Twin Peaks Challenge - Slieve Donard

Twin Peaks Challenge Walk

Twin Peaks Challenge Walk

The demanding Twin Peaks Challenge Walk was successfully and safely completed by the Cork Backpackers Hillwalkers Club recently.  On Saturday 17thSeptember, nine members summited Slieve Donard (850metres) in Co. Down the highest peak in Ulster in what can only be described as glorious weather peaking to 25 degrees all day.


Later walkers enjoyed a group dinner in Quinns Restaurant where the best food in South Down and the Mournes is served after the walk with social drinks and dancing to a live band into the early hours.


On Sunday 18th September, five members summited Lugnaquilla (925 metres) in Co. Wicklow the highest peak in Leinster in very bad weather, constant rain and fog for all the hike. This was in sharp contrast to the previous day which did not stop the brave members. Well done to all on this occasion.  A thoroughly enjoyable time and safe trip was had by all members travelling north and east for the weekend.


This trip is the last of the 2016 “Four Peaks Club Challenge” and successful climbers members will receive the Four Peaks Challenge Award a certificate at the annual Christmas dinner.


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. It is 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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