Archive | March 2014

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.

Comeraghs Mod+

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??

Climbing preparations for trip to Spain

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.ImageImageImageImageImage