A busy week in the hills

Its been a busy few days, I spent Monday to Friday working on an ML assessment for Tollymore. Monday and Tuesday were spent in the mournes looking at general navigation and steep ground work, the weather was a real mixed bag, with rain, sleet and snow all making an appearance!
Wednesday morning saw us heading to donegal for a 3 day expedition in the blue stacks. For the guys being assessed this can be a pretty full on experience, 3 days of constant navigation, both day and night can be hard enough without the added pressure of  knowing theres always someone observing your decisions. It was an excellent effort from the guys to go through the whole week and still be smiling at the end! Thankfully the weather was on our side, giving us three days of excellent views and lots of sunshine.

The team on their steep ground day, great views down the trassy track towards Spellack
Day 1 in the Bluestacks
Great views of are campsite beside Lough Belshade

In between working I’ve managed to get ou and a have a few wee adventures of my own. Tuesday night myself and a few of the staff from Tollymore went for a paddle in strangford lough. Leaving Strangford village we caught the ebbing tide down and out the mouth of the lough, then paddled down along the coast to Ballyhornan. Although the air temperature was a little bit on the chilly side it was a fantastic night, and we arrived in Ballyhornan under a sky full of stars, a great way to spend an evening.
Today I headed out for a bit of climbing with Graham and Steve. We headed up to pigeon and managed to squeeze four routes in before having to head home. Its the first time I’ve been out on rock climbing for myself since getting home from Scotland, so it was good to get out with the guys for a bit of climbing, and a bit of craic, a great end to the week.

The last of the light fading on Strangford
Jonny enjoying the flow
Graham stylin on rainbow warrior
Graham and steve enjoying the steep but positive climbing on the front face
Topping out in the sunshine, prime!

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