Slieve Donard May 2012 Glen River 23/05/2012

Donard View of Slieve Donard from the start point in Newcastle
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Donard
View of Slieve Donard from the start point in Newcastle
The Target Slieve Donard is the furthest away
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The Target
Slieve Donard is the furthest away
Easy Start A gentle walk in the woods after leaving the car park starts the walk
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Easy Start
A gentle walk in the woods after leaving the car park starts the walk
Going Uphill The path starts to slope upwards
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Going Uphill
The path starts to slope upwards
Glen River The path crosses the river at this point
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Glen River
The path crosses the river at this point
Rough Going The path then starts to get a little rougher
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Rough Going
The path then starts to get a little rougher
More Woods Onward and upward...
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More Woods
Onward and upward...
Scramble The path becomes more of a scramble
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Scramble
The path becomes more of a scramble
Dangerous When Wet These rocks can be quite slippery if it rains
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Dangerous When Wet
These rocks can be quite slippery if it rains
Let's Be Careful Out There Some parts of the path have steep drops
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Let's Be Careful Out There
Some parts of the path have steep drops
Steps Parts of the path have steps to climb
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Steps
Parts of the path have steps to climb
Out comes the sun A few minutes into the walk the mist lifted and the sun started to come out
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Out comes the sun
A few minutes into the walk the mist lifted and the sun started to come out
Blue Skies As we left the woods blue skies were order of the day
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Blue Skies
As we left the woods blue skies were order of the day
Ice House The old Ice House (on the left) near the top of the treeline
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Ice House
The old Ice House (on the left) near the top of the treeline
End of the woods The view of Slieve Donard from just below the Ice House
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End of the woods
The view of Slieve Donard from just below the Ice House
The Valley No more trees... it can be a bit windy from here on
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The Valley
No more trees... it can be a bit windy from here on
Make the most of it This is the last easy stretch...from this point on it's uphill all the way
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Make the most of it
This is the last easy stretch...from this point on it's uphill all the way
Time check To arrive at this point takes about 45 mins from the car park. It's then about another 1 hr 45 mins to the summit
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Time check
To arrive at this point takes about 45 mins from the car park. It's then about another 1 hr 45 mins to the summit
Glorious Weather Unfortunately it's not always this sunny
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Glorious Weather
Unfortunately it's not always this sunny
Footpath From here to the top the path is mostly rough footpath like this
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Footpath
From here to the top the path is mostly rough footpath like this