Archive | March 2016

Connemara in all its amazing glory!

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Letterfrack was the club base for the St. Patrick’s long week end in Connemara 2016. Very good, spacious self catering accommodation was at Heather Hill cottages.
How lucky. . . . to get the best weather so far this year and to be in the mountains of Connemara!
On St. Patrick’s day the route was in the Maum Turks, accessing the hills at Maumeen, past the alter and little church where Mass would be celebrated later at 13.30. The route went N/NW over the highest point in the Maum Turks, Binn idir an Dá Log, 702m. There was a choice of descent, from Mám Ochóige or Mám Éan.
Day 2 gave numerous choices of routes. The classic Glencoghan Horseshoe was on offer, the Glencorbet route taking in Benbaun, 729m, the highest in the 12 Bens and the calm, scenic Killary fjord Famine Relief road. All were done in terrific Summer conditions and the views were spectacular.
Day 3 also had choices. Some did Carrot ridge in the Bens which is a roped scrambling/Diff climb route. Similar in grade to Howling ridge in Kerry but not as committing. This group finished out the Eastern side of the Glencoghan Horseshoe and descended Eastwards from Derryclare.
Others did Diamond hill in the Connemara National Park and appreciated the wealth of information displayed at the visitor centre.
A very successful trip to the West which was the first introduction for some members to these stunning mountain ranges. Superb weather was definitely a winner! We’ll be back!

Maumeen

Maumeen

Maumahoge

Maumahoge

Carrot ridge

Carrot ridge

Glencorbet valley

Glencorbet valley

Benbaun 729m

Benbaun 729m

Bengower

Bengower

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El Chorro – Club climbing trip Mar 2016

El Chorro, an hour’s drive North of Malaga, was the location for the 2016 club climbing trip. Finca La Campana turned out to be an excellent base to access the different climbing crags.
A quick warm up climb was possible on Las Encantades on the first evening watching the settting sun.
Slab climbing at Valle de Abdalajis was the venue for day one as it provided a range of grades to suit all levels within the group. A ‘top 50’ 6a+ Fisuras Armoniosas was ticked off while a ‘top 50’ 4+, Un Pobre Infeliz, gave even some of the more experienced climbers a bit of a challenge!
Numerous trips were made to the Escalera Arabe area with lots of confidence building on the Sector Suiza climbs.
A most enjoyable ‘top 50’ 250m multi pitch, Rogelio, was completed here by a few parties in the group. Sector Sergio offered some nice long climbs to develop skills, Sergio y Antonia 6a, Yo y mi Resaca 5+, Blobby Left 6a+, Blobby Right 6a.
Bladerunner was a popular 6a off The Steps sector.
Kevin showed his superb skills and expertise on El Truco del Almend Ruco 7a at Frontales, Diedre Torpedol 6c at Escalera Arabe and also with Colin on the 10 pitch Zepplin 6c+, a ‘top 50’ in the Gorge.

Overall this was a very successful and enjoyable trip with plans already being teased out for ‘warm rock 2017’ !

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Deep Snow at higher level on Comeraghs

Liz led an adventurous group of club members  on a five  hour walk on Farbreaga and Seefin last Sunday and encountered deep snow on the summit as picture below testifies ; Liz’s recce the previous week was also hard work due to the snowy conditions encountered.

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Snowy Booleys

March 6 walk led by Matt with John in support in the rear walked in and up to the Booley lakes which appeared even more enchanting with the sprinkling of snow on the surrounding cliffs. Meanwhile Liz’s more adventurous group encountered much deeper snow at higher altitudes on the Comeragh Plateau.

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