Ascent of Slieve Donard on 2015-03-02

Climber: Seán Caulfield

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, March 2, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Slieve Donard
    Location:UK-Northern Ireland
    Elevation:853 m / 2799 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Parked in the Bloody Bridge car park just outside Newcastle on the Kilkeel road, crossed the road & entered the trail through the smaller gate. Followed the trail with the river on my left hand side until it came to a narrow crossing point with flat stones - this seemed like the wrong way, wallking away from Slieve Donard, but the trail soon turned to the right & followed a well-defined old mining track to a quarry. From here the trail was again difficult to find, there were no signposts up this high. I continued up, with Slieve Donard on my right & the Irish Sea behind me, until I reached the Mourne Wall. Followed this up to the summit - high winds & snow, it was freezing. Spectacular views from the wall on the way up, but I reached the summit in a snowstorm & didn't stay long. Up & down took me three hours total, but could be done much quicker, I took a LOT of photos -it is about 5km each way. Overall a great hike, the landscape is spectacular, like something out of Game of Thrones.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:833 m / 2733 ft
    Distance:10.6 km / 6.6 mi
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Frigid, Extremely Windy, White-out
Pleasant but cool on ascent, snowstorm at summit
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:833 m / 2733 ft
    Distance:5.4 km / 3.4 mi
    Route:Bloody Bridge / Mourne Wall
    Trailhead:Bloody Bridge Car Park  20 m / 66 ft
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5.2 km / 3.2 mi
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Seán Caulfield
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