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4 peaks or more

Training day for Kilimanjaro
Fourth Outing Saturday 18.7.09

Four members of our Kilimanjaro team started the day with the aim to walk four peaks within the Mourne Mountains starting around 10.00 am we commenced to walk from Meelmore lodge along the trassey track as part of this outing arriving at the Mourne wall and the summit of Slieve Meelmore.

The weather was fine with broken clouds and sunshine so Sonya, Gavin, Paul, and myself continued to follow the Mourne Wall making our way towards Slieve Bearnagh and the wooden footbridge at the top of the mountain the view of Benn Crom Reservoir in the valley below made it worth the effort so I Stopping for a short break to take in the view and take some photographs.

Crossing the wooden footbridge we continued to make our way towards the Diamond Rocks and Slievenaglogh this section was enjoyable to walk then on to the top of Slieve Corragh and Slieve Commedagh the second highest peak in the mournes.

The team then continued to descend from Slieve Commedagh downwards towards the saddle at the foot of Slieve Donard and a well earned rest and some food. After lunch we started for the top of Slieve Donard northern Ireland's highest mountain and climbing slowly we finally arrived to the summit and the sight of the splendid views of Northern Ireland foa into the distance. On spending some time taking in the view we then made our way back down the mountain following the mourne wall arriving at the saddle overlooking newcastle and the east coast.

This section of the walk had taken us around 4 hours to walk and we started to head down the mountain towards the Glen river and Donard Car park were we had left two vehicles this section of our walk was slow as all the team were tired but eventually we arrived at the car park and a quick change of clothing and footware we were ready to head towards Meelmore Lodge and apple pie and ice cream for some team members.

Mark Ireland

Team Member