Kerry Climbing
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Late April snows on na Cruacha Dubha – the magnificent MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains of Kerry…This is the view just after the heavy wintry showers passed through leaving a beautiful dusting on the highest mountains in Ireland. The photo was taken as we descended via – Céim an Fhia or more commonly referred to as – The Heavenly Gates.

The Scairbhín (pronounced skara-veen) is an Irish weather phenomenon most definitely blowing through on last weeks guided Carrauntoohil treks and hikes and translates as ‘the rough month of the cuckoo’ from the phrase ‘garbh mi na gcuach’ and refers to the period comprising the last two weeks of April, and the first two weeks of May. These few weeks are often rampant with changeable extremes of weather patterns.

As we often say in Ireland, you can experience four seasons in one day and this is most certainly true for the Scairbhín. Our ancient ancestors who worked the land and were much more in tune with the seasons knew this as ‘the hunger time’ of the year. This is because they were busy planting and tending their crops and they believed that the scarbhin was natures way of ensuring the crops success by th initial ‘unseasonal’ warm weather allowing seeds to germinate, a sudden cold snap would then harden off the young seedlings and the following wind and gales would distribute the pollen and this all coincided with the return of the cuckoo.
The bird often heard but seldom seen which adds to its mystique and therefore seen as something of a herald of spring and the milder weather yet to come but not yet arrived…
Beware the Scarbhín…!!!

 

28
JUL
2017

1943 Crash of USAAF DC47 on Cnoc na Péiste, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks

Very many people climb to the summit of Ireland’s highest mountain, “Carrantuohill’, at 3,414 ft. But few realise that while many have died trying to reach the summit, five Americans lost their lives on a nearby summit during World War Two....
23
JUN
2017

We’ve only gone and done it again!!!

Yippeee…We’ve only gone and done it again!!! We have yet again been awarded a “Certificate of Excellence” from Trip Advisor for the 4th year running….Woowwwwwww…!!! We are hugely chuffed and extremely proud to be rated as No. 1 out...
12
MAY
2017

Howl of a day on the mighty Howling Ridge…

Well the summer climbing season has well and truly kicked off for sure and as well as our guided walks and treks of Carrauntoohil we are now also receiving plenty of enquiries and bookings for our wide variety of climbing sessions, from our...
27
JAN
2017

Registration now open for the Ultimate High Peaks Challenge

We are delighted to announce that our spectacular and truly EPIC mountain challenge event returns. On August 26th 2017 Extreme Adventure and Mountain lovers will flock to Killarney, Co. Kerry – the true Adventure Capital of Ireland for the...
30
DEC
2016
MacGillycuddy's Reeks winter climbing guide

KerryClimbing publish Ireland’s first and only Winter Climbing & Mountaineering guide book

Kerry’s, in fact, Ireland’s first ever published Winter Climbing Guide book is now available!   MacGillycuddy’s Reeks Winter Climbs – ‘Selected Routes’ is our superb, full-colour guide to some of the very finest, best known (and not so...
24
NOV
2016

Success for 2016 Irish Sikkim Expedition!

Well KerryClimbing lead guide – Piaras is back guiding in Kerry and returning to reality once again after a hugely successful trip to the Himalayas of North India as part of the 2016 Irish Sikkim Expedition! The 4 week long exploratory and...
07
OCT
2016

KerryClimbing scoop yet another top tourism award!

KerryClimbing are awarded “Best Adventure Tour Operator in Ireland” This award represents the pinnacle of hospitality achievement, championing the best in respective fields. All winners of the Luxury Travel Guide Awards are subject...
12
SEP
2016

Guide Piaras prepares for Himalayan Expedition

In November 2014, a party of 7 Irish ‘adventurers’ made the first ever journey into an extremely remote valley in North West Sikkim. This was effectively initiated by Anindya (Raja) Mukherjee, a highly accomplished Indian climber and explorer...
06
APR
2016
MacGillycuddy Reeks Paths

Fantastic and long overdue path improvements in the Reeks

The MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains are finally having impressive and long overdue works carried to some of its most popular and eroded paths and trails after the Reeks Access Forum were successful with an application for funding under the...
25
MAR
2016

Unacceptable behaviour on Ireland’s highest

Totally Inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour on Corrán Tuathail..!!!  Recently while on safety & marshalling duties for the fantastic Quest Ireland Killarney Adventure race I was informed by two of our team that they’d been made...
16
DEC
2015
rock climbing course video

Have a look at some of our videos!

Rock Climbing We run 2 day,1 day and evening (4hr) courses. These courses are suitable for beginners wanting to take their first steps in becoming a competent rock climber, novices wanting to further their skills and for groups of friends just...
16
DEC
2015

KerryClimbing awarded 2014, 2015 & 2016 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor

Yippeee…We’ve only gone and done it again!!! We have yet again been awarded a “Certificate of Excellence” from Trip Advisor for the 3rd year running !!!! That’s a hat trick 🙂 We are proud to be rated as No. 1 out of...