Despite predictions of very wet and windy weather , conditions in the Comeraghs for the 30 April Club Walks saw rapid improvement from the beginning. The brave group were well rewarded with spectacularly clear conditions shortly after reaching the Comeragh plateau.
Not a moon in sight but fantastic visibility over the surrounding countryside gave the group of members on the recent night walk a very pleasant experience. The walk started from Mullawn on the Eastern side of Black Rock. The route followed trails through forestry and then contoured over open mountain into the Blackstairs best effort at a glacial coum, the floors of Craan! A steep climb brought the group to the ridge and onto to the peak of Black Rock, passing the turf hut on the way. A short steep descent led the group down to forest trails and back to Mullawn.
The annual climbing trip to warm rock this year was to Sella in the Alicante region of SE Spain. The accommodation at Casaroc was an ideal base in a really beautiful, historic town.
Climbing crags visited included Sella, Abdet, Castellets, Marin, Forada and Guadalest.
A big highlight of the trip was the team effort on the 14 pitch Espolon Central route on Puig Campana. A group of 12 completed the route in style.
Some group members stepped up the grades in terms of their own climbing with a number leading 6a,6a+, 6b and two members leading 7a. The many sessions at indoor climbing walls over the Winter months paid off.
Huge thanks, yet again, goes to Colin Gibbon whose enthusiasm and organisation really drives this annual event.
Here’s hoping for sunny weather at home now so that the outdoor climbing season can begin.