I posted an account of the ascent of the notorious Sighty Crag (SB-005) and promised some photos so here they are inserted in some of the previous text: We somehow found the right route through the trees which led to the fence corner where the barbed wire had been removed. Any celebrations were swiftly cancelled when I attempted the steep small slope in high heather and large hidden boulders - and holes.
The second attempt involved the help of the fence and ‘I’m not coming down this way’ thoughts. …Eventually the ground flattened and we plodded on with compass and GPS
We surveyed the far slope and chose a route (the right hand of the two green ‘tracks’ (ie marsh) I believe) and when walking up this I noticed some feathers (not for the squeamish)
and then looked closer
Undaunted we plodded on and discussed which group of boulders were the right ones on the distant skyline (the middle ones). These heights were reached eventually
and some rather pleasant rocks provided a much needed wind break
My location was, inevitably rather more exposed
We then had to retrace our route across the head of the stream - which we did rather accurately (thanks to the GPS) and had a surprise
well the feathers were still there so it was the same spot but the rest wasn’t! We had seen and heard no sign of any hawks or other raptors - was it a fox we had disturbed? Whatever it was, it didn’t want us to interrupt again! Our new route (don’t forget the ‘I’m not coming back this way’ thoughts) involved following the stream down and somehow dealing with following it when it went into quite a deep ravine (I get vertigo) - this required thought!
We wanted to reach the trees just visible at the top left… When we got a bit closer to the top of the rough slope down to the fence there was a slight path which we walked and slid down and reached the fence crossing at the corner once more.
The barbed wire has been removed on the section at the very corner. We then had only an hour or so of flattish track which was very muddy in places thanks to the recent logging (which was still going on as we walked back down to the car).
If you are thinking of visiting then it isn’t that fearsome (a spot of training on Mid Hill in Northern Ireland (GI/ AH-006) might help but we didn’t find any break in the barbed wire there and had to use our thick pipe lagging) and there are obviously a few different approaches - so different that I wonder if we are all actually ascending the same hill! Just keep a careful watch out for any hungry predators - and the odd deep hole!