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2010-09-06 17:57:19
"Mourning the lack of a view? " from kernowclimber Expand pics
Mourning the lack of a view? (Expand pics)
Through the mist, dimly
‘What a day to be out on the hills!’ I berated myself as we began our ascent up the steep western slope of Rocky Mountain. The BBC weather forecast for Sunday was a work of pure fiction – what sunny intervals?! The day was indeed grim, gusty wind sending huge veils of rain pulsating over a landscape grey, dull and uninviting beneath impenetrable white cloud. My Paclite jacket clung to my arms as if my body had been vacuum-packed inside it. We spied a miserable knot of GoreTex clad walkers set out from the Leitrim Lodge car park, but that was the last we saw of anyone all day. Atop Rocky Mountain it was difficult to remain upright as the wind did its worst, one small consolation being that the rain had turned to mizzle. We did not tarry long, heading south on a trail that had become a rivulet, amazed at the volume of water cascading off saturated peat hags nearby. Amid the swirling mist from a broad platform of granite at Pierces Castle, intriguing vistas flashed before us to be snatched quickly from view: rugged tors, angular slopes, hulks of mountains near and far, a serpentine river far below. Over Hilltown, a watery rainbow shimmered momentarily only to be swallowed in the gloom.

Castle Bog then lay in wait: a ghastly other worldly place of drifting mist, brackish water and floating mats of moss that swallowed all semblance of the track we were following. Even the bog cotton had given up the ghost here, trailing sodden heads tinged with green slime. Thank goodness for map, compass and GPS, for in such conditions this place could be a truly terrifying experience. We squelched and sloshed our way to the foot of Shanlieve to follow Batts Wall upwards. An eerie silence fell as wraithlike mist enveloped us and great monoliths and jagged lumps of granite appeared in the gloom as we scrambled our way upwards, the only sound my laboured breathing as my body sweated and strained under layers of GoreTex.

Near the summit, the wind returned with a vengeance almost ripping the clothes from our bodies and continued to brutally buffet us as we headed towards Eagle’s summit. We scurried for shelter behind Batts Wall where we passed a barely tolerable 15 minutes to eat our lunch. The wall provided scant cover as we descended towards Windy Gap where another lung bursting climb lay ahead to conquer Slievemoughanmore. Darkening cloud encroaching from the west promising heavy rain prompted us to seek lower ground, so we followed the Rowan Tree River on saturated, slippery ground, picking up a gravel track that ran alongside the Rocky River beneath the rugged tors of Hen Mountain. A brisk walk up the Sandbank Road took us back to the now near deserted car park at Lietrim Lodge after a 16km walk and over 1,000m of ascent.

Far from mourning the lack of views, the fleeting glimpses through the mist of an enchanting landscape engendered a sense of intrigue that served to galvanise our desire to return to explore this section of the Mournes.
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Knockchree: Knockcree
Biker 9 hours ago.
On the way up.Looking East down onto Attical Flying Club. Notice the manicured Runway and spot the Plane sitting on it. The Dwellings are nestled into the side of Aughrim Hill on the Ballymageough...

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Knockchree: Views
Biker 11 hours ago.
More pictures Not Quite at the top yet. Foreground slopes of Knockcree above the treeline , looking on to Aughrim Hill and the Blue Peaks in the distance

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Knockchree: Knockcree. The Hillock in question.
Biker 11 hours ago.
The Hillock in question Itself, looking at the western side .

Peak bagging in The Sperrins in autumn
peter1 22 hours ago.
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Trostan: Longer but More Scenic and Enjoyable Approach
dr_banuska a day ago.
This was my 4th visit to Trostan: 1st was via neighbouring Slievenanee and 2nd and 3rd were via the perpetually wet Moyle Way/Ulster Way approach to the west. On the 3rd visit we did the entire MW...

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Cable Car to the Hellfire Club - 20/10
cave-dweller a day ago.
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Slieve Foye
Onzy 5 days ago.
Sunday route over Slieve Foye and along the ridge for a bit... walk, Len: 9.9km, Climb: 439m, Area: Slieve Foye, Cooley/Gullion (Ireland) Slie...

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Esknaloughoge: Good parking available Oct 2016 at V 63582 65203
melohara 3 days ago.
Good parking available Oct 2016 at V 63582 65203 Followed Kerry Way until it emerged from wood at 62811 65060 where a rough track ascended NW towards Esknaloughoge. Track descends into pool at one...

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Coomnahorna: Good parking available Oct 2016 at V 63582 65203
melohara 3 days ago.
Good parking available Oct 2016 at V 63582 65203 Followed Kerry Way until it emerged from wood at 62811 65060 where a rough track ascended NW towards Esknaloughoge. Track descends into pool at one...

Ox Mountains: Knockalongy & Annatoran
Onzy 5 days ago.
Route taking in Knockalongy, its 2 satellites, and Annatoran.Parking is as suggested by Mountainmike in track 3166, a... walk, Len: 17.1km, Climb: 370m, Area: Knockalongy North-East Top, Ox Mountains

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Quad bikers in the Mournes
mcrtchly 2 weeks ago.
Whilst out in the Mournes on Sunday 2nd Oct, at about 8.30am we were shocked to see a group of half a dozen quad bikers powering up the track from the Banns Road towards Lough Shannagh (below Doan...

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Seahan: Wet underfoot
Bunsen7 4 days ago.
Undertook the Seefingan/Kilbride Circuit taking in Seahan, Corrig, Seefingan and Seefin on Sat 15 Oct 2016. I had surmised that these must be the higher summits I can see clearly beyond Saggart Hi...

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