This Saturday, 38 members of Mid Tipp Hill Walkers head to Scotland for their eighth annual winter mountaineering meet. Staying in Fort William, they will take on a series of challenges at various levels of difficulty, all depending on weather. With, hopefully, good snow conditions, nearly all walks and climbs will involve crampons, ice-axes and, in some cases, ropes.
Last weekend, a group of 18 did a six hour high level walk taking in the Comeragh and Monavullagh Mountains. This was longer than the usual Sunday walk, a good training exercise for Scotland.
This Sunday, while most high level walkers are away, Joan Lysaght and Maura Creaney will lead a moderate level walk, leaving from opposite the fire station in Cashel at 11am.
As always, new walkers are very welcome. Just bring boots or strong shoes, warm clothes and raingear and a packed lunch. Also, a change of clothes and footwear for after the walk is a good idea.
For further details about any of the walks, check out our website at www.midtipphillwalkers.ie