Tag Archives: Mourne Mountains

Trassey to Commedagh and back

The weather forecast for Saturday passed was giving a fine dry day and mostly clear sky’s so I talked Mrs B into another wee dander in the Mournes. Now Mrs B’s only previous experience in the Mournes had been up through Donard wood to the ice house and a good dander up the Annalong valley […]

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May Day Family Fofanny Fiesta

Here Life being as ever complicated, it had been a super busy year to date and the first thing that generally gets shelved in favour of DIY and work is hiking and camping. That said, you only live twice (assuming you’re James Bond) so you still have to find some time for the finer things. […]

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My first winter wild camping experience

So I thought that I’d give winter wild camping a go, I had my reservations about it as my sleeping bag and tent are only rated 3 season and all of my previous wild camping trips had been in the warmer months. We arrived at Carrick-Little and parked at the upper car park (£5 per […]

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The Photography Camp that Never Was

Once, many moons ago we had a glorious day watching the Red Arrows from the slopes of Slieve Commedagh. Afterwards we camped at Meelmore Lodge and were atmospherically lucky enough to have a clear night with no moon on which for the first time ever, I saw the Milky Way live rather than in a photograph. […]

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January Wildcamp

After such a mild and wet winter, a forecast for some proper icy conditions with the threat of snow sounded like just the ticket for an overnight camp. Temperatures were due to plummet as low as -5c with snow on Thursday and Saturday, fingers crossed by Friday night we would either have some or be seeing some. Arriving in […]

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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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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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