Rockclimbing Tuesdays

 

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Weekly club rockclimbing sessions will begin on Tues June 7th at Rocklands, weather permitting. Access is from Mulgannon.
This is a great opportunity to try out a new activity or to build on skills already learned.
Many members have learned and fine tuned their skills on this crag and gone further afield to climb in Wicklow, Dalkey Quarry, Ballykeeffe, The Burren plus numerous other venues around Ireland. Crags in Wales, Scotland, the Lake District in the UK and Spain have also been climbed on club trips.
The club owns a small number of helmets and harnesses, so it is easy to come along and have a try and see if you like it!
Sessions will begin around 6.00pm and continue until almost dark!
Non members are more than welcome to try out for one night.
E mail club secretary for more details.
Members planning on coming along who do not have their own equipment should contact Paul or Colette in advance so that gear is available. There will be a small fee each night towards the upgrading of club equipment.

Great Linear Walk Wicklow

Helen and Ger organised a most enjoyable hike from Ballinagee Bridge , initially along St. Kevin’s Way and then up the Gleenreemore Brook  to the Art O Neill memorial and then up to Art’s Cross and back to Glendalough via Lough Firrib, Turlough Hill and Camaderry – 17 k in total with much sunshine and some showers but with the wind in our backs even the rain was not unpleasant !

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Recounting the story of Escape from Dublin Castle 1592

Wexford to Donegal for Women with Altitude 2016

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Some Wexford members travelled to Donegal for the WWA 2016 week end. The theme for the event was ‘Realise your potential’.                                     Weather conditions were perfect with hardly a cloud to be seen for three days. The beautiful Donegal landscape energised the participants greatly.

The programme gave opportunities for climbing (beginner or experienced) at Gola Island and Cruit. Navigation upskilling, Scrambling the North ridge of Errigal, Environmental walks, Coasteering, studies of the Night Sky and numerous workshops on Sunday morning were also on the agenda.
The base for the event was Gartan Outdoor Education centre and the staff and hospitality could not have been better.

 

New Horizon for Many !

Yesterday’s easy walk , expertly led by Pauline and Sylvia (so said since visibility for the ascent was very limited and map and compass were much in evidence !) took club members to a rarely walked part of the Knockmealdown range , namely Knockshanahullion.  The effort required to get to the top was well rewarded with a welcome lunch break in the shelter of the magnificent Bronze Age burial mound at the top and a simultaneous clearing of the mist and cloud to give a magnificent all round view of the surrounding peaks and counties !

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Modern Dolmen !
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View from top after mist and rain clears!

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Donegal : May Bank Holiday Weekend

Following on the success of last year’s trip to Donegal, Mick Kielty again organised this year’s trip that was blessed with good weather unlike the horrendous conditions experienced last year when attempting the Joey Glover route from Muckish to Errigal. A group of twenty club members booked into the welcoming Teach Jack in Bunbeg on the Friday evening and after a hearthy breakfast on the Saturday they headed to Dunlewy for a circuit through the Poisoned Glen to the summit of Sliabh Sneacht and a steep descent to the walk out along the Devlin River valley : a 9 hour day out amidst magnificent scenery capped by perfect visibility.

Sunday was a rest day for most with the few hardy members tackling Errigal before watching the hurling league final! The majority went to Aranmore for a circuit of the island which took in the highest point at 226 m. Not to be outdone some members did Errigal on the way back on Monday but with gusty winds decided not to attempt the final short ridge to the summit ! WhatsApp-Image-20160430 (1) WhatsApp-Image-20160430 (2) WhatsApp-Image-20160430 (3) WhatsApp-Image-20160430 (4) WhatsApp-Image-20160430 (5) WhatsApp-Image-20160430 (6) WhatsApp-Image-20160430WhatsApp-Image-20160505

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Dunlewy Church of Ireland ruin