Christmas Dinner 2015 – Fofanny

The 2015 Xmas dinner was not the usual affair. The weather in the run-up to the appointed weekend was absolutely awful. Gale force winds across the UK with no sign of abating. Close to the last minute we decided move the feast from it’s usual spot at Annalong Wood to Fofanny Reservoir area feeling that if […]

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Pigeon Rock River

I had a wee camp in the Pigeon Rock River valley last month. With November being quite mild there was a fair bit of rain around the time we had planned to go. The other problem was that Storm Abigail was just passing through the British Isles and with some very strong winds along with […]

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Annalong Valley Hike

Took a bit of a walk up the Annalong Valley at the weekend with the intention of exploring Cove Cave and having a squint up the Devil’s Coachroad but with all the rain on Friday night the water was flowing out of the entrance of the cave so it was a no go. We did […]

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Doan (Some Pictures)

After three attempts, the first one of which involved being turned away by the wind at Blue Lough, the second, losing my way to Sprinkwee late in the evening and spending the night in the forest during the International Midge Festival 2015, as of last month I can give news that I finally went for […]

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Carrauntoohil – Camping on the Lid of Ireland

I was in Killarney for a few days on a family holiday and my wife suggested we stay an extra night, hmmm, I thought, I hadn’t time to sneak off to the mountains before but this could give me the perfect opportunity, and guess what, I just happened to have all my camping gear in […]

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You gotta know when to hold…. a Meelbeg bivvy

Spurred on by Dowser’s great trip report on his recent summit bivvy on Errigal, I thought I’d pen a few words and share a few pictures of a bivvy I had in the Mournes on the very same night. My destination of choice was a summit bivvy on Slieve Meelbeg. Now Meelbeg and me have […]

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Mount Errigal Summit Bivvy by Motorbike – Trip Report

Trip report and photo time… … To be honest, this report is long overdue. I started writing it a few days after I got home and just haven’t been able to find the time since to finish it. The original post and prep-chat can be found here. I’ll start with an updated kit list. The […]

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Wild camping on the Isle of Man

I had a short notice work trip to the Isle of Man and unfortunatley the flights home were all booked up! not a problem, I’d always wanted to camp on the Island and the forecast was for a dry but windy night. I also had a new tent I wanted to try out. An unused […]

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Old knees, new gaiters

So back when I introduced myself, Redleader suggested the Antrim Hills as a fine local stomping ground. Last weekend I threw caution to the wind and set myself the challenge of walking from Ballyboley Forest outside Larne to Glenarm, over the hills. Ambitious, but I wanted to see how I’d cope at long(ish) distance. The […]

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Tick Awareness

I was out for a couple of walks over the weekend, in the Mournes and around Moneypenny’s Lock, and pick up my first ever Tick. Not the nicest thing to find whilst lying in bed at 1am, so I got up and naively tried to remove it with a pair of tweezers. After making a […]

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