Ben Crom by Gee & Phil
Calling all walkers/scramblers. I have just spent the most enjoyable 7 hours of my life in the company of a small but fiesty lady, her name is Ben Crom.
Start from the car park at Annalong and head for the saddle at the northern end of Binnian. As you know, you are looking down upon Ben Crom Resovior, standing behind which you'll see the lady herself.
Make you way down to the dam, cross and rest for a while. Turn right and then go (which ever way is easiest for you) up the bouldours ( or grave as someone once described them from the photos). The first gully you'll come accross is NOT to be attempted, you will know this place as it casts an obvious shadow on the mountain and is damp even on dry days.
Head round another 10 mins to discover the great gully. You cannot miss it close up.
Time to scramble up one if not the steepest gradients in the mournes. Don't worry about the right hand bend at the top, it's very steep but short (remember 3 points of contact) and pretty short.
Welcome to the best view in the mournes, not via boggy marse or crappy path, you have justed begun to ..............climb.
View all the peaks and enjoy all the resoviours.
If you stuck in Annalong carpark then there is a path to take down is via the Silent Valley side of Crom and then home by same route.
If possible arrrange to get picked up by someone at splega or newcastle. Then, as a pair of gents we meet on Crom said "the world's your oster"
We then went on to a pleasent hike up Doan and then over to spelga.
Total trip 6 to 7 hours max.
P S I have to mention the pigieon which i have affectionately dubbed Penelopy. Found at the top of doan she sat and looked at us, bet she thought "what the hell are humans doing here" Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/404/comment/1615/