Errigal 2

I left my first post on my ascent of Errigal just below the summit.  Here, I’ll continue on to the top.

 

 

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A steep drop to the east.

 

 

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Looking back.

 

 

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Looking southwest.

 

 

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Lough Nacung

 

 

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On the summit at last.

 

From a distance and some perspectives, Errigal appears conical, with a pointed summit.  In fact, it has two summits close together.  I was now standing on the southern top, the higher of the two, with the only slightly lower northern top 30 or 40 metres away.  The photo above shows the the narrow path dropping down and rising again to the second top.

 

 

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Looking east as I crossed the path to the second summit.  I have seen the path referred to as “one man’s path”, and it is narrow, with fairly steep drops on either side, but although it is exhilarating, it is not really dangerous.

 

 

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Looking down the west side from one man’s path.

 

 

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And the other side.

 

 

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You don’t have to be spiderman to get over the pass, but it helps!  This was on the other side of the pass, having reached the second summit.  The cap was one of several “offerings” left by people clearly impressed with Errigal.  Some had left candles and other small items.

 

 

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A look north, where the line of fog I had seen in the west can also be seen extending round the northern coast.

 

 

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A look back to the first summit.

 

 

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You can clearly see one man’s pass here, and see that it isn’t that bad despite its fearful name.

 

 

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Lough Nacung disappearing into the distance.

 

 

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Another look northwest.

 

 

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Moving back across the path to the first summit and looking down to the southeast.

 

 

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Back on the first, highest summit.

 

 

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Making my way back down again, passing one of the many, large cairns.

 

 

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The striking Aghla More mountains and Altan Lough.

 

 

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A little further down the mountain.

 

 

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Back at the bottom, and making my way around the western side of Errigal to the north Donegal coast.  Time for a last look back across the drying turf.

 

 

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