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paulocon
2010-01-29 23:14:16
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Mourne Wall Walk
Derry259 - We made an attempt at the Mourne Wall Walk last year. We had planned to do it over two days, camping out overnight. We made a few pretty basic mistakes, one being that we failed to check the weather forecast for the weekend, the second being that we packed way too much gear/food and ended up struggling with heavy bags (hiking up Muck in a gale force wind and a thick mist with 10+kg on your back ain't easy). The third mistake we made was that we way underestimated the fitness level needed to complete the walk with said weight.


What started out with 4 of us walking from Carrick Little on a beautiful sunny day ended up with two of us spending the night in the col between Carn and Loughshannagh sheltering from a fierce storm in our tents pitched to one side of the wall (2 lads wisely only opted to do one day). Tough going at the time but a real learning experience. We came down the next morning as the conditions were atrocious (since spoke to one person who had been washed out of Annalong the same night and had to walk back to Carrick Little at 4am).


Planning to do it this year on one day (minus the heavy packs) as close to the Solstice as possible. May camp the previous night at Meelmore Lodge and walk round clockwise from there. Either that or it'll be an early start on the road and a drive to Carrick Little to walk from there (starting with Binnian). Going to give it a proper shot this year - out doing some running to get fit and planning to walk the remaining couple of parts I haven't been on priort to doing it.

Oh, invest in a copy of 'The Mournes Walks' by Paddy Dillon - excellent guide to walking the wall in it..

Some photos here.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/50277096@N00/sets/72157622123091642/


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Slieve Foye: Irish Gabbro!
IainT 6 days ago.
Gabbro is one of the roughest and most frictiony rocks around and is superb for scrambling on, as all visitors to the Skye Cuiilin across the water know. I never realised until yesterday that Slie...

  
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Illanmaster: Watching Over.
sandman a day ago.
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marzka a day ago.
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Corraduff Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Corraduff Hill as seen from the Benwee Loop Walk.

  
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marzka a day ago.
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Benwee NE Head: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
It is easy to reach the area i took the photo from just a slight detour off the Benwee Loop Walk F8220244947 it is the next bit that the problem arises. Definitely an Ian Miller summit.

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Teermoyle and Been Hill
marzka a day ago.
Very nice walk with goregous views.Dificulty: Medium- a bit wet terrain, mostly grassy- some small part of walk on th... walk, Len: 13.2km, Climb: 843m, Area: Keamconneragh, Glenbeigh Horseshoe (Irel

  
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Doonvinalla W Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
The Stags of Broad Haven just one of the fantastic photo opportunities from this summit which is easily accessed from the Benwee Loop Walk the easy option from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259.

  
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marzka a day ago.
Lovely walk with stunning views.Dificulty: Medim- wet terrain as crossing the Owgariff river- very steepy descending w... walk, Len: 13.6km, Climb: 673m, Area: Stoompa, Mangerton (Ireland) Stoompa, M

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Doonvinalla E Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Easy access from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259 follow the Benwee Loop walk and branch off where appropriate . The photo shows views across towards Benwee Head in the background .

  
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Carrauntoohil via central guy and dawn via oshea-gully WINTER WALK
marzka a day ago.
This is a winter climb, therefore the winter equipment is needed and extra time should be added while planning that r... walk, Len: 10.6km, Climb: 779m, Area: Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Ir

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Looking across to Doonvinalla N Top from E Top i decided it was above my pay grade to attempt the summit climb today . But to the right of the photo a route to the top seemingly exists so another ...


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