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On Saturday 29th August 2020, our walking group welcomed along a number of new faces for our annual invitational hike. This time round, we decided to take a quick jaunt up Slieve Doan and were fortunate to get some great weather following a week of wind and rain. This trek was originally intended to be a sunset expedition but was changed to a morning start instead.
Ryan Hadley, one of our ‘new regulars’, shared a bit about the day…
What can I say? From start to finish the weather was lovely: the sun was shining and we felt a fresh (and early) autumnal wind as we trekked Doan. There were lots of new faces – numbers were up, which is good to see!
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Shortly after meeting at Ott car park, our leaders went right to work separating us into smaller groups (the safety of our members is our top priority); groups then took off at intervals. Everyone was in high spirits – Doan was our goal for the day and we began by heading up Ott track towards the col between Slieve Loughshannagh and Carn Mountain. We also had a minor discussion about the proper pronunciation of ‘Doan’ – glad we got that sorted out at the start!
Everything went as it should. We all went at a nice leisurely pace, took our time and stopped every now and again to check everybody was ok (and to admire the scenery along the way, of course).
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After crossing the stile we followed a familiar trail along the base of Slieve Loughshannagh, down past Lough Shannagh itself through the turf stacks and finally on up to the summit of Doan.
I don’t know about everybody else, but for me the view from the summit of Doan is what it’s all about. You’re on top of world: stunningly beautiful views in every direction, fresh air in your lungs, and the buzz you get from checking another mountain off the list. If this isn’t living, I don’t know what is!
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