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A week of Kerry Climbing….

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This week had us guiding Will from the U.S  on an ascent of the brilliant Howling Ridge on Corrán Tuathail and giving an intro Rock Climbing course in the wonderful Gap of Dunloe.

Mystical morn in the Hags Glen

Wednesday 10th Oct:
We started as the sun came up, to make the most out of the best part of the day according to the forecast. This meant we walked in to The Hags Glen with some very mystical clouds hugging the mountains – spectacular!!! Forecast was spot on with misty cloud turning to heavy rain by late afternoon.

Climbing Howling Ridge

This was Will’s first ever multi pitch trad route as before this he had only climbed sport routes. He was blown away..it’s just a pity we didn’t get the stunning views from the ridge. We descended easily by The Devil’s Ladder and were back at the car by 4pm. Happy Days 🙂
 
 

 
 

Success – congrats to Will on his 1st ascent of Corrán Tuathail…and what a route to climb it by- the mighty Howling Ridge….and this being his 1st ever visit to Ireland…Now that’s what we call truly Experiencing the Adventure 😉

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Saturday 13th Oct:
Today it was the turn of a group of 4 from Tralee and Cork to do some Kerry Climbing on their Intro Rock Course in The Gap of Dunloe…

Céim

The forecast was giving heavy showers throughout the day and so we decided to head to the lovely sheltered crag of Céim.  This little gem of a crag is situated in a lush secluded little valley and is in a gorgeous attractive wooded setting. It is the perfect crag to head to in bad weather as it is very sheltered and as a lot of the rock is slightly overhanging it can be dry when everything else is wet.  I don’t tend to head here much in the Summer months as the midges are horrendous!!! 






 

We began the day with an abseil to get used to our surroundings and the exposure and then quickly progressed to climbing some of the classic routes of this crag namely: “Moondance” VS 4c, “Miss Piggy” VS 4c and then moved onto the brilliant “Titanic” VS 4b.  Everyone struggled and got frustrated on Titanic and all were in agreement that the previous two routes seemed easier even though are graded slightly harder. 



Rock-Climbing in the Gap of Dunloe
























 The showers which were forecast never really materialised,the midgies were non existent and the gang departed dry and happy but tired after a highly informative and exhausting days climbing!!