22nd. October 2017. Mullaghcleevaun.


Grade 2 hike, 21.5k with 1035m ascent.

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15th. October 2017. Lugnaquilla.

So…..my first ascent of Lug @925m. Looking forward to it but…….

Weather was savage up higher. Horizontal wind and rain. Low biz. Boots even let in water, a lot. My fault as I didn’t put on overtrousers.

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7/8th. October 2017. MS1 Course.

Two day mountain skills course, mandatory in order to join The Irish Ramblers.

5 Ramblers and 5 others. 

Course led by Niall Ennis helped by Emily.

We hiked around the Brockaghs on day one in very strong winds. Really cold. Map reading difficult with winds. Lesson learned.

Learned an awful lot about bearings etc , much more than I thought I learned on YouTube.

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Scarr, 24th. Sept. 2017


Just short of 18k. starting from Glenmacnass Waterfall CP. 13 souls on a really nice sunny day.

3+ hike in a new area for me again, Scarr, Drummin, Red Shed, Barton’s Wood (nice camping spots possibly), Lough Dan, Kanturk and down to cars.

Very mixed terrain, the usual stuff. Right foot went “under” possibly three times, definitely twice 🙂

Loads of mushrooms at this time of year and some “magic” ones around Lough Dan area. Cough.

Lough Dan

Lough DanScout Hut Lough DanLough Dan Scouts

Lough Dan Cul De Sac

Ramblers Lough Dan

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Camaderry, 3rd.Sept. Adv. Intro Hike



Helping Geraldine C. with the last batch of fresh meat for the club, the Advanced Intro. Hike, supposedly at a 3+ pace but turned out a tad slower, a few casualties. To be expected, that’s fine.

One guy had to be brought back about 7k. in. Collapsed about 4 times, well…..fell. I had to take a girls pack up the Camaderry ascent, she was lagging too far behind and couldn’t cope. Nice and heavy it was, hanging from one shoulder with my pack on my back. Balance was all over the shop 🙂 Was grand, good workout if anything. You’d want to see the size of her coffee flask though………….and other stuff…..


fog on East CamaderryLow cloud GlendaloughGlendalough boardwalk

Conditions for the most part were low cloud, foggy, zero breeze and midges on hilltops when you stopped. Extremely hot going, clammy.



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Donard, 27th. August 2017.


19.5k, Pinnacle, Corriebracks, Lobawn, Sugarloaf and cars.

Only 7 of us, led by Damian Cassells. Weather very good and dry. Route mostly as a few weeks ago so I seemed to find it easier (holding back a bit)…….maybe fitness is improving

Could be a move up to Grade 2’s…….. 😉

Picking blackberries

Tractor 1Tractor 2

Damien Cassells…..Damien Cassells

Next Sunday it’s helping out with Geraldine Cleary on the “Advanced Intro Hike”, fresh meat.


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Aughavannagh area, 24th. August 2017

Almost 18k. with an 805m elevation.


23 on this Thursday hike, quite a big number apparently, but maybe my last Thursday hike for a while as I was on holidays for two weeks.

Croghanmoira @716m. was a tough, uphill struggle through heather mostly.

Me on CroghanmoiraGroup on Croghanmoira 716m

Some road walking and hiking through woods is always nice,

Line out out of woods

…..finishing up with a stretch along The Wicklow Way back to Iron Bridge CP and back then to Glenmalure Lodge where some of us carpooled.

That’s my fourth Grade 3+ hike completed and am now allowed to take out full membership of The Irish Ramblers club after I complete my MS1 two day mountain skills course in early October (booked).

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