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2012-09-21 01:16:36
re Video of Muckish via Miners Track
I've also just seen Gerry M's video of the northern, Miner's Track route. What a brilliant day he had, and how different it was to mine. I was there on the last day of 2011 having driven up to Dunlewy from the Mournes where I'd done a variant of Binnian with a few people the day before. The weather on both days was pretty bad but Saturday produced Donegal's finest squally conditions with swirling mists to boot.

Muckish hadn't been my intended route. I'd planned a circuit of six peaks around Slieve Snaght starting from the abandoned church in Dunlewy at the entrance to the Poisoned Glen. A matter of some misplaced car keys - searching a long grassy ditch, trawling through a large deep puddle, transferring all my weekend bags from the back to the front of my van in order to search them systematically, and all this in lashing rain and gales that tried to rip the doors off the hinges - cost me about 40mins. With the short winter days I decided instead on my B route, Muckish, coming back some two weeks later in perfect winter weather, cold and sunny, to do the Slieve Snaght route.

When I arrived at the quarry base station, there were only the most brief glimpses of the dramatic crags and pinnacles through the rain and mist but armed with various MV members descriptions I made my way up. The steps in Gerry M's video is not I think in the place it was intended for and appears to have fallen away from a rock face which requires some clambering (I only spotted this on the way down). The misty conditions actually increased the drama of the winding ascent. Took one wrong turn here and after passing under a dodgy overhang, came to a precarious crumbling path which I knew could not be the right way and retraced my steps. There are arrows painted on the rocks in places but somehow I missed some of these. Falls of the beautiful silica sand that was mined there are passed on the way up. The rusting engine remains were particularily fascinating seen through the rain. Despite the rain, I took some 60 water distorted photos and short sections of video!

Wind on the top was such that trying to cross the boulder strewn summit plateau was like a drunken stagger, impossible to stand still. I found the summit and the large steel cross but got no views whatsoever.

After viewing the Muckish video, I was delighted to see Gerry also has one of a walk from the Deserted Village on Achill to the magical Annagh Strand where I was this past Saturday, following the route up to Lough Bunnafreva west detailed on this site recently by Lenny Antonelli. This route is magnificent and unforgettable. I will post a track of it some time soon.
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