalkers on all aspects of exploring and enjoying Ireland's upland areas. It's been a collaborative effort by over 1000 of you, and currently contains over 6000 comments on 1057 mountains and hills on the island of Ireland ... Click here
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Kudos to our contributors.
We welcome the following new members who enrolled this month.
6sixmilewater, alismith, andyowens, areardon, benronayne, BrianD, buddha79, cathalc, Colinandnessie, colinfulcher, daftgrandad, declank90, declans, dmossop, dogrady, DrMonkfish, dunc782, eamonnmoloney, eddswords, EjC, finncarr, furlope, gkcharn, hakizu, Hedtheball, Herve-Kerninon, hurneyp, Jean-Luc35260, jhawkins, jmcglinchey, johnd9, johntoner, Josie, Justyna, Kellieamon, KelllyEamonn, lkeegan, Lockbreak, Luabu, Marina, Martinar2, mintydan, mroddy, msammon, newparkwalk, patmunnelly, podonoghue, Rdspalm, rolal, Seamusphe, sergiopi, SjbMam, suilmor, tea, Viewsearcher, vk2io, vk6nu, Walshie, wikid1 (59)
Our contributors to all threads this month:
AdrianneB (1), Aidy (4), Astrofizz01 (1), CaptainVertigo (16), Colin Murphy (4), David-Guenot (1), Fergalh (2), Onzy (7), Peter Walker (8), Trailtrekker (4), ahendroff (2), bjsmyth (2), brenno (1), chalky (4), conormcbandon (5), eamonoc (4), elarbee (7), Communal summary entries (14), happymourneview (2), jackill (3), joekdp (2), kernowclimber (1), madfrankie (1), mcrtchly (1), paddyhillsbagger (1), seanc15 (1), simoburn (11), simon3 (7)
For a fuller list view Community | Recent Contributors
There were comments on the following summits
Beenkeragh, Beenmore, Benbo, Binn Mhór, Birreencorragh West Top, Brandon, Bray Head Hill, Caher West Top, Coolnahau Hill, Coolroe, Coomura Mountain, Cornasaus, Corranabinnia, Croagh Patrick, Currywongaun, Glenmore Hill, Gortnagarn, Great Sugar Loaf, Illanmaster, Knockadullaun, Knockalla, Knockanes, Knocknashee, Knockree, Knockroe, Loughsalt Mountain, Mackoght, Muckanaght, Muckish, Porturlin Hill, Rocky Mountain, Seefin, Sheeanmore, Sliabh Tuaidh Far W Top, Slieve Binnian, Slieve Binnian East Top, Slieve Binnian North Top, Slieve Binnian North Tor, Slieve Carr, Slieve Croob, Stoompa East Top, Struicín, Tievummera, Torc Mountain W Top
and these tracks Ballyhoura Mountains Ireland, Ballywhite Hill, Belfast Hills Ireland, Ben of Howth, East Coast Ireland, Binn Bhán or Maolán, Twelve Bens Ireland, Birreencorragh South Top, North Mayo Ireland, Bohilbreaga, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Boolatin Top, Shannon Ireland, Buckoogh, North Mayo Ireland, Carnanmore, Antrim Hills Ireland, Carntogher, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Carrigshouk, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Caunoge, Glenbeigh Horseshoe Ireland, Crockaneel, Antrim Hills Ireland, Cullen Hill, Fermanagh/S Tyrone Ireland, Curra Hill, Glenbeigh Horseshoe Ireland, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Farraniaragh Mountain, Dunkerron Mountains Ireland, Gowlbeg Mountain, Caha Mountains Ireland, Great Sugar Loaf, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, India, West Bengal , Keady Mountain, Keenaght Ireland, Keale Mountain, Ballyhoura Mountains Ireland, Keamconneragh, Glenbeigh Horseshoe Ireland, Knockaviltoge, Shannon Ireland, Knocknadobar North Top, Iveragh NW Ireland, Knockree, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Knockree, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Lackawee, Caha Mountains Ireland, Little Sugar Loaf, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Moylussa, Shannon Ireland, Mullaghturk, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Mullyash Mountain, North Midlands Ireland, Shannon Ireland, Shannon Ireland, Tonduff, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Tooreen, Boggeragh Mountains Ireland tracks and these walks were created (none in period)
Thanks to all 1154 who have ever contributed summits or routes info and forums.
For a full list view Community | Contributors Hall of Fame
MountainViews now has 7194 comments about 1297 different hills & mountains out of the total in our current full list (1385). We want to get a good gps track showing each of the major ways up every summit in Ireland. If you see an option to add a "Short Summary" then do please consider creating one since another objective is to have a short summary for every summit in Ireland. There's a few (88) opportunities for you to be the first to comment on a summit.
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