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2015-08-25 08:51:23
Mullaghnattin: Only For The Highly Capable
I tried Mullaghanattin yesterday with a holidaying acquaintance.
We got up to the last peak (Mullaghanattin East, I believe) before the summit in 3 hours.
After looking at the final ascent - and more pointedly, at the steep falls on both the south and (worse again) north side of the summit - we called it a day. Too dangerous - a test of nerve together with a vigorous enough final climb. What's more the ordnance survey map showed that the remaining ridge walk through all the Beann peaks was also one with steep drops on both sides.
We met nobody else in this valley between 1 pm and 6 pm on one of the best climbing days of the year.
That fact speaks for itself, I think.
The climb is much longer than people on these pages have suggested. One fellow said he climbed up from the north side and was back in his car in 2 hours. Bullshit.
Another man says the complete horseshoe is about 4.5 - 5 hours. Also bullshit.
No one said anything much about the boggy terrain from the initial rise to Cnoc Riabhach and in several other places along the eastern ridge before Mullaghanattin East.
I'm no seasoned climber but I have done all the main peaks in Ireland, so the purely physical climb to height is not an issue. What bothers me is the risk associated with certain routes. Whatever about mounting high peaks, returning home in one piece is more important.

All that's said about the views on the climb up is true. But clear skied weather is needed for this.
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