Ascent of Slieve Foye on 2014-09-12

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Friday, September 12, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Slieve Foye
    Elevation:1932 ft / 588 m

Ascent Trip Report

A mostly moderate trail with short steep stretches ..... 10km, 3h15 hours RT for both peaks including breaks.

Yesterday's climb was such a high that I felt like doing another Mourne Mountain climb today, but there is so much to see and do that we had to move on. We both had a light breakfast this morning, cereal and fruit ...... a full menu Irish breakfast every morning is a bit much and not all that healthy. They call it "a fry".
We won't be needing our pound sterling after this morning on so we paid the B&B with cash and credit .... getting rid of all of our change.

We left out Newcastle B&B and took the scenic Mourne Coastal Road along the Irish Sea Coast and the Carlingford Lough on the way back to Louth County in the Republic of Ireland. We drove the east coast of the Cooley peninsula, stopping to visit the Victoria Locks and the Church at the village of Carlingford. It was only mid-day and lot of time for Louth's COHP, Slieve Foye. A local directed us to the TH.

From 50 meters west of the Church in the center of Carlingford (hwy #R173) is a road with a number of signs on the corner "Tain Way", "Harwood B&B". We drove this very narrow road as it winds northerly .8km through the residential area to the TH .... at every turn is a trail post marker pointing the way. There is room for a few cars at the TH.

The very wide trail, sign posted (yellow and red arrows) all the way to the summit, is moderate all the way except perhaps for the last km where it has a number of steep sections .... the only obstacle being sheep droppings, some bigger than others. I wasn't alone as I climbed, friendly sheep all over the place and a number of horses in the distance grazing on the slopes to the col.

The trail heads northerly for 1km to the right/top of a rock outcrop, then bends left/southwesterly 1.2km to the south col where it continues/descends the other side of the mountain.
----A right turn at the col climbs left-of-north 1.7km to the summit of Slieve Foye.
----A left turn climbs left-of-south 1km to the summit of Barnavave.
All distances are guess-estimates.

I met up with 2 cyclists at the col coming up from the other side, chatted for a bit .... I'm always impressed with mountain bikers, I don't know how they do it .... I tried it and found it tough and not to my liking.

SLIEVE FOYE ..... 8km, 1h55 hours RT from TH excluding breaks
The trail for the last km is through a ridge with numerous rock outcrop, at places wet and boggy with more than one trail. I met a large group of students out on a field trip, having a break as the descended.
It's a bit of scramble to the summit rock with a Trig Pillar. My eye level told me that the HP is the rock outcrop with a cairn 100 meters to the north. I visited both.

BARNAVAVE ..... 2km, 40 minutes RT from the col.
From the col the trail climbs left-of-south, staying right of the first rocky bump and follows a fence line to a height of land (.7km), continues/descends 150 meters to a fence gate on the right, where I hopped the gate and went x-country/scrambled 150 meters northwest to the summit. I backtracked to the col.

Unfortunately I was in clouds all day with poor visibility so I didn't stick around long at the summits, however the partial view of town of Carlingford with ocean boats in the background on the descend was superb, the Cooley Peninsula is a beautiful place.

We continued our drive around the coast of the Cooley Peninsula, stopped for an afternoon pint of Guiness and a snack "soup of the day" at the beautiful/upscale Fitzpatrick Bar. The interior was already decorated for halloween .... apparently a big deal here. A small wedding party was in progress.

We had a bit of a problem finding our way to our Heritage B&B, Heynestown, Dundalk, arriving at 18h00 hours. A nice place run by Michael and Teresa Byrne. Picked up a roasted chicken dinner at a Spar grocery store on the drive in.

Tomorrow is a sight seeing day, on the schedule is Bru Na Boinne, Old Millfont Abbey, the town of Drogheda for a pint of Guinness and a snack and the coastal drive northbound back to our B&B in Dundalk.

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Laneway on way to Slieve Foye Trailhead (2014-09-12). Photo by Ben Lostracco.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1604 ft / 488 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:trail nb from carlingford
    Trailhead:north side of carlingford  328 ft / 99 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:50 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: foye

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Slieve Foye2014-09-12 a1604 ft / 489 m
2Barnavave2014-09-12 b197 ft / 60 m
Total Trip Gain: 1801 ft / 549 m    Total Trip Loss: 1801 ft / 549 m

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