| Topic: First camp of 2019
Message posted by Ewen c25/3/2019 at 8:38pm
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With the weather getting a bit nicer, and not having been in a tent since August, a wee trip was planned. Originally it was to be a jaunt in the wicklow mountains taking in Duff hill, Mullacleevaughn east top and a camp at Cleevaun Lough. Return would be via Black hill (yes there are two black hills in the area, one in English and one in Anglicised Irish - Black hill and Duff hill). However, this would not pan out due to time and weather. Instead I did Duff hill and dropped down to camp 200m below Cleevaun Lough. A very wise decision.
Anyway, here is the final route
At mid day I was dropped off at the entrance to a Coilte forest plantation. The weather was ...hot and the trail, along forest roads, would be long enough. My pack was rather heavy with 4 litres of water and a can, yes only one, of Bulmers plus food.
In the distance I could see duff hill on the left and the line of hills leading to Mullaghcleevaun on the right
Finally, the forest track ended. I would now be entering Wicklow National park where it is legal to wild camp but first a few obstacles
Forestry machinery makes bogs...
And this fence is easy if you dont have a massive heavy pack. Aforesaid pack was thrown over the fence.
I was now on the stretch to Duff hill. It looked sort of a gentle incline on the map...
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