Blue skies and sunshine were the order of the day in the Comeraghs with a hint of valley fog below in Carrick on Suir.
The Moderate walk began near Rathgormack, climbed to the Boolas and around the top of the coum. The route continued through the top of CoumLara and the descent was near the stream at the back of the Scillogues. An easy traverse took the group out through the Gap and down to the cars.
Over 40 walkers took part in the annual introductory walk on Sunday 5th Oct on the slopes of Mt. Leinster. As usual an early pause was made at the former Shannon residence where Mr. Andrew Lloyd related the bombing of the farmhouse on 2 January 1941 and his discovery of the Knockroe Ringstone. Lunch was had on Cloroge More , after which the group tackled the pull up to Stoney Top. The more adventurous continued on to Mount Leinster summit ! Many thanks to all the leaders who turned out and to MC for the day , John A
Wednesday evening climbs have come to an end with another wonderful, warm, ‘Indian Summer’ sunset. Two new prospective members had a good introduction and are eagerly awaiting the 2015 season!
Some informal climbing will continue over the Winter for those are lucky enough to have time off work when the sun shines. Members should contact Paul or Colette.
The club intends to plan a return trip to Calpe in the Alicante region of Spain in Mar 2015. Anyone interested should keep in touch with climbing over the Winter months. Trips to Gravity (Inchicore) or Awesome Walls (Finglas) would be a really good idea.
Yet another fabulous climbing evening at Rocklands. Glorious sunshine and a new route recently cleaned by Paul. One more week, Sep 10th, of regular Wed evening sessions. Informal climbing days will continue, when weather permits, throughout the Autumn. Keep in touch with Paul and/or Colette if interested.
Wednesday climbing sessions have been very successful this Summer with a number of people being introduced to climbing for the first time.
Many members have fine tuned skills and confidences.
Formal sessions will continue, weather permitting, up to and including Sep. 10th. After that date climbing will continue on a less formal basis whenever weather opportunities present themselves. Members can contact Paul or Colette if they have a climbing plan and would like to ’round up the troops’!
Four members (Paul, Tom, Stefan and Colette) recently completed a training session, with Rob Davies, at Awesome Walls in Dublin as part of their Single Pitch Award training. It is hoped that some or all will go forward for assessment during the next 12 months.
Climbing weekly club sessions continue at Rocklands on Wednesday evenings from 5.30 onwards. Call down for a look, chat and a try if you haven’t been yet!
A very successful Alpine meet too place in the Ecrins National Park in Southern France from July 5th to the 20th 2014. There were numerous courses from Introduction to Alpine Mountaineering to Advanced to Climbing technique. There were lots of snow and mixed high mountain routes which involve the inevitable 3.00 am breakfast for the Alpine start. Climbing skills were fine tuned at the single pitch bolted crag just beside the campsite. Numerous multi pitch bolted routes climbed also. Approx 70 MI members took part in the meet. Many of these were self directed. It was an extremely sociable event, with terrific sharing of ideas, skills and information. The little village of Ailefroide was more or less taken over by the Irish and some of the locals were included in the céillí nights!
Photos show the Pic de la Grave 3667m, Le Glacier Blanc, Le Barre des Ecrins 4102m, Arete des Bruyere (Val de Lauzet) and the bolted crag at the Ailefroide campsite.