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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 Club’s annual Christmas walks and party took place over the weekend of 1/2 December. 30 members undertook the challenge of climbing Lugnaquilla, Leinster’s highest mountain from the Glen of Imaal side. Led by Mick Wall with Mick Kielthy providing encouragement from the rear the group made the summit in less than ideal conditions – mist on the way up and a heavy rain shower just at lunchtime!
Return was by the same route to Fenton’s Pub for well deserved refreshments. Later that evening, the traditional club festive meal was held in Murphy’s Hotel, Tinahely.
Sunday’s “recovery” walk was on the Tinahely Railway Path and Tomnafinnogue Wood
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.
Challenging conditions on both walks in the Blackstairs Sunday 21st October : strong wind and driving rain along the ridge. Conditions were improving by the time Ger took this photo of the 1 boot walk on Stoney Top ……… which might explain the smiles!
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!
Over 40 walkers assembled at the bottom of Shannon’s Lane for the club’s annual introduction to hillwalking. With the first pause at the World War II bomb site on the lane, the group proceeded uphill until the turn down to the Aughnabrisky River which all forded withoute mishap; then the climb to Clorogue Mor was accomplished in good time where an early lunch was enjoyed with a spectacular panorama thanks to the excellent visibility – a bonus for new walkers who had not been on the mountains previously.
The group then split into those who were keen to go all the way to the top of Mt. Leinster and those who were happy to aim for Stoney Top which provided a taste of the more normal conditions on Irish hills with a stiff breeze blowing.
Descent towards the cars was by the track from Stoney Top with a sos beag on the way ; both groups were reunited at Bowe’s in Kiltealy.
General satisfaction was expressed at the day even if there were admissions of stiff joints!
A big thank you to the club walk leaders and members who accompanied the prospective members in what may be the first of many walks on Irish uplands!
Sunday’s walk in the Comeraghs was blessed with balmy weather and great visibility ; the route was from Dalligan Bridge up to Seefin passing a number of archaeological features on the way including the incongruously painted standing stone at the Barnamaddra Gap. The welcome lunch break was enjoyed in the shelter of the hut atop Seefin and return was via the internationally important archaeological site that is the Araglin Valley.
If you would like to find out more about the club do come to the information evening in Whitford House Hotel next Wednesday 19th September at 8.15 pm