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Onzy: Track 5088 in area near Unid, Unid ()
Madeira: From Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo
Length: 14.2km, Creator time taken: 4h38m, Ascent: 1039m,
Descent: 1046m

Places: Start at Lon -16.927, Lat 32.7302, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

Madeira's premier high walk, linking its two highest peaks. Although you can drive practically to the top of the lower of the two, this is not a trivial walk. It has a huge amont of rises and falls which together amount to pretty reasonable statistics. It was created specifically as a spectacular walk and involves steps, walkways and tunnels and has absolutely stunning outlook points and views.

What is also has in spades is people, thousands upon thousands of people. These seem to be made up of two types, people who have never been on a mountain before and walking groups, largely from Germany and England. All seemed to share one goal, to obstruct as many of the paths and stairways as possible for as long as possible while they fiddled with their phones or their water bottles oblivious to anyone who might want to move faster and reducing progress to the lowest common denominator. Result is what should be a fast-paced 3 hour walk became a 4.40 matathon, during which many Germans had their English vocabulary expanded by some words they won't want to repeat in polite company.

There is something about walking groups that infects their collective consciousness - a kind of feeling that they and their group are the only people in the world and a sense of entitlement that blinds them to the existence of others, as well as a profound lack of common decency and awareness. Essentially the individual members seem to be institutionalised - they have abandoned the necessity of thinking and have placed their entire faith in their 'leader' around who they gather like sheep any time s/he stops, oblivious to the blocking of the path to the hordes immediately behind them. Pig ignorance of the highest order - I have no idea what kind of group management skills MI teaches but I sure hope it includes common courtesy...

Great walk ... but utterly ruined by its popularity.

Uploaded on: Fri, 17 May 2024 (08:50:52)
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