The club 4 boot walk on Sunday last in the Comeraghs started at the upper carpark in the Mahon Valley with the 2 boot group. The abundance of water in the Falls and surrounding streams suggested that staying away from major river crossings would be a good idea. the group contoured into the Tay valley and then contoured West into Coum Iarthar. The serious climbing of the day took in the small knoll in this coum before the bigger climb to the top of the southern Seefin ridge. Lunch was in the shelter of the hut on Seefin 725m. The next high point was Coumfea 711m before descending the ‘nose’ into Coumalocha. Another testing climb brought the group up on the somewhat ridiculous ‘road to nowhere’ on the Eastern side of the coum. With the climbing over the group enjoyed the trek across the plateau along the Mahon valley cliff walk and then down Comeragh Mountain.
The theme of the 2 boot walk on Sunday 16th October was the Comeragh Lakes !
First stop was Coumtay at eye level and then a short sharp climb to the plateau with the reward of a bird’s eye view down on Coumalocha. For new members on the walk visibility was perfect to appreciate the broad and boggy plateau eroded in places down to the Old Red Sandstone bedrock with the occasional peat hag to be surmounted or circumnavigated !
Lunch was had overlooking the Sgilloge Loughs but probably the most dramatic view down on Coumshingaun was obscured by a sudden squall and low cloud. Return to the cars was via the Mahon River and Comeragh Mountain.
The club outing on Sunday 9th October to Wicklow was blessed with exceptionally fine weather for both walks , the 2 boot in Glenmalure and the 3 boot (map below) up Croaghanmoira on a route that for the most of the participants was new territory. Ger and Anthony led a large group on their exploration on the 2 boot walk and Angela and Pauline saw their charges safely back to their cars after a most pleasant five hour walk that offered marvellous views of the Wicklow and Dublin ranges and included a varied mixture of terrain.
The club’s annual introductory walk took place on the slopes of Mt Leinster Sunday 2nd October. A group of 40 plus under the guidance of Ger and Liam assisted by other walk leaders headed up Shannon’s Lane towards Mt Leinster. After a lunch break on Clorogue Mor the group split into ability groups who either went to the summit or were happy to explore the lower slopes – all accomplished in glorious sunshine with little wind!
If you missed the introductory walk and would like to try hillwalking it’s not too late : given a reasonable level of fitness and adequate gear (see gear page) send an email to the club at firstname.lastname@example.org and the club hon. secretary will be in touch