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.
Eugene leading ‘Chilli con corner’ with Liam following and Helen checking out a new route.
Some members enjoyed climbing in glorious sunshine on hot rock at Dalkey Quarry on Mon evening. Paul topping out on ‘Scavenger’ VS and Pat seconding. Liza and Micheál on Yorkshire Pudding HS.
Climbing sessions continue at Rocklands every Wed from 5.30 onwards. Non members welcome to come along and ‘have a go’.
Regular weekly sessions are taking place at Rocklands on Wednesdays from 5.30 onwards. Newcomers always welcome. The recent superb Summer weather has facilitated the regular sessions. Feel free to come along even for the social outing.
Latest news is that another two members (Tom and Stefan) have completed their Single Pitch training (SPA) last week end so there are lots more experienced helpers available.