A brief slightly belated note about our trip to the Mournes last week. We activated all of MM-001 through to MM-011, a couple of smaller MMs and two AHs.
In summary, highly recomended. The weather was somewhat variable, but the views were excellent when we could see them (and there were only two of the fifteen summits we did where our time on the summit was completely blocked by clouds). The gorse and the bluebells were particularly good.
It’s a compact range of hills with most of the main hills coming in convenient pairs allowing us to do two summits most days. On some days a combination of challenging routes and/or weather conditions meant we could only do VHF. The only problem noted with VHF was annoying levels of breakthrough on my heldheld which made it harder to monitor S20 for other summits when en route. However the FT-817 had no problems.
Particular thanks to Victor GI4ONL for spotting services, for tips on routes, and for texting other chasers to round up VHF contacts for us.
Now we just need to find time to write up and submit the logs, to enable us to claim Mountain Explorer Bronze. Our other achievement was to have now activated the highest summits in all of G, GM, GW, GD and GI.
Caroline M3ZCB and Martyn M1MAJ