So, the day came, Thursday 6th July 2017, the day we would complete every prominent hill in Northern Ireland. This meant a lot to Jimmy M0HGY; his mum - my XYL Marianne, is originally from Larne in County Antrim, and he is very proud of his Irish heritage. We made an earlier start than we had been doing at the cottage, recognising that a proper mountain day lay ahead. We drove up to the B47 road and then north onto the minor road up to its highest point, approximately 435m ASL, between Mullaghdoo and Mullaghclogha GI/SM-002 to the West, and Dart Mountain and Sawel Mountain GI/SM-001 to the East.
Straight away there was a tricky little section to negotiate, with a rather treacherous little path passing the cattle grid on the road pass. Most of the rest of the way was straightforward enough, following the ridge line to Mullaghclogha summit with just a few sections of bog and peat hag on which to take extra care. The walk was about 4km each way. We reached the summit, which was featureless apart from a fence and a tiny cairn, almost hidden by the grasses in which it sat.
It was another comfortable qualification for Jimmy MI0HGY/P on his favoured 2m FM. He now had the prospect of completing a SOTA trip to Northern Ireland and achieving all objectives on VHF for the first time in many years. I returned to 5MHz and found the band more active this time, making 9 contacts, and, for once, more than one on CW!
We retraced our route back to the car on the pass, and had our lunch in there. In fact I saved some pack weight by actually leaving the flask of soup in the car. Jimmy packed a couple of extra celebratory items into our packs, then we set off for Sawel Mountain GI/SM-001, which would be our GI SOTA completion.