Mountain Research

SaxifrageCan YOU HELP our Mountain Plant Research?

Saxifraga spathularis, (Photo on Left) commonly known as St Partick’s Cabbage is one of a unique group of wildflowers native to Ireland, which originally came from the Iberian Peninsula (North Spain and Portugal) and therefore are known as the Lusitania Flora. These plants are mainly absent from Britain. The plants grow on shady mountain cliffs and relatively un-shaded South facing slopes, it has obvious zig-zag leaves which are oval or nearly round.

Huperzia selago, commonly known as Fir clubmoss, (photo below) one of four species of clubmoss found in Ireland, all of which are protected.


YOU CAN HELP map the distribution of these special plants in Ireland’s mountains.
If you see either plant please take a close up photograph and email it to:
Please include:
• Your name
• The name of the mountain
• Date
It would be very helpful if you can also give a
• Grid reference (or the 1km Grid square)
• Altitude or contour height.
If you are not good with maps, Grid references and contour heights, other members of you walking club can usually help.
If you can’t photograph it please send the location information anyway.
Your help would be much appreciated, so a big thank you.

Scrambling Saturday

Scrambling Saturday in the ComeraghsIMG_1424IMG_1427

Lots of exploration in the Coumshingaun area of the Comeraghs. Spring definitely in the air with many newborn lambs to be seen even though weather a little murky!

Sun eventually shines on Mt Leinster Walks

The heavy rain in the morning may have dissuaded some walkers but those who turned up were rewarded with sunshine and fine views after midday. Two walks were available , a “moderate” and a “moderate plus” , the former led by Pauline Lyall and the latter by Michael Wall. The  pace of the “moderate” meant a later return to Kiltealy than the “moderate plus” group who had taken in the Mt Leinster summit; Pauline’s group took the more southerly summit of the range, Blackstairs Mtn returning via Knockmullgurry. Photo below shows the group descending towards Caher Roe’s Den as the clouds clear!

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Moderate Walk : Wicklow : Sun 30 March 2014

Anthony’s “moderate”walk in Wicklow took in two peaks with great views over the surrounding countryside on Sunday 30 March. The route took in Paddock Hill , Scaar, Glenmacnass Waterfall, Lough Ouler, Brocagh Mtn – a distance of 22k completed in 7 hours. The large turnout were delighted with the pleasant conditions and great visibility!

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Gentle start up Paddock Hill

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Best lunch stop view : Lough Ouler at 600 metres and not visible from any road

Calpe, Spain. Climbing and Scrambling. Mar 2014


Club members gained huge climbing experience on the recent trip to Calpe. Numerous sport climbing routes were led and seconded at various grades. Some multi pitch routes were completed also, Puig Campana (13 pitches) and Penon d’Ilfach (7 pitches).
The traverse of the Bernia ridge is a superb scrambling route with one short rock climb.

This is a spectacular location with many easily accessible crags to satisfy all levels of climbing experience. This trip felt the ‘tip of the iceberg’ and a return journey is already being planned to build on the experience gained here.

Hillwalking in Calpe March 13-20

Wexford Hillwalking & Mountaineering Club Calpe 2014

A club group of 26 spent a week around St. Patrick’s Day walking and climbing in the Alicante area , based in Calpe which is north of Benidorm.

Click on picture for slide show of walking section ! Climbers photos to follow !

Awesome Walls

Awesome Walls

Last day of training for the Rock climbing (and Walking) trip to Calpe, near Alicante, Spain.


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