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ButterflyEffect  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 6, 2018

Your updates are always fascinating to read, ten in ten days is intense. Is there one that you're particularly looking forward to hiking? Also, you've got a new Instagram follower!




veen  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Is it just me or is everyone on Instagram these days?

ButterflyEffect  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's not just you. I really like Instagram, but it can be a double-edged sword, especially with nature photos. "Oh, this looks sweet and easy!!!". And then you go and do because you get hurt from being under prepared. It doesn't always accurately represent the conditioning or other barriers to entry for harder hikes and climbs. There's a recent article on this specific to the 14ers in Colorado. But, as a whole, for what I use it for, it is a great social media platform and tool for finding places to go or possibly even meeting people.

veen  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    It doesn't always accurately represent the conditioning or other barriers to entry for harder hikes and climbs. ... it is a great social media platform and tool for finding places to go or possibly even meeting people.

FTFY.

I dunno. I hate Facebook and ads enough to keep me off there. But maybe I'm missing out... I do like to take artsy pics from time to time.

WanderingEng  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Do you have a link to that article? The double edged sword in the Adirondacks is the easy, amazing hikes are crowded on nice weekends, and then new hikers get in over their heads on the harder hikes.

Crowding was discussed on the main High Peaks forum, and I realized I was alone on the summits of some of the most popular peaks. It turns out if you do them midweek in the off season, you can have the whole wilderness to yourself.

ButterflyEffect  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I do! It's here:

There's at least two other, related articles I'll be posting in the next week.

AnSionnachRua  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'll have to be more active on Instagram! I've never been great with social media, but I've also tended to focus on FB at the expense of Instagram and Twitter.

I'm looking forward to all of them in some way, though particularly Carrauntoohil because it's the tallest mountain in Ireland. Many would scoff at calling it a mountain at just over 1000m, but hey, that's what we have! And with almost all of our mountains being on our near the coast, most of them are climbed from near sea level, so the views can be very dramatic.

I'm very much looking forward to climbing Sawel Mountain in the north, it's a quick climb but it's in the middle of nowhere. But the Irish name carries a certain significance that I find hilarious. My friend/base camp/driver is named Méidhbhín, a diminutive of Méabh, who was a central character in one of our legends - the Táin Bó Cuailgne, or The Cattle Raid of Cooley. You might've heard of the hero Cú Chulainn; this is one of the stories in which he features. Anyway, the name "Sawel" comes from Samhail Phite Méabha, meaning "the likeness of Méabh's vulva". There's apparently a gorge up there that was involved in the tale somehow, and it looks like a...