Sorry I can’t contact you while you complete your task on SM-002 and SM-001 but it sounds as if you will continue to get (mostly) good weather. We chose to do those two on the best day available (ie we didn’t get rained on) but did Sawel first and then 002, a much harder walk, afterwards but we weren’t finishing the GI task like you will be. Many congrats and hope the lobster bisque/Guinness cocktail tastes good on the summit! Did you finish the Mournes by reaching Eagle Mt (MM-008) as I found a champagne cork up there on our recent ascent??
Glad you liked Pat Larry’s Cottage which is very comfortable and I am just sorry that we have done almost all the nearby summits so it would be a long drive to those round Londonderry and also Enniskillen (not to mention Trostan) which still remain on the list. However we do still have Mullaghash GI/SM-008 to do, and you, like others don’t sound as if it will be an enjoyable experience. Thanks for the tip NOT to look for a better route down!
However we cannot agree on your assessment of GM-004 and SM-007. We started up Carnanelly (004) expecting great problems but took a route Rod had found online (up the track, into the forest, take the first ride on the right, over the fence and stream and onto the open moorland and walk up sort of beside the forest ;then keep on up) which we repeated on the way down and arrived back at the car with dry feet and having had a rather pleasant walk (OK it didn’t rain which was rather unexpected).
About a week earlier we had driven to Slieve Gallion (007) and parked as high as possible and embarked on the track towards the summit. We found little yellow markers to follow, crossed the fence (large warning notice) and aimed for the summit in cloud and gathering drizzle. Once again Rod was unable to use HF as it was absolutely pouring down at the summit so we huddled in the lee of a peat hag with VX-7, dipole and (fairly) waterproof notebook. Many thanks to our marvellous band of followers who ensured we qualified 2m and 70cm (yes, both) before packing up and squelching back to the car on a far wetter track than before. Just before we reached dry land the mist lifted, the rain stopped and we could see the mast on the far summit again but it still didn’t become a favourite summit! OK I can see I am biased by the weather conditions as well as the actual route - and how many times we fell down holes or even performed laden somersaults (SM-017 Oughtmore - once)
Congratulations from us both