Both 2 boot and 3 boot walks started South of Rathgormack on the Northern side of the Boolas.
Both groups took the ‘old’ Gap track through the forestry. When out on the open mountain the group split with the 2 boot team heading to the Gap, up onto the plateau, rounding the back of Coumlara and down the Western spur before returning via the Gap.
The 3 boot group ascended into the Boola coum up to the upper lake, then contoured West towards the spur running down to the Gap. Climbed the spur to plateau then traversed across to the ‘High Point’ 792m. The group went to the back wall of Coumshingaun to take in the beautiful views and colours on this wild and blustery day.
On the return across the plateau the walkers were ‘lambasted’ by an horrendous hail storm. Thankfully it passed over as the group descended back towards the forestry and back to cars.
The weekly Tuesday evening sessions at Rocklands have come to an end for 2016. It was an incredibly successful season with almost no cancellations due to bad weather! Everyone got the opportunity to lead climbs and a few members have purchased some hardware ready to organise their own climbing adventures.
Advice for the Winter months is to keep up the skill levels by getting to some indoor climbing/bouldering walls.
Gravity in Inchicore and Awesome Walls, at Finglas exit on M50, both have terrific facilities and offer exceptionally good movement coaching sessions.
There may be 1 more club climbing day on Sat Oct 1st. Contact Paul or Colette for more details.
Happy and safe climbing over the Winter months!
Two groups of walkers explored the Fearbreaga/Seefin area for Sunday’s schedule. Strong, gusting winds and fleeting moments of wonderful golden sunlight made for an atmospheric walk.
The 3 boot walk began on the East side of Fearbreaga, did the circuit of that coum, headed North for Seefin then descended via the Western spur of the Tay valley.
The 2 boot group began at a beautiful viewing point on the Marmur road near the Dalligan bridge. The scheduled route was to summit Fearbreaga, go on to Bearnanamadra and return lowlevel to the cars. However the ‘added, optional extra’ of a climb to the top of Seefin, 726m, was a welcomed challenge for the group.
A fantastic day of tuition at the rock today at Ballykeeffe amphitheatre. Colin Gibbon from Shielbaggan Outdoor Education was on hand to share his knowledge and guide the members through the stages of lead climbing. The group led climbs with confidence and Colin’s advice also reinforced previous learning for the participants.
Weather looks promising for an outdoor climbing day on Sat 10th.
Hope to have Colin Gibbon MIA (Shielbaggan Outdoor Education Centre) along for a few hours for some formal tuition/coaching.
Contact Paul or Colette (if you haven’t already) if you are interested.
This season, the club has a new grading system for walks.
It is based on a ‘boot’ symbol system where one boot refers to the less difficult walks and five boots refers to the toughest walks.
More detail is on the current schedule which has been e mailed to members.
Last Sunday saw the inaugural ‘2 boot’ walk in the Blackstairs.
As the weather was so pleasant the route was right up to the limit suggested for a 2 boot walk, 10 kms and 500m ascent.
The Autumn schedule had a gentle start in the Blackstairs range on Sun. Sep. 4th. Calm, mild weather conditions were a pleasant bonus.
The route started from the top of Cloróg Mór Lane. A ‘below cloud base’ circuit took in Cloróg Mór, Knockroe, Stoney Top and Cloróg Beag. The group had lots of opportunities for distant views to Rosslare and The Saltees.
The walking schedule continues every Sunday with a choice of walk levels on most Sundays.
Non-members should contact the club Sec. via e mail for more details.