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Seven Sevens Objective: To climb all seven peaks in the Mourne Mountains that are 700m or more above sea level. (All heights are taken from the 1990 edition of the OS 1:25000 scale map. Other editions show only 6 peaks of over 700m). A distance of 18 miles and 2,495m to climb this is no mean feat!
Following a fixed route walkers will start with Slieve Donard, followed by Slieve Commedagh, Slieve Lamagan, Slieve Binnian, Ben Crom Dam, Meelbeg, Meelmore, Slieve Bearnagh and then back to the finish in Donard park Newcastle.
The event is organised by local walking club Spartan Red Sox
Distance: 18 miles (29km)
Ascent/Descent 8,100 feet (2,495m)
Typical Duration 10-12 hours
Starting Time 7.00-9.00am
Entrance Fee £15.00
Slieve Donard 850m
Slieve Commedagh 765m
Slieve Lamagan 704m
Slieve Binnian 747m
Slieve Meelbeg 708m
Slieve Meelmore 704m
Slieve Bearnagh 727m
Each of the Seven Summits must be visited in the order stipulated above. Navigational skills will be required, especially if weather conditions are poor. Participants must have the ability and experience to use both map and compass.
There is a firm cut-off time of 2:30pm at Ben Crom dam. This is to ensure walkers complete the route before dark. Walkers missing the cut-off will be retired from the walk. WALKERS RETIRING FROM THE WALK MUST TELL THE ORGANISERS ON THEIR RETIREMENT AND ON SAFE RETURN OUT OF THE MOUNTAINS.
Organisation: For safety reasons the walk is only open to those over 18 years of age on the day of the walk. It is intended to have checkpoints at the following positions. Donard summit, Commedagh summit, Hares gap, Col Meelmore/Meelbeg, Bencrom Dam, Binnian summit, Col Binnian/Lamagan. Should it prove to be impossible to man a particular check point then walkers will be advised of this at check-in on the day of the walk. Please do not bring dogs on the walk, since large sections of it cross land grazed by sheep.
Accommodation: Details of accommodation available in the Newcastle area is available at www.discovernorthernireland.com and from Down District Council’s Tourist Information Office in Newcastle, Tel 028 4372 2222, Email email@example.com.
Transport: This is a "circular" walk and therefore walkers may leave their cars in Donard Car Park. The car park is open to the public at all times. Ulsterbus run a “Mourne Rambler” bus during July and August. The route circles the Mournes and may be useful for walkers who have to retire from the walk far from the finish. The timetable is available at http://www.translink.co.uk/ or phone 028 4372 2296.
Disclaimer: Neither the Spartan Red Sox, nor any of its individual members, can be held responsible for any injury, loss or damage howsoever sustained by any participants in the Mourne Seven Sevens Challenge Walk. The club reserves the right to refuse entry to the walk.
Proceeds: Proceeds after expenses are donated to local causes, usually mountain rescue teams and mountain foot path construction projects.
For a first hand account from someone who completed the challenge in 2015 check out the WalkNI blog http://www.outdoorni.com/blog/2015/08/12/taking-on-the-mourne-seven-sevens-challenge/
Participants must have the following: hill walking boots or fell shoes; whistle; waterproof coat & hood/hat; 1:25,000 map of the Mourne Mountains; compass. Food and water are the responsibility of the individual participant. Refreshments will be available at the finishing point.
Entrance Forms: The event is entry on the day and payment must be made at registration in Donard car park. Entry forms are available to download from the Spartan Red Sox website (see link for more info below) and can be filled in prior to the event.