Ascent of Slieve Donard on 2010-05-02

Climber: Nick Down

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 2, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Slieve Donard
    Location:UK-Northern Ireland
    Elevation:2799 ft / 853 m

Ascent Trip Report

Set out for Newcastle on the promise of the best weather forecast for a long weekend in Northern Ireland. It was actually the worst. Through the woods of Donard Park and the path up the hanging valley, conditions were good, and enlivened by chats with other walkers, including a party climbing the four Irish provincial high points - Donard, Meelrea, Carrantuohil and Lugnaquilla - in 48 hours. Sleet lashed down on the walk by the Mourne wall to the summit, then eased off enough to tempt me up first Chimney Rock Mountain, then Cove Mountain and Slievelammagan, before returning as intense snow and hail and forcing a slow, cold retreat back over the wall and through Donard Park.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Mist, rain, hail and snow
Ascent Part of Trip: Chimney Rock Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Slieve Donard2010-05-02 

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