Wicklow Mountains 5th October 2019

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EI/IE-002, Mullaghcleevaun – 849m, 10 points

From the car park there is a clear track South almost to the summit of Black Hill. Follow this and then continue up to the top of the hill.  From the summit there is an obvious track leading South East over to Mullaghcleevaun itself.  Follow this where possible although it is mostly over peat bog.  The track disappears in places and you will need to resort to the compass unless it’s a clear day and you can see the top.  When I did this route in October 2019 the path was very wet and many times it was easier to parallel the path rather than trying to follow it.  The summit of Mullaghcleevaun is a large flat top marked by a trig point and a number of large boulders looming out of the mist.  I set up the station at the trig point and soon worked nine contacts including Dec in Dublin and also into Northern Ireland and Wales.

EI/IE-002, Mullaghcleevaun Log

The return back to the car is just a reversal of the route up although I did skirt around the summit of Black Hill, I don’t think this really helped as the going was very rough, next time I think I will just go over the top again on the way back.

Journey Details

Date – 5th October 2019

Parking (Grid) – O 043 108

Parking (Lat/Long) – 53.138243 -6.4409789

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 50W PA

Antenna – 2 Element Yagi

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 9

SOTA points – 10

Group – Myself

Distance – 11.6Km

Parking Height – 440m

Summit Height – 849m

Time Total –  3h 29m

Time Up 1h 35m

Time Down 1h 17m

EI/IE-014, Sorrel Hill – 599m, 6 points

Having done Mullaghcleevaun in the morning, Sorrel Hill is just the other side of the road so makes a nice easy finish for the day.  It is an easy route up an obvious track and not as wet as Mullaghcleevaun.

There is a nice cairn on the top where I set up my station and soon had another eight contacts in the log.

EI/IE-014, Sorrel Hill Log

Journey Details

Date – 5th October 2019

Parking (Grid) – O 043 108

Parking (Lat/Long) – 53.138243 -6.4409789

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 50W PA

Antenna – 2 Element Yagi

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 8

SOTA points – 6

Group – Myself

Distance – 2.45Km

Parking Height – 440m

Summit Height – 599m

Time Total –  1h 09m

Time Up h 23m

Time Down 0h 14m

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