BARF Club and Family members show their support for Mourne Mountain Rescue Team (MMRT)

On Friday 31st July a number of BARF members and family met at Donard carpark for a trek to the summit of Slieve Donard 852m, Northern Ireland’s highest mountain. ’OH NO, I hear you shout, not another charity event up Donard!!! But this was a walk with a difference. The plan was to start off at 10pm and reach the summit just before midnite, and experience the wonders of the Bluemoon whilst sharing a refreshment or two with like minded friends. And make a donation in the MMRT bucket at the start.
Torrential rain had plaqued the day, but on approach to Newcastle we were greeted with breaking cloud giving way to blue skies and a stunning sunset. On the climb up the Glen river, we were treated to the ’Bluemoon’ in all its splendour just above Thomas mountain. On reaching the col, a line of headtorched walkers approached the summit being drawn in by the bright light beyond. Unfortunately cloud rolled in from the West crawling down Commedagh and stretching across to Donard, thus hiding our expected view of the moon. However, from time to time, there were breaks in the cloud and the Bluemoon teased us as we rushed to get photos.

Just past midnite, we finished our refreshments and the 50+ walkers bid farewell to the summit cairn and made our way down back to the carpark. On reaching the forest, the cloud had disappeared and the Bluemoon could be viewed in all its glory, laughing at us as we descended and providing spectular scenery on the surrounding hills.BIG Thanks to all BARFERS and family for the great craic, and more importantly showing our support as a club for the MMRT.