Recent club events include our trip to Slieve Donard in September. Cork Backpackers Hillwalking Club travelled north to Co. Down to climb Slieve Donard, the highest mountain in Ulster. Fifteen Backpackers made the trip and experienced glorious weather for the climb.
Club Events: Four Peaks Challenge 2015 Update – Slieve Donard
Slieve Donard was the fourth of the Backpackers’ Four Peaks Challenge Walks, with club members climbing the highest mountains in Munster, Connaught, Leinster and Ulster. The trip was organised by Backpackers’ chairman Charlie Corrigan. We journeyed up on Friday, September 18, and stayed in the Mourne Centre in Atticall on Friday and Saturday nights.
On Saturday night we enjoyed an excellent meal cooked by our hostess, Mourne Centre director Mairead White. On both Friday and Saturday nights we received a real cead mile failte from Atticall GAA club – our sincere thanks to the chairman Cyril Trainor and all of the other club members who made us so welcome.
Cork Backpackers Hillwalking Club meets every Wednesday in Counihan’s Bar, Pembroke Street. We organise walks every second Sunday for walkers of every level of experience and fitness. New members are always welcome.
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Challenge Walks Update No. 3
On June 7th last the Backpackers headed to the mighty MacGillicuddy Reeks to take on Ireland’s highest mountain. The Moderate Walkers and the Short Walkers were both tackling Carrauntouhill albeit using different approaches. The Moderate Walk with 13 walkers led by Greg O’Hare and assisted by John O’Sullivan (Ovens) completed the Coumlougha Horseshoe taking in the three highest peaks in Ireland in one go! The short walk with 23 walkers led by the loquacious Liam Long and assisted by Charlie Corrigan approached Carrauntouhill by Brother O’Shea’s Gully and descended by the Zig Zag path completing the walk in approximately 7 hours. Incidentally as the Short walkers were ascending the last 100 metres or so they met the Moderate walkers heading for the breathtaking Beenkearagh ridge. That evening after the walk there were great celebrations in Kate Kearney’s Cottage.
So far between Mwealrea, Lugnaquilla and Carrauntouhill more than 120 challenge walks have been completed by members. There will be a further opportunity for members to climb Carrauntouhil on August 16th. Arrangements for climbing Slieve Donard the final of the Four Peaks Challenge are ongoing and details will be announced shortly.
Challenge Walks Update
On the June weekend last almost 50 Backpackers headed for Glendalough in County Wicklow where the mighty Lugnaquilla awaited us.
Saturday was the nominated day to take on the Challenge with the weather forecast favourable until late in the day when rain would spread from the west. Twelve members on the moderate walk led by Donal O’Leary gained the summit of Lugnaquilla from the Glen of Imaal. The other challenge walk with nineteen members led by Charlie Corrigan completed a circuit starting from the Glenmalure Valley. In all 31 members completed the Lugnaquilla Challenge with great celebrations in the Glendalough Hotel that night.
Interestingly four members have already completed three of the Four Peaks Challenge. Sunday June 7th will give many Backpackers the opportunity to complete their third challenge walk with more than thirty members climbing Carrauntouhill.
Backpackers Four Provinces Challenges Walks.
There is a huge interest in the Backpackers Challenge Walks and 50 members have registered for them.
The Easter weekend in Leenane, Co. Galway gave us the opportunity to take on the long awaited Mweelrea Challenge Walk.
In all 30 backpackers spread over the moderate, the short and the easy walk approaching from different directions completed the challenge. That evening there were great celebrations in the hotel and each successful walker was presented with an Easter Bunny. Well done to all.
On Sunday April 12th last the club was down in the McGillicuddy Reeks to take on the mighty Carrauntouhill. In the event the moderate walk with six members led by Jerry Murphy ascended by the Heavenly Gates route and reached the summit in three hours and returned by the zig zags. Well done to all concerned.
Our next challenge is Lugnaquilla in Wicklow over the June Bank Holiday weekend. Early booking is advisable as this will be the club’s only opportunity to climb Lugnaquilla this year.
The following Sunday June 7th we will have a further opportunity to conquer Carrauntouhill.