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November 26, 2014 at 9:25 pm
54 PMG summits to go! A wonderful day with sunrise and sunset in the mountains! #adventure #PMG #projectmountaingoat #donegal #mountainviews
Day 24 in the hills! Today was a busy day! My plan for the day was two walks that would get me 2 PMG summits but time allowed me to get three walks done in the end, and so, 3 PMG summits are now off the list! The three summits are not easily combined to other summits so it would be a "walk and drive" day! The first walk would finish off the South West Donegal summits I had to do! The route had 1 PMG summit and 3 non-PMG summits and as I came to the summit of Crockuna at 400m I was greeted with a beautiful mountain sunrise! The views were amazing! I then got to the summit of Slievetooey at 511m with great views and lovely walking! I ticked off another 2 non-PMG summits and it was back to the car for me! I then drove back to Ardara on fumes and got some petrol and a "Crunchie", one of my favourite chocolate bars, which was my treat to myself after the car got €75 worth of petrol! It's only fair I got something too right? ;) I was then on my way on a sugar high towards walk number two! My first summit in the Blue Stack Mountains! Aghla Mountain at 593m! With lovely walking weather and splendid views I reached it's summit! On the way down to the car I started to calculate how much time I had before it was dark and if I could do one more walk today or not! In the end I decided even if I had a night descent that I would go for it! And so, off in the car around the mountains again to Gaugin Mountain of 565m, again in the Blue Stack Mountains. I started off in the cloud/fog and reached the summit at sunset! Lucky for me timing was prefect and the cloud cleared somewhat and I was able to get a few sunset photos! A descent in twilight and then dark was still rather fun! Today I had sunrise and sunset in the mountains and it was simply beautiful but it also reminded me of the shortness of the day and that the shortest day of the year is fast approaching! The days are certainly getting shorter making long walks hard to do or at least forcing me to do night navigation which can be slow going! I must admit that even though my walks are getting smaller it would be nice to have longer daylight hours! With 33.40 kms walked over 7 hours and 14 mins with 1791 ascent meters and 1812 descent meters it was still a good day in the hills! 54 PMG summits to go! #adventure #PMG #projectmountaingoat #donegal #mountainviews
November 25, 2014 at 10:12 pm
Final summit date set! Saturday 27th December, 11am..see details below! All welcome to join. #PMG #adventure #projectmountaingoat
David Owens from MountainViews.ie who originally did an interview with me about Project Mountain Goat back at the start of the summer has just sent out the offical invite to the final summit of this project, for Saturday the 27th of December, 11am. All are welcome to join. Details are in his post which you can read below. Thanks for the lovely write up Dave!
"Project Mountain Goat - Invitation. Many of you will be aware of Simon Byrne's efforts to climb the entire Vandeleur-Lynam and Arderin Lists in a year, a combined total of 454 hills. Well, 10 and a half months have passed since he began in early January and those of you who regularly consult the Summiteers Lists will have noted that a certain Simoburn has been jumping up those lists with a vengeance. For those that don't, as at today, he has completed 397 of the hills and has a mere 57 remaining. While 57 500m+ hills might represent a very good year for many, Simon has decided that these will be completed in the next 32 days and that he will finish with Mullaghcarn in the Sperrins on Saturday, December 27th.
This is a staggering achievement; to call it 'historic' could be stretching it, but we are not aware of anyone doing even either of the constituent lists in a year, let alone both, so maybe 'historic' is the word. In addition Simon's quest has bequeathed a huge resource to MV, in that all his routes have been recorded on GPS and the resultant tracks all posted here and available to members. Beware though, Simon's idea of a 'walk' might be a tad ambitious for some; 9 of these tracks are over 40k and 13 have more that 2,000m of ascent!
Anyhow, in the 'Munro' tradition, a few of us hope to join Simon on Mullaghcarn for the final climb. Mullaghcarn is an easy walk up a mast road; 7k return with an ascent of 300m. We will begin from the B48 at H494 830; December 27th, meeting at 11am and starting out at 11.30am. Anyone who has a couple of hours to spare and wants to see history being made is welcome!"
For those who want more details just contact me and I will send on google map meeting place etc!
#adventure #projectmountaingoat #PMG #finalsummit #27thdecember
November 25, 2014 at 8:13 pm
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November 25, 2014 at 7:19 pm
November 25, 2014 at 7:04 pm
57 PMG summits to go! Now in South West Donegal! #adventure #PMG #projectmountaingoat #donegal #wildmountains #mountainviews
Day 23 in the hills! After a great nights sleep in bed I headed for South West Donegal. I would have just 3 PMG summits to climb in the area and then I would head a little further North to the Blue Stack Mountains. The 3 summits are well spread out, and so today in the end I did two different walks ticking off 2 PMG summits! The first walk was actually great fun! I went up Slieve League and on the way up there is this sharp 100m long rock arête which some call the "One Man's Path". As I stood at the bottom of this easy angled rock rib I thought maybe I should take the track around instead. There was mist and cloud and the rock was wet and very slippy. My boots also seem to have an issues on wet rock...they like to slip about a lot, otherwise they are pretty awesome! On either side on the arête there is a considerable drop! As I stood there the whole likelihood versus consequence scale came into my mind. This is the risk scale I, and many others in the outdoor sports world use when, there is risk to be assessed. The scale goes from 1 to 5. 1 being low likelihood and low consequences and 5 being high! This is something I actually love about mountain sports, extreme sports, rock climbing and so on. You have to balance and assess the risk for yourself. Now, I am certainly not calling hill walking extreme but sometimes scrambling can have high risks! When assessing these risk one can only be honest with oneself, no ego needed here please! I have certainly in the past, in my younger days, have made some silly choices in the mountains and lucky that I have not had to pay for it! Unfortunately it is a "steep learning curve" and things like scrambling, rock climbing and mountaineering do not allow much space for wrong choices! And so, making the right choice in the moment is detrimental to ones health! I know I have in the past walked away from a climb, or opted out, as on the day, in that moment, I felt It was too much risk for me! Today the consequences were, for me at least, a 4-5 on the scale (do not fall) and the likelihood (of falling/slipping) was 2. So the trekking poles where strapped to the side of the rucksack and off I went. Taking my time, with boots sliding slightly on the wet smooth rock I got "hands on" and went up along the rock arête! Easy and enjoyable! Delighted I went for it and in dry weather with dry rock I can imagine I would merely walking along it but today it was hands on for sure! The mist and cloud cleared slightly afterwards and the views were great. Off up to the summit I continued. I had only planned on an "easy day" of one walk and I took my time taking more photos than normal. After I got back to the car and with the buzzing of the scrambling section and the great views I decided I would just fit in one more walk I had planned for tomorrow! Sadly the weather changed and this was a wet, no views walk and summit! I got back to the car again and took my rain gear off and after just 1 hour 40 minutes in light rain and wind I was actually wet. Considering I only bought this gear only 4 weeks ago I was rather disappointed! Two walks, and 2 PMG summits done today! With mixed weather today I hope for drier weather tomorrow! 57 PMG summits to go! In other news Delphi Adventure Resort did a lovely blog post about some mad chap climbing some wee hills over there in Connemara! You can read there post here: http://delphiadventureresort.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/project-mountain-goat-1-year-454-summits/ #PMG #projectmountaingoat #adventure #donegal
November 24, 2014 at 11:17 pm
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November 24, 2014 at 11:09 pm
59 summits to go! With bad weather on the way it might get tough! #adventure #projectmountaingoat #pmg
Day 22 in the hills. Today was a busy day! 7.30am, the alarm went off, and I got up out of bed! "Bed!"...ah yes for that part of the story I have to go back to last night. After my walk and difficult hitch hike back to the car yesterday I cooked dinner in the back of the car and afterwards sought refuge in the Glan Bar in Glangevlin where I had parked earlier that morning! As I went into the bar, I saw I was the only person there and the fire was burning hot and bright! :) I ordered tea and then realised that all I had left in my wallet was €2.19 and asked if they took card or would they do the pot of tea for €2. I felt like a Muppet! An absolute bleedin' Muppet! I had not taken any money from the ATM over the last few days and I thought I still had at least €5 in the wallet...I was certainly wrong! Mary, working behind the bar said "ah yeah, that's fine" and she brought me over a BIG pot of tea. Mary asked what I was doing in the area and I told her about the Project! John, her husband, came out from the kitchen to join us and listen. As I explained the madness I was taking part in Mary said, "here will I fix you a sandwich or something". I politely declined the lovely offer with, "ah sure I just had dinner in the back of the car". As the story went on John and Mary asked where I was going to sleep and when I said in the back of the car, well, they would have none of it. It was freezing outside and they offered me a room for the night. Again, feeling on the spot I politely declined. They left me with the tea and my €2 and as the night went on "characters" slowly found their way into the pub and stories were told, traded and laughs were had. It was a great night and there was a real sense of community inside the pub! As the night went on and 11pm was nigh I bid farewell and said goodnight and thanked Mary for the tea! She of course said I must stay in the room tonight that it was far too cold in the car! She had finally wore me down and I said; "sure only if you are sure and I'm not putting anyone out!". She of course insisted! I grabbed a few things from the car and I entered the kitchen where John and I had a great time chatting. At around 11.30pm, Mary comes in from the bar and says "ah sure you will have a bacon sandwich and a cuppa tea"! It wasn't a question, I was told! I smiled and didn't know what to say! So there's Mary tending to the customers in the bar, and making me a bacon sandwich and a pot of tea..for a complete stranger! After midnight I made it to bed and I slept like a log! Sometimes people amazing me and it's so humbling and yet refreshing to see and experience people being so open, warm, honest and generous! So the morning came and after breakfast (I felt like a "normal" person again) I headed off to the hills to do a summit in the Breifne mountains which would complete that area for me. Then I would drive about 30 minutes away and climb the highest hill in Roscommon, which is not part of the project but there is a list of the highest points in each county and considering I was so near to Roscommon's highest hill I figured I might as well go over there and tick it off that list. Then, back to the Project Mountain Goat, I would drive nearly 50 minutes away and arrive at Arroo Mountain, my final summit in the Dartry Mountains, leaving me done with this area and heading to Donegal next! In terms of the walking, the weather was OK for the first two walks but I got wet on the last walk of the day! I had hoped to add a minor summit (Keeloges) on to the list during the last walk but the weather was getting worse and worse and so I decided against it! After walking a resupply in Sligo town was done and then I was back to the Moffatt (Aly Moffatt) family who hosted me on Saturday night and now for one last night before I head north! Needless to say I am happy here in front of the fire and as usual everyone here has been more than kind to me, more than!!!! A huge thank you to Mary and John Mc Govern of Glangevlin and of course to the wonderful Moffatt clan of Drumcliff, Sligo! Oh and 59 summits to go! #adventure #projectmountaingoat #PMG #westofireland #amazingpeople
November 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm
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November 23, 2014 at 8:27 pm
61 summits to go. The question is will snow arrive before the end? #adventure #projectmountaingoat #pmg #mountainviews #irishmountains
Day 21 in the hills! Today marks 3 weeks on this west coast adventure. Today I was in the Breifne mountains and I had great weather! It was an early enough start of 6.30am out of bed...yes you heard me, BED! I got to sleep in a bed last night....it was like sleeping on clouds! Thanks again to the Moffatt family, ye guys were too kind to me last night!! Anyway, at 7am I was off in the car from Sligo to Glangevlin in Co. Cavan! At 8.10am I was away off up Cuilcagh of 665m which is the highest mountain in County Cavan and Fermanagh! As the day went on I ticked off 8 summits in total; 6 PMG and 2 non-PMG summits. The weather may have been great but the underfoot conditions were boggy as hell, with, at times, knee deep heather! Tough walking that I feel I underestimated as I also had to be off the hills early enough for a rather difficult hitch hike back to the car. I finished the walk in daylight but getting a lift was hard. After waiting nearly 40 minutes I got lucky and I was dropped back to my car. The couple driving went well out of their way to drop me back and I was very appreciative for their help! Back at the car it was dark and dinner was on! Somehow, a lot of water was dripping from my cooking pot and with closer inspection I saw a tiny hole...don't ask me how but my cooking pot now had a hole! Lucky I had a second one with me! Ha ha!! So as my day ends after 37.90 kms of walking in 7 hours 45 minutes with 1319 meters ascent and 1382 meters descent I only have 61 summits to go! Not a lot of height meters ascended and descended considering the effort it took to walk through the boggy terrain today! I am all about the numbers and I have talked about distance, height meters and time etc over the last 3 weeks. However here are some numbers of a different sort from the last 3 weeks. 19 days of walking. 2 rest/planning days. 3 hot showers. 4 proper home cooked meals. 1 night in a bed. 3 nights on a couch and 16 nights sleeping in the car. Clothes washed, twice! Soaked through from rain, twice! Cooking Gas canisters used; 2. Broken; 1 walking pole, 1 lace from the hiking boots, 1 cooking pot, 1 plastic clip on my hiking bag! 1 Night Navigation session. Many days in the cloud, wind and sun! Awesome photos; lots! Missed Tara Mallon O'Dubhghaile, everyday!!!! Tomorrow sees easier walking with hopefully 2 summits that will finish off the Breifne and Dartry Mountains, bringing to a total of 90 summits done since the 3rd of November. Once these two summits are done I am off towards County Donegal, where I have never been! More adventures ahead! #adventure #projectmountaingoat #gettingthere #coldweather #pmg
November 22, 2014 at 9:20 pm
67 summits to go! With rumours of snow on Carrauntoohil it will be interesting to see if snow will appear up north as the project slowly moves north to Donegal!
Day 20 in the hill! Today I was in County Sligo by the famous Benbulbin. I awoke to rain at 7am and the disappointment was big. I thought it would be a dry day so I waited a little longer to get up. 8.20am and the rain had stopped, breakfast was had, and I was off up Kings Mountain. The weather was cloudy with clear spells and I had high hopes for some sunshine throughout the day. Benbulbin, famous for it's shape (just google it and see what I mean) was the next summit on the list. From it's summit, sadly half covered in cloud, you can not see the steep cliffs and its fortress like escarpment. I did get the highest point cloud free though :) Next was Benwiskin with it's equally impressive cliffs that simply drop off one side of the hill! Amazing! Annacoona Top also know as Slievemore had amazing drops from it's summit. Views from here were great and one can not help feel transported to another world with steep ground, cliffs like bright green walls as such and oneself on top of what feels like a plateau. Then I got to tick off the highest point in County Leitrim; Truskmore South East Cairn at 631m, followed by the highest point in Sligo; Truskmore at 647m. Finally I descend via Tievebawn. Except for some drizzle I stayed dry for the day...woohoo! With some stunning views and some nice walking it was a lovely day! Sadly in the low light conditions of the day the photos don't do any justice to mountains like Benbulbin or Benwiskin! The walk today was overall very good, the only thing I would comment on is access on and off the hills. There are many reports of problems with access on to Benbulbin and Benwiskin and I tried my best to find a good way on and off the hills. With that said while getting onto the hills at Kings Mountain it was the advice of Aly Moffatt that helped me out. Coming off the mountain I was half paranoid that a shotgun wielding farmer would meet me with disagreement. However this did not happen I am happy to report. So now as I sit on the couch in Aly Moffatts family house at the base of Kings Mountain I am warmed by their hospitality and of course there lovely fire burning in front of me! I feel like a couchsurfing stalker. Aly who by the way is totally awesome, put me up for 3 different nights in Westport, then when she heard I would be here walking and she happened to be here this weekend too she and her family have put me up for another night! This of course means that I had my third shower in three weeks and it is so good to be clean!!!! With dinner dished up to me, a beer opened for me I certainly feel humbled by everyone's generosity here! Thank you all so much guys!!!! I am also getting the low down on some local knowledge of the hills here. So today saw 5 PMG summits fall from the list leaving 67 PMG summits to go! #adventure #projectmountaingoat #sligopeopleareawesome #westcoasthospitality #humbled
November 22, 2014 at 8:20 pm
Cheers to Philip Byrne for this video! Fun times! #adventure
Simon Byrne Solo Climbing In Dalkey Quarry Dublin Ireland.
November 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm
72 summits to go! Rainy, windy and cloudy! Some days are hard!
Day 19 in the hills! I have been on the go now for nearly 3 weeks. One of the hardest things I have always found on trips to the mountains or away climbing is getting the nutrition right! With the long days in the hills and the battling of the weather I guess I have not been eating enough. I always look at food as fuel and in terms of sports I eat anything, but of course this doesn't mean I am always eating the right food or the best food for these activities. So I awoke in the middle of the night starved and starting eat odds and ends from my food box. Sometimes hunger (for me at least) is not felt over tiredness, and I think last night was one of those times. So after a midnight snack/meal I was finally able to sleep last night :) This morning the forecast was correct and the clouds were down. The rain was on it's way but the morning was suppose to be the best time for me to get out into the hills. I was in the Ox mountains and I just had 2 summits to reach in these mountains. My planned route would take me up a long mountain road to Lough Easky and then along 3 summits (2 PMG summits and 1 non-PMG summit) and then back down to windmill roads/tracks and mountain road back to the car. Luckily for me it would be just a 24.5km of walking. However, as I lay there snug in my sleeping bag and with the alarm going off at 7am, I said; "Sod it, It looks positively crap outside", and I went back to sleep with no intention of getting into the hills today. Then at 8am one of those moments of motivation and will happened. I was changing my mind and It Was Going To Happen! It was one of those moments that nothing else mattered, every fibre of me was willing and saying get into the hills! Leaving the warm sleeping bag, putting on damp hiking trousers and damp boots didn't bother me. Eating the same breakfast and going through the same morning routine with one task in mind; get walking. I love those moments of will and motivation. I sometimes wonder where they come from and where they go. After the walk and when I arrived back to the car the rain really started to get going but the walk was done and I was happy to have not wasted the day. Sadly even with the rain gear on I did get slightly wet. Again I blame the wind for driving the rain at me for at least 3 hours in the hills...this always seems to result in getting wet in the end! Visibility was terrible, underfoot conditions were, you guessed it, terrible too. I felt like I was climbing up and down peat hags half the time but the summits were reached and then I got off the hills fast! These hills here seem rather spread out and the 2 or 3 summit days are getting old fast...it makes me feel like I am getting nowhere fast but the count is 72 summits to go! Let's hope for better weather for the days to come and as I sit here in the Park Hotel in Sligo drinking tea, looking out the window at the dull grey skies, I wonder will I get some more good weather tomorrow. I guess I must stay positive! #adventure #projectmountaingoat #rainydays #irishmountains #mountainviews
November 20, 2014 at 7:25 pm
74 summits to go! Check out the sunrise!!!!#adventure #projectmountaingoat #sunrise #fog
Day 18 in the hills! The alarm went off at 5.30am but it was so cold and I was just too much of a "wuss" I could not get out of the bed. By "bed", I use the term rather loosely, but it was bed in terms of what a bed can be in the back of a Berlingo. So at 7.30am I managed to start walking rather than at 6am. This, believe it or not worked out far better, not only did I get to work on my much needed beauty sleep, it also made the timing prefect with me being on the summit of Knocklettercuss and the amazing sunrise! There were fog banks rolling in the lowlands and creeping up into the valleys all the while the summits were cloud free! It stayed like this all day! Simply great weather for walking and for photos!!! After Knocklettercuss, I went up the small Sheean and had a wee bit of a fight through the forest to get back down and on route again. Slieve Carr at 721m was my second last summit in the 700 meter range of mountains! WOOHOO! Great views from here today! Then Nephin Beg at 627m, again with amazing views of the huge open moorland below! To finish I descended via Nephin Beg South Top on to the Bangor trail. From here I was down in the thick freezing cold fog and I had to walk about 10 kms of forest trail and then 5 kms of back roads which would bring me back to the main road where hitching should and was easy enough to get back to Bangor. Today was a big enough walk of 39.70kms with 1720m ascent and 1676m descent. Not a gruelling day but a long enough one with 7 hours and 50 minutes of walking. Sadly this route was not a "summit rich" route, with just 2 PMG summits and 3 non-PMG summits. However the views were just great, and worth all the effort alone! Slieve Carr itself is extremely remote and a trip to the summit from any direct will take some time and effort. 74 Project Mountain Goat summits to go! :) Also sorry for so many photos this post but with the views being so good it was hard to choose a few to upload. #adventure #projectmountaingoat #fogandsun #irishmountains #mountainviews
November 19, 2014 at 6:34 pm
#adventure #ontheroad #irishmountains
Day 17 in the hills.The R&R part at least! Today's bad weather past by fast enough and the R&R was much needed! #projectmountaingoat #goodfood #mountainsunsets
November 19, 2014 at 6:13 pm
76 summits to go! #adventure #projectmountaingoat #westofireland
Day 17 in the hills! I was camped on Keel beach last night and the wind was blowing a gale. The old Berlingo was rocked like a toy car all night. I was woken up many times by wind and sand hitting the car. It was certainly a fitful sleep. In the morning I knew I was racing against the clock before the rain would reach us from the South. The wind was even stronger as I set off up towards Benmore and it's ridge of cliffs that drop down into the sea. With amazing cliffs on my left and with high winds from my right it was a windy experience! Then off up Croaghaun South West Top and Croaghaun main summit. The wind at the top was absolutely terrible! Standing up straight was difficult and all the while I had a sharp eye of the looming drop to my left. Needless to say I actually had a great time and it's so funny how it can be more fun in wild weather than in calm weather. With that said the views when I had them were stunning but from the summit I only had fleeting views.On my descent a few rain drops started to fall and I cut short the walk by descending earlier than planned to Keem beach. Today's walk was short and I got to stay dry too in the end! Timing is everything they say! Two more summits done and the count is now at 76 summits to go! The rest of the day will be spent on planning some routes for the Sligo area and of course a little R&R too, the body is in need of a little rest for sure! #adventure #projectmountaingoat #achill