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Slieve Foy one patrols quest for the summit

The Saturday morning dawned calm and crispy with a forecast of no rain; A late winters day of unremarkable but pleasant conditions. In all other respects it was a spectacular day for the Wolf Patrol of 1st Louth scouts, Dundalk.

Five scouts aged between 11 and 16 (along with two leaders) left the cosy confines of their centrally heated homes and made their way to Carlingford in an attempt to summit Slieve Foy (aka Carlingford mountain) standing tall at 588 metres high, just under 1930 feet for those who think of old.

At 11.00 am the Col between Barnavave and Slieve Foy was reached and it was time to take a break to refuel the bodies before an attempt at the summit was made. The views were breath taking gazing northeast to the Mournes and their snow capped peaks, southwest to the town of Dun Dealgan at the mouth of Castletown river. One could only imagine similar views that filled the eyes of Cuchulainn during his lifetime.

The weather was kind and the patrol of five made their way to the peak, scrambling amongst the rocks and boulders, passing by frozen ponds in places over an inch frozen solid. On the way down the north face, which was white with ice and frost, one could gaze at streams flowing over boulders frozen by the January chill and stalactites 4 feet in length were once liquid flowed.

On reaching the forest park the patrol meandered down track to the medieval village of Carlingford from where their expedition began that morning.

If you are aged between 8 and 18, or your child you are eligible to join one of these scout sections. If you or your child is interested in joining the scouts please contact Gerry Finnegan on phone 087 7839649