Hill Skills: 1st – 2nd November

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    Hill Skills:

    Mourne Cottage has been booked this weekend from Friday – Sunday for the club. I am aware that Friday evening is Halloween, and as such people will be out socialising etc.

    I’m proposing to head down on Saturday morning to Hen/Pigeon area and go for a walk, and cover some navigation for those who are a bit rusty. Finish at around 6ish, and stay at the cottage for a few beers and a bit of banter. Sunday, if the weather is decent perhaps go out and do a bit of climbing up around Lower Cove.

    Post below if you are game?

    My big limitation is that I do not drive, so spaces will be limited to how many cars we can get to go.


    I love this! Me and Michael were thinking of heading down on Saturday after work and stay for Sunday possibly?


    Cool – waiting to see how many cars will be going down! I’m not super hopeful at the minute on account of it being Halloween weekend. Have checked with Rooney to see if he is game to drive down.


    Great success for the first hill skills weekend in the Mournes, many more to come!


    Shit was so cash.


    Hill Skills: 1st – 2nd November 2014

    Attendees (Saturday Night): Niall Browne, Michael Fyfe, Cecilia Mariani, Myles Gray and Sarah Bufkin.
    Attendees (Sunday Morning): Andrew Woods and Chris McKavanagh.

    A great success on the first Hill Skills session for the year.

    Saturday Evening:

    The plan was pretty simple. Meet at Fyfe/Myles’ apartment, grab walking gear and sleeping gear and pile into two cars whilst all around us outside, the world tried to drown us. Simples! Stopped in Tesco Newtownbreda for the essentials (food and fine ales… in Myles and Sarah’s case – “Poncy food!”)

    Managed to get a full bale of peat briquettes for free – silly cashier!

    Whilst Myles and Sarah took a detour to bandit country to collect a pair of walking boots for our American chum, myself, Cecilia and Fyfe made for the Mourne Cottage and got the fire going. With dinner and a couple of beers later, it was time to introduce me to the wondrous game that is “Cards against Humanity!” Described as “tailor made for you Niall,” we enjoyed several hours of some of the most disgustingly outrageous statements. I won’t go any further except to say people in Liverpool would be justified in lynching me…

    Bed by 3.30 (ish…). Content!

    Sunday Morning:

    Woke at 9am to Andrew knocking on the door. After several cups of tea and copious amounts of toasties (and no that is not the wrong way around), we tidied the cottage and made for the Western Mournes. The plan was quite simple, a dander up Hen Mountain, over to Cock Mountain and dropping back down to the main track through the valley. With perfect weather this was a good opportunity to focus entirely on navigation with a map without using a compass.

    Nice day out ending with some ice-cream and a coffee in Mauds in Newcastle. Myles and Fyfe took Newcastle for their team in some awesome sounding “Capture-the-flag” game, so all in all a good day was had!


    Looking forward to the next outing (which will be soon, provided I have nothing on!)

    Niall (Mountaineering Officer)



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