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December 16, 2014 at 8:58 pm
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December 16, 2014 at 8:46 pm
PMG Update! 7kgs of weight loss. County Highpoints and easy walking! Still 4 PMG summits to go!
PMG Update: So after 7 days off from the hills I hit the hills again today with Philip Byrne. It was an easy day of minor summits! I wasn't chasing Project Mountain Goat summits but "County Tops" or Highpoints"! As some of you may have read in earlier posts that along with "PMG" with it's lists of 454 summits of the Arderins and Vandeleur-Lynams there is also a list of 27 mountains and/or hills that are the highest points in each county. Some highpoints are shared and so there are not 36 but just 27 county highpoints. Most of these 27 summits have been climbed on PMG but today we went out and "climbed" the highest point in County Longford, Westmeath and Meath. Now I am just 1 summit away from having a completed list of the 27 County Highpoints! As the weather was set to turn after lunchtime we got up at 5am and drove to Longford and by 8am we were off up the short trek to the summit of Corn Hill with it's huge antenna. Then a quick drive to Mullaghmeen, the highest point in Westmeath and then to Slieve Na Calliagh with its Passage Tomb on the summit, the highest point in Meath! It was fun, easy walking, more like sightseeing in fact, and so, with that theme in mind, we stopped in Kells to check out the High Crosses and Round Tower and then the Hill of Tara to finish the day off! All done and back home by 2pm when the rain started! Timing is everything!
In terms of PMG this Saturday is fast approaching and with it the second last PMG walk! The weather is looking OK for the weekend and likewise I am looking forward to getting into the hills proper again! The walk will be on the Beara Peninsula and will give me the chance to see some family and friends before Christmas too! :)
After my 36 days in the hills it turned out that I lost 7kgs of weight! The first few days back home where "interesting". At first my body felt no different but by day 2 and 3 at home I just felt exhausted. I had "stopped" and then it all caught up with me! At the same time trying to catch up with work but also trying to rest was rather difficult for me (and probably those around me). As often the case, I only know one speed, "go", so stopping can be hard...even when I need it most! One week on, mountain withdrawals have set in...well a little bit anyway ;) I also thought I'd share the complete 36 days away statistics. PMG walks including 2 walks for County Highpoints that were done during the same 36 days.
Days Walking: 33 out of 36
Planning/Rest/Provision Days: 3
Total Walked Kilometres: 873.80 Kms
Total Walking Time: 197 Hours and 4 Minutes
Total Ascent Meters: 46138 Meters.
Total Descent Meters: 45952 Meters.
Total Number of Walks: 44
Total PMG Summits: 145
Total non-PMG Summits: 74
Total Combined Summits: 219
PMG Summits Remaining: 4
Areas Left to Walk/Climb in: 2 (Sperrins Mtns - 1 Summit, Caha Mtns - 3 Summits)
Again a huge thanks to those that helped me along the road during those 36 days! There were many people that either picked me up hitch hiking, put me up for the night, even cooked dinner for me, but also all the kind words of "keep going" over the 36 days certainly helped motivate me and not just throw the towel in and come home for a few days! Cheers guys, and of course there will be a full mention of everyone in the credits to the project...when I finish!
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December 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm
We have spaces left on an abseiling session this Sunday at 10am at Dalkey Quarry if anyone is looking for some vertical fun! Contact Simon on 086 4012750 #adventure #abseiling
December 12, 2014 at 11:22 am
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December 11, 2014 at 8:58 pm
We recently blogged about our friend Simon from Adventure Burn who stopped by the resort during his incredible quest to climb 454 mountain summits in Ireland in under 365 days! With 450 completed and only 4 more to go, Project Mountain Goat is set to be a success!! Well Done to Simon, Team Delphi look forward to joining you on the last summit later this month! Check out this footage of his climb to the summit of Errigal, Donegal's highest mountain at 751m #PMG #somemanforoneman #bepartoftheadventure
After a weekend of hiking with my brother Simon in the north of Ireland on his challenge for 2014 "Project Mountain Goat" which is to climb 454 summits from ...
December 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm
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December 10, 2014 at 4:51 pm
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December 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm
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December 8, 2014 at 8:12 pm
36 days later, I am home after what can only be called an epic 36 days in the Irish hills and mountains! 4 PMG summits to go! #adventure #PMG #projectmountaingoat #home
Day 36 in the hills! After another nights rain, hail and this time thunder too I was up and at it for 8am! It was a cold cold night and everything was damp in the back of the car! As this was the last day of this long trip I didn't hang about, I was excited to be heading South...heading home! First however Knocklayd would have to be climbed! With what little light I had at 8am I set off up the forest track to Knocklayd! It was cold, windy and there was the odd clap of thunder which slightly unnerved me! There were passing showers and in all honesty the weather conditions were less than ideal! I was not waiting around though for nicer weather! I slogged up the forest track, out of the forest and up the side of the hill. To my left all I could see were dark black clouds. To my right, when I finally did look right, I could see Rathlin Island. An amazing view and with the rough seas and dark clouds it looked foreboding! Shortly afterwards I was on the summit and I was lucky enough that out to my left and right were low lying dark clouds emptying their contents out over the lands below. I however stayed dry and even had some nice views! Lucky me! I didn't stay long on the summit as it was freezing with the wind chill! I did however manage to balance on top of the Trig Pillar for a selfie..even in the strong wind! I got back to the car descending the same forest track and celebrated the last PMG walk on this trip! I had some fizz and a bun...well, 9 buns actual! I pigged out! The day was far from over though! First I would drive to a place near Monaghan town. There in the hills nearby was the highest place in County Monaghan; Slieve Beagh South East Top, at a height of 373m. This had nothing to do with Project Mountain Goat, but another list of the highest places in each country in Ireland, North and South. I figured as I was passing nearby (well kind of) I might as well climb it too! I have just 4 County High Points left to have climbed all the County High Points of Ireland....maybe I will work on that over Christmas ;) It will add some "weight" to Project Mountain Goat! Anyway with excitement and eagerness I was probably driving a little too fast for the road conditions and as I went over a bridge on a bend (but you could still see far down the road) the car slid out across the road. With three quick locks of the steering wheel, right left right, I had the car back under my control! 500 meters down the road I was at the parking spot for the walk....close call, and to think after all those summits, bogs, scrambles and bad weather, it would be bad road conditions that nearly put a stop to the project....doesn't bear to think! So I geared up and off I went towards Slieve Beagh South East Top. I thought I would be up and down in two maybe two and half hours max. It took me just short of 3 hours in the end. There was shin to knee deep snow and I had to make my way through this. Luckily for me I had an awesome pair of snow shoes....unluckily for me they were at home, under the bed! Ah sure would you have it any other way! In the end it was somehow a great finish to the last 36 days! The snow was so peaceful and the brightness was as if it was recharging my energy levels...that in all fairness was probably more to do with the fact I knew I was headed home! When the walk was completed I hit the road again and two hours later I was home after a long day! The wonderful women in my life had (my request) Irish Stew waiting for me! Thank you so much Tara Mallon O'Dubhghaile!!! And so comes the end of the big rush to try finish the project on time. Home over a week earlier! I'm looking forward to getting down to Beara and doing the second last walk of PMG which will give me three PMG summits, and then, after Christmas, the final day, walk, summit; Mullaghcarn in the Sperrin Mountains. Speaking of the Sperrin Mountains, they looked like they got a lot of snow last night and I think I was rather lucky to have missed all the mess that comes with the snow and road conditions! PMG summits left to climb; 4!!! Yeah you heard me, just 4! :) Right, time to shower and introduce my ass to it's long lost friend, the couch! #PMG #adventure #projectmountaingoat #home
December 8, 2014 at 9:02 am
Good luck today Simon. On the home stretch
December 7, 2014 at 4:55 pm
After the biting wind and snow showers, seriously wet underfoot conditions and a wee peat hag saga another day is done and 3 PMG summits climbed along with it! 5 PMG summits to go! #PMG #adventure #projectmountaingoat #antrimhills #northernireland #mountainviews
Day 35 in the hills! After a night of heavy rain and some hail I was not sure if I would be waking up to snow on the summits or just waterlogged bog! It was freezing in the back of the car and sunrise seems so late up here. At 8am is was pretty much still dark! I got up and dressed into my hiking clothes as fast as possible! The forecast for today was some snow above 500 meters but I didn't see that happening. However the wind chill factor of about -6 degrees above 500 meters felt about right! Well, it felt at times more like -4 degrees maybe! Either way it was bloody cold! With an 8.20am start I headed up past a Dam and up through the forest to a forest track which made easy walking for the "warm/wake up"! The track takes you to the summit of Slieveanorra with it's two masts. At the summit I had a lovely sunrise over Trostan, Antrim's highest mountain, and Slieveananee, Antrim's second highest summit. In the other direct, behind the masts were dark low lying clouds coming my way...fast! I just hoped it was snow and not rain! You stay drier with snow falling rather than that other wet stuff; rain! Within minutes the snow started and the wind picked up! I smiled as it was snow! I don't mind the cold and snow, you can wrap up from it! The rain on the other hand eventually seems to get in under the waterproofs! So as a small flurry ensued I left the summit and followed the Moyle Way towards Trostan. This is a long trek through bog and forest and after last nights rain the "track" was more like a stream than a track! Once on Trostan at 550m, I headed on to Slieveananee and more snow showers! The peat hags on top of Slieveananee were a royal pain in the arse! As it was difficult to tell where exactly the highest place was, I went around, up, down and over what felt like a million pet hangs! Many of which read the same height on the GPS! There is also a Cairn on the summit but in spite of what some might say this is certainly not the top! After the peat hag saga I finished the route over two smaller hills and back to the car! If the underfoot conditions had been better I would have said it was an easy walk! The snow rather than the rain was a godsend! Now with just one day left and one summit left to climb here in Antrim I am very happy to say "just" 5 PMG summits to go!!!!!!!! Last night as I tried to sleep and the wind and rain lashed the car I felt like getting up and driving home. I was certain I had mad the wrong choice with the weather and that going home was the only option now! Of course I stayed put and now it's safe to say it all played out very well! The weather was even better today than I had hoped for! Happy days! Hopefully tomorrow will see me off with a lovely sunrise and amazing views! 5...just 5 summits to go! And...tonight... will be the last night sleeping in the back of the car! Now that does sound good! :) #PMG #projectmountaingoat #adventure #antrimhills #northernireland #cominghomesoon
December 6, 2014 at 6:07 pm
Just 8 summits to go! With bad weather forecast it will be a hard two days ahead! #adventure #PMG #projectmountaingoat #antrimhills #northernireland
Day 34 in the hills! I am writing this from the back of the car tonight. I am in the Antrim Hills and today saw my last day in the Sperrin Mountains until the 27th of December for the final summit day. It's pissing rain here and the forecast isn't great with possible snow tonight and tomorrow! However I am motivated to get out tomorrow regardless of bad weather or good weather! If all goes to plan tomorrow will be my second last day on this trip! Today saw low clouds, rain and wind, and really, I just didn't care! I climbed another 2 PMG summits and 3 non-PMG summits! I was getting it done!!! The walking was easy and there were no views but again I was more focused on getting to go home soon! After the walk I drove up here and hopefully tomorrow I will get 3 more PMG summits! Let's see! Summit count is now at.... 8 PMG summits to go!!! Hell yeah! It is hard to believe that I am now down to just a handful of summits left to climb! Obviously I am very happy about this, but tiredness and the want to go home is overriding the happiness at the moment! However I know I can stay focussed on the goal for another two days and once I am home I am sure it will be slightly overwhelming and it will be great to be able to step back from the project a little and take it all in. Ultimately I will still have two days of walking left after the next two days in the Antrim Hills. However I feel like so much has happened, so many summits have been climbed, so many places seen and new people met that I have hardly had the time to "digest" it all! Everyday I have had this single minded focus on Project Mountain Goat. Either I have been out walking or getting ready for a walk, driving to a walk or to the next walk. Sorting and drying gear after walks. Cooking food, buying supplies! Blog posting, route checking, summit checking and then I go do it all over again the next day! It has been never ending the last 34 days, and quite exhausting too. Yet at the same time this huge effort that has to be put in everyday is very rewarding, but, I am so so so looking forward to a break for this daily routine! Yesterday after walking I looked at the stats for what I have done in those 33 days. The numbers were big...and just then it hit me, I nearly felt tired looking at what I had done in just 33 days! I had originally thought I would not get home until the 15th or 16th and I will (hopefully) be home a whole week earlier. Now of course this is not all me, it has been the weather too! I had planned more bad weather days than I needed. And so with two more days up here and 4 more PMG summits to climb in the Antrim Hills, wish me luck on this last leg of this trip! #8SummitsLeft #PMG #adventure #projectmountaingoat #antrimhills #northernireland
December 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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December 5, 2014 at 6:53 pm
Another day done and 3 more PMG summits done! 10 PMG summits remaining! #adventure #PMG #projectmountaingoat #peopleareamazing
Day 33 in the hills! I am not sure where to start today (and I must keep it short I'm afraid) but I guess I will start with last night! As the night went on in the pub George Ballintine offered me his sitting room floor for the night! I of course said why not and I got my sleeping bag and mat from the car and I had a wonderful nights sleep next to the burning fire! I even got to have a hot shower! George you are a true gent! Waking up in a house nearly seems odd now after so many nights in a car! This morning I set off later than normal as I was on a go slow! As I drove down the valley towards Draperstown the sleet was falling heavy for about 20 minutes! However as I parked in the Goles Forest parking area the sleet stopped. The mountains were still cloud and snow free! As I parked a man came out of the Cottage on the other side of the road and walked straights towards me! I figured something was up, that maybe I was on private land! As I rolled down the window and said good morning, he smile back and offered me tea and breakfast! Raymond, as I would later come to know him, had just offered a complete stranger some breakfast. I politely declined as I really had to get walking as 9am was fast approaching! So Raymond said pop in after from some tea! I said I might and bid farewell and off up the hill I went! As I reached the first summit the sun was shining on one side of the mountains but on the other side dark low lying clouds were coming my way! More sleet by the looks of things. On summit number two I was still dry and the clouds were just on the other side of the valley. Shortly later the sleet and snow started gentle like, but, then turned into a complete flurry! It continued for some time and it was safe to say, "winter was here",not "winter is coming"! I kind of had fun in the wet snow, something different but I was so thankful I did my big route yesterday and not today. That idea had been in my mind and the weather could have gone either way yesterday but I got lucky with the choice I had made for yesterday. I finished the walk in rain/sleet/snow/hail! From the car I was waved by Raymond to the house! So I drove over and went in! Inside I met "The Frenchman", Yann. A huge pot of tea and an amazing sandwich was made for me! Man I was just getting luckier by the day! As we chatted time was fast ticking by and I had another walk to do today! So after many thank yous and after excepting the offer to a bed, shower and a hot meal tonight, I drove on to walk number two! Slieve Gallion, with a dusting of snow on top, was the final target of the day! The walk was easy going, on tracks, road and some bog! The snow made for a nice change but I was glad that I would be missing most of the "snow" to come! So now with 10 summits left to climb I shall say goodnight as I go off up the valley to a hot shower and a hot meal! There is no internet or mobile phone signal up there so it will be a nice disconnected evening! Tomorrow sees more walking, snow and sleet showers and cold temperatures! I can tell you I am very happy to be sleeping indoors again tonight! :) #PMG #adventure #projectmountaingoat #mountainviews #peopleareamazing
December 4, 2014 at 9:49 pm
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