Visitors to this web site are reminded that hill walking, climbing and rambling are activities that can be dangerous and may result in personal injury or death. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.
A number of members will travel to Awesome Walls, Dublin, this Saturday, November 17th. This is a good opportunity to explore the climbing/bouldering possibilities for the Winter. Non members are welcome to come along. The club group will be there from about 12.00 to 17.00. Check the Awesome Walls web page for info on costs, photos etc. Contact Paul or Colette for further details.
Today’s 1 boot route started at the Shay Elliott monument car park, headed to Cullentra, Braigue Mt and then across the Derrybawn Ridge with amazing views to Mullacor, Glendalough, Turlough Hill and the Irish Sea! After a short stop for lunch in the shelter from the crisp NW wind the group continued Eastwards and then South to the Military Road. The track up the ‘Old Military Road’ brought the group back to the forestry on Little Braigue Mt and out near the Shay Elliott car park. The 11 km route with approx 400m of height gain posed no problems to the new members and are already planning their future mountain exploits!
A group of 7 successfully completed the club based Mountain Skills Assessment last wk end in the Comeraghs. Conditions on Saturday were as difficult as any Mt Skills group should ever have to deal with. Continuous drizzle, and heavier rain at times, together with very windy, gusty conditions demanded high levels of skill and resilience from this group to keep their cool and retain focused. The team had prepped well in the last number of weeks practicing their night navigation, some of which was also in poor weather.
The assessment was expertly led by Darach Ó’Murchú, Sinéad Pollock and Aodhnait O’Carroll. The atmosphere was supportive and instructional and candidates continued to add to their learning over the wk end.
Needless to say there was great relief and jubilation on Sunday evening when success all round was announced!
Looking forward to seeing some new names on the Leaders section of future walk schedules.
This week will be the last Wednesday evening club session at Rocklands for this season. Quite a few ‘visitors’ had the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at rockcliming over the Summer. Thanks to Paul O’Brien who sets up every week and does huge work maintaining routes and access.
The club will have a SCRAMBLING day in the Comeraghs next Sat Sep 15th. This session would suit anyone who came along to 1 or 2 climbing evenings this year and would like to try some very simple boulder challenges. Get in touch through e mail, Facebook or contact Colette for more details.
Despite lack of blue skies, the club day away to Knockadoon was a very worthwhile outing. Sea fog drifting in and out gave a more spooky atmosphere than usual! Terrific venue for those starting into leading. Perhaps there will be a return journey soon.
August Bank Holiday Monday(6th) is the date set for a climbing ‘day away’.
The venue will most likely be Knockadoon Head near Youghal.
This is a really stunning location which suits a variety of levels of climbing. It is a very atmospheric place for novice climbers with some nice, ‘friendly’ routes. Anyone who has attended an introductory session at Rocklands this season would be well ready for this day.
Please contact Paul or Colette if planning on going for final details.
The development of the building site at Mulgannon has necessitated a change of access for the weekly climbing sessions to Maudlintown. The trails to ‘The Rocks’ can be accessed from the St Mary’s Maudlintown GAA grounds. Parking is possible on the street. If unsure of where to access contact Paul before Wed. Meeting time is 6.15.
There was an impressive tidy up at the Rocklands crag last week to clear the way for weekly climbing sessions to begin this Wednesday, May 16th, from 6.15 onwards.
Members donate a small fee each week towards the upkeep of equipment.
Non members are welcome to come along for one free ‘taster’ session. A second climbing evening will incur a €10 fee towards equipment maintenance. Club membership will then be needed for continued participation. Membership forms available at the crag.
Come along to experience a brand new exciting activity.
For those who have already climbed, the crag offers fantastic opportunities to fine-tune your skills and always offers challenges.
Contact Paul or Colette through the club e mail address or Facebook page for further details.