News 2012

Title: Orange markers on Lugnaquilla
Date: 02/03/2012
Orange markers on Lugnaquilla

2 March 2012

Last weekend (25-26 February 2012) Mountaineering Ireland (MI) became aware that semi-permanent orange spray paint had been used to mark routes through forestry and on the open mountain in the Glenmalure area of Co. Wicklow. We understand that the markers were related to a proposed fundraising walk up Lugnaquilla.

MI would like to thank the National Parks & Wildlife Service, Coillte, the Wicklow Way Partnership and the Gardaí who throughout the week investigated and ensured that this matter was dealt with appropriately.

The marking of routes for an event with anything that cannot be removed immediately afterwards is unacceptable. Paint markers, which are effectively graffiti, change the character of the mountains, and for many people this detracts from their enjoyment of the outdoors. Markers on the open mountain provide a false sense of security and can result in people, who may not be participating in the event, going beyond the range of their skills and experience.

MI has recently published its policy and guidelines for Organised Events in Ireland’s Mountain Areas. The policy has been developed following wide consultation with members and in response to a big increase in the number of fundraisers, walking festivals and challenge events taking place in Ireland’s upland areas. While most events are very well organised, some have resulted in negative impacts such as damage to the natural environment or inconvenience for local residents. With good planning and a responsible attitude such impacts can be avoided.

The policy and guidelines are available on

MI urges members who are walking in the Lugnaquilla area in the coming month to report the location of any orange markers that remain on the mountains after Wednesday 14th March 2012 (email or phone 01 6251115).