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march-fixer: Track 4532 in area near Teevnabinnia, Mweelrea (Ireland)
Mammoth ascent of Mweelrea
Length: 17.3km, Creator time taken: 7h 9m, Ascent: 1148m,
Descent: 1141m

Places: Start at L84010 63271, Teevnabinnia, Mweelrea SE Spur, Mweelrea, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

Having set off early from Cor-na-Mona we parked at the little pier close to the start. The weather was mild and dry which is a good start. After walking up the road we found a suitable entry on to Teevnabinnia. The climb started immediately and requires hanging on to tufts of grass in front of you while moving up, and up, as if using a grassy stepladder! There was no cloud cover at this height and there were great views in all directions, especially up towards our goal of Mweelrea summit. There was constant cloud cover obscuring the higher reaches.

View from northern edge of summit of Teevnabinnia

From this first top we dropped down into the col and spotted a fine fat frog along the way. Unusual to see one soo high up on the top of a rocky mountain. Further along on the climb up Mweelrea SE Top we also raised a lovely specimen hare which darted off in a couple of quick bounds. From the top of Mweelrea SE Top there is a very daunting view of the route up Mweelrea proper. Not only have you to drop back into another col but the climb ahead looks fearsome! As they say "the only way to eat a Mammoth is one bite at a time".
Looking down into Killary Fjord it is interesting to see what looks like a small sea-going craft heading out only to later reaslise that it is the large sight-seeing launch. One does not realise how high up you are since the slopes drop away so sharply. The views south are really something beautiful.

The armchair with Mweelrea in the cloudy centre

We consulted carefully and picked out our optimum route. There was nothing more to do other than put our heads down and haul ourselves up the grassy face. The length of the grass in place was extraordinary as it came above your knees and made movement difficult. We eventually made it over the first shoulder and took a welcome rest. The next section was best tackled in a zig-zag upward progress in order to conserve energy.

Looking east to Ben Greggan and Ben Gorm

The final ascent was completed in cloud which was most disappointing since the views would have been spectacular. We got the odd fleeting glimpse through breaks in cover but nothing long enough to even capture a decent picture! We retraced or track back to the col and then contoured down along the north flank of Mweelrea SE Top towards the corner of a sheep fence. There is no access to this area so we followed the southern edge of the plot and finally descended to the forest track.

From here it is a fairly straightforward march back to the road and the Delphi Adventure Centre. Then follow the road south back yo the start. All in all it was quite an adventure and a route that requires strenuous effort.

Uploaded on: Sat, 31 Jul 2021 (17:17:24)
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