Hillwalking In The Sperrins (Part 2)

Continuing the account of my Sperrin walk from Part 1, I had reached the top of Mullaclogher, the first peak of the day, and I now turned my attention east to Mullaghasturrakeen, having decided at this point to leave Mullaghcarbatagh in the west, until another day.

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Looking to Mullaghasturrakeen with Mullaghclogha behind.

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The fence is a useful navigational aid in the event of bad weather.

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Reaching the lowpoint between the two mountains, and looking back the way I came, at Mullaghclogher.

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Looking north over Tyrone and Derry. It was still quite hazy at this point in the day, due to Saharan sand borne on the wind, although I did not know this was the reason until the following day. I found that in the warm sun, my exertions were causing sweat to rise on my forehead and face, and I could feel a grittiness as I wiped it away, which puzzled me. It was aslo causing my lips and throat to become very dry. Little did I know how far the grit and sand had travelled.

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Looking back again to Mullaghclogher.

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Looking southwest along the flanks of Mullaghclogher and Mullaghaterrive and the Glenelly Valley behind.

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More views of the eastern side of Mullaghclogher.

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North to Co. Derry.

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The sky reflected in a colourful bog pool on the slopes of Mullaghasturrakeen.

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Increasing altitude revealing more of the Glenelly Valley.

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Mullaclogher receding behind me in the west.

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The haze beginning to clear a little more to the north.

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Looking west from near the summit.

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And south.

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Arriving at the summit of Mullaghasturrakeen, 581m high. Nothing to mark this summit except this meeting of fences, but amazing views and a great walk to get here. The views were fuelling me on, and I was already looking east again to the next target, Mullaclogha. I will cover that part of the walk in Part 3.

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