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07
DEC
2017

Killarney’s Ultimate High Peaks Challenge Returns in 2018!!!

Due to popular demand, Killarney’s Ultimate High Peaks Challenge returns for another epic adventure in 2018! On May 19th 2018 Extreme Adventure and Mountain lovers will flock to Killarney, Co. Kerry – the true Adventure Capital of Ireland for...
10
OCT
2017

KerryClimbing awarded ‘Best Outdoor Adventure Experience’

Yippeeeee….We at KerryClimbing are absolutely excited, delighted and extremely proud to be shortlisted as one of only 3 in the running for the BEST TOURISM AWARD in this years Kerryman newspaper Business Awards>>> The Kerryman...
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...
15
APR
2015

Killarney’s Ultimate High Peaks Challenge

We are delighted to announce that our spectacular and truly EPIC mountain challenge event returns. On July 9th Extreme Adventure and Mountain lovers lovers will flock to Killarney, Co. Kerry – the true Adventure Capital of Ireland for the...
13
FEB
2015

Winter Skills, Wicked ticks and Wild First Ascents…

                January 20th : Left wall of  “Curve Gully” – Corrán Tuathail. Today I headed back up to an extremely Wintery and snowy Curve Gully high on Corrán Tuathail with my good mate Nigel from Alpine Sports for a bit of...
12
FEB
2015

Scottish Winter storms and return to welcome white Reeks…

Yet again it’s been too long since I sat down to update this Blog! As has been the usual pattern with doing this it’s always something I’ve seemed to put off, always too busy, too tired or perhaps for a day when the...
04
DEC
2014

It’s been a rollercoaster…

Finally I’m able to stop for a minute to catch a breath and reflect on the happenings over the last week or two. We’ve had the highs and the lows, the good, the bad and I suppose you could say the damn right ugly. It’s actually...
22
OCT
2014

Reel Rock 9 featuring “Valley Uprising” visits Killarney…

We at KerryClimbing.ie along with our very good friends in Kerry Outdoor Sports are thrilled to be bringing the eagerly anticipated and much hyped about climbing documentary film – “VALLEY UPRISING” to Killarney.  ...
06
OCT
2014

Exciting Times Indeed….

I can’t believe that it’s well over a month now since I’d time to sit down and update this page and to tell the truth, with all the other social media larky that I’ve been keeping up with...
12
JUL
2014

All kinds of everything….

Well the summer season is well and truly in full sing now with all manner of guided walks, scrambles, climbs and even some rigging and rescue/safety back-up work happening over the past few manic weeks and hence I’ve been slow to update...
04
JUN
2014

Limited places are now available and bookings being taken for some of the very very best Walks, Scrambles and Climbs in the country!!!  ________________________________________  The Magnificent – “Coumloughra...
24
MAY
2014

WINNERS ALL ROUND…

Well last weekend was yet another extremely busy one for us and a hugely memorable one too for a lot of reasons. It began on a gorgeous evening in the beautiful village of Keel on the Dingle Peninsula with the beginning of a charity...
02
MAY
2014

And the Summer Season ’14 kicks off….

Well the last few weeks have really seen things pick up with lots of enquiries in, bookings taken, courses run, walks guided and lots of fun had and hence it’s taken me so long to get around to updating the Blog…We had a manic...
31
MAR
2014

A tremendous day Winter climbing on Cathair and another first ascent…

Well the weather got hotter and the T-shirt and shorts even got their first outing of the year on a recent guided ascent of Corrán but then quite unexpectedly the cold and snows briefly returned and the crampons which...
20
MAR
2014

More Corrán Ascents & Paddy’s Weekend Killarney Adventure Race…

What an absolutely stupendous period of weather we have just had and nice timing too! On Saturday we guided a group of 3 Dublin lads to the summit of Ireland’s highest on a day of beautiful blistering sunshine, light warm...
13
MAR
2014

From Winter days to warm Spring haze….

 Winter Skills and yet ANOTHER Curve Gully Ascent….  It’s been an absolutely a fantastic season of Winter Climbing and Mountaineering in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks which has allowed us run a few of our...
17
FEB
2014

Our most recent goings on….

Headed out to the Reeks Mountains late on Saturday night with 3 good mates and spent an utterly incredible and truly invigorating 9 hours climbing under a sensational full moon on Corrán Tuathails snow & ice covered North...
26
JAN
2014

2014 GETS OFF TO A BUSY START…..

  Well after the initial disappointment of cancellations and rescheduling due to the atrocious stormy weather over the festive break, it at last settled down enough for us to finally get out for plenty of work and...
02
JAN
2014

A WHITE CHRISTMAS…

First post of the New Year and we would like to wish  all a very Happy and Adrenaline filled New Year. We send a huge message of thanks and appreciation to everyone who has walked & climbed with us, helped and supported us, to all...
15
DEC
2013

A FANTASTIC START TO OUR WINTER LECTURE SERIES AND A MEMORABLE DAY ON HOWLING RIDGE…

We finally kicked off our much awaited 3rd Winter Lecture Series on Wednesday night with an impressive crowd attending the Boole Theatre in Cork to hear the renowned Mountaineer, Author and Broadcaster Stephen Venables. A hugely...
21
NOV
2013

Winter Mountaineering On Carrauntoohil…Start to the season.

Woke on Tuesday morning and was greeted to the most welcome of sights outside my window. I live right underneath the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains and Winter had arrived during the night and blanketed them in a spectacular dusting of...
18
NOV
2013

Gear Review – A tough test for my new Zamberlan 996 VIOZ GT boots….

One thing about working as a guide for a living is how much wear and tear your gear receives. Climbing Ireland’s highest mountain on average 3-4 times a week really takes its toll on all your gear but nothing more so...
06
NOV
2013

OUR WINTER LECTURE SERIES RETURNS !!!

KERRYCLIMBING WINTER LECTURE SERIES IS BACK…_________________________________________________We are delighted to announce yet another series of exciting talks by more Top Adventurers, Mountaineers and Climbers…....
30
OCT
2013

Seasons come and go….

Last Saturday we were guiding Brian and Anne Marie from Kilkenny up Ireland’s highest in what you could say somewhat “testing” conditions!!! Forecast was for torrential rain in the morning but clearing to heavy showers by mid...
19
SEP
2013

Been a hell of a 2 weeks for sure!!!

Just in from doing the school run and what a dirty rotten horrible day…The worst kind really. Sideways rain kinda day. So bad I won’t even be so evil as to kick the dogs out into it for the day and so they lie sprawled on...
15
AUG
2013

What we’ve been up to….Lot’s of Climbing of course!!!

I really wish I’d a little more time to sit down and update this Blog more often but that would mean I was a tad quiet and that wouldn’t be so good I suppose.. It’s just been so so busy out on the crags, cliffs, mountains...
03
AUG
2013

Dog Access Restrictions in The Reeks

There was a recent post on climbing.ie regarding the “unfriendly” signs which have been erected at most access points to Ireland’s highest mountain.http://forum.climbing.ie/index.php/topic,5768.0.htmlMuch discussion ensued and...
18
JUL
2013

It’s melting in the mountains so it is !!!!

Well the sun just keeps on shining and the Mountains just keep on calling. As I sit down and finally get a chance to write this, my eyes are drawn through wide open patio doors to the stupendous view of Binn Chaorach and the Mighty...
09
JUL
2013

A return to Innisfallen

After the heat of yesterday where temps hit a whopping 29 degrees here in Kerry we decided to take a nice leisurely paddle last evening out to the wonderful Innisfallen Island on the beautiful Loch Lein…. Innisfallen or Inishfallen (from...
27
JUN
2013

A simply Sensational day on the classic Howling Ridge…

Today it was the turn of Ray from Gorey and Rachel from Tralee to fully Experience the Adventure as we climbed the awesome Howling Ridge in absolutely perfect conditions.  The gang were never so up for it as we had postponed a previous date...
02
JUN
2013

A tremendous day for our Intro Rock course in “The Gap”….

A great day today for a group of 5 on our “Intro Rock” course in the astounding Gap of Dunloe….Weather for the day wasn’t too bad at all really, just a tad overcast overall but late in the session the sun began to poke...
31
MAY
2013

A WARM’N’COSY “WOOLPOWER” WINTER….

Well the biting cold weather has finally abated and it’s only now I’m beginning to pack away the Winter gear….and tomorrow’s the 1st of flippn’ JUNE!!!!  Way back in early December, I was...
13
MAY
2013

HOWL OF A TIME!!!

Yesterday was another day spent in the Reeks and boy it was a damp one I tell ya!!!  I was taking 2 great lads, Ian and Andrew from the South East up a route they’d had in mind for a while,the mighty Howling...
11
MAY
2013

A TYPICAL WET’N’WINDY SUMMERS DAY IN THE REEKS!!!

Today I was back on Corrán Tuathail guiding two ladies on their 2nd ascent of Ireland’s highest. Their last climb had been around twenty years ago with the venture scouts and that day they’d struggled through morale...
27
APR
2013

A superb day in the Mighty Reeks…

Absolutely stunning day today for 5 lucky first timers on their ascent of Corrán Tuathail by the Devil’s Ladder.  A light dusting on the tops made the Reeks look all the more impressive. LOTS of others out climbing...
08
APR
2013

Wondrous few weeks of Winter climbing….

Well finally I get a chance to sit down and write this after a manic few weeks of amazing Winter climbing…while also in the process of moving house! After a somewhat frustrating Winter season with very little notable ascents, the first...
22
FEB
2013

Proceeds from our “Vertical Adventures” lecture series presented to CORK YOUTH CLIMBING CLUB!!!

Last night I finally got around to presenting a cheque for €580 to this years benificiary of our Lecture Series – Cork Youth Climbing Club  http://www.corkyouthclimbingclub.com/ The primary role of the Cork Youth Climbing Club is to...
09
FEB
2013

FINALE TO OUR “VERTICAL ADVENTURES” LECTURE SERIES !!!!

Well last Thursday night was the final instalment of this years “Vertical Adventures” lecture series and what a fantastic way to finish with a thrilling and hugely inspiring lecture by Iain Miller of ...
28
JAN
2013

THE LEGENDARY JOHNNY DAWES COMES TO CORK !!!

Well the time had come and I was really excited to be finally be getting on with the job of hosting Part 3 of our “Vertical Adventures” lecture series.      Last Friday night was...
28
JAN
2013

BARKING MAD OR WHAT!?!? A NIGHT ASCENT OF A WINTERY HOWLING RIDGE….

 Had this post ready to go for a while but due to numerous reasons I’m only getting round to posting now!!! Ah well…better late than never eh!!!Saturday 29th of December last….The time was around half 6 in the evening and...
16
DEC
2012

Part 2 of our Lecture Series – “PARK LIFE” with Paul Swail

Well last Thursday night was Part 2 of our Winter Lecture Series and boy was it a good one !!!!This time up it was the turn two of Ireland’s Top rock climbers, Paul Swail and climbing buddy Andy Marshall,both from Northern...
30
NOV
2012

GREAT TURNOUT FOR THE LAUNCH OF OUR WINTER LECTURE SERIES…

Our series kicked off to an exciting start thanks to Dermot Somers who gave a very insightful and entertaining talk last night on his Alpine adventures and in particular his ascent of The Freney Pillar on Mont Blanc.   Dermot Somers with...
16
NOV
2012

VIEWS WITH A DIFFERENCE…….

We are delighted to announce that our exclusive specially commissioned prints by the talented graphic artist ” Snooks Lee” www.snookslee.com will soon be available to purchase from our web-site !!!  “KERRY CLIMBER”...
10
NOV
2012

Wonderful Wintery Weekend in Killarney

Last weekend I headed off with the family to Killarney.  We were staying in the Killarney Holiday Village which is gorgous little group of self catering houses beautifully laid out and in the perfect...
24
OCT
2012

KerryClimbing Winter Lecture Series 2012 / 13….

KERRYCLIMBING WINTER LECTURE SERIES IS BACK…_____________________________ Last year our highly successful series of evening talks had top climbers Andy Kirkpatrick, Iain Miller and Ricky Bell entertain and inspire with crazy tales of...
19
OCT
2012

MY FAVOURITES OF MOUNTAIN LITERATURE….

  “THE VILLAIN”A fascinating, thought-provoking biography of a climbing legend.Don Whillans has been an icon for generations of climbers. His first ascent of Annapurna’s South Face with Dougal Haston in 1970, remains one of the...
13
OCT
2012

A week of Kerry Climbing….

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...
09
OCT
2012

Been so so busy…..

Well finally I am getting a moment to sit down and update our blog after an extremely difficult few weeks on a personal level and also an extremely busy few weeks on a business & professional level.Two weeks ago now my...
12
SEP
2012

“COPS ON TOPS”, Corrán Tuathail, September 11th 2012…

Yesterday we guided Jill and Mark of the Weld county,Colorado Police force and both members of the  “Cops on Tops” organisation to the summit of Ireland’s highest, Corrán Tuathail to mark the anniversary of...
09
SEP
2012

Todays Intro Rock Climbing Courses in Knockadoon Head, East Cork.

Well, back to our typical Summer 2012 weather today!!! Wild foaming seas and showers but we did have some nice sunny spells to dry the rock and increase the much needed friction…. Climbing “No Toll” VS at West...
08
SEP
2012

Glorious Sunshine for today’s guided ascent of Carrauntoohil by The Devils Ladder

Well the marvellous sunshine stayed with us for one more day as we returned again to the mighty Reeks of Kerry!!!!  A beautiful morning looking toward The Eastern Reeks and The Hags Glen Guided Ascent of Carrauntoohil This...
02
SEP
2012

Blistering day for our Intro Rock Climbing Course in the mighty Gap of Dunloe, Kerry!!!

Well, our day began cloudy enough and the dreaded midgies were out in force – but the day soon brightened up to warm blistering sunshine and a light breeze that blew the tormenting buggers away. Today we had Ronan from...
29
JUL
2012

Cruach Mhór retreat and Howling Ridge success….

Sunday July 22nd had finally arrived for Philip and Scott from county Cavan and their guided attempt of the FULL circuit of the Hags Glen (Com Caillí),set in the heart of the magnificent MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains of Kerry....
22
JUL
2012

SUMMER COMES….. AND THEN… GOES…….

Well the summer finally arrived last Friday for our Intro rock climbing course  in the wonderful Gap of Dunloe for 7 workmates from Cork. The day began cloudy enough alright but soon the sun began to poke through and it wasn’t...
15
JUL
2012

The Hag’s Glen Circuit – Cruach Mhór to Knockbrinnea

Headed off to the mighty Reeks Saturday with my mate Colm to complete the circuit of the Hags Glen starting at Cronin’s Yard. We started off the day by first taking in the magestic peak of Cruach Mhór.The forecast was for good sunny...
13
JUL
2012

What we’ve been up to !!!

With all this wet weather we’ve had a quiet week and not been out in the Mountains. Have enjoyed the much needed break and it’s given us the chance to catch up with the more mundane Admin side of things!!!  One of the...
26
JUN
2012

West Waterford Weekend….

Well the forecasted rain held off on Saturday for the “Curlew walkers”from Sligo.The walking club were on a  weekend visit to the sunny south East and the plan for day 1 was  to shake off the cob-webs...
05
JUN
2012

Blissful couple of hours in the Gap….

The rain has stopped so we’re goin out to play!!!  Had planned on heading up North to Fair Head in county Antrim for the climbing “Meet” but never made it !!!! (Brownie points all used up!!!!) By all accounts the North...
27
MAY
2012

A magic day for our Intro Rock Climbing in Dunshean Head, Dingle on Saturday in blistering sunshine but high winds ( on top anyway!). Couldn’t have had nicer weather for our Rock Climbing Course for a group of 6 from Galway. Well worth the...
15
MAY
2012

Water water everywhere….But is it safe to drink ?!?!

When out guiding people in the wilds and mountains I get asked alot of questions about all matter of things. One of the most common questions is…   “Is the water safe to drink ?!?!?”…. In my own...
12
MAY
2012

Sun Shiny day for our Intro Climbing Course in East Cork…

Well finally the sun decided to shine and doesn’t it lift the spirits !?!? Today we had Ian from Cork and Andrew from Waterford and boy did they hit it lucky with the weather and enjoyed a fantastic day climbing on the wonderful...
02
MAY
2012

Guided ascent of Corrán Tuathail via Caher 28th April 2012

Congrats and well done to the “N.I Wild” crew from Co.Down….Really enjoyed spending my Birthday with you all in the Magnificent Mountains of Kerry…..A cool enjoyable day with an entertaining bunch of lads…. Forecast...
23
APR
2012

Winter Returns to Corrán Tuathail !!!

Winter well and truly returned to Kerry last weekend and added nicely to the challenge of our guided ascent of Corrán Tuathail….There was 3 tackling the climb via “O’Sheas” gully and boy did they really...
16
APR
2012

A fantastic weekend spent in the beautiful Gap of Dunloe..

Cork Institute of Technology Mountaineering Club had a somewhat chilly but sunny day for their Rock Climbing skills Course on Saturday.They spent a great and highly informative day on the wonderful crag o...
10
APR
2012

“THE PROCESS” with Ricky Bell

We are gearing up for the 3rd and final in our series of talks titled  “First Ascents and Vertical Adventures” All proceeds from these talks have been donated to Mountain Rescue. We are very grateful to all of those that...
02
APR
2012

Multi Pitch Climbing inThe Mournes

I spent last weekend multi pitch climbing in the beautiful Mourne Mountains of Co. Down.  Day 1 was spent climbing on Slieve Beg at the head of the Annalong Valley in glorious sunshine – an amazing spot! Day 2 was spent shivering on...
11
MAR
2012

Guided traverse of the Cummeenapeasta Ridge 11 March ’12

We guided John from Cork city today on his first traverse of this magnificent route – One of the finest in Ireland and what a day to do it in blistering sunshine looking down on a sea of cloud for as far as the eye could see with only the...
09
FEB
2012

“THE PROCESS” An Evening with Ireland’s top Trad Climber Ricky Bell !!!

We are delighted to finally announce part 3 of our lecture series!!!Following on from our other two highly successful and entertaining talks we again host another exciting evening of First Ascents and Vertical Adventures this time with...
10
JAN
2012

UNDISCOVERED IRELAND AND “THE REALMS OF CHAOS”…AN EVENING OF WILD ADVENTURE WITH IAIN MILLER…

“The Realms of Chaos” – An Evening of Wild Adventures with Iain Miller in Cork helps raise €286 for SARDA!!!! Proceeds of this entertaining,inspiring and highly informative talk are going to SARDA Search and Rescue Dogs… SARDA...
19
DEC
2011

WINTER CLIMBING ON CORRÁN TUATHAIL…

18th of December 2011….Mild weather on its way…One day of cold left!!!  None of the boys can come out to play today….Christmas shopping to be done – Which is what I probably should be doing …aswell as...
10
DEC
2011

Andy kirkpatrick visit to Cork raises €864 for Kerry Mountain Rescue Team!!!

A massive thanks to everyone that came to see Andy Kirkpatrick on his “Cold Wars” book tour visit to Cork. Andy was in top form with some crazy stories about his climbs in the Alps and his more recent...
29
SEP
2011

An Evening With Andy Kirkpatrick hosted by KerryClimbing

KerryClimbing are delighted to host Andy Kirkpatrick on his Cold Wars book tour to Cork!!! Andy has a reputation for seeking out climbing routes where the danger is real, and the return is questionable, pushing himself on some of the hardest...
22
SEP
2011

Wet and Wild weekend of KerryClimbing !!!

Here are some smiling faces despite the fairly “soft” weather that Blackrock Walking Club had for their Full day Intro Rock Climbing course with KerryClimbing.  It was a very enjoyable day, if at times wet but we all...
03
SEP
2011

What we have been up to….

Well summer is slowly drawing to a close, (though some will say it never really began!!),and people may be thinking that KerryClimbing will be taking it nice and easy for the Autumn and winter months…Not a chance!!! We already have...
16
AUG
2011

Guided Corrán Tuathail climb for 22…

On the 14th of August just gone, we guided 22 staff of “Lee strand co-op creamery” of Tralee to the top of Ireland’s highest….21 of them for their first time!!! The group were raising funds for a great local charity...
05
AUG
2011

We finally introduce our Intro Rock-climbing courses…

Yippee!!!…….. After a long wait we are delighted to finally be able to roll out our Intro rock-climbing courses…These will take place in various locations in both Kerry and East Cork…In Kerry they will be held in the...
05
JUL
2011

A busy few weeks of Kerry Climbing…

The mixed bag that is our Irish summer hasn’t deterred walkers and climbers alike from getting out and making the most of the our magnificent mountains and hills.A massive congrats and a very well done to...
14
JUN
2011

Footbridges provide vital access to Corrán Tuathail…

TWO footbridges providing access to Ireland’s highest mountain Corrán Tuathail along with a car park for hillwalkers, were officially opened recently in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. The mountain hosts tens of thousands of climbers each...
06
JUN
2011

The Feral Goats of Corrán Tuathail…

If you have ever  climbed or descended Corrán Tuathail via the “3 levels” or Coum’s, you may have spotted the family of Feral Goats….  What does ‘feral’ mean? The word feral means that these goats...
04
JUN
2011

Great weather for Corrán Tuathail…3rd June…

Fantastic weather yesterday for Pauls first ascent of Irelands highest…We left Cronins yard at 10am and the sun was splitting stones as we trekked up the Hags Glen….We were climbing via “Brother O’Sheas gully”(named...
23
MAY
2011

BROCKEN SPECTRE…

Those who love mountain climbing may have observed a strange and startling phenomenon: a shadowy, almost ghostly outline of a person magnified by a misty halo around it. This seemingly supernatural experience is called a Brocken Spectre or a...
05
MAY
2011

1943 Crash of USAAF “Dakota”” on Cnoc na Péiste…

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...
25
APR
2011

A less risky route to the roof of Ireland…

The Irish Times Saturday, June 26, 2010  JOHN G O’DWYER  Ireland’s highest mountain has been made safer by the construction of a bridge in the Hag’s Glen – and increased co-operation between those who own the land and those who...
16
APR
2011

Birds of the Irish mountains

The Chough… The chough is a member of the crow family of birds. The species in Ireland are the Red billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax). Their closest relatives outside the genus appear to be the jackdaws of the genus...
05
APR
2011

Crotty’s Rock… Coum Gabthartha is better known as Crotty’s Coum. William Crotty was a famous Waterford highwayman who was hung, drawn and quartered in the city in 1742. His life as a highway robber was not a solitary one. He...
23
MAR
2011

17th of April …”MOONLIGHT IN THE MOUNTAINS”

The Comeragh Mountains stretch diagonally across County Waterford from Dungarvan to Clonmel.  They divide the county roughly in half.  As mountains go they are not spectacularly high but they are rugged and interesting, abounding in...
21
MAR
2011

Plants of the Irish Uplands

DEVIL’S MATCHSTICKS Order: Lecanorales       Family: Cladoniaceae Species: Cladonia floerkeana This is the time of year when this tiny plant is most impressive.Tiny stem tipped flowers appear in vibrant red.  Commonly...
09
MAR
2011

Some pictures from a few days recent climbing in Scotland…

 A stunning morning on loch Marree,Torridon.    Triple Buttress,Beinn Eighe.  John and Brendan on the 3rd pitch of Eastern Buttress,Beinn Eighe. 
03
MAR
2011

Off climbing for a week to the Torridon Mountains of NW Scotland…

Torridon is on the west coast of Scotland, 100+ miles north of Fort William and 80 miles west of Inverness. Situated in an area well known to climbers, photographers, wildlife enthusiasts, hikers, and countless visitors from around the world,...
26
FEB
2011

Guided “Howling Ridge” Ascents….

TITLE: Carrauntoohil by Howling Ridge.COMMENTS: One of the “Classic” Irish mountaineering routes.GRADE: Very Diff. to Severe rock climbingVarious options for our descent dependant on time.Steep, Committing and exhilarating!Some...
14
FEB
2011

Wildlife of the Irish Mountains and Uplands…

Spotted a “white” mountain hare in the Galty mountains over the weekend.Was led to believe that the Irish species didn’t change colour..Interesting!!!Irish HareIrish name: GiorriaScientific name: Lepus timidus hibernicusThe...
12
FEB
2011

“Moonlight in the Mountains” on Feb 18th, The Comeraghs, Co.Waterford.

Our objective for this Moonlit walk is the stunning Coumshingaun Lake or Com Seangan (pissmire valley also translated as hollow of the ants).  Coumshingaun is perhaps the finest example of a glacial corrie or coum in the British...
02
FEB
2011

Guided Ascent of Carrauntoohil by “Stumpa an tSaimh”(Hags tooth) ridge. February 13th 2011 from 8am-5:30pm

  This amazing scrambling route to the top of Carrauntoohil ,first takes us to the summit of Irelands second highest mountain,Beenkeragh(1010mtrs)….Otherwise known as the “Hags Tooth ridge”,this climb gives us breathtaking...