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 on: June 02, 2020 
Started by NorthernSky - Last post by Rugged Track
There were issues at the weekend around Trassey and Meelmore with cars blocking roads and PSNI had to shut the road.  Although I had friends went up Sunday after and parked in Donard car park with no issue.  I think there are hot spots.  I'm not sure when I will have a go try to go but friends have been out in Mournes 2 -3 times already in the past week or so.

 on: June 01, 2020 
Started by NorthernSky - Last post by whoRya
There was something put on social media by the police saying about large crowds at the Head Road, I presume this referred to a large amount of people using Carrick Little as a starting point.  Personally I'd head for avoid the usual larger car parks and take the time exploring Eagle, Shanlieve, Tievedockaragh and all around the western Mournes.  There will be hardly anyone there I would imagine.  Slievemeel, Slievemartin, starting at Knockshee is a nice part also.

I went out last week but just opted for the Antrim Hills, always better after a dry spell!

 on: May 31, 2020 
Started by NorthernSky - Last post by NorthernSky
thanks, could be worth a run down
you'd like to think it would be a bit easier to social distance in the mountains  :o

 on: May 31, 2020 
Started by NorthernSky - Last post by whoRya
This is from BBC News NI

How far can I travel to take exercise or meet friends outdoors?
There are "no restrictions" on travel for those who are not self-isolating, Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill has said.

That means in all the instances where people are now permitted to leave home, there is no limit on the distance they can travel.

This is different from eased lockdown measures in the Republic of Ireland, where there is a 5km (3.1-mile) limit for those travelling to exercise.

While most people have followed government advice to only exercise once a day, that has never been included in regional coronavirus legislation.

 on: May 29, 2020 
Started by NorthernSky - Last post by NorthernSky
to head out for hill walking exercise? or are the access routes closed off?
anyone been stopped?
haven't been near the mournes since the shutdown.

 on: March 10, 2020 
Started by Rugged Track - Last post by Rugged Track
We all like to wild camp and have adventures, I am no different.  Please just be careful people while wild camping on Islands when using canoes, especially loading with gear.  Water and wind is unpredictable at times and can change rapidly.  Saturday morning when I got to the Lifeboat station I was on shore crew.  Thankfully are were rescued safely.   It was a large operation, involved were that I was aware of:
Portaferry RNLI Lifeboat (pick up 6 included 2 on an Island and retrieved gear and most canoes)
Bangor & Portaferry Coastguard S&R teams,
Hazardous Area Response Team.
Air Ambulance helicopter
Rescue 199 Coastguard Helicopter from Preswick,  Scotland (winched 2 from another Island)
1 emergency response ambulance
3 emergency ambulances

See official press release report from RNLI  below video click the first picture.


Coastguard pictures

 on: February 03, 2020 
Started by RedLeader - Last post by RedLeader
This really is just heartbreaking. Just goes to show, be careful out there folks!


 on: December 30, 2019 
Started by Doctor Who - Last post by Andy-D
Yea, wee dander up and around Percy Bysshe and Cove cave, couple of the guys explored the caves.  I had a great solo camp in the woods, very mild weather and the sunrise was glorious.

 on: December 30, 2019 
Started by Doctor Who - Last post by whoRya
Well folks did any of you get out for a walk or a hammock?

 on: December 22, 2019 
Started by Doctor Who - Last post by RedLeader
Unfortunately it seems my time is better spent tidying the house before Santa comes ;)
Have a good one, am a bit jealous!

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