Hares Gap with the X100T

Just back from a few days in the beautiful Mourne Mountains. This was my first visit in over 20 years and actually the first time that I ventured further than the edges of Tollymore Forest.

Two days previous we had climbed to the summit of Slieve Donard (future blog post coming) and as we started our early morning walk the legs certainly felt it. While I was carrying all of my Fuji kit in the Mindshift Rotation Pro 180 (3 bodies, 10-24, 18-135, 100-400) it was the X100T which had most use throughout the day.

As well as getting out into the mountains with Nicola, I was using the trip as a recon exercise for future photography and wild camping trips, and I found both in bucket loads. What an incredible place the Mourne Mountains are.

Once again the X100T came up trumps, although I think I’ll invest in a quick release plate to attach the camera to my camera bag / ruck sack to avoid something hanging around my neck.

After a quick brew up at Hares Gap we made our way down to The Shelter Stone which overlooks Ben Crom Reservoir, a perfect spot for lunch. I had packed the Jetboil zip, and despite the warm conditions a hot and spicy tomato soup went down an absolute treat. After consulting the landscape before me and my OS map I decided the best route out was to stay central and follow the path towards the Brandy Pad (path). Nicola isn’t the best with heights so we took our time and enjoyed the views.

From here it was a case of retracing our steps back to the Mourne Wall at Hares Gap and making our way back down to the car park. That first cold beer in the evening was very welcome indeed.

I’ve certainly come away with a head full of potential photographic ideas and cannot wait to get back up into the Mournes to explore further.

All images shot on the X100T with Classic Chrome film simulation.

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Crossing the Mourne Wall (Mourne Way Route) 
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Vastness 
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Climbers Paradise 
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The route up to Hares Gap
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Nicola almost at the top
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Typical Mournes
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Heavenly Light over Ben Crom Reservoir 
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Striding Onward (to the Shelter Stone)
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Heather filled landscape
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Tumbling down 
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Ben Crom
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Nicola taking in the views
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Light on Land
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Pockets of Light
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Making our way back down 

 

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