A heads up.
For prospective (and current) GI activators, BBC NI is broadcasting the series, Ar Scáth na Sléibhte (In the Shadow of the Mountain).
Last night, Episode 1 Features GI/CA-001 towards the end of the programme, on the tour of the Ring of Gullion.
(Don’t worry there are subtitles for those who don’t speak the lingo)
Tks for the tip. We haven’t sorted out our itinerary yet but I expect MM-001 will feature in our plans.
Regarding midges I, along with Phil G4OBK and Geoff 2E0NON were attacked on Dow Crag a couple of years ago and I was attacked by large flies with Geoff 2E0NON and Derek 2E0MIX on Heughscar Hill while doing WOTAs so I try to remember to carry a suitable spray can.
I have just watched the programme on my laptop with some funny looks from the xyl as the Gaelic words filled the living room!
Just a quick update.
Series 2 of Ar Scáth na Sléibhte is now available on iPlayer.
Episode 1 is based in the Antrim hills and finishes with Cormac ascending Trostan (GI/AH-001) (25’).
Episode 2 takes in the border summit of Cuilagh, EI-IN-006. This is one worth watching. It’s only been activated once by Aage, LA1ENA, and now there is a new boardwalk to the top so anyone can do it! (21’)
Episode 3 - Finishes with an ascent of Slieve Foyle, EI/IE-015 (25’)
Finally, Episode 4 takes in my home stomping grounds. Divis, GI/AH-004 features heavily from about 10’. Closer to home for me, and a far nicer hilltop, but unfortunately not P150, is Cavehill where Cormac ends up. This is an awesome hill, but not one for the faint hearted if you get too near the edge! Known locally as Napoleon’s Nose.
In the cave that he stops in on the way up, me and a friend found a stash of explosives when were about 12 years old!
I may have a chance to activate Divis and perhaps Trostan this weekend…
Recommend watching the whole programmes, but if not, times (in brackets) are when the Summits appear.
English subtitles as before.
Overseas visitors will need to access via UK VPN!
Well the best laid plans and all that!
Last Saturday was one stormy day, and although I planned to activate Knocklayd (GI/AH-002), when I awoke to a snowstorm and severe gales that morning, the plans went out the window!
I still visited the North Coast, just to check that the wind made it difficult to stand up at sea level, and admire the beauty.
It’s Runkerry Beach just down the road from Victor (GI4ONL) at Portbalintrae, and next to a famous Distillery
Whitepark Bay is further round to the east.
Knocklayd was a non starter that day. The mountain forecast predicted 90-100 mph gusts on the top and -6ºC.
It looked lovely from a distance - all white.
I’ve only ever visited GI once and that was to change planes so I never left the airport. However, that beach photo pushes it onto the places that I really do need to visit and bag some summits. Pete’s breakfast photo also adds to the desire!