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ABOUT THE TITLE
It gets more and more interesting: previous upload was called the Bloody Foreland and now I have the Witch Mountain. But this time the title was just my invention. Few years ago there was a movie titled “Race to the Witch Mountain” and I thought it may fit well here with a small modification.
In the reality this mountain is called Errigal.

DID I CLIMB THE PEAK?
I expect some of you may ask if I went to the top. Well I intended but I have turned back. First of all walking in Ireland is kind of tricky as the trails are not marked at all. Secondly: many mountains are surrounded by some boggy areas. Practically it means that the areas are always wet. For example in the Wicklow Mountains there is this lake which has the shape of the heart. Darek1978 presented it in his TE gallery. To get there you have to be ready that you will get immersed in the mud relatively deep. He told me he got his legs completely into the mud. We have attempted to get there several times but after getting into the mud up to ankles we have turned around. Once we spent a whole day searching for a suitable passage. In the end a trail which would take one hour took several hours, but we managed to get there. Here it was same story with the trail to the Errigal summit: it started in a field of bog. We attempted to find a passage but then after seeing people coming back from the mountain who were at least until their waist covered with mud, we decided that we are not as determined. I guess preparing a well marked trail with some rocks making it more passable would encourage people to walk in Irish mountains. But spending time outdoor for obvious reasons is not very popular in Ireland so maybe that is why nobody thought about it yet. Instead they have a well developed pubbing culture as they call it here.

MORE INFO ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN
Mount Errigal, or simply Errigal (Irish: An Earagail, possibly meaning "oratory") is a 751 metres (2,464 ft) mountain near Gweedore in County Donegal. It is the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains, the tallest peak in County Donegal, and the 76th tallest peak in Ireland. Errigal is well-known for the pinkish glow of its quartzite in the setting sun. Another noted quality is the ever-changing shape of the mountain depending on what direction you view it from. Errigal was voted 'Ireland's Most Iconic Mountain' by Walking & Hiking Ireland in 2009.

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