Kerry Climbing
Kerry Climbing
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 pinnacle of all mountain...
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 exploring and “going with the...
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 weather has forced my hand and I’ve...
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 hard to put into words my thoughts...
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.     The Reel Rock Film Tour is one...
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 posting on I’ve tended to be a...
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 this blog I’m afraid but better...
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 mountain event called –...
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 busy Easter weekend of absolutely...
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 I’d now packed away in my “Winter...
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 breezes and faultless cloudless skies....
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 all too rare 1 day Winter...
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 Face!!! Forecast was cold and settled...
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 play!!! We were blessed to have two...
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 our friends and to all who have...
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 inspiring and impressive talk by...
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 white!!! Yippeeeee… I legged it...
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 than your boots. To tell the truth my...
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…. Now into it’s...
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 afternoon and so we departed...
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 their backs in their beds with...
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 and hills of late that I’m...
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 yes, it is such a shame that this...
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 Reek’s. They are a truly...
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 Irish: Inis Faithlinn, meaning...
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 to climb it due to an unfavourable...
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 through and the ever so light breeze...
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 asked by Nigel of our equipment...
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 Ridge on Corrán Tuathail . 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 sapping side ways rain...
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 Ireland’s highest by...
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 days of Spring  brought a...
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 develop rock climbing in Co. Cork...
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  www.uniqueascent.ie/ ...
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 the highlight of the series...
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 I was browsing on the...
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 Ireland to tell us all...
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 KerryClimbing crew During his...
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” With a nice selection of 4...