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Multi Pitch Climbing inThe Mournes

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I spent last weekend multi pitch climbing in the beautiful Mourne Mountains of Co. Down. 
Day 1 was spent climbing on Slieve Beg at the head of the Annalong Valley in glorious sunshine – an amazing spot!

Day 2 was spent shivering on the Bearnagh Slabs!!!  Here’s a few pics:

The Mourne Mountains are a granite mountain range in County Down in the south-east of Northern Ireland. It includes the highest mountains in Northern Ireland and the province of Ulster. The highest of these is Slieve Donard at 850 metres. The Mournes is an area of outstanding natural beauty and has been proposed as the first national park in Northern Ireland. The area is partly owned by the National Trust. The name Mourne (historically spelt Morne) is derived from the name of a Gaelic clann or sept called the Múghdhorna.

 Following a fundraising drive in 1993, the National Trust purchased nearly 1,300 acres (5.3 km2) of land in the Mournes. This included a part of Slieve Donard and nearby Slieve Commedagh, at 767 metres  the second-highest mountain in the area.

The Mourne Wall is among the more famous features in the Mournes. It is a 35 kilometres dry-stone wall that crosses fifteen summits, constructed to define the boundaries of the 36 square kilometres area of land purchased by the Belfast Water Commissioners in the late 1800s. This followed a number of Acts of Parliament allowing the sale, and the establishment of a water supply from the Mournes to the growing industrial city of Belfast. Construction of the Mourne Wall was started in 1904 and was completed in 1922.