Brown’s Hill and Croaghnageer Mountain (Part 3)

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Having reached the summit of Croaghnageer, I wasn’t leaving without taking plenty of time to appreciate the views.

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Looking West from the frozen top, over Lough Eske, Donegal Bay and Benbulbin

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Time for a few last shots from the summit of Croaghnageer, and to start back down.  I decided to go via a minor top on Croaghnageer, to the Northeast.

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The lower top had its own small cairn.

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At this point, the sun broke through again, and lit up the ground around me and the mountains to the North, as I made my way back to Brown’s Hill.

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Back on Brown’s Hill.

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What I thought was a final shot from Brown’s Hill.  Croaghonagh catches the last rays of the sun.  It was time to put the camera away and get back to the road while I could still see.

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I had almost reached the forestry road again, and knowing I could follow that back to the N15 and the car, even if darkness fell, I paused for once last shot, across the bog to a pastel sunset over Croaghonagh and Croaghconnellagh.

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The Forestry road seemed to have mysteriously lengthened since I walked up it earlier that day, but at last, in complete darkness I reached the main road.  My feet were sore and my toes had taken a hammering due to wearing wellies.  My knees were complaining loudly, and my arms ached from carrying the tripod all day.  My shoulders were also in pain from a rubbish backpack.  But it was still worth it.  I had a deep sense of contentment and sastisfaction, and there was nothing like experiencing the mountains in the Wintery conditions.

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