As with most camps I set out after work to the Mournes. Unfortunately this drive usually takes over an hour but thanks to the clocks moving forward I had an hour more of daylight available to me.
I parked in Trassey Road car park and made my way up Trassey track toward Hares Gap. The weather was not good. There was considerable wind in my face and it was starting to rain. The cloud level was down almost to the level of Hares Gap itself. I was well prepared for the weather though and knew that the heaviest of the rain would be overnight, after I was tucked up in the tent so I plodded onwards and upwards in the hope of having the tent pitched before dark. I turned left at Hares Gap and followed the Mourne Wall up onto Slievenaglough. As always I had picked my camping spot based on forecasted wind speed and direction. Based on this I camped on the eastern peak.
For the early part of the night there was quite a strong wind blowing onto the tent from the south but I knew that this would change through the night and blow from the west and I would be well sheltered behind the wall. The forecasted heavy rain arrived as expected and along with the strong wind was quite soothing outside the tent while I was going to sleep. Temperatures were also much higher than recent camps which also made for a more comfortable night.
I camped on the Eastern peak of Slievenaglough.
Low cloud, wind and rain as I hiked up toward Hares Gap.
Not much of a view from the next morning as the weather was similar to the previous evening.
I slept well through the night. The next morning was very similar to the night before. The wind was a little lighter but there was still thick cloud and occasional rain. Periodically I would get a small glimpse of the view as the cloud lifted slightly over my campsite while I was packing up.
Check out my long term plan to camp on all of the Mourne 500’s here