Slieve Donard at Sunrise

Twin Peaks Challenge 2016

The Cork Backpackers Hillwalking Club will be holding its annual Twin Peaks Challenge 2016 next month.
On Saturday September 17 we will be climbing Slieve Donard, the highest mountain in Ulster. On Sunday September 18 we will be climbing Lugnaquilla, the highest mountain in Leinster.
The Cork Backpackers Hillwalking Club Twin Peaks Challenge 2016 is a unique opportunity to climb two of Ireland’s highest mountains in a single weekend. Are you up for the Twin Peaks Challenge?

We will be staying at the Tollymore National Outdoor Centre in the beautiful seaside town of Newcastle Co. Down on the nights of Friday September 16 and Saturday September 17. Accommodation is bed and breakfast in twin ensuite rooms and costs €75 per person. Places are limited and will be allocated strictly on a first come, first served basis.
If you want to participate in the Twin Peaks Challenge 2016 please contact either Dan White at donalantoindefaoite@gmail.com or Charlie Corrigan at charliecorrigan@eircom.net. We will be taking names – and money – in the Ovens Bar next Wednesday (August 10) from 9pm onwards.

Hillwaking in the Knockmealdowns

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday September 17 :  Slieve Donard

Slieve Donard is an 850-metre mountain in County Down, Northern Ireland. Part of the Mourne Mountains, it is the highest peak in Northern Ireland and in the wider province of Ulster. It is also the 19th highest peak on the island of Ireland.

Slieve Donard at Sunrise

Wonderfully dramatic, rugged and varied, the Mourne Mountains are quite simply a hill walker’s delight. Boasting a compact ring of 12 mountains above 600 metres and many other smaller hills, the range can undoubtedly lay claim to offer something for everyone, from the casual stroller to the seasoned hill walker alike. With several well defined paths, numerous stunning rocky tors, magical views and of course the legendary and epic Mourne Wall, this is one range that you simply must visit and explore. It’s no wonder that the Mourne Mountains are one of the leading locations in Ireland for walking holidays.

Sunday September 18: Lugnaquilla

Lugnaquilla is the highest peak of the Wicklow Mountains range and the highest in Ireland outside County Kerry. It is a broad and bulky mountain with a large plateau-type summit, bounded on two climb-lugnaquilla11sides by steep glacial corries called “North Prison” and “South Prison”.

Sitting rather squarely in the landscape it has no soaring rocky arêtes, no narrow exhilarating ridges and no needle like summit pointing to the sky. It’s summit cairn sits in a large open plateau, like a huge table top with a single salt cellar.

 

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