Despite the weather , 28 club members turned up for the annual mince pie and mulled wine walk in the Blackstairs last Sunday. Expertly led by Ger the group took the traditional route up to the summit of Blackstairs Mountain at 735 metres and within sight of Caher Roe’s Den turned east  and dropped lower to contour around the mountain.

The damp weather at lower levels began to take on a seasonal snowy look higher up !
Lunch in the slightly more comfortable lee of the hill !
Climbing out of Askinvillar Stream (The Gully of the Cress : Easca an Bhiolair )
The Route (after which mince pies and some mulled wine for the non drivers !