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Colin Murphy: Track 5002 in area near Mullaghash, Sperrin Mountains (Ireland)
Tough double-bag thanks to rough terrain.
Length: 6.9km, Creator time taken: 4h22m, Ascent: 566m,
Descent: 558m

Places: Start at H6356998983, Mullaghash, Barnes Top, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

A tough walk mainly due to the terrain, which was very rough in parts, of about 7km with an ascent of about 600m.
Barnes Top from the SW
The first section, on the lower slopes of Barnes Top, was relatively easy going – mostly grass, some heather and marshy in parts. Nearing the top, the heather takes over, making for energy-sapping progress to the dull top, which is unmarked.
The view towards Meenard Mountain.
The only saving graces were the beautiful weather and some good views of the surrounding landscape. I then descended to the col through more heather, with only a faint track appearing once in a while – the fact that the ground was frozen helped, and I imagine that in milder conditions the ground would be very slippery.
Mullaghash seen from the northern slopes of Barnes Top.
The col was quite marshy and requires crossing a couple of barbed wire fences. I then began the ascent up Mullaghash. The vegetation on the southern slope differs from that of Barnes – it is clumpy grass mostly, the clumps quite close together, which requires more weaving about and leg-lifting. The slope is also quite steep, making the ascent quite challenging.
Mullaghash summit area.
The summit area, like Barnes Top is heather-covered and unmarked, although there is a large boulder about 10m from the high point. I then returned the same way, which of course required me to make another, wearying ascent of Barnes Top. Overall, some ok views and 2 more ticked off, but I won’t be back.
The view towards the valley to the south on the descent of Barnes Top.

Uploaded on: Thu, 7 Dec 2023 (14:49:56)
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