Archive | February 2015

Women with Altitude Apr 2015

Female club members might be interested in having a look at the Women with Altitude website. The initiative to build women’s mountaineering skills, experience and general leadership capabilities runs an annual event which this year will be held in Kerry Apr 17th – 19th.
Previous ones have been hugely successful.
Booking is now open for the Kerry wk end and it is advisable to book very, very early!

http://www.womenwithaltitude.ie/

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BOS Mountain Skills 2 wk end

A very successful MS2 wk end was held in the Comeraghs. 11 enthusiastic members were extremely focused on fine tuning all aspects of their navigation skills. Weather conditions were kind, especially for the night navigation session on Sat night. As always Rathgormack Hiking Centre was a very convenient and comfortable base for the course.
The group members will now continue to log experience in preparation for their MSA in Apr.

TJ and Helen confirming their location, closely monitored by Greg Kenny, instructor (Peaks club).

TJ and Helen confirming their location, closely monitored by Greg Kenny, instructor (Peaks club).

Rory and Pauline agreeing on route plan.

Rory and Pauline agreeing on route plan.

Jim, Liz and Helen having some 'fun' working out streams marked/not marked on the map!

Jim, Liz and Helen having some ‘fun’ working out streams marked/not marked on the map!

‘Summer’s day’ in February!

A magical day in the Comeraghs today in perfect, warm sunshine above a fog filled Suir valley.
The Moderate+ did ‘the tour’! It took in the Tay valley, Cutteen North coum, Seefin, Coumfea and Coumalocha and a visit to the ‘seanbhain’ before returning via the Mahon Falls. The ice field at the top of the Scillogues was incredible. When the Northern wind is strong it blows the water back uphill over the cliff. Match that with freezing temperatures and the result is this most unusual ice formation on the vegetation at the top.

Knockmealdowns and Galtees in the distance like islands above the cloud.

Knockmealdowns and Galtees in the distance like islands above the cloud.

Descending to frozen Lough Coumfea.

Descending to frozen Lough Coumfea.

Skimming stones doesn't really work on frozen lakes. . . . but still fun!

Skimming stones doesn’t really work on frozen lakes. . . . but still fun!

Strange and beautiful ice field at top of Scillogues.

Strange and beautiful ice field at top of Scillogues.

Perfect end to Mod+.

Perfect end to Mod+.


It was difficult to believe it was February. There were many references to lack of sunscreen, dehydration and ‘maybe we should have gone rock climbing today’!
Sympathies were with all those who lived in Clonmel and Kilsheelan area as the remained in cloud all day.

Lots of New Walkers out on Sunday

There was a great turn out on the easy walk on Sunday (led by Helen and Michelle) – 20  in total and quite a few new faces which is great; beautiful day on Mount Leinster as the group  climbed  the Clorogues and then up to Stonytop.

Turlough had 13 on the Moderate on  Blackstair Mt. and  also had a few new faces.

A warm welcome to the new members and if you are interested in joining one of our walks and want more information do send an email to wexfordhillwalkingclub@gmail.com

Lugnaquilla from Glen of Imaal