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The Summit

MountainViews newsletter for guestuser

Jan 2024

HILLWALKING
NEWS - INFORMATION - RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS - FEATURES - FORUMS

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Lough Nagarriva
MweelreaSW
Los Ajaches
Ben Nevis


MountainViews Gathering Our meeting, open to all, Fri 1st March. (Note: New Venue)



Call for contributions to the next Annual Whether a frequent contributor or new, here's the deal.

and

Help choose MV best photos You can vote for 2023 in Irish and International category.

now, Help choose MV best video For our second Hillwalking Video of the Year award, which you can vote on.

MountainViews Members Survey, 2024 We would like your opinion on various matters to do with the website & newsletter


Have you completed a list? Awards coming up; you need to make yourself visible.


NORTH, SOUTH, WEST, EAST, MIDLANDS SCOTLAND Members explore: we share


Challenge Walks 2024, Round Up. All we know so far


Luxembourg for hillwalking. Yes, it's possible!


MountainViews data and website Recent surveying, video improvements, Mobile App can upload tracks


Videos this month.Videos from Gerry McVeigh, Eddie Forde and Miriam Kennedy


UPCOMING EVENTS for HILLWALKERS

  • Friday 1st March 2024. 7.30 for start at 8pm.

    MountainViews Gathering.


    Open to all walkers and hillwalkers whether members or not of MountainViews.

    New Venue The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, A94 V6K5

    This year we intend to have a panel discussion about experiences in hillwalking. Our panelists will include:


    Ellie after the hairy scramble onto the top of the Hag's Tooth (Reeks)
    Ellie Berry and Carl Lange of Toughsoles. Ellie Berry is an Irish visual artist and writer. Her work focuses on outdoor experiences, exploring the landscape and the connections found there. She is one half of Tough Soles, an adventure project between her and partner Carl Lange. The Tough Soles projects are all about exploring our outdoor spaces and promoting responsible outdoor recreation. With Carl Lange, Ellie has walked over 4,000km of long distance trails around Ireland. In 2023 she set a new record of the fastest known time for climbing the Vandeleur-Lynams Mountain list (275 mountains over 600m in elevation and 15m of prominence).


    Roz Purcell on Ben Creggan (Mweelrea Area: E)
    Rozanna Purcell, a published author, broadcaster and content creator. She started her Hike Life walking community in 2018 and along with it a clothing line too. She champions women in the outdoors and is an avid hill walker and hiker.
    Catch her on Instagram.

    Another guest panelist may be arranged.


    Awards Ceremony There will be our annual awards ceremony for the people who have completed various lists or have contributed to MountainViews or walking in general. If you have completed a list recently please take a look later at the note about this.

    Photo and video awards as in previous year we will have a popular competition for best pictures and videos. See later in the newsletter.
    There will be a short presentation on features of MountainViews and the data it is making available to the hillwalking public of Ireland. There will be opportunities to meet other members and summiteers. This meeting is being organised by the MountainViews committee.

    Details
    Date: Fri, 1st March 2024
    Venue: Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, A94 V6K5
    Travel: There are a number of bus routes along the N11/Stillorgan Road that the hotel is on such as the 145, 155 and 46A.
    Parking: there is extensive parking beside the hotel
    Time: 7:30 for 8pm start.
    Charge: €15 (cash, if we can arrange it we will notify you if we are able to arrange electronic payments - we may also arrange prebooking.)
    Printed Annuals: will be available for sale.
    Open to all.

    Notes We have arranged the event for a weekend without a rugby match as this tends to affect accommodation and attendance. We prefer Feb or early March since many people are out on the hills later in the year! And we prefer Fridays because people come from all over Ireland to the meeting and going into a weekend makes it easier for many.

Selecting Photos for Awards

Help choose the Pictures of the Year.

Take a look at two collections of photos, which were Pictures of the Month during 2023. We request your help in choosing 2023 Pictures of the Year for international and Irish pictures.
Take a look at the collections.

Pictures of Ireland link

International Pictures link

Instructions to send your choice

The pictures in each collection are numbered.

Send an email to photoaward@mountainviews.ie

with

Title: Photoaward

Include something like this in the email body for your choices:




Choice from guestuser

Irish Picture of the Year 2023:
My choice. Picture Number XX

International Picture of the Year 2023:
My choice: Picture Number XX




Email your Picture of the Year choices by 15th Jan 2024. Below for video choice.

Video of the Year 2023

And the nominees are...

1. Gerry McVeigh - Crockalough in Malin Head: Selected for its coastal beauty and highlighting the simple pleasure of wild camping in our coastal wilderness.
2. Evin O'Toole - Benbaun: Selected for its cinematic drone footage and appealing soundtrack.
3. Tough Soles - Daily Updates on Vandeleur-Lynam Project: Selected for the effort and quality recording made to provide regular updates on their Vandeleur Lynam Project progress. A series, not an individual film.

* Note
4. Miriam Kennedy - Crossing the Derryveagh Mountains: Chosen for its coherent editing, sensitive music usage and amiable commentary.
* MountainViews has always held that mountains in Ireland start at 500m, hence the Arderins, our list of 408 mountains of 500m with 30m prominence.

And the winner is...decided by your choice


Instructions to send your Video Of The Year choice

The nominations are all numbered:

Send an email to photoaward@mountainviews.ie

with

Title: Video award

Include words like this in the email body for your choices:




Choice from guestuser

Video of the Year 2023:
My choice. Video Number XX






Email your choice by 15th Jan 2024.

MountainViews - a members' survey



MountainViews Survey:

The MountainViews Committee is seeking your input on the MountainViews Website & Newsletter. This is your chance to let us know what you think!

Your feedback will help shape our offering and prioritise our upcoming tasks. Please click on the survey link below which will take less than 10 minutes of your time - all feedback welcome.

The Survey will remain open until January 31st but please respond as soon as you can. If you have any questions about the survey, you can contact Miriam at:
secretary@mountainviews.ie

Click here to start the survey.

Notes:
a. This takes a few seconds to start.
b. All information will be treated confidentially.

MOTLEY GATHERING


Call for the Annual 2023 - to be published in Feb 2024

The Background. For the last eight years we have brought out a PDF style magazine. We plan to do the same this again, "The MountainViews ANNUAL 2023". We are looking for feature length illustrated articles. And photos. And shorter items for "Your Walking Highlights of 2023".

For the highlights we are mainly looking for experiences in Ireland though as last time we will include some adventures abroad - your short notes not necessarily your crafted paragraphs. (Note, for highlights we are not looking for your long notes. Either give us short notes or a longer, crafted article.)

We will consider any areas of interest to hillwalkers in Ireland, for example articles on Summiteering, Challenge Walking (both organised and individual), Way Walking (ie walking Way Marked Ways), Backpacking, Video Creation, Family Walking, Gear, Climate Change mitigation for hillwalkers, Flora & Fauna, Holiday Walking, Scrambling, Coastal or Island walking, things you may see on the hills etc are all welcome as are new ideas. We welcome articles from people who are starting out hillwalking, or experienced or professionals etc.



Photos We want good quality photos. We need captions for them!

Copydate: Ideally by Sun 20th Jan 2024.

If you are thinking of contributing or would like to discuss topics etc. feel free to contact or have an article

at admin@mountainviews.ie
If more material comes in than there is space for, then we will try to include it in later newsletters.


Have you completed a MountainViews list recently?

Friday 1st March 2024 is the date for the next Gathering, which will take place in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Co Dublin at 8pm. This is the occasion for the presentation of certificates to the happy completers of the various MountainViews lists – County High Points, Vandeleur Lynams, Arderins, Arderin Begs, Highest Hundred, Local Hundred, Carns and Islands.

If you have completed a list, you’ll get an email in January to ask you if you would like a certificate and to request some further details of your achievement for verification (such as starting and finishing dates, your location for the Local Hundred etc). If you can’t be there on the night, there’s an option to have the certificate posted to you and we’ll ask for your address to facilitate this.

Early indications show a good crop of completers this year, with the most popular list being the County High Points, closely followed by the Local Hundred.

If you haven’t updated your MountainViews records, your achievement won’t be visible, so this is a good time to do the following:

  • Ensure you are a registered user of the website and log in
  • Check that your email address is correct and current
  • Tick off the features you have completed on each list (these are on the Lists and Logs section of the website) and before you leave each updated list, click on the button “Update your places visited here” at the top or bottom of the page




Volunteering for 2024

Position In Brief
Temporary Assistant Secretary Our Secretary needs help for this year with arranging meetings and doing minutes.
Publicity MountainViews is a great resource based on over 1500 people's contributions over 22 years. Great that is if you have heard of it. And that's where we could use some practical publicity help.
The Nerds Shall Inherit the Earth Quite apart from programmers, MV's progress can also use help from people who can really follow through on tasks often using Excel such as creating lists, checking stats, researching place names or geology. Whether on the committee or not these contributions are vital.

Contact us at admin@mountainviews.ie

 Picture of the month - November

Lough Nagarriva

Lough Nagarriva
- Viewing from a track between Barraboy Far East and Barraboy SE in the West Cork Mountains area
For original track, click here.



Photo: Colin Murphy


 Picture of the month - December

MweelreaSWSpur

NW Face of Mweelrea SE Spur
taken from slope of Mweelrea, Teevnabinnia to its left
For original track, click here.



Photo: eamonoc


Pic of the Month - November, International

Los Ajaches

Los Ajaches hills, Lanzarote
starting from Femes
For the original track, click here.



Photo: Eamonoc


Pic of the Month - December, International

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis and Carn Mór Dearg
from Aonach Beag, Scotland
For the original summit, click here.



Photo: billbaggins

Regions: MOUNTAIN COMMENTS - TRIP REPORTS - TRACKS - SUMMARIES
In short: Discovery

Featured Track of the Month
The Priest's Head Turner
This month's selection is a point-to-point outing along a rufty tufty stretch of the Cork/Kerry border, courtesy of Colin Murphy. Lots of water underfoot, and lots of striking atmospherics overhead. ”Linear
Colin Murphy on Linear route, challenging underfoot, but very rewarding.
Main walk Start: 13:02, End: 15:49, Duration: 2h46m, Length: 7.1km, Ascent: 193m, Descent: 174m
Places: Start at V9856261072, The Priest\'s Leap, Barraboy Mountain, end at V9380260847 4.8km W from Start (statistics such as Ascent or Length etc should be regarded as approximate. Duration depends on the speed of the person making the track)

This is a good linear route if a) you have two cars b) you pick a dry day and c) you do it after a prolonged dry spell, otherwise it's a bit of a slog in places. We fulfilled only the first of these requirements, but pressed ahead nonetheless. Please note, I must have accidentally paused my walking app at one point, which explains the gap in the middle.
Barraboy Far East summit area.
We dropped a car on the N71 jest west of Turner's Rock and then drove to the Priest’s Leap car park, then set off just as the rain began to pound down upon our heads. Less than 1km later we arrived at Priest’s Leap, but barely glanced at it having both bagged it before. The rain eventually began to ease at this point, but by then the ground, and us, were thoroughly sodden.
Strikingly vivid rainbows were the compensation for the drenching.
Barraboy Far East Top was our next stop, about 2.5km later. The ground underfoot wasn’t too bad here, long grasses and some rocks, and one of the advantages of this route is that you start at 400m ascent, so there aren’t any serious climbs to contend with. The summit was a small grassy area with a few boulders, although one large, pointy boulder vied for the title of highpoint, but we figured it was a spot about 10m west of this. Pressing on, the next 2km proved both rewarding and unpleasant. The rain continued to fall intermittently, but there were also occasional blasts of sunlight, which caused several vivid rainbows to form. And Lough Nagarriva & and Lough Namaddra brought welcome variety to the landscape. Against that, we also had to tramp through a virtual swamp, with water sploshing above our ankles at one point.
Lough Nagarriva.
I’d imagine this area is wet even in summer. We ignored the unlisted Barraboy SE, and approached Barraboy itself from the SE slope, a bit steepish, but a short, firm climb. Summit marked by a good cairn. The weather at least had the effect of treating us to some dramatic climatic scenery.
Dramatic skies seen from Barraboy.
The next section, at 4km, was the longest, but at the col to the west we discovered a waymarked trail, that took us all the way to Turner’s Rock summit - a large slab of rock topped by a pile of rocks.
Turner's Rock summit.
After that it was a relatively simple descent of about 500m west, although some shin-high rushes and grass just before the end made for hard work. But one Arderin and three Carns in the bag!






NORTH: Steep-sided hill with rough terrain.
Mullaghash in the Sperrins is a distinctive, steep-sided hill, but it is the flora and unevenness underfoot that is the greater impediment, writes Colin Murphy in a new short summary.
group on Mullaghash, (Mullach Aise):
One approach is via Barnes Top (see summary for that hill for approach.) Continue north from Barnes, dropping down to 280m at the col at C64732 01155, and crossing some marshy spots and a barbed wire fence. Continue north up the steep slope, navigating around heavy, tussocky grass. Eventually the grass is replaced by heather near the top. The unmarked high point is a slightly elevated heather moun ... ... Click here ...


NORTH: Tramway to Heaven BrianKennan has got himself a copy of MI's 'Irish Peaks' extravaganza, and suitably informed has set forth to the Mournes. His tracks follows the prescribed route to Chimney Rock Mountain and Donard deploying a bit of cunning to attempt to avoid much retracing of steps. As a result there's a fair amount of ground covered that's not really on the beaten track for this neck of the woods, and for that it deserves a bit of commendation (and attention).
BrianKennan on Donard, Chimney Rock, Millstone per Irish Peaks
When deciding which route to take to climb Slieve Donard, many routes had an out-and-back aspect to them, whereas Mounta| walk, Len: 13.0km, Climb: 982m, Area: Chimney Rock Mountain, Mourne Mountains ... Click here ...


NORTH: Straightforward ascent aided by track.
A track from Barnes Gap takes you to within 500m of the summit of Mullaghbolig in the Sperrins, writes Colin Murphy in a new short summary.
group on Mullaghbolig:
Simplest approach is from Barnes Gap, parking at H5517389565. Proceed up the track for about 1.3km to H5631389301 where you will see a line of trees running east next to a grassy field. At this point you are just 500m and about 120 ascent from the top. Go through field, cross a barbed wire fence, and proceed up through rougher ground – tussocky grass, some heather, but no real impediment. The heat ... ... Click here ...


WEST: Go with the tide
Although an island, Roeillaun in Galway may be reached on foot at low tide, and although just a tiny bump, it offers great views of the Twelve Bens, reports Fergalh.
Fergalh on Roeillaun (3), (Rua Oileán):
Park at 684589 at end of narrow lane. there are three different places to park here. Cross thirty metres when tide is out over narrow access point which has a good bit of seaweed. Cross a few fences to get to the western edge of the island where three small peaks are located. Take your pick of high point although i consider the middle one as the highest point. Extensive views of Tully Hill and bac ... ... Click here ...


WEST: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking Foher
A worthwhile little trot up a coastal hill in Galway courtesy of eamonoc. All the (modest!) altitude is earned as his route starts from the sea, and the plod up to the summit is rewarded by glorious views of the coastline and of such nearby mountains as Mweelrea. It won't take long, and you could follow eamon's lead and spend the rest of the day doing the Benchoona circuit as well.
eamonoc on Foher dwarfed by attendant giants
After completing the Benchoona circuit from Lettergesh Beach, headed for Foher Hill which was close by.A short straightf| walk, Len: 1.9km, Climb: 194m, Area: Foher, Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland) Foh ... Click here ...


WEST: The ups and downs of hillwalking
The Ben Creggans & Ben Gorm trio in Mayo demand a great deal of steep descending & ascending, reports TommyV, but the panoramic views make it worth the effort.
TommyV on Ben Gorm, (An Bhinn Ghorm):
Starting at the car park at Aasleagh falls, there is a gate directly across the road at L89346 64430 leading onto the open mountains. It's a straightford climb along the spur up to Ben Gorm. From here starts the fun of descending around 100 metres to a col to ascend to Ben Creggan South Top. Then descending again to around 600 meteres before ascending Ben Creggan. After all of the asecnding and de ... ... Click here ...




WEST: A worthy end to a fine circuit.
Winter sunshine made for some stunning views as eamonoc took on an extra-long Mweelrea circuit.
eamonoc on Teevnabinnia, (Taobh na Binne):
Climbed as part of Mweelrea circuit on 29th Nov, it is a bit of a slog for tired legs after Mweelrea SE spur. The day was stunning, full on winter sunshine with incredible views, after summiting it was an easy descent to the road towards Bundorragha river. ... Click here ...


Featured summit comment
Photo for featured summitAre We Nearly There Yet?
hibby

December 10th (or some day prior to that) saw hibby and 'impatient' companion essaying Collon Hill a few miles south of Wicklow town, and leaving a comment entitled "Enjoyable walk rewarded with amazing views". The summit has a cairn and a relatively recent cross, and some sweeping views.

Enjoyable walk rewarded with amazing views

Although not especially high, Collon Hill has a fine distinct summit complete with cairn and wooden cross, and makes for a very agreeable Sunday walk.

Parked at the "Cullen Wood" forest entrance, where there is room for several cars to park without blocking the barrier, and made our way up the forest track, taking a sharp left at junction T 30260 87680 and following the track south as far as T 30791 87054.

Leaving the track here we ascended on a narrow path for about 150 metres to the famous T-junction, where we made the choice to turn right and aim for the route described by simon3 and others. This didn't work out well. We followed a path that looked promising at first but steered us away from the summit. After a number of attempts to reach point C, during which my walking companion was increasingly loudly critical of my navigational ability, we gave up on that route.

Picking our way over uneven terrain, we rejoined the track that rings the summit and made our way around to the west side to attempt the original route identified by wicklore and csd. This was much more successful. Arriving at T30149 86836 starB, we turned onto a well-defined path leading all the way up to the rocky outcrop at the summit.

Thanks to the above-mentioned navigational incompetence, the walk took 2.5 hours and 8 km. Conditions were generally firm underfoot, wet in places but not muddy.

Photo: hibby, The cross still stands

SOUTH: Leap of faith
The hair-raising drive takes you to Priest’s Leap at 500m, from which it is a relatively easy further ascent of 200m to Knockboy’s summit, writes, TommyV.
TommyV on Knockboy, (An Cnoc Buí):
It's possible to take the hair raising drive to a place called Priests Leap on the Cork-Kerry county boundry at V98563 61005. From here it's possible to follow a fence which marks the county boundry between the two counties, all the way to the summit. The views of the surrounding peninsulas are spectacular. As you can drive to about 500 meters height, the climb of a further 200 meters ascent to t ... ... Click here ...


SOUTH: Epic fail
Although Sherkin Island in Cork has epic views, a combination of dense gorse and walker restrictions deprived TommyV of the chance to bag Slievemore, the highpoint.
TommyV on Slievemore:
This island is relatively straight forward to get around. Once the ferry drops you at the pier there are arrows marking the trail that can be followed, which is along the only main road running to the other side of the island. I was hoping to climb to the highest point at Slievemore, but the hill is not grazed and covered in gorse. There is a gate at W00472 23813 that leads down to a private house ... ... Click here ...


EAST: Ballyguile’s beguiling coastal views.
An undemanding walk up a diminutive hill Wicklow hill that offers fine views of the eastern seaboard, writes hibby.
hibby on Ballyguile Hill:
Ballyguile is another hill that, were it not for the Local 100 list, I might never have been aware of. We parked in an estate called Mountainview (a propitious name!) and used the recommended access gate at T 31385 93060. Shortly after the start, a gap on the left offered the option of cutting straight up across the field to the summit, but we stayed on the path. Arriving at the summit ridge, a ... ... Click here ...


EAST: Commons As Muck Hiding under the north side of the relative fleshpots of the Great Sugarloaf lies the similarly-but-differently rocky eminence of Carrigoona Commons East, which simon3 has used as a maypole around which to dance an inventive little figure of 8. There's a little quiet tarmac included, but it's a small price to pay for some interesting aspects of other nearby summits.
simon3 on Orbit the top
Reaching the top of Carrigoona Commons doesn't present much of a challenge, but a little ingenuity extended it to a 2 h| walk, Len: 4.3km, Climb: 171m, Area: Carrigoona Commons East, Wicklow (Ireland ... Click here ...


EAST: A tale of two sides
From the north and west, Carrigshouk in Wicklow looks as dull as ditchwater, but presents a much more impressive face from the east, writes Colin Murphy.
Colin Murphy on Carrigshouk, (Carraig an tSeabhaic):
Parking for several cars can be found at O104 054. Proceed up the track for about 150m then turn SW and head directly up the steepish NE slope. About 30 minutes will see you at the top. From the N the summit looks as dull as ditchwater, but it looks very impressive from the Military Road - a rock-strewn cliff face. Views from the small cairn n the summit towards Lough Dan are quite beautiful. ... Click here ...


EAST: Lost & found
Despite some initial navigational difficulties, hibby spent an enjoyable couple of hours exploring Collon Hill in Wicklow, and enjoying fine views of the eastern coastline.
hibby on Collon Hill:
Although not especially high, Collon Hill has a fine distinct summit complete with cairn and wooden cross, and makes for a very agreeable Sunday walk. Parked at the "Cullen Wood" forest entrance, where there is room for several cars to park without blocking the barrier, and made our way up the forest track, taking a sharp left at junction T 30260 87680 and following the track south as far as T ... ... Click here ...


MIDLANDS: The lowest high point
The most diminutive of all county highpoints, Mullaghmeen in Westmeath still offers fine views over Lough Sheelin and the Midlands, writes TommyV.
TommyV on Mullaghmeen, (Mullach Mín):
Westmeath has the lowest county high point of all of the counties but this is by no means the least spectacular hill. It is surrounded by a lovely beech forest with a number of trails. As it is in Westmeath which is a very flat county there are great views of the midlands, particularly out over Lough Sheelin. jackills directions are the directions I followed. ... Click here ...


MIDLANDS: Long walk to so-so summit
Knockfune in the Midlands SW demands a lengthy, meandering, if undemanding walk up forest tracks to a nondescript highpoint in the woods, says Colin Murphy.
group on Knockfune, (An Cnoc Fionn):
One approach is from R85381 65206, where there is room for several cars to park. Continue up the west to R84533 65108 and then continue along the trail to the NNW until R83585 65836. Take the sharp turn to the south and continue along this for 2km, ignoring all turns on right. At R84380 64523 you will be within 50m of the summit. A short walk though the mature trees (no real obstacles) will lead t ... ... Click here ...


SCOTLAND: Semi-Hidden Treasure Very much the hidden and unfrequented one of Glencoe's varied selection of Munros, Sgùrr na h-Ulaidh gives a less overtly dramatic outing than many of its neighbours, as recorded by billbaggins. His text outlines the route in detail and also gives some notions as to how the route might be extended. As described it's still a decently strenuous day.
billbaggins on Stob an Fhuarain and Sgùrr na h-Ulaidh from Glencoe.
Limited parking available at NN120 563, on the north side of the A82.CAREFULLY walk 220m back (NW) towards Glencoe villa| walk, Len: 14.5km, Climb: 1157m, Area: Stob an Fhuarain, Loch Linnhe to Loch E ... Click here ...


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

Luxembourg - Escardenne Lee Trail

On foot in the Grand Duchy

Surely there can't be any worthwhile hillwalking in Luxembourg? Fergal Hingerty disavows you of that notion.



The statue of Patton

“Luxembourg, sure why are you going there? It’s flat as a pancake!” my friend said…. ”Actually no,” I replied, “it is not Holland”, I said “and furthermore, its 3 highest points are higher than 10 of the Irish County High Points so it is not actually that flat”. The 3 highest points of Luxembourg are Napoleongaart (554m), Burriplaz (558m) and Kneiff (560m). They have all been given the title of ‘the highest point in Luxembourg’ during the 20th century at different times, before the measurements were done in earnest and the highest point reassigned twice!

Isabelle had suggested that we do the first section of the Escapardenne Lee Trail from Ettlebruck to Boursscheid Millen. I flew in on Saturday and was ready to walk so we went straight to do a small part of the trail. We parked in the village of Erpledange-sur-Sûre at around 180 metres, crossed the small old bridge over the Sauer river and walked up and down through forest trails in the drizzly rain back to the starting point in Ettelbruck train station.

Misty...
Ettelbruck was the scene of a fierce battle in 1945 during the battle of the Bulge, and there is a reproduced American Tank and statue of US General George Patton near the starting point. A short walk of 2.2 km along the road led us back the village of Erpledange-sur Sauer and we went back south to Luxembourg City to prepare for the big day on Sunday. We started early and once again parked in Erpledange-sur-Sûre as dark clouds gathered overhead, walking to the small bridge but not crossing it this time. Instead, we headed to the right and walked out of the village and started the first damp walk through the forest.

The trail went along forest tracks undulating alongside the small Mëchelbaach river in its valley until we turned right and started a sharp zig zag ascent of around 100 metres. This reached a ridge (380 metres) and at that point there was a steep slippy descent to the rocky outcrop called Predighstuhl (Pulpit) at around 300 metres with a wonderful view of the S bend in the Sauer River.

As this was autumn the ‘Autumn Glow’ of the leaves made the views quite wonderful despite the wind and intermittent rain. The trail was very well marked and there were signs at every junction so it would be hard to lose your way. Then through the rain we walked, uphill to a farm track, past a wind turbine and a farm at the edge of the N7 road, before a descent through a forest track to the small village of Michelau (230 metres). We stopped for lunch in the dry bus shelter, as all hillwalkers appreciate a warm cup of tea from a flask with wonderful home made sandwiches always fortifies you on a cold day. Soon it was time to stretch ourselves, put on the rucksacks and start again.

Buurschter Schlass
We started again by walking through the village and winding our way uphill before we got to another forest. As it was raining and somewhat windy the forest gave some welcome shelter. We climbed uphill around 200 metres until we reached the ridge at around 460 metres and followed that to an even better view point called Gringlee (c. 440 metres). This gave a great view of the next S bend with the village of Bourscheid Millen and the castle on the hill called Buurschter Schlass.

There then followed a descent of around 1 km with a brief stop at a final viewing point called Hexesteen (Witches Stone). This brought us to a road bridge over the Sauer to the hamlet of Bourscheid Milllen. A short walk alongside the swollen river along a track brought us to the pedestrian bridge next to the railway and back into the small village of Michelau.

We got the free train from the train station there back to Ettelbruck and we took the short walk back to Esperdangle-sur-Sûre, and the day was done. The six minutes return on the train was in sharp contrast to our four hour hike earlier to Michelau. The free transport policy of Luxembourg is a very clever idea and makes all of Luxembourg‘s trails very accessible.


An aerial view of the Sauer

Between the first and second day we walked 28 Km and ascended 1,100 metres with all the small ascents and descents. It was rainy on occasions, but after all it was autumn and the glow of the trees with the red, yellow, orange and pink leaves was quite splendid and made up for the damp conditions.

The trail is quite varied a mix of forest trails, rough tracks, farm tracks, villages and quiet roads and surprisingly a lot of ascents and descents along the river valley. Now I have to return sometime in the future for section two of the Escardenne Lee Trail. If it is half as good as section one it will be well worth travelling for.


Escardenne Lee Trail

For further information, please visit Information ...

-- Fergal Hingerty

Using information from EastWest mapping (repeat)

You can search for EastWest names on Google.

Let's suppose you have been looking at local route descriptions or EastWest mapping for the Blackstairs and you want to know where "Suidhe Laighean" is located? Google result:

It now appears in a Google search. It's also currently first on Bing and DuckDuckGo MV isn't always the first result on Google, but it's usually on the first page for such searches.

MountainViews has listed all of the different names on EastWest maps (with their permission). We are doing this as a public service because EastWest names and the absence sometimes on their maps of official or widely used names can be confusing. We believe that the process of simplifying and standardising names should go ahead. As far as the Republic is concerned for hillwalkers we support Logainm with its approach of "One definitive name in Irish and one in English for all places". Here's a few others that you will find using a search engine and MV
EastWest MV / official name
Cíop Mhór Kippure
Stol a' tSaighdiúirí Knockanaffrin
Mulnahogue Binn idir an dá Log
Dubh Ais Djouce

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You can try this by clicking here. This, hopefully improved, page should make it easier to add tracks to MV. It offers drag and drop as well as file selection. On a mobile device a way of working is to store a .gpx file from whatever application you are using to record tracks and then browse to it. There's more than one sort of device such as Android or Apple, there's more than one version and there's more than one app. So finding the .GPX files that a given app exports the first time can be a bit puzzling.

One way of making life easy is to use "Google Drive". This is available for most mobile devices. You can set yourself up with an account on this on the mobile device and then export from you GPX creating app to it. Then in MountainViews you can browse to it on your phone using the Walks | Upload a track feature.

We have checked doing this with various apps (including ones with a free option) on both Android and Apple and it works.

Of course you can also transfer GPX files from your mobile device to a PC or laptop. Once again there's various ways to do this and once again you can use Google Drive which is a handy way of sharing files from mobile to PC.

We are indebted to member bogtrotter for testing aspects of the above.

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Recent Surveying


Mtnindex Area Placename Height Prominence Accuracy Map GR
304 Mourne Mountains Slievenagloch 584.4 0.1 J32778 29106
1417 Mourne Mountains Slievenaglogh East 571 15.9 0.1 J33057 29080
212 Mourne Mountains Slieve Corragh 641.9 21.5 0.2 J33703 28598
1127 DunkerronMountains Knocknafreeaghaun 316.5 0.1 V74129 70362
189 Wicklow Ballineddan 652.3 26.6 0.1 T00256 90785
70 Wicklow Slievemaan 759.7 0.1 T01758 90819


There weren't any huge surprises here. Slieve Corragh was confirmed as a Vandeleur-Lynam by dint of having a prominence of 21.5m. There was a possibility that Ballineddan would have a prominence to allow it to be an Arderin and it certainly looked as if it could be on-site, but it turned out to have prominence 26.6m, less than the required 30m.
So be it. The solidity of the lists depends on both finding errors and confirming previous findings.

CHALLENGE
A place for those interested in Challenge Walks


MountainViews Challenge Walks Calendar



Challenge Walks 2024  …  News

[Information as of 3rd January 2024]

  • Proinsias de Paor

 

Some of the host clubs for several of the Challenge Walks in 2024 have already announced the date for their annual Challenge Walk on their website and a few have also posted the date when Registration will open. The following is a brief outline summary of the information presently to hand. Further updates will be added from time to time on the Challenge Walks Calendar section on the Mountain Views website, when the relevant information is announced by the various host clubs. You can also look at the website for each of the host clubs for more detailed information about their own Challenge Walk. Almost all of the Challenge Walks are held on a Saturday.

 

April … MaamTurks Challenge  [MTC 2024]

The date for the Challenge Walk will be announced very shortly, in early January. The Challenge Walk itself is likely to be held in early April, on a Saturday. Registration is likely to open in mid February, but a date has yet to be announced.  Host Club:  University of Galway Mountaineering Club … ugmc.ie.  (Please note their new University name and corresponding new email address.)

 

April … KnockMealDown Challenge  [KMDC 2024]

The host club usually fix their date when the MTC has been announced, so as not to clash, presumably. The date for their Challenge Walk is likely to be announced in late January, with the Walk itself likely to be held in late April, on a Saturday. Registration is likely to be open around the end of February.  Host Club:  Peaks Mountaineering Club Clonmel … peaksmcclonmel.ie.

 

April … Slievenamuck Marathon  is organised by the Galtee Walking Club but no details are posted yet.  Host Club:  Galtee Walking Club … galteewalkingclub.ie.

 

May … Causeway Challenge Walk  [CCW 2024]

The Challenge Walk will take place on Sunday 5th May. Registration is now open.  Host Club:  Bannside Rambling Club … bannsideramblers.co.uk.

 

May … BlackStairs Challenge  [BSC 2024]

The Challenge Walk will take place on Saturday 18th May. The opening date for Registration has yet to be announced but is likely to be in February.  Host Club:  Wayfarers Hiking Club … wayfarersassociation.com

 

June … Tom Crean Endurance Walk  [TCEW 2024]

The Challenge Walk will take place on Saturday 22nd June. Registration will open on the 3rd February.  Host Club:  Annascaul Walks … annascaulwalks.org

 

June … Galtee Challenge  [GC 2024]

The Challenge Walk will take place on Saturday 29th June. Registration is likely to open around early March.  Host Club:  Galtee Walking Club … galteewalkingclub.ie.

 

July … Comeragh Challenge & Crossing  [CC&C 2024]

The club hosts two Challenge Walks on the same day each year – Comeragh Challenge & Comeragh Crossing. The date will likely be announced in late February or early March, with the two Walks likely to be held in early July, on a Saturday. Registration is likely to open sometime during March.  Host Club:  Dungarvan Hillwalking Club … dungarvanhillwalking.org.

 

July … Joyce Country Challenge  [JCC 2024]

The Challenge Walk will take place on Saturday 20th July. Registration is now open.  Host Club:  Lake District Hillwalking Club … lakedistricthwc.com.

 

August … Connemara Walking Marathon  [CWM 2024]

The Challenge Walk will take place on Saturday 10th August. Registration will open very shortly, in early January.  Host Club:  Galway Walking Club … galwaywalkingclub.ie.

 

August … Fei Sheehy Challenge  [FSC 2024]

This ‘3-in-1’ is really three full Challenge Walks on three successive days, if the legs hold up! The Challenge will take place on Friday 9th (Comeraghs), Saturday 10th (Galtees) & Sunday 11th (KnockMealDowns). Unclear, from the website, whether or not Registration is open for the present year, FSC 2024.  Host Club:  Na Sléibhte Hillwalking Club … feisheehychallenge.net.

 

August … Mourne Seven Sevens Walk  [MSSW 2024]

Sat 3rd August. Registration will open on the 10th February.  Host Club:  Lagan Valley Orienteers … lvo.org.uk.

 

 

And Finally …

The Burren Peaks Walking Festival may be taking place in September 2024, hosted by the Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club. Unable, however, to access information on their website:  ballyvaughanfanorewalkingclub.com.  

 

The Lug Walk is a biennial Challenge and was held in June 2023, so it may be held again next year, in June 2025.  Host Club:  The Irish Ramblers Club … theramblers.ie.

 

The Glover Highlander Walk was held in September some years back, hosted by the Northwest Walking and Mountaineering Club, but there is no information from recent years …



For fuller details: The Challenge Walk Calendar

Also take a look at this resource, which could use some volunteer help:
www.facebook.com/ChallengeWalksIreland

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The MountainViews ANNUAL 2022, brought out in 2023.


For 2022 the Annual has 68 pages in 18 Articles about walking on hills, mountains, coast and islands here and abroad.

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Videos this month:

Walking & Camping in the Urris Hills, Donegal
Gerry McVeigh follows the coastline from Crummie's Bay to the top of the Urris Hills in Donegal with a breezy overnight camp.
Knocknadobar, Cahersiveen, Iveragh Peninsula
Eddie Forde takes a hike up Knocknadobar following an ancient pilgrim path.
Camping at Kelly's Lough, Wicklow
Miriam Kennedy has a New Year's Day (2023) camp at Kelly's Lough, Wicklow in frosty conditions.

Videography by Miriam Kennedy.

This month.
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There were comments on the following places , Ballyguile Hill, Ben Gorm, Brewel Hill, Buckoogh, Caherbarnagh East Top, Carrigshouk, Cloghervaddy, Collon Hill, Coomnacronia, Corraun Hill Highpoint, Crott Mountain, Douglas Top, Hare Island, Hill of Allen, Illaunmore, Kilnamanagh Hill, Knockagreenan, Knockalough, Knockbane, Knockboy, Knockbrack, Knockmore, Knocknafreaghane, Knocknagullion, Knocknaveen, Knockshigowna, Maulin, Minaun, Mullaghanoe, Mullaghmeen, Nareera, Nephin, Nephin Beg, Roeillaun, Slieve Carr, Slievemore, Teevnabinnia, The Priest's Leap, Tooreen
and these shared tracks Ballineddan Mountain, Wicklow Ireland, Ben Lugmore East Top, Mweelrea Ireland, Benchoona, Twelve Bens Ireland, Binnion, Inishowen Ireland, Boolatin Top, Midlands SW Ireland, Brockagh Mountain, Wicklow Ireland, Cairngorms Britain, Carrane Hill, Arigna & Bricklieve & Curlew Ireland, Carrigoona Commons East, Wicklow Ireland, Chimney Rock Mountain, Mourne Mountains Ireland, Clomantagh Hill, South East Midlands Ireland, Cnoc na gCáinte, Dunkerron Mountains Ireland, Collon Hill, Wicklow Ireland, Cooley Mountains Ireland, Crockalough, Inishowen Ireland, Crockavishane, Inishowen Ireland, Dublin Ireland, Dublin Ireland, Dublin Ireland, Dublin Ireland, Dublin Ireland, Dunaff Hill, Inishowen Ireland, Dunranhill, Wicklow Ireland, Eisc na Leathóg, Dunkerron Mountains Ireland, Foher, Galway Coastal Hill Ireland, Gavel Fell - High Nook [Gavel Fell North Top], Lake District Britain, Grange Fell [Brund Fell], Lake District - Central & Western Britain, Great Sugar Loaf, Wicklow Ireland, Grinlieve, Inishowen Ireland, Gullion Ireland, Kerry Coastal Hill Ireland, Knockbrack South Top, West Cork Mountains Ireland, Knockfune, Midlands SW Ireland, Knocknaskagh, Nagles Mountains Ireland, Midlands SW Ireland, Midlands SW Ireland, Mouldy Hill, Inishowen Ireland, Mullaghash, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Naweeloge Top, Dartry Mountains Ireland, Pigeon Rock Mountain, Mourne Mountains Ireland, Pitlochry to Braemar and Blairgowrie Britain, Seahan, Dublin Ireland, Slieve Gullion, Gullion Ireland, Soldiers hill, Inishowen Ireland, Spaltindoagh, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Stob an Fhuarain, Loch Linnhe to Loch Etive Britain, Temple Hill, Galty Mountains Ireland, The Priest's Leap, West Cork Mountains Ireland, Unid, Unid , Unid, Unid , Unid, Unid , Unid, Unid , Unid, Unid , Unid, Unid , Unid, Unid , Unid, Unid , Unid, Unid , Unid, Unid , Unid, Unid , White Hill, Wicklow Ireland, Wicklow Ireland, Wicklow Ireland tracks were created.

Thanks to all 1484 who have ever contributed place or routes info and forums.

For a full list view Community | Contributors Hall of Fame

Summary. MountainViews now has 10341 comments about 1744 different hills, mountains, island and coastal features out of the total in our current full list (2205 on island of Ireland). We want to get a good gps track showing each of the major ways to visit each of these places and summits 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 and island and coastal feature in Ireland. There's quite a few opportunities for you to be the first to comment on a place, not so many on summits, however lots of opportunities for islands and coastal features as we bring them out. We also have around 2700 shared GPS tracks, mostly in Ireland. Apart from a few popular areas, there is a need for more routes in many different areas. Plain shared tracks without descriptions are welcome however if you have time then do please add route descriptions with photos.

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  • 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. Ask permission where appropriate.
  • Take care if parking and do not obstruct roads, lanes and field entrances to access by farm machinery, which can be large. Exercise your dog in parks or forests but avoid countryside or open hillside where they may worry sheep.
  • Report suspicious activity to the police forces, as below.
  • If your car is broken into in an upland area report it to the PSNI or Gardai as this will help them be aware of the issue and tackle it in future. Store the numbers. In Northern Ireland use the PSNI non-emergency number 0845 600 8000. In the Republic you can find the local Garda District HQs phone numbers at www.garda.ie/Stations/Default.aspx. Specifically for the hotspot of Wicklow: the Garda Divisional Headquarters in Bray is 01 6665300.
  • If you hear of a problem area or route, write it up in MountainViews which does everyone a service.
    Report rubbish tipping in the Republic - ring EPA hotline 1850 365 121
    Report recreational quads in national park area (in which they are banned). They are also banned in the Mournes. For Wicklow please phone the Duty Ranger: 087-9803899 or the office during office hours Telephone: +353-404-45800. For the Mournes ring the PSNI (as above) or contact Mournes Heritage Trust. Put these numbers in your phone, take regs etc. Let MV know of contact numbers for other areas.
  • If you have visited some of the less well known places, we would appreciate a place rating and also "Improve Grid Ref" for summits and other places.
  • If you find errors in the basic information about places such as in their names, their heights, county name etc please use the "Propose Places Database Change" option.
  • If we can, let's make MV have more than one route up a summit or to a place so as to reduce the tendency for paths to appear. Your grid refs in comments for different starting points show up on MountainViews maps as well as shared GPS tracks.
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Summit comment reviews: David Murphy
Challenge Info: Proinsias, Jim Holmes
Track reviews: Peter Walker
Book reviews: Aidan Dillon, Peter Walker, Mel O'Hara
Videography: Peter Walker
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