Log 21 June 2013

MOUNTAINS OF MOURNE WEEK END 21 – 23 JUNE 2013.

Fraser, Malcolm, Kevin and Phil left Milngavie at 4am to catch the 7:30 ferry from Cairnryan to Larne.  A further one-hour drive took us to the Hutt Hostel in Newcastle by lunchtime. 
Setting off anti-clockwise around the “Mourne Circular”, we dropped off Fraser and Kevin at the car park near Meelmore Lodge on Trassey Road.  They climbed up to Hare’s Gap, then followed the Mourne Wall walk to take in SLIEVE BEARNAGH, SLIEVE MEELMORE, Slieve Meelbeg, Slieve Loughshannagh, Carn Mountain, and Slieve Muck
Malcolm and Phil continued south on the road to Pigeon Rock.  A short walk in to the right hand buttress was followed by two decent rock climbs in good conditions.  We all met up at the base of Slieve Muck, then back to the hostel, where we met Donald, who had made his own way to Newcastle.

On the Saturday, we all liked Donald’s plan to take the bus round to Silent Valley.  We followed the Mourne Wall up to Wee Binean and SLIEVE BINEAN, with some decent scrambling in places.  We took the good path north to take in SLIEVEAMAGAN, Cove mountain, and Slieve Beg.  As we dropped down to the bealach between Slieve Donard and Slieve Commedagh, the weather closed in with a vengeance (strong winds and hail).  Four of us took the Glen River path back to Newcastle, but Donald wasn’t going to leave SLIEVE DONARD to another day.

On the Sunday the weather appeared even worse, and we had some concerns about ferry cancellations (Donald’s return passenger ferry had already been cancelled), so we headed back home on an earlier ferry without further climbs, arriving home about 5:30pm.  We thought the Mourne Mountains an excellent area for a few days hill walking.
Report by Phil Barlow
Footnote.    As these mountains are not listed as Grahams, Corbetts etc. would be in Scotland, the representation of major peaks in capitals is totally arbitrary in this case.