I claimed some time ago that I was no summit bagger but having done many of the County Tops whilst completing various circuits, the MountainViews list began to create something of an itch that needed to be scratched. Simon Stewart and his infectious lists!! It became an irresistible challenge for my partner, Martin, and I to complete his County Tops list. On 16th November 2012, on a bitterly cold day with occasional hail showers, we assailed Slieve Beagh, our final summit in County Monaghan. Later Read more [...]
In the latest article from the County Top Series, Paul O' Connor ignores the forecast and braves gale-force winds to take a jaunt up Sawel Mountain to tick off two more County Tops.
It would be something of an understatement to say that the weather forecast hadn't been good. Strong to gale-force winds and heavy showers on Friday night leading into Saturday morning was what the friendly weather man had said after the 9 o'clock news. Unperturbed, I got to bed at a reasonable hour and set my alarm for 5:15. Not very long afterwards, I was cursing my stupidity as I done my best to ignore the wind that was very noticeably buffeting my car as I drove along the Carrickmacross bypass. Arriving in Omagh, the heavens opened and the rain came down so heavily that I missed the turn off for Plumbridge and had to backtrack.
Why oh why had I not listened to the nice friendly weather man? Read more [...]