Waited at Kilclooney Bridge for the deluge to pass but had to eventually give in and ‘bite the bullet’! Major turnaround in weather conditions with blue skies and glorious sunshine on the approach to Crotty’s Rock. Ski goggles would have been an extremely welcome piece of kit in the following 30 mins on a low level route to the Boolas. Calm on the climb out of the Boolas behind the pinnacle. Good visibility into the Nire valley all the way down to the Gap. More streams than usual in Coumlara! More blue skies en route to the ‘high point’. Then to keep the weather interest going had lots of snow on the descent down the South ridge of Coumshingaum. A typical Irish weather day??
Club members have been busy limbering up for the many rock climbing challenges that await in the Calpe area of Southern Spain. Twenty six club members will travel out mid March for up to 9 days of adventure.
Photos show recent climbing visits to The Burren (in drizzle and high winds!), to Awesome Walls (off M50, Finglas) and to Gravity climbing in Inchicore. Some members attended an excellent coaching session at Gravity.
Weather conditions in Wicklow on Sunday were described by one walker as being equivalent to an exfoliation : the equivalent saying in some parts of the country is that the wind would skin one alive! Tough walking conditions were no problem to leader , Michael , who led his band of troops unerringly to the summit of Lugnaquilla in poor visibility and sub zero temperatures.
Taking the photo below resulted in the iphone shutting down – thus the truncated route diagram! iPhone owners may be interested in the behaviour of their instrument in sub zero temperatures :
The club walk in the Comeraghs took place on Sunday in bracing (wind and hail!) conditions led by Jane and Peter. The major obstacle of the day was trying to ford the swollen Mahon River at the conclusion of the walk : in the end there was no alternative to getting feet wet but the cars were close by ! However, all agreed it was a great walk rewarded by some great views (between the showers) and glowing cheeks!
Despite starting at nearly opposite ends of Mt. Leinster, the “moderate” and “easy” groups’ paths crossed on the track above “Stony Top”! An exceptionally calm day was emphasised by the snowy conditions underfoot and the thick mist !
Photo below shows the easy group ascending from the Cranagh side – both groups included Knockroe in their itineraries!