December 15, 2001
Then head straight up into the heart of the mountains , within the hour you should reach a formidable rock plateau, so, this is what the moon looks like.
After you've admired the view you should make haste because there's still a long way to go.
You should see the highest peak right now so you should start climbing right now. Be very careful because the last climb is the most straining of all but the reward is fantastic! You can see all over to Slieve Snaght in the North and to the Slieve League in the west, if it's a clear day, of course.
Now head down carefully to the foot of Lavagh More and start contouring upwards, this is the most important part because if you don't climb enough you'll have a lot of difficulty crossing the tiny rivers which come down the mountain.
When you find yourself directly under the saddle of the mountains Lavagh More and Lavagh Beg, head straight down and you should reach a small dirt road after a strenuous descent. The landscape is very gloomy up here because there are a few desolated houses and absolutely nothing happens. Everything seems dead.
You should go right on the road which goes up and down and is quite tiring for tired legs. The harshest part of the trip begins now : following the road to Fintown.
You can camp in this valley or you can head on to Fintown, which is now roughly 17 kilometres away.
The road to Fintown is nice if you like loneliness and endless sights into the horizon. If you didn't camp in the valley and are still walking, you shouldn't go off the beaten track because the terrain stays very rough, even though there are no more mountains to cross anymore.
When you -eventually- reach Fintown be sure to take your time to admire the beauty of the Lough Finne.
The sunset is fantastic.
From journal Hiking in Donegal