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The gorgeous colours of an old caldera on Graciosa, the smallest inhabited island of the Canaries. More


You wonder if their parents were on drugs. Sally Forth, Robin Banks, Penny Fountain, Roland Butter - I know three of them; also a Sue Brew, a Harry Barrie and a Swinburne Tempest. In Portadown there is a shop "Tom Morrow's" and in Monaghan, "Hand Footwear". Scrabbler pens this before the Croke Park game and after the Wales/France, prophesied by Irish pundits to be a Welsh rout and oeuf sur le visage of French general Marc Lievremont. Irish pundits, not currently getting their ears bitten in the scrum, stamped on in the ruck, or cut in two at centre should be removed silently to a place for the stupified and abandoned there to feed off their own polemic.
.. my first experience of unremitting envy ..
As a rabid Nationalist, I hesitate to commend the BBC coverage but it is a delight, with the erudite John Inverdale, the Welsh magician Jiffy Davies and of course …… someone with a funny name - the shapeshifter Austin Healey. A student flatmate of mine owned a Bugeye Austin Healey sportscar and it was my first experience of unremitting envy. It was little, bal lsy, fast and noisy - much like its namesake. Austin Sean Healey came into No 9 when England eventually gave up on Dewi Morris. Morris a citizen of Wales, was never picked to run out with his nation but poached by the English. Wales in the North features some of the most dramatic hillwalks in these islands. It is not all kiss-me-quick hats. It is also vertigo, palpitations, oxygen starvation and sometimes diarrhoea . Some of the ascents on to Crib Goch shouldn't be attempted … by anyone actually …. although thousands do it. A descent of the Glyders at pace through the Devil's Kitchen is in Scrabbler's lifetime highlights. Pick it up some 2 hours from Dublin Port.

Your comments or suggestions to The Scrabbler.

Walkers Association of Ireland
Talk on the Munros
As mentioned last month, this talk will be given by Anne Morrissey (until recently, President of the Ramblers) who has practical experience of summiteering on the Munros, the well known list of Scottish summits over 3000ft.
Adrian Hendroff, currently leading summitteer on MV, will start the evening's proceedings with a short talk on Summitteering in Ireland. 8pm Rosie O’Grady’s pub, 282 Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin (opposite Maxol Station)
Read more here

Walking Holiday in Spain, Camino de Norte, 26th Mar, Dublin John Cruise will be giving an illustrated talk on walking in Spain. The full Camino del Norte is a walk of 756km (established in the 9th century), however John tells us that there are many shorter sections. John walks frequently in Wicklow and has also completed the Camino Frances and Camino Portugues. 8pm Rosie O’Grady’s pub, 282 Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin (opposite Maxol Station)

Photo Hike - April 19th a new sort of event for The Walkers Association. They will be hosting a photographic hike around Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Experienced photographers will give hints and tips as we take photographs on a hike around Glendalough. This will be followed by a review of the day in the Brockagh Centre. Numbers will be limited to ensure a good ratio of experienced photographers to participants. I'm told that places are limited and going quickly so enrol fast. Watch out for an enrolment form on
More details for all of these at the If you enrol on their site you can request their newsletter which has details of future events.
WAI Photo Gallery - why not upload some of your pictures (Ireland or abroad) to this?

Recent Contributions and News
Lost on Lug
There was a fair amount of comment on the people who got lost on Lug and provoked a major search. If you read only one thing referred to in this newsletter then read this piece for the participants account.
1492 and the scrambling bikes.
Bleck Cra explains (!?) the connection via several intimate irrelevancies, managing to take drive-by blunderbuss shots at said scramblers, at activists, scientists, environmentalists.
Bleck Cra on A NEW WORLD?
Sunday in the Mournes was the kind of day Christopher Columbus tested his round-earth theory – he could watch his disappearing ship up to 100 miles away and still read the number plate. So, to the palace.
QI: You thay Mathter Columbuth that the thyip dithappears under the horithon”
CC: Arr yes Marm I do and it does.
QI: And that meanth the earth ith round?
CC: As round as a ... Click here
MountainViews Revised Lists
A team of people put together the most recent addition to the list of summits that MV uses (last year - it added the smaller summits with 150m prominence). Paul Tempan describes his part which was revising and improving the summit names, the area names and their derivations.
See here
Review of Jim Ryan's Reeks Guide
A welcome new addition to the library, and a valuable asset to have in your rucksack, is Jim Ryan's Carrauntoohil & MacGillycuddy's Reeks - A Walking Guide to Ireland's Highest Mountains (The Collins Press, 2006). Ryan is a civil engineer based in Cork. He is a keen mountaineer with a passion for geology, and has also written a guide to Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Andes.
Drunken aerial
Long term member Geo, who has recently started contributing, has a series of reports of trips from Kerry including one with a photo of the pole on Mangerton weighed down seemingly by the weight of ice on it.
Geo on Mangerton
From Stoompa in the mist along the top of the glen, the cloud cleared off as we approached the turn where Mangerton begins to rise up and over the loughs below, cliffs towering fearfully but safely to our right. Lunch taken in the lee of a sheltered outcrop of rock, before we made the assault on the highest point of the walk. Rather than hug the cliff tops to the right we moved out a couple of hun ... Click here
A recent report by the Economic and Social Research Institute characterised participatory sport in Ireland essentially as follows: walking and all the rest. Rightly this raises the profile of walking to be the activity of everyone. So many people in Ireland are near hills that of course hillwalking has become firmly established. Walking and hillwalking deserve proper organisation, resources and recognition in their own right, something that this site tries hard to facilitate.
Munging walking/hillwalking into mountaineering, the activity which combines walking and climbing, isn't justified by national demographics. It isn't the way walking and mountaineering are organised elsewhere, most notably Northern Ireland.
Recently the MCI had their AGM. This is an article about how they have fiddled with their name while ignoring the issue of proper voluntary support and leadership for walking/ hillwalking.
simon3 on The M[C]I
You may be interested to learn that the people who say they represent rambling and hillwalking in the Republic have decided to change their name. Recently they restructured themselves introducing a chief executive/ board structure supposedly to be more independent and more capable of leading. With 85% of their membership are walkers or hillwalkers many of us hoped that they would look at the obvi ... Click here
Carrauntoohil Walk
This is a walk organised by a member of MV and the Walkers Association and will be held on Saturday the 11th April meeting in Killarney

The route will be 13.5kms and over 950 metres of climbing and will take approximately 6 hours at a moderate pace. We will start from Lisleibane and ascend via Brother O'Sheas Gully to the summit of Carrauntoohil and descend by the Heavenly Gates.

Please contact the organiser, jackill directly in advance by email for meeting up instructions at You must be properly equipped and be fit enough to do this walk. The decision of the organiser is final.
More on Quad Bikes in Wicklow
Ground ripping near Seahan.
wicklore on Quandary over Quads
When doing the Seefin to Seahan circuit in Wicklow last weekend I parked at O063 170 just past the entrance to the rifle range. I haven’t walked here since the middle of last year, and the first thing to strike me was a mound of illegally dumped rubbish at my parking spot. (I subsequently rang PURE and gave them relevant information). Also what struck me was the sound of quad bikes approaching thr ... Click here
Most evocative picture of the month.
padodes and the plain pint ..
padodes on Moanbane
On a recent visit to Moanbane, I found the little pond on top had frozen over and the lingering snow that had fallen on it had risen into a puffy meringue or soufflé, or a bowl of whipped cream, or the head of a frothy pint – wherever your taste buds take you (see photo, with snow-ribbed Mullaghcleevaun in the left background).

The name Moanbane (Móin Bhán: white bog) must surely be de ... Click here
Hill-tech: Using GPS with Google Earth
dbloke explains. Incidentally this was possible with earlier versions of Google Earth, tough you had to convert the GPS output into Google's KML (Keyhole Markup Language) first.
dbloke on GPS in Google Earth
Google Earth v5 was recently released. Along with ocean floor mapping (not overly useful for hillwalking), less well advertised is that GPS functionality now comes for free. Previously you had to pay $20 for the Plus version. Some good details here: Unfortunately there's still not much high detail coverage over Ireland but it's improving ... Click here
ahendroff discovers the joys of Bhinn Láir
Of all the many glorious places that summitteering has brought me this was one of the finest. ahendroff, summitteer extraordinaire, has been sampling its delights.
ahendroff on An Bhinn Láir
Camp below summit of An Bhinn Lair at V632708. We were sheltered for 2 nights from prevailing N/NE winds that left the east of Ireland in cold and snow. Sunset and sunrise photo opportunities were magnificent. Snowy/misty conditions encountered on Tues 3rd Feb. Two more 500m+ "summits" in the bag, at least a start for 2009! Click here
Van the Cra
maclimber manages to be funny in this piece .. slightly evocative even though that's maybe because I spent many a weekend in Ardglass. Of course he always seems to get in a crack at Bleck Cra.
maclimber on 'days like this'
Out all day craghoppin and the craic was good walking by lough shannagh meelbeg,more bernagh too stopping at the torrs eating jam butties in case we were famished before dinner on and on and over the hill to doan the snow all magnificent and glistening too and I think why cant' this old mother stop dribbling over the map........Ha had you all going there wouldn't it make you sick like some ... Click here
Sorry if I didn't mention what you posted .. there's a list of all contributors for the month later.

MountainViews Site News
MountainViews and Open Source map making
MountainViews has been exploring the options made possible by OpenLayers and OpenStreetMap. If you are interested in this and would like to help, give us a shout.

Site notes If you can set-up your email to get web-format ("html format"), you should be able to get more out of this newsletter. Previous Newsletters
GPS Notes. Would you like a map on your GPS so that you can visualise summits, contours etc? Well, depending on whether you have the right sort of GPS and your willingness to do a bit of uploading, we may have the answer.
simon3 on GPS for Ireland, article, download.
Currently MV provides GPS information in the form of waypoints that indicate the summit positions of all of the mountains in our list. While better than nothing this still does not use the full potential of GPS units . Essentially these can show maps and points of interest. There is no commercial product for GPS units at present, however we are pleased to announce the results of various communi ... Click here

Also the latest from MV member pazapas, with more uptodate info including lakes, rivers, roads, antiquities, 150m list from this site and urban areas.
pazapas on GPS: Ireland map v1.8.7
Ireland map is now available with the new extended summit list to 150m. Some old data have been removed and there is a new layer : megaliths and irish antiquities from Download PC and Mac version at Click here

This month.
We welcome the following new members who enrolled this month. 2Shy, af9, aidanmanu, ails101, alanjohnson, Allister_Gerrard, amenright2005, apalmer111, AudraPeterson, aughty, babywhitey, bazerella, BCarlin, bdavitt, bearded, Begbie5, bmurphy2009, bobbyc, bogdodo, Borisbierbelly, BrianMurphy, BurritoQueen, canspur, castlenaze, cblincoe, christinehagan, cjwrc94, cmacauley, ColmC, conall, Conor74, conoro, CoolboyKid, Corb, daltondom, Damian33, davidf, davids, decbuttle, declandonnelly, dehihiho, derrynaflan, derval, dexterg, diarmaido, diarmuido, djtshok, dmg, dolsdbf2, durrus, eagle, eire360, elainedee, eleanorb, fitz, fleurdespois, fossard, franbass, frankdeegan, fridgway, gabhla, galwegian44, GemmaD, geordieand, germadden, gerryflah, gobbledegook, grosey, hamiltonld, Hondo75, Ita-Lennon, ivan, jamesm, janulrich79, jesus, jmccaff, joetie76, johngalvin, johngalvins, Johnmcken, jonny100pesos, kaktusik, Kantabria, keggers, kenfoley, KevinManc, Kevinnp, kevin_c, Kilroy, kirkd, lacos69, ladyt, ladytol, lauraleigh3583, ldhamilton, Liamoceis, lorraine1968, louiebed, lucas10k, lynchie123, lysohlavka, mac78, madcow256, Madeleine, mancinc, martinkubov, martyb, mary48106, mcgrory, MicheleM, mike74, mkerrin, moireosullivan, moreis, msiemens, mygnomies, nalced, ndeasy, NiallD, Nollaigmac, notnem, oreilly, paddycol, paulhayden, pauljames, paulmcm, PaulN, pbangem, pcarty190, peterkavo, pierredebarber, polomuiriu, postbag, quinnd, radimag, reens, rmcguirk, rmurphy123, robdd, robdowney, robertwhittaker1, roman, ronbourke, ruskin, rwrisley, sadhbh72, sarsfield06, seamas, SeanT, shazza, shazza92, sheelagh1, SimonGrennan, slemish, soceir, Spatchka, ssmurphy, Stefan, steph75250, StevieD40, Stevob, Superterence, syracus, taobear, tol, tomcross, tommarshall, Traverser, trevorotoole, Turnip1962, upchucka, wombatkeeper, Yann, yossarr, zibimaj (175)
Our contributors to all threads this month: Alanstb (3), Alex92 (6), Bleck Cra (6), Captainted (1), ChrisG (1), ChristinaWalking (3), Colin Murphy (3), Conor74 (2), Geo (7), Kantabria (1), Moac (1), Superterence (2), aburden (5), adodsk (2), ahendroff (4), andrewhoward0 (1), andyharte (1), bryanmccabe (2), csd (5), dbloke (5), gerrym (1), hobob (1), jackill (7), leondolman (1), maclimber (3), madfrankie (3), mark_e (1), murphysw (1), natalie0208 (1), oldsoldier (2), padodes (6), paulocon (1), pazapas (1), pdtempan (6), rjw68 (1), sbender (1), simon3 (3), upchucka (1), weedavie (1), wicklore (9), woody (1) and Contributors to GPS information this month were: csd (5), Daithi2004 (1), jackill (6), john_desmond (1)

For a fuller list view Community | Recent Contributors
There were comments on the following summits An Bhinn Láir, Bencorrbeg, Big Collin, Binn an tSaighdiúra, Binn idir an dá Log, Binn idir an dá Log SE Top, Binn Mhairg, Boughil, Camlough Mountain, Carn Mountain, Carrick Mountain, Carrignagower, Castlequin, Chimney Rock Mtn, Conwal North, Coomcathcun, Corran, Corranabinnia, Corrig Mtn, Croghan Kinsella, Cruach Eoghanach, Dart Mtn, Derrygarriff, Doan, Foildarg, Galtymore, Glenaneagh, Greenane West, Knockaterriff Beg, Knockbane, Knocknadobar, Knocknadobar North Top, Knocknalougha, Knockoura, Knockowen, Lackenacreena, Luggala, Lugnaquillia, Mangerton, Mangerton North Top, Moanbane, Mullacor, Nephin, Ott Mountain, Peakeen Mountain, Purple Mountain, Purple Mountain NE Top, Sawel Mtn, Seahan, Shehy Mountain, Slieve Binnian, Slieve Commedagh, Slieve Corragh, Slieve Croob, Slieve Loughshannagh, Slievenaglogh, Sorrel Hill, Stoompa, Tomies Mountain and these walks were created (none in period)
Thanks to all 644 who have ever contributed summits or routes info and forums. .

For a full list view Community | Contributors Hall of Fame

Summary. MountainViews now has 3219 comments about 692 different hills & mountains out of the total in our current full list (1048). 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 33% There's plenty (356) of opportunities for you to be the first to comment on a summit. Listing summits in "Lists & Logs" (tick MV completion information) allows you to see what information we need to get more even coverage.

If you are contributing, please be careful to respect the interests of landowners. Suggest access routes well away from houses, gardens or that could conceivably impact farming activities. When walking, keep away from gardens or farm buildings. Use stiles or gates wherever possible. Never do anything that could allow animals to roam where the farmer did not intend.
If you hear of a problem area or route, write it up in MountainViews which does everyone a service.
Report rubbish tipping in the Dublin/ Wicklow area - ring PURE 1850 365 121
Report quads in national park area (in which they are banned). For Wicklow please phone the Duty Ranger: 087-9803899 or the office during office hours Telephone: +353-404-45800. Put these numbers in your phone, take regs etc. Let MV know of contact numbers for other areas.
If you have climbed some of the less well known places, we would appreciate a summit rating.We could use your help in making ratings for the unrated mountains which you have climbed, such as: Inis Tuaisceart, Maumfin, Inis na Bró, Carhoo Hill, Edenacarnan, Carranarah, An Tiaracht, Disert, Ceann Sibéal, Cross Slieve and some 133 others. and also GPS readings for summits.
If we can, let's make MV have more than one route up a summit so as to reduce the tendency for paths to appear. Your grid refs in comments for different starting points show up on MountainViews maps.

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