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TO GET TO THEM
20 GREAT REASONS TO WALK WALKING BODIES
Gone - but not forgotten
★ Don’t Sweat in the Wet! Waterproof Jackets tested
and Paintbrush Skies Ireland’s mountains in words and images
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Ballydavid Head, DIngle Peninsula, Co Kerry
Photo: Tom Hutton
Sweet Inspiration This is the 100th issue of Walking World Ireland - and it’s late. I want to acknowledge that regrettable fact, because unless and until I do, I can’t apologise. And I am sorry. Between the economy, the weather, the flu and a measure of Sod’s Law, you have been kept waiting. By way of compensation, let me say that there’s some cracking content in WWI 100, which is actually the biggest we have ever published. To name but two features, on page 45, Adrian Hendroff ’s account of very personal, yet touchingly universal encounters with Irish mountains can but inspire, while our 10 Best Views (page 13) should stimulate both wanderlust and, hopefully, dispute. You may have completed some of these walks, but all of them? What are you waiting for? Just like our previous brush with ‘extreme’ winter weather last winter, which while making the mountains awfully pretty, also made them inaccessible in many cases, the New Year brought a sense of stir-craziness. Sometimes you have to be forced off the hills to realise how much you love them, so perhaps a few weeks of confinement is no bad thing. There is a noticeable resurgence of interest in walking in Ireland these days; some say it’s a return to ‘core values’, some that it reflects an interest in health and well-being. It doesn’t matter which, because walking in general, and hillwalking in particular, confer so many benefits in such outrageous abundance that no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it on top of a mountain somewhere in Ireland. Whatever your quest, enjoy it this year.
Editor: Conor O’Hagan Consultant Editor: Martin Joyce Assistant Editor: Patrick O’Brien Design: Grand Designs Technical Consultant: Andy Callan Environmental Consultant: Dick Warner Maps: EastWest Mapping Contributors: Judy Armstrong, Gavin Bate, Andy Callan, Zoe Devlin, Damien Enright, Helen Fairbairn, Michael Fewer, Denis Gill, Adrian Hendroff, Tom Hutton, Gareth McCormack, Dick Warner Photographers: Judy Armstrong, Eoin Clarke, Adrian Hendroff, Tom Hutton, Gareth McCormack, Richard Mills Published by: Athletic Promotions Limited, ‘Edelweiss’, Cushina, Portarlington, Co Laois. Tel: 05786 45343 Email: email@example.com ISSN No. 0791-8801 Printed by: W&G Baird Ltd Distributed by: EM News Distribution and Mailbag Cover photo: At the summit of Slieve Bearnagh, Mourne Mountains, Co Down Photo by Gareth McCormack
Issue 100, 2011 Annual
On The Cover 13 Irelandâ€™s 10 Best
Views - and How to Get to Them
We celebrate the beauty of Ireland with a contentious, debatable and highly incomplete selection of (arguably) the most inspiring, breathtaking, spectacular and rewarding vistas to be experienced by hillwalkers.
Judy Armstrong found perfect ski touring in southeastern France
Manâ€™s Best Friend was once an implacable enemy. Keep your eye on him. By Dick Warner
Sunrise, Sunsets and Paintbrush Skies
Photographer and writer Adrian Hendroff
Take it Easy!
The Walking Body
Visitor or Trespasser?
Judy Armstrong follows an enlightened path from the Maritime Alps to the Mediterranean
20 very good reasons to hillwalk
The great mountaineer and hillwalker passed away recently. We celebrate his life, achievements and passions
The new Mountain Access Scheme, off-road vehicles and crampon tips from the Training Officer
Access rights Northern Ireland are a law unto themselves, says Ronnie Carser
What went into WWI last year
Festivals, Challenges, Treks and more
Every club we could find in Ireland!
A Columbia Omni-Heat voucher worth €200 See Page 96 The Best of Ireland and the World On Foot
Don’t Sweat It
Keeping rain out doesn’t mean having to keep sweat in. Andy Callan explains the science and appliance of waterproofing technology, and puts no fewer than 17 jackets to the test.
Jumbo Crossword by Zodrick
A sprinkling of events, announcements, people and places from around the walking world.
Ireland’s love of ruminants is a costly affair, says Dick Warner
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Walking World Ireland is always pleased to receive articles, but publication cannot be guaranteed. The magazine is not responsible for unsolicited articles or photos/slides submitted. Unsolicited articles will be returned only if accompanied by return postage. Guidelines regarding articles and photos are available for potential contributors on receipt of return postage. All photos/slides must bear the name of the sender on each photo/slide. Captions should accompany them. No part of this magazine may be used or reproduced without the express permission of the editor or publishers, and even if such permission is given, the source must be acknowledged when used. This also applies to advertising originated by the publishers. Whilst every care has been taken to describe the routes and terrain accurately, the publishers and contributors accept no responsibility for any loss, injury or inconvenience sustained as a result of using this magazine. Mapping based on Ordnance Survey Ireland by permission of the Government. © Government of Ireland Permit No 7208.
PLEASE Take Care in the mountains! Joss Lynam, (1924 - 2011)
Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue teams have requested all users of the Wicklow Mountains to exercise special caution during the winter months, especially in the light of consecutive winters of unusually dangerous conditions: “Last year 2009 was the busiest year for Mountain Rescue Teams in Co. Wicklow. This was partially due to the severity of the previous two winters. January, February and December ‘09 at either ends of the year were full of incidents where many people travelling into the hills were unprepared and needed assistance. As a forewarning, the Rescue Teams would like to encourage anyone entering the mountains, either on foot or by vehicle, to assess the dangers. Many road users, for example, began their journeys with no inking of what lay ahead, despite warnings on the radio, etc. We are not asking for people to remain away from the mountains. Many people participate in Winter Mountaineering, Ice Climbing and other sports, like Skiing, if the conditions are right. What we do ask is that whether you’re enjoying recreational activities or merely trying to commute across the hills, please make a sensible assessment of the venture. What can you do? Road users – Postpone the journey or select another route (retreat from poor roads rather than hoping they’ll improve around the corner) Heed advice on the media (AA Roadwatch, etc.) Carry blankets/sleeping bag, flask of tea, food Carry a small spade Be aware that Mt Rescue will only rescue you, NOT your vehicle!
Hill-walkers Get as detailed a weather forecast as possible Ensure that you and your equipment are up to the task (know the limitations of both – winter conditions require specialised gear) Carry enough emergency equipment to keep you warm should you or a friend become injured & need to stop moving (e.g. a survival shelter) Leave word with someone responsible Carry a fully charged mobile phone In case of Emergency in or on the Mountains: Call 999/112 and ask for ‘Mountain Rescue’
Hours before going to press with this issue of Walking World Ireland, we learned with great sadness of the death of Joss Lynam, after a short illness at the age of 86. Joss was one of Irish mountaineering’s most influential and highly regarded figures, with an international reputation and an almost boundless enthusiasm for all forms of mountain sport An engineer by training, Joss was a founding member of the Irish Mountaineering Club. His climbing career - based largely on self-taught techniques - included expeditions to India in the 1940s and 50s, and many alpine expeditions. He continued climbing despite open-heart surgery in the 1980s. Joss was active and influential as a climber, administrator and writer, producing several books on hillwalking. He was involved in the inception of the Waymarked Ways network, which made over 2,000 miles of walking routes accessible on over 30 routes and was also actively involved in access issues, helping to mediate between walkers and landowners in many disputes. Editor of Irish Mountain Log for over 20 years, Joss was a good friend to Walking World Ireland in its early days. He will be sorely missed. On page 72 of this issue we reproduce Declan O’Keeffe’s profile of Joss, first published in our 2002 Annual.
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