I set out to climb Boughil on a cold December day just after Christmas.
It looked like an easy enough challenge to walk over the ridge as far as
Knockomena and return by the same route.
When I arrived at Molls Gap however the entire area was covered in about a foot of fresh snow
with the mountaintops covered over in thick cloud.
I parked the car at Barfinnihy Lough where there is quite a large lay by A (V851 768)
I hopped the fence at the northern end of the lough and started the climb up the steep, rocky mountainside.
It was hard going, made all the harder by the snow and the fact that the ground was wet rather than frozen underneath.
At the 450 meter level visibility was reduced to 30 meters and I was certainly glad of my GPS unit.
As I approached the summit the slope lost some of the severe steepness, which was a welcome break indeed.
The summit is marked by a small cairn with some wooden posts. The fence visible in the photo runs all the way
from the lake to the summit and then on to Cnoc Na Capall
It can be followed all the way with a few short detours to avoid the worst of the rocky slopes.
I walked as far as the even smaller summit cairn of Cnoc na Capall before deciding to call
it a day due to the weather and returned to the car by the same route. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/227/comment/2150/