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Unless you have been living under a rock this year, you will undoubtedly have heard of the Cuilcagh Boardwalk in Co Fermanagh.Nicknamed the ‘Stairway To Heaven’ it had become one of the most visited tourist attractions in Ireland this year. Contrary to popular belief, the trail is still open to the public.The number of visitors got so great this year, that the landowner closed off the carpark due to the volume of traffic and the inability of the carpark to cope. But you can now park in the Marble Arch Caves carpark which is just under a km away from the walk.The boardwalk, which cost over £250,000 stretches over 1.5Kms to the top of Co. Fermanagh’s highest point – Cuilcagh Mountain.Its popularity grew this year due to several videos that circulated on social media which showcased the beauty of the views and the ingenuity of the boardwalk itself. The ‘Stairway to Heaven’ tag came after an article in the Irish Independent which showed the walk in all its glory.Last weekend we took 33 of the Rushe Fitness members up to see what all the fuss was about.It takes around two hours in a bus, so around an hour and 45 mins by car should leave you at the carpark.The first thing you should know about the walk, and something that we did not, is that there is a 3.75km walk up to the boardwalk.This is quite hilly and if you aren’t very active, expect it to be a bit tough on your legs.It is rated as ‘difficult’ in the mountain walk guides, so be prepared for a good hike whenever you get there. You will cross 5 fences on the road up to the boardwalk, which has stiles to the side of them for ease of access. While the walk is a bit tough, once you reach the boardwalk it is all worth it.The boardwalk is a great piece of construction and is just under 2km long in total. When you are halfway up the boardwalk you get to an area that is exposed to the wind that blows down the valley, so be prepared for a gust or two that could send you off balance.Once you pass this, It is a steady climb all the way to the stairs.There are 450 steps which stretch over 36 flights of stairs in total. Some of the flights are quite steep and you will have to use the handrail on the way up for safety.All the steps and the boardwalk also have chicken wire fixed to the boards, so there is no fear of slipping on the way up or down.When you reach the top, the views are fantastic and really live up to all the videos and pictures that you have seen.One thing that I should add, is that all the pictures are from the top of the boardwalk, which is also the end of it, and it literally ends.The top leads onto marsh land at the top of Cuilcagh Mountain, and if you want there is another short walk to the highest point, which is the same as Muckish at 666ft.The complete walk, from start to finish and a 20 min stop at the top for some refreshments, took 3 hours. This was allowing for all levels of fitness of the group and some of you may do it faster, but it is something that you should do, if you have the notion.The total walk from the carpark was 5.5km each way, so 11km in total, so be prepared for some stiff legs the next day. Lol#TrainSmartA few tips for you are;> Weather conditions on Cuilcagh Mountain can be quick to change & inhospitable all year round making way finding difficult in poor visibility at any time of the year.> Equip yourself for walking in a mountainous area, waterproof clothing, boots, spare clothing, map, compass, first aid, food, drink etc.> More information can be found here:http://www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com/2015/07/cuilcagh-mountain- trail-open/If you would like to join our Rushe Fitness community, our next Fit in 42 Program starts on August 27 th. If you would like more information on this, please contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/rushefitness/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessDD Fitness: Climbing the Cuilcagh Steps was last modified: August 12th, 2017 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CUILCAGH STEPSemmet rusherushe fitness
John Ralston, a longtime and beloved Bay Area college and professional sports figure, passed away peacefully in Sunnyvale on Saturday. He was 92.Ralston’s influence spanned from when he was a Cal linebacker from 1947-1950 under legendary coach Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf” into the 21st century as a special assistant to the athletics director at San Jose State.He was best known as a football coach with a positive approach to life that took Utah State, Stanford and the Denver Broncos to success.Ralston …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While the majority of Ohioans have access to fast, reliable broadband internet service in their homes, some 1 million others do not, said an analyst with the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy at The Ohio State University.“This unserved population largely lives in less populated rural regions of the state where it is prohibitively expensive for internet service providers to extend service,” said Mark Partridge, chair of the Swank program and professor in Ohio State’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. The Swank program, housed in the department, conducts research, teaching and outreach within CFAES.A recent report released by researchers with the Swank program says there is a strong economic benefit for Ohio to invest in expanding broadband coverage to unserved areas.Broadband Internet services are those that meet the Federal Communications Commission’s minimum speeds of 25 megabits per second for downloading and 3 megabits per second for uploading. As it now stands, the worst Internet speeds are in rural areas in 29 states, including Ohio, according to a 2016 FCC report.“Significant economic benefits are produced when households are able to access a broader range of products and services at lower prices,” Partridge writes. “Based on economists’ estimates of the average consumer benefit of broadband access between $1,500 to $2,200 per year, we conservatively estimate that reaching full broadband coverage today would generate between $1 billion and $2 billion in economic benefits over the next 15 years.”This, as the federal government last month allocated $50 billion to rural infrastructure. The allocation will allow states, including Ohio, to spend as much as 100 percent of that funding on improving rural broadband access, according to a White House news release.The Swank report says bridging the digital divide and extending access to underserved areas of Ohio will likely require a focused state effort, including:Establishing a state broadband office to coordinate the many state agencies that contribute to broadband utilization and expansion.Adopting a state “dig once” policy to leverage non-broadband infrastructure projects and reduce the costs of broadband expansion.Strengthening public-private partnerships so that public infrastructure can be effectively used to expand broadband access without creating anti-competitive conditions.Establishing a broadband investment fund to finance infrastructure required to reach unserved populations.Promoting the development of local government policies that facilitate last-mile broadband provisions.The 2017 analysis, Connecting the Dots of Ohio’s Broadband Policy, is 30 pages and available to download free at go.osu.edu/ConnectingTheDots.
A hardened criminal was injured and arrested following an exchange of fire with police in Kodala police station area of Odisha’s Ganjam district on Wednesday.Police sources said Dillip Das (24), of Banapur area in Khurda district, has over 20 criminal cases pending against him in police stations of Ganjam, Nayagarh and Khurda districts as well as Bhubaneswar and Cuttack cities.Das, who sustained a bullet injury in his right leg, was admitted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. A pistol, two rounds of live ammunition, a bike and ₹14,000 cash was seized from his possession, said the inspector in charge of Kodala police station, Susant Kumar Sethi. Acting on a tip-off, at 5 a.m., a special team of Ganjam police tracked him down near Pustapur under Kodala police station limits. Das fired at the police team, and the cops fired at him.