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Edited Sep 03, 2012, 23:26
Re: Slightly OT: The Gop
Sep 03, 2012, 23:20
thesweetcheat wrote:
bladup wrote:
[quote="thesweetcheat"]I've never climbed Silbury, nor do I have a burning desire to do so. But I have climbed onto the top of The Gop in North Wales, the largest artificial mound in Wales (I think). The Gop is a huge cairn, very badly damaged by antiquarian excavations into its top. But it's still huge. I imagine some people will view climbing this as being no different to Silbury, but I mention it by way of contrast (note the fieldnotes, etc).


I've climbed them both and the main difference is Silbury is a lot higher but the gop has better views, what is the difference in your mind [ there's none in mine ] and would you climb silbury if there wasn't any signs telling you not to? i think climbing any barrow/tumuli/cairn or mound is pretty much the same! to me it's none of them at all or all of them, i don't get that people would some but not others! it's all quite interesting isn't it?

That's what i find interesting, you said " The main reason I wouldn't climb silbury is because there is the potential for erosion damage if enough people do", but i know you know that that's the same for anywhere, even more so upland cairns that may have a path going straight though it, or any barrow that people climb on that's close to a path, it's your original point - that these places need protecting as much as silbury, but it's strange you would walk on these [Gop cairn and the like ] but not silbury!!!, i hope you understand what i'm on about as i found it hard to explain!
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