A few days off meant a trip into the Mournes and the 11km loop to the top of Slieve Binnian. It really is a great little hike with stunning views of the mountains taking in both Ben Crom reservoir and the Blue Lough. I was venturing out with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and 16-55mm f/2.8 lens nicely attached to my Millican rucksack thanks to a brand new Peak Design ‘Capture Clip’ purchased at the Photography Show.
The sun was shining as we made our way to the Mournes and it was still reasonably bright (and warm) on arriving at the lower Mourne Wall along the edge of the Annalong Forest. Once we reached 500m we hit thick cloud and our hope that we would eventually break through the fog toward the pinnacle was very short lived.
Stopping for lunch at the top it was cold and wet with visibility down to less than a meter, it was only that we heard voices that we discovered there were other climbers also taking a break at the top.
Navigating from the main mountain to the North tor was tricky and it was a relief to the see the granite pillars as we made our approach to the North side of the mountain. Navigating in these conditions is particularly tricky so it was reassuring to have the ViewRanger GPS app as a guide.
Climbing Slieve Binnian
As far as visibility was concerned, it was only as we descended back below 500m that we were offered any sort of view of the Mournes. The view of Binnian Lough (above) was reassuring as we made our way on to Ben Crom. You can download this route and follow me on ViewRanger here.
It was great to have something to capture and it was great to have the X-Pro2 easily accessible thanks to the Peak Design clip on my rucksack strap. The clips is especially liberating when it came to climbing up the rocks at the top of Binnian. You can also read about my trip to the top of Slieve Donard with the X-Pro2 here.
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