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kernowclimber
2013-07-21 18:00:17
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What's Doan On? (Expand pics)
Much a-Doan about something?
Yesterday, under impossibly blue skies and amid the granite wonders of the Kingdom of Mourne, we climbed our 300th MV summit: Doan. This peak, sat bang in the centre of circuits we had taken in the higher mountains surrounding it, meant that it had languished un-bagged on the MV Mourne list. I think we probably left the best until last. It offered us a fine climb from the Ott track up to the Mourne Wall, on to the summit of Slieve Loughshannagh and down its steep slopes to the boggy ground below.

Doan, its rocky granite crown bathed in late afternoon sunshine, rose to greet a cornflower blue sky. A relatively easy climb up to it through a maze of dried out peat hags brimming with the fluffy heads of bog cotton that glowed with a brilliance unsurpassed in any previous summer, brought us to the foot of its craggy summit. A steep climb up over the granite outcrops and we alighted onto a viewing platform second to none! All around a circle of conical mountains which we had previously climbed lifted their purple heads as if in tumultuous applause above the heathery bowl in which Doan playfully sits, enjoying being the centre of attraction. Behold the crenellated tors of Bernagh, the defiant hard line of the Mourne wall streaking up the impossibly steep slopes of Meelbeg and Meelmore; the conical hulk of mighty Donard in the hazy distance, Blue Lough, a spoonful of sky seemingly trapped in the col between Slieve Binnian and Slieve Lamagan. Binnian, its spiky tors and rock strewn slopes bathed in a rosy haze, sweeping down to the mysterious blue ribbon of water in the Silent Valley, its waterline well down exposing a sinuous rocky shoreline betraying the recent spell of hot weather that has made demands on its water. Far below, Lough Shannagh, its surface agitated by a warm evening breeze which heralded the setting sun, seething with a million moving monochrome shapes and shadows. Surprisingly for the Mournes, we had the hills entirely to ourselves; there was not another soul in sight. From our vantage point atop the jumble of granite rocks, carved and weathered by the countless rains and winds of eons, a lone raven put on a fantastical display of aerobatics, croaking loudly as if in unbridled ecstasy.

As we cracked open a couple of tins of liquid pleasure to celebrate our achievement, we did so with thoughts of the MV community. Thanks to all those who have blazed the trails we have often followed, for sharing their photographs, rich and varied summit descriptions, for uploading useful GPS tracks, splendid walking routes and inspirational videos, all of which have made many a foray into our mountains so much more rewarding. But most of all, we owe a debt of thanks to Simon3 for the MV website with its infectious lists! By wandering amid our high places, allowing mountains to meld with mind, I have discovered and learned to appreciate the wonders and beauty of all corners of this magnificent island. Go raibh maith agat.


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Only 2 weeks to go
liz50 11 hours ago.
Mountainviews Members Meet on Saturday 7th October will be a hike around the the Corranabinnia/Glendahurk horseshoe in the Nephin Beg mountain range in Co Mayo. If you are interested in joining us...

  
Summit Comment
Westaston Hill: The top?
Barry 13 hours ago.
I think the highest point is likely about 175 metres in a WSW direction from the mast. I'm judging this from aerial photography and DTM which shows a rocky outcrop in a small forest clearing. DTM ...

  
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Wild SE Inishmore
simon3 16 hours ago.
This is a walk around the SE corner of Inishmore. The weather wasn't great so the photography was a bit limited due to d walk, Len: 12.8km, Climb: 161m, Area: Oile?in ?rann (Ireland)

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Barranisky: Barniskea or Barniskey
Barry 13 hours ago.
Might be worth adding that Ballymoyle Hill might be more appropriate name for this height. Called that in Coillte records. Whilst Barranisky is spelt thus on OS six inch maps, note that Hall Nevil...

  
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Gubacarrigan: Coastal Hill
sandman 5 days ago.
Your options for parking are numerous but a lay-by is located at L7648192513. It only takes a few minutes to reach the cliff edge and on to the summit but as evident from the tracts along the edge...

  
Track
Pic d'Anie
David-Guenot a day ago.
walk, Len: 16.0km, Climb: 1027m, Area: France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine ()

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Rosgalliv Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 5 days ago.
For the Mountain View members who will be joining Liz50 for her walk on 7/10/17 why not get there a few minutes earlier in order to visit this small hill with its Megalithic Tomb . Parking is avai...

  
Track
Pic et Lacs d'Ayous
David-Guenot a day ago.
walk, Len: 20.2km, Climb: 1113m, Area: France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine ()

  
Forum: General
a man's word
BleckCra a day ago.
Aidan thanks. Good to hear from you. There's a kind of accuracy in your translation even although there isn't. Still, it's close and ants aren't.There are essentially 3 titles for hills in Irish.S...

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Rostoohy Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 5 days ago.
The summit area with its hill fort and views across the bay.

  
Track
Pic des Trois Seigneurs
David-Guenot a day ago.
walk, Len: 9.7km, Climb: 904m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
Summit Comment
Rostoohy Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 5 days ago.
Parking where appropriate make your way the short distance along the foreshore to L9531390160 where ascent to the hill exists as shown in the photo. You will encounter a small stone drinking well ...


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