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The Best Events and Challenges in Ireland this Autumn

The Mountaineering Ireland Spring Gathering will be held on March 4th to Ireland encourages any new clubs/groups to participate, meet the. Mountaineering Ireland is meeting with Minister Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht later this month to .. Killarney Mountain Festival nuotrauka. IMC Autumn Climbing Weekend in the Mourne Mountains. The Members' Forum is a key part of Mountaineering Ireland's The Hotel provides meeting room space as well as a large dining area for the.

The test to not get the feet wet proved too great so this is the route we took. Prairies and precipices Coomura Mountain in the Dunkerrons offers a wonderful range of diverse landscapes from loughs to knolls to plains to the occasional abyss, reports Peter Walker. Prairies and precipices Teetering on the northern edge of the extensive plateau extending north from Knocknagantee in the Dunkerrons, Coomura Mountain presents very differing forms of complexity depending on viewpoint. Its southern frontage is very much knolly and mostly grassy before collapsing into the twisted wonderland around Lough Reaghwhile to the north and east lies a plunging abyss of folds, contortions and b Two-faced mountain On one side marked by plunging coums but peaty and more gentle on the other, Meenteog in the Glenbeigh Horseshoe is a dramatic, rewarding climb, says Peter Walker.

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Squat and steep-sided summit on Glenbeigh Horseshoe Lumpen in its higher reaches but very much steep-sided lower down especially to the northMeenteog is the first of the higher, more dramatic summits on the Glenbeigh Horseshoe if walked clockwise, it usually being climbed as part of that itinerary. The going hereabouts is easy if occasionally peaty, a marked contrast to the plunging shattered coums on the north side of the ridge.

Three ridges, many routes and good views. There are multiple options for approaching Scarr in Wicklow, as reported by both Simon3 and TommyV, and the summit usually rewards with panoramic views. Scarr has three useable ridges off it, to the north, south and east. The easiest perhaps is the Glenmacnass Waterfall carpark O notorious for break-ins. From here head for the north ridge that extends from Scarr to Kanturk aka Brown Mountain. Round trip around minutes. Another starts from Oldbridge O From the east of the public road there is a well surfaced As a hillwalker's hill, Slieve Na Calliagh is a simple bag, but as a historian's hill, it's an absolute gem, topped with fascinating pre-historic monuments, says TommyV.

Newgranges lesser famous cousin. Also known as Carnbane East, this short walk offers pleasant views of county Meath and neighbouring Westmeath but the real attraction is the large tomb cairn and smaller graves dotted around the summit of this hill. The sun shines directly in to this tomb during the spring and autumn equinox.

The Best Events & Challenges in Ireland this Autumn

The walk itself is a very short one from the obvious roadside car park mentioned by jackil. A word of warni Bray Away simon3 has had another little wander along the east coast, making use of public transport to facilitate a walk between Bray and Killiney.

Those wishing for more of an upland prospect could end with an ascent of Killiney Hill. It uses public transport. The sta walk, Len: Rough neck of the woods Cooneen Hills in the Shannon area involves a trek through a Coillte wood followed by a struggle over rough ground, reports TommyV on this very average hill.

Very average Nothing to add to simon3's directions. Like quite a few of the hills in North Tipperary, this one is through a Coilte forest track to begin with and then the tough push through some horrible ground, I guess that's the price we pay for the lesser visited, out of the way hills with no masts or transmitters.

Get a bit of the Devil in ya! After a day of bagging some of the more unremarkable summits in North Tipperary, Devilsbit was a delight. There is designated parking at S Follow the waymarked path all the way to the tower known as Carden's Folly. There is plenty to see here with a noticeboard with information on the history of the place, and the ludicrous story ofhow the mountain got it's name. A few meters from h The light at the edge of the world An absolutely sensational route has been uploaded by mcrtchly, out on the otherworldly outpost of the Faroes, rising ridiculously out of the north Atlantic as though the gods had a second go at building Iceland but ended up somewhere else.

The walk to Kallur Lighthouse on Kalsoy Island is adventurous before you even start single-track road tunnels, anyone? Sorry if we didn't mention what you posted. For the last three years we have brought out a PDF style magazine. We are looking for feature length illustrated articles. And shorter items for "Your Walking Highlights of ". For the highlights we are mainly looking for experiences in Ireland though as last time we will include some adventures abroad - your notes not necessarily your crafted paragraphs.

Ideally by Thurs 10th Jan If you are thinking of contributing or would like to discuss topics etc feel free to contact or have an article We are asking for contributions a month earlier this year, because experience has taught us it is difficult to marshal and to prepare a good mix for the annual when we leave it to after Xmas.

Some suggestions regarding Access and Conservation policy. A consultation with interested parties was held on Sat 1st December Personally I can say this is welcome news. As far back as the Irish Ramblers Club proposed a resolution to the MI agm requesting that MI review the application of their access policy I drafted the motion. Although it was unanimously accepted, it didn't end well with the powers that were in MI circling the wagons.

One important effect was sidetracking an appropriate discussion about advocacy. Fortunately this previous experience is history. MI appear to be taking a balanced approach taking into account the risks and advantages of a more assertive public stance. MV were not able to go to the recent consultation for various reasons however we await with interest to see what sort of response actually emerges.

Here are some ideas that I have regarding Access and how it may be improved which were put forward at the consultation in writing at least. Feel free to comment on them through MV's forum. Aligning Sport with Access and Conservation policy What is emphasised and promoted in hillwalking on the sport side can have a big effect on both access issues and on upland management and should be built into MI policy and practice. Raising the status of the wild and specific wild places Mountaineering Ireland can and should consider ways to raise the official status of mountains, islands and coastal features by promoting their intrinsic value in heritage to raise their status nationally and locally and to assist in planning.

Providing Virtual Signposting Currently signs and lines of poles are appearing all around the landscape. I would propose a different approach based on an App and a database to provide people including casual users with information without much damage to the landscape.

Aligning Sport with Access and Conservation policy Mountaineering Ireland and other bodies like UFRC have significant influence with many hillwalkers, particularly those in member clubs. By looking hard at how different aspects of the sport are promoted I think peoples activities in the hills can be shifted in such a way as to spread footfall and minimise hotspot damage.

MI currently does promote self-reliance and general training to achieve this, however it is necessary in my view to reimagine the sport to further motivate people to get out of grooves they may be in. Encouraging summiteering or at least the exploration of less well known places helps this. If a proportion of the public are inspired to visit less well known places of which there are literally thousands, then many positive outcomes will flow.

MountainViews initiated a formal discussion with the Board of MI about this in It has been progressed and we understand will be considered by the Hillwalking Committee when this is formed. In return the hillwalking public will see a sense of constructive leadership in the sport linked to the other aims of MI.

I am pleased to be able to report that I completed the Local Challenge on the 11th November. It took me the best part of 2 years to get around to them all, but it was a marvellous journey. It brought me and some of my friends to areas, especially amongst the Shehy Mountains in County Cork, that I never would have imagined.

At times I felt that we were heading into hidden valleys to the base of mountains that time had forgotten. I live in Carrigaline in County Cork and some of the areas to my great surprise were less than an hour from my home. Having trekked in many of the mountain ranges across Europe and in the Himalayas over the years, I am ashamed to admit that I didn't trek nearer to home over the years. It's certainly not all about climbing the Mweelreas and the Carrauntoohils ad infinitum.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who help to maintain the Mountain Views site. It is a great asset for those like myself who are forever wandering about in the highways and byways.

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There are other types of sport alignment that I believe can be considered which include specifically encouraging greater diversity of routes by clubs, by a different approach to challenge walks, by considering other approaches such as geo-caching. In my view many Irish mountains and some coastal areas should have an analogous status. Often there will be a particular reason such as a particular place is the highest point in a county or in a province. Sometimes because the place is particularly high or has a local status.

Sometimes because a place is simply wild and recognised as such. This has various advantages In planning and forming an argument to mitigate the dewilding that can occur in developments such as wind farms. When a hill or mountain is considered by the local population as being part of their heritage or national heritage then naturally they will take steps to defend it.

Giving it an official status encourages this way of thinking. In a polluted urbanised world wild has a cachet. And Ireland is full of wild places. Unfortunately many of these are under threat and an official recognition of the heritage value of the wild and specific places will help mitigate this. Providing Virtual Signposting It is valuable to promote mountain access areas, but this form of high level, highly negotiated initiative is going to be a massive commitment and will in my view be overkill in much of the island of Ireland with its hundreds of m and smaller summits.

For many less prominent places a much simpler approach should be considered in my view, using modern tech. Large numbers of the general public want to taste the wild. Trying to prevent this outright to protect areas is mostly pointless and elitist. However there are achievable goals in providing some assistance while not getting the dewilding effect of formal or semi-formal routes set out in carparks, poles and signposts.

Organising this properly would lead to a chance to communicate with the walkers. Most of the general public have smartphones. Most places that walks start from have a mobile signal something that will likely increase with the thousands of low orbit base stations currently being launched.

This suggestion makes for something conceptually simple for the public. Lets cut to the chase. You visit a specific starting point and find a pole with a url on it. What to expect, how to do it safely, similar options nearby and, sparingly, some information on responsibility and further training etc. Perhaps go further into an actual navigation app with maps and directional arrows OR perhaps not.

Getting this to happen is of course a project with various parts though, in my view, far easier than mountain access areas. Technically it requires a database, an app and non-technically a promotion to local authorities or other interested in providing routes and a source of poles with urls.

According to newspaper reports some 22 Greenway projects are seeking money. Probably many will get it. There is now a hunger for initiatives like this to work and an interest spread throughout Ireland to do the legwork. An initial outlay is needed for the database and app, though these are quite quantifiable.

Data would be created by users or licensed from other websites. Contacting local stakeholders particularly landowners is the major task, though this proposition is going to be a lot easier than mountain access areas. There are three different courses to choose from — Elite 78kmSport 56km or Challenge 30km.

Clare Island Singles Weekend Sept Designed to help active and outdoorsy people meet like-minded folk, this weekend offers activities like coasteering, climbing, abseiling, and hiking, as well as a beach challenge build your own raft!

All in all a cracking weekend in Co Mayo! The race allows competitors to experience some of the wildest and most remote parts of Co Donegal, including Glenveagh National Park and Mount Errigal. It finishes in the Gaeltacht village of Bunbeg.

Causeway Coast Marathon 23 Sept Known by some as the beaches, bays and cliffs marathon, this event which takes place in Northern Ireland is one of the most scenic in the world. Participants will cover The Liffey Descent is supported by Great Outdoors. Runamuck 23 Sept If you fancy getting very wet and very mucky, this cross-country event is for you. The league is suitable for any climber who is competent at lead climbing, from relative novices to very experienced climbers.

Each comp will feature 10 routes of varying grades, from about 5b to 8a. All competitors can attempt all 10 routes. During this course, you will gain further in-depth knowledge of mountain hazards, emergency procedures, and weather conditions. There will also be an introduction to the compass and a focus on night navigation. This trek will cover the route from Ponferrada to Sarria exploring a mountainous and traditional region of Galicia.

Highlights include the region of Bierzo, a sunken plain nestled within a ring of mountains and the narrow valley of the river Valcace. There are three distances to choose from, 3.