January 20 : Kiltealy natives, Ann and Mary, led their first club walk on what is essentially their home turf. Unfazed by the large turnout of 19 walkers and allied with unparalleled local knowledge they “conquered” Knockroe as part of their 1 boot walk.
Being a small range, it was not surprising they bumped into the 2 boot walk (a similarly large group) led by Ger, one of the club’s most experienced leaders!
The Club offers its sympathy to the families of the hillwalkers who lost their lives on Sunday
Navigation skills were required on both walks in the Comeraghs last Sunday due to very limited visibility above 400m; that would have not been a problem to the 3 boot walk in the hands of Colette who with her hardy crew braved very strong and gusty winds allied to very low cloud managed a traverse of the Comeragh plateau with a descent down to the Boolas for lunch and back up again to return via the southern flank of Coumshingaun.
At the Boolas the 3 booters met , not by design, the 2 boot walkers who had just finished lunch ! The two boot walk gave an opportunity for some graduates and students of Colette’s navigation course to try out their skills !
The last walk of 2018 had a big turnout, it was a “small” 4 hour 15km ramble around and up Brandon hill, we never knew that could be done but our glorious leader Mick Wall proved us wrong 😄😄
It was warm, we met some horses, had 2 lunch breaks and many laughs.
Much thanks to Siobhan McDonald for the wonderful photos.
Happy New Year to all our members and friends and here’s to plenty of hill time in 2019 🎉🏔