Sunday’s four boot walk was expertly led by Ger who took the group from Ballybawn Lane up to the ridge which marks the boundary between counties Wexford and Carlow and north to Carrigalacken and then on and up to Caher Roe’s “den” for lunch.
Caher Roe was Cathaoir na gCapall, a raparee of the late 17th and early 18th century from the family of O’Dempsey of Clanmaliere in Co. Laois. He was known as a horse-thief, and the ‘Den’ was one of his refuges, reputedly a cave, but none is known. This was a meeting-place on the last Sunday in July, known as Mountain Sunday, for people from couties Carlow and Wexford at a celebration of Lughnasa.
After lunch, the group finished the climb to Blackstairs mountain with the earlier sultry weather being replaced by dampish cloud. Return was by a direct descent towards Carrickalacken.
Weekly club sessions begin this Wednesday, weather permitting ;-), at Rocklands, Mulgannon.
Start time is 6.00. Members should contact Paul or Colette for more details.
If you’re a non member and interested in coming along for a taster session contact the club through e mail, text or Facebook to find out more. These sessions are geared towards all levels and it would be a terrific chance to take up this sport. Club harnesses and helmets can be used.
Climbers meet at this crag most Wednesdays throughout the Summer months and there is the occasional ‘day away’ climb to Dalkey, Ballykeeffe, Wicklow or Knockadoon.
As other years there will be a small fee towards the replacement of club climbing kit.
Now, all that’s needed is some dry weather!
The limestone layered rock formations at Hook Head were an ideal ‘playground’ and learning environment for the introductory scrambling session last Saturday for club members.
The group worked on movement skills and balance over relatively easy terrain.
They practiced ‘spotting’ which is a way of supporting others in awkward moves.
There were opportunities to work on descending as well as climbing.
Weather was perfect and the scenery was, as always, stunning.
Next club scrambling will be Sat May 20th in the Comeraghs.