The walkers of the Cork Backpackers Club travelled to beautiful Glendalough, Co Wicklow for the June bank holiday weekend. Even the so-so weather didn’t deter the Backpackers from enjoying Wicklow’s magnificent walks and scenery. Over 50 Backpackers made the trip with most of us staying at the Glendalough International Hostel.

On Saturday two of the Club’s three walks climbed Lugnaquilla, the highest mountain in Leinster at 925 metres. Donal O’Leary led 13 Backpackers in the moderate walk up the western side from the Glen of Imaal while Charlie Corrigan led 18 Backpackers in the “easy” walk up the eastern side of Lug. Gerry O’Connell took charge of the short walk with 14 Backpackers traversing the Glendalough National Park by way of the Spinc and Lugduff.

For those still feeling sufficiently energetic Gerry O’Connell led a 53-kilometre cycle on Sunday via Annamoe, Ashford and Varty Reservoir while Charlie Corrigan led a walk through Glendalough National Park.

The trip was organised by the indefatigable Amanda Daunt and also included many social events including a special Backpackers Club dinner at the Glendalough Hotel on Saturday night.

The Cork Backpackers Club organises walks for walkers of all levels of experience and ability. We meet every Wednesday night at Counihan’s Bar in Pembroke Street, Cork and new members are always welcome.

Following our successful ascent of Lugnaquilla, the Backpackers are now half-way through the Backpackers Challenge. We climbed Mweelrea, the highest mountain in Connacht over Easter. This leaves only Carrauntoohil, the highest mountain in Ireland and Munster, and Slieve Donard, the highest mountain in Ulster, to be climbed to complete the Challenge.

Bring ‘em on!


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