The second club trip to Calpe, Spain, which took place over St Patrick’s ‘week’ was a very successful climbing outing. The familiarity with some of the crags from last year’s trip allowed for a quick start. Confidences were built with all members leading, some for the very first time. All routes done were ‘sport’/bolted routes and ranged from 3+ to 6b+. Weather conditions were not as stable as last year so none of the very big multi pitch routes were planned. However a number of new crags were visited with many new routes ticked off.
The annual ‘warm weather’ club climbing trip seems to be firmly established in the club calender and already there is research being done on Majorca for March 2016!
A joint walk with the Tullow Mountaineering Club took place on Sunday 1st March with an approach to Mount Leinster from the Corrbut Gap – an unusual angle for the Wexford Club members who participated. After a harsh start in driving snow conditions improved to reveal a magical winter landscape as the group made its way up to the mast. After a quick lunch stop in the shelter of the transmitter buildings the group broke into three : those who were anxious to witness what turned out to be a fine victory over England in rugby were first off the hills with the more adventurous group following Micheál along the ridge to the “Shepherd’s hut” and then a steep descent to the Clody stream with a moderate uphill finish through the woods.
All then met up in Borris where the Tullow Club kindly hosted soup , sandwiches , tea and coffee – for which the Wexford members are indebted to their hosts – The Tullow Mountaineering Club – and guides on the day : Ann and Micheál