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The Summit of Slieve Bearnagh

Slieve Bearnagh in Northern Ireland’s Mourne mountains is one of my favourite hikes and climbs. Northern Ireland’s fourth highest mountain, Slieve Bearnagh’s summit is crowned by a number of rocky tors and the famous Mourne Wall crosses along the summit from east to west.

The view to Doan Mountain

Our group started along our well worn, traditional route of Trassey track to Hare’s Gap and then embarked on the steep ascent to the North Tor. The weather was stunning enough to need sunscreen yet there was still a thick layer of snow between the North Tor and the Summit Tor; the Summit Tor being a great half way mark to stop for lunch.

Climbing Bearnagh in the angel rays.

Slieve Bearnagh

At 739m above sea level the views across the Mournes from this vantage point are simply stunning. Ben Crom, Slieve Binnian and Doan Mountain are all clearly visible from the steep granite tors. There were a number of lucky photo opportunities along the way with the sun rays beaming down in the climbers making their way from Pollaphuca to the summit.

Lunch on Slieve BearnaghSlieve Bearnagh is probably one of the steepest climbs in the Mournes but the views at the top are definitely worth the effort. The image below was captured using the in-camera panorama mode featured on the Fujifilm X100F and the X-T2 models (but not on the X-Pro2 for some reason).

Bearnagh Panorama

We scrambled our way to the peak of Slieve Bearnagh and you can see Slieve Binnian (below) in the distance across Ben Crom reservoir. All of the images have been processed by with the Lightroom Presets available on this site including some of the bonus presets included the Lightroom Preset Bundle.

The Summit of Slieve Bearnagh

I ventured to the top of Bearnagh equipped with the  Fujifilm X100F in JPG mode so I could use the digital teleconverter mode and the X-T2 with my trusty Fujifilm 16-55mm zoom lens. For trickier climbs one camera would be much easier to manage as the plethora of straps was almost a lethal tangle on the final scramble. One of the best days in the Mournes, a mix of summer and winter in a single day.

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David

David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.

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