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Author Topic: Doan (Some Pictures)  (Read 4611 times)

Darran

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Doan (Some Pictures)
« on: October 02, 2015 »

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 a good, problem free solo camp in Mournes this year.


Waiting for the calmest day possible, I took the risk of leaving the car at Ott carpark and decided to head to the top of Doan to spend the night. The forecast to be roughly 4-5 degrees at 850m, clear skies and a predicted wind speed of 0 mph at 3.00am, I had high hopes yet a cautious doubt about such good weather. Sure enough, the winds picking up around midnight caused a worry for me in my £20 tent, but, just as expected, it soon died down to absolute and total stillness. I am still amazed at this given the nearly total exposure up there.

With skies so clear that the tent was illuminated by starlight alone, I can say that I couldn't have picked a better night. Awakening at 8.30 in the morning to heat up a tin of ravioli, I hadn't slept so well in years. A few lessons learned by this stage, arriving in good time before dark everything went without a hitch. (Well, I did take the route back passing Lough Shannagh that I hadn't exactly intended, but we can forget that!)

I had particularly wanted to have a few good trips this Summer due to planning to leave for other lands this Autumn. I can say that I was certainly not disappointed. I figured since we are all fond of pictures around here, they may not be anything you haven't seen before but I hope a pleasure none the less.

















In case you don't happen to see me around these forums very often any more, I thank you all for your tips and recommendations - and photos!

The Mournes really are a treasure.
« Last Edit: October 02, 2015 by Darran »
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Re: Doan (Some Pictures)
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2015 »

If that is your last trip into the Mournes (even for a while), what a one to go out on.  The tough ones made that all the better.  Loved the photos.  It's a pity there won't be many more.  All the best with your move.
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Re: Doan (Some Pictures)
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2015 »

Thanks for sharing the photos (just missing some tent shots), I never get tired of seeing those views. You certainly deserved a good trip like that after all those attempts  ;D well done.
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Re: Doan (Some Pictures)
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2015 »

Doh, just spotted the tent  :-[
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Re: Doan (Some Pictures)
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2015 »

Excellent photos Darran, that's a trip to remember.
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Re: Doan (Some Pictures)
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2015 »

Great pics. I love Doan, nicely sheltered by other mountains, it gives a real sense of isolation.
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Re: Doan (Some Pictures)
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2015 »

Nice photos Darran!

Man oh man you got a good night for it too, ya jammy so and so!
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Re: Doan (Some Pictures)
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2015 »

Thank you very much everyone! I had a great time. I might be home for a little while at Christmas, you never know, if snow falls you might just run into a ginger on the hills once again!
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Re: Doan (Some Pictures)
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2015 »

Doan is fantastic, arguably some of the best views because it it centred.
It is a shame that there is no bridge across the sluice at Lough Shannagh. It would make Doan a lot easier to get to from the south after a lot of rain.
 

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