My legs are aching a bit and my arms are covered in midge bites but apart from that I’m in pretty good shape after climbing the Reek yesterday. PJ and myself had a hugely enjoyable day on the mountain – we set off from the car park at ten and reached the summit a little over two hours later. We stayed up at the top until two in the afternoon, and spent our time up there relaxing, refueling and admiring the majestic views. We were in no rush on the way down either and we made it back to the car by around four o’clock.
I had intended to stick up a load of pictures here today but unfortunately I fell on my hole halfway down and although I only suffered a dent to my pride, my lovely Panasonic Lumix – which was in my back pocket and so took the full force of the fall – wasn’t quite so lucky. The camera is, by the looks of it, buggered but I’m hopeful I’ll still be able to rescue from the memory card the hundred or so photos I’d taken and, if I manage to do this, I’ll post some of them here over the next few days. In the meantime, all I have to show for my efforts is this one I took with my iPhone and, of course, there’s also the audio piece I did from the summit. However, as I said on the audio, pictures tell this particular story far better than words so hopefully mine didn’t go wallop when I lost my footing on the way down.
That was the only glitch on an otherwise perfect day. Anyone who has done the Reek doesn’t need telling about who wonderful it feels to reach the summit and how magnificent the views are from up there. For those of you that haven’t yet done it, my advice would be to do the climb at the earliest possible opportunity. In fact, the time to do it is right now while the weather is as good as it is. You won’t regret it and you won’t forget the experience in a hurry either.