On Sunday March 13th the club is climbing in the MacGillicuddy Reeks and this gives members the opportunity to climb Carrauntoohil (1038 metres) Munster and Ireland’s highest mountain.
The “I Climbed Carrauntoohil Certificate” will be presented at the after walk venue to each member who succeeds in climbing this iconic mountain.
Carrauntoohil is also the first of the Four Peaks 2016 Challenge Walks. Members who are successful in climbing the highest peak in each of the four provinces during 2016 will be presented with the Four Peaks 2016 Challenge Award at the club’s Christmas Party / Dinner in December 2016. Last year was the first year this event was held by the club and proved to be very successful.
The second of the Four Peaks 2016 Challenge Walks is Mwealrea (814 metres) and takes place on Saturday March 26 during the Easter Weekend in Leenane, Co. Galway.
The dates for Lugnaquilla (925 metres) and Slieve Donard (850 metres) have yet to be finalised.
There will of course be further opportunities for members to climb Carrauntoohil during the coming months.
All members are encouraged to get out walking regularly and increase their level fitness for this inspiring challenge.
Carrauntoohil (Irish Corrán Tuathail) is the highest peak in Ireland. Located in County Kerry, it is 1,038 metres (3,406 ft) high and is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy’s Reekss range. The ridge northward leads to Ireland’s second-highest peak, Beenkeragh (1,010 m), while the ridge westward leads to the third-highest peak, Caher (1,001 m). Carrauntoohil overlooks three bowl-shaped valleys, each with its own lakes. To the east is Hag’s Glen or Coomcallee (Com Caillí, “hollow of the Cailleach”), to the west is Coomloughra (Com Luachra, “hollow of the rushes”) and to the south is Curragh More (Currach Mór, “great marsh”).
A steel Christian cross, 5 metres (16 ft) tall, was erected on the summit in 1976 but was cut down by vandals in November 2014. The cross was re-erected a short time later on Saturday, Nov. 29.