Mediterranean conditions prevailed today in the Comeraghs and gentle breezes with height gain were very welcome. An all-female team, on the 2 boot walk, started from Kilclooney and investigated the ring fort East of Coumshingaun, marked on the 1:50,000 Ordnance survey map for the area. There were lots of opportunities for easy scrambling through the boulder field en route to the lake. The route continued up the Southern spur of the coum with continued spectacular views out over Dungarvan Bay. A gentle stroll around the back of the coum gave lots of exposure experience. The group descended the Northern spur and continued to the lake shore to join the somewhat holiday atmosphere of picnickers and paddlers! The girls availed of the chance to cool down in the refreshing waters of the lake before a very relaxed return to the carpark. Incredible 1 in a million type of day in the Irish hills!
A significant number of club members headed SW for the June Bank holiday wk end. Carrauntouhill was on the agenda especially for first timers. After a damp start the peaks cleared to allow fantastic views from the top. Two different routes were used, one via the Heavenly Gates and the other via Stumpa ridge and Beenkeeragh.
Day 2 the route was the circuit of Coomasaharn Lough near Glenbeigh. The views back to the Reeks allow the group to see some of their route from the day before.
We had climbing representatives in the Gap of Dunloe both days, leading HS to E1 grades.
Day 3 the weather was not quite as clear but a small ‘hardy’ group did the Pilgrim route up Knocknadobar and across the top to Kells Bay.
Kells Bay was a beautiful location and the rented houses there were a huge success.