Ramblers in the Dolomites June `17
|Top of 5 Laghi Gondola|
|Via Ferrata Team|
Ramblers in Westport - Spring 2017
Mweelrea is a grand mountain. At 814 metres in elevation it is Connaught`s highest and the club`s number one priority on our recent weekend away in Westport. The other provincial tops of Corrauntoohil, Lugnaquilla and Slieve Donard had already been visited so it was about time we climbed Mayo`s finest.
Starting at Delphi Adventure Centre we decided on a clockwise circuit.
|On the final climb to Mweelrea|
We did two other walks over the weekend. On Saturday some members decided on the easier option of the Keenagh Loop in the Nephins. Reports coming back mentioned splendid views of Clew Bay and Beltra Lough, the many serene small lakes, and of course the climb of Knockaffertagh!
Ramblers in the Tirol – June`16
|Walking the high meadows under Sonnenspitze|
|Turquoise Tranquility of Seebensee|
Ramblers in Béara Spring 2016
On Saturday we decided to do two walks. The first of these took on the challenging Cummeengeera Horseshoe near Lauragh. Eleven of us met at Shronebirrane Stone Circle where we commenced our trek with an arduous steep wet ascent of the eastern slopes of Lackabane. The final descent down Shronebirrane six hours later was equally steep and damp! In between however we enjoyed some fine walking along the ridge encircling Cummeengeera Valley, trekking from Lackabane to Eskatarriff to Coomcloghane to Tooth Mountain to Shronebirrane. Views were great in all directions notably towards Hungry Hill to the south and across Kenmare Ria to the McGillycuddy`s Reeks and the Skelligs to the north and north-west. The only problem encountered seemed to be how many tea breaks we should have. Maybe we should set up a sub-committee to examine this issue!
The second Saturday walk was a more sedate affair. The motley crew of six was comprised of three recuperators (is that a word?), two nurses (to mind them?) and one almost senior citizen (to lead them?). We headed for the historic valley of Coomerkane near Glengarriff from where Donal Cam O`Sullivan Béara led 1000 of his people to Leitrim in January 1603. An enjoyable walk saw us visit lovely lakes like Barley Lake, Lough Dereenadavodia and Lough Eskahooleaghaun and cross Crossterry and Dereenboy Ridges before finishing in Derrynafulla oak woods.
Ramblers on Mangerton July 2015
|Gang at the Devil`s Punchbowl|
|Bunglas Viewing Point Slieve League|
Ramblers on the Mournes Sept `14
Not too many members headed north for the Mountains of Mourne trip recently. In late June it looked like we`d have fourteen or fifteen, by mid September it was down to six! Still, an enjoyable if energetic weekend was had by “all” with the weather playing ball and with nothing untoward to report except for the fact that our female members were seen on the night of the big match chatting up two Down lads who were shouting for Kilkenny!
|M and M on Slievenaglogh, Ben Crom Reservoir behind|
Ramblers in Scotland - June 2014
|Mick, Maura and Eileen on Ben Nevis snowfield|
Day 3 saw us tackle the Buachaill Etive Mór Ridge in the heart of stunning Glencoe. Irene led a group of twelve from Ailtnafeadh, up into Coire na Tulach (where one female member decided to “frisk” an Australian walker) and from there onto the main ridge. We visited two Munros (mountains above 3000 feet or 915 metres), the first one, Stob Dearg, being the ridge`s highest at 1022 metres. From here the panorama was majestic. Some of the highlights included – to the east Rannoch Moor, to the north the unusual shape of Ben Nevis and the Carn Mór Dearg, and the Buachaill Etive Beag and Aonach Eagach ridges. After lunching on the summit it was downward and then upward to Stob na Doire (another Munro) before descending into
Ramblers visit Connemara - Spring 2014
|Ann, Máiréad, Eileen, Denise with Killary Harbour behind|
Day 3 (Sunday) saw the weather gods smile on us as we enjoyed a fabulous walk in the Glyderau
|Snapping the snappers|
Ramblers in Dingle - Spring 2013
Almost half of our members were attracted by the prospect of climbing Ireland`s highest mountain in July. Twenty one of us had a go on Saturday the 2nd and boy, were we lucky - dry weather, mild temperatures and great visibility!
The Summit: What spectactacular views! We could see Dingle Bay off to the west and Kenmare Bay to the south, and of course most of Kerry`s mountains and lakes in all directions. Particularly jaw dropping were the views of the knife edged ridges that snake their way in different directions from the summit to Beenkeragh and Caher, Ireland`s second and third highest mountains respectively. We looked down into the Bridia Valley which we had trekked through during our visit in April. We figured a trip down to the Cookie Monster Stepping Stones Café might be a little bit too demanding!
The Black Valley and The Gap of Dunloe - April 2011
Our week end away took us on a walk along the Kerry Way - over 22 km from Lough Acoose near Killorglin to Kate Kearney`s Cottage in the Gap of Dunloe. The walk would take us through four glaciated valleys, separated by narrow ridges, crossable at cols. The weather was kind as we trekked through the first of these valleys - Glennafeana. The first col to be crossed was the old Lack Road which brought us into the second valley - the Bridia.
After a welcome break at the Cookie Monster Café onward and upward we trudged, across another col into the Black Valley. At this point some of the Reeks were visible on our left e.g. Cnoc an Chuilinn and Maolán Buí. On our right we spied the two Cummenduff lakes. Once lunch was consumed it was tarmac trekking as we climbed up the road to the head of the Gap of Dunloe. The final leg of the jorney took us past the many ribbon lakes in this last valley `til we reached the watering hole of Kate Kearney`s.
“Day Out” to Mt. Leinster - Sunday, July 18th 2010
Before we went on our "day out" I wrote "The Blackstairs is the mountain range that separates counties Carlow and Wexford, stretching from Bunclody almost to New Ross. It`s highest point is Mount Leinster which is about the same height as the Comeraghs at 795 metres. The main Blackstairs ridge runs from north to south and is split in two by the Scullogue Gap." Well, we`ve had our day out but we didn`t see the Blackstairs or Mt. Leinster! All we saw was the base of the mast peering through the fog. What a day. Howling wind and a fog for all seasons. (Have a look at some more photos on the photo link) Fourteen of us travelled by minibus with Séamus and met up with Owen in Kiltealy. From here we got dropped off near Ballycrystal and proceeded to climb, all the time hoping for the fog to lift. Not on your nelly! After about an hour and a half we reached the main ridge and that`s when the gale decided to join us. After a quick bite in an old hut we girded our loins and headed blindly west towards Mt. Leinster. Mick`s GPS was vital now as the wind, fog and increasing mist made map reading and compass work virtually impossible. After the "sighting" of the base of the mast we trudged across invisible, uneven terrain downward towards the Scullogue Gap. Another ruin afforded a welcome sheltered spot for some grub as the rain started to come down. After this we followed a couple of back roads back to our rendevous point with Séamus. Amazing what a change of clothes, a couple of drinks and some food can do! Watered in Kiltealy and fed in Enniscorthy, we headed home, not too much the worse for wear, except for Mick`s map maybe.