Members of the Cork Backpackers Hill walking Club had the challenge to climb Carrauntoohill, Ireland’s highest peak at 1,040 metres, on Sunday August 14th. There were three organised three walks, with a total of 27 Club members and our guests on the moderate and short walks making the climb to Carrauntoohil. The easy walkers completed a hike in the Hag’s Glen.
Fourteen walkers participated in the moderate walk, which was led by Jerry Murphy and started at Lisleibane. There was a long track in to the start of O’Shea’s Gulley via the lakes. The Gulley was a challenging climb in places and demanded care due to its loose scree and boulders.
At the top of the Gulley, veering left it led the group onto the long slope arriving at the summit where visibility was poor because of fog that descended quickly.
For the descent, Jerry led the group across the face of the mountain towards the Heavenly Gates in strong sunshine with full visibility. A most enjoyable day was experienced by everyone. Two guests on the moderate must be congratulated heartily for summiting Carrauntoohill because it was their first time ever on a mountain. Well done boys!!
There were 13 participants in short walk, which was led by Dan White. We started from Cronin’s Yard and ascended the mountain by the Devil’s Ladder. The short and moderate walks reached the summit at virtually the same time and we all posed for a group photograph. It was a perfect day for walking with the only disappointment being the cloud which stuck obstinately to the peak and deprived us of the usual stunning views.
The short walk made its descent via the Zig Zag and we were back in Cronin’s Yard soon after six thirty, less than seven-and-a-half hours after we set out.
The easy walk was led by Sean Keane and they completed a circuit of the Hag’s Glen valley in beautiful weather.
Afterwards all of the Backpackers retired to the Abbey Restaurant in Ballyvourney where tired limbs were rested, light refreshments were enjowed and the satisfaction of a successful climb was savoured.