Climb Carrauntoohil This April

Last Sunday was a busy on for Mid-Hillwalkers as we had well over 50 climbers and walkers out in the Comeragh Mountains.

Last Sunday was a busy on for Mid-Hillwalkers as we had well over 50 climbers and walkers out in the Comeragh Mountains.

It was a particularly special day for Tom Russell, Borrisoleigh, our longest serving member, who celebrated a significant birthday on a day which was marked with mountain-top champagne and a birthday cake organised by Dan Condren.

We already have over 30 participants confirmed and so we now have a full house in our hotel for the 5th annual winter gathering in the Scottish Highlands from February 19th to 23rd. Ray Creaney and Mary Power are already busy organising a special introductory winter climb of Ben Nevis for those who have not been up this mountain before and they now have nine participants signed up for this challenge. They will be taking the group for preparatory walks in the meantime and is also hoping to arrange crampon practice.

And, finally, a reminder that the 15th Kerry Challenge takes place in the Kenmare Bay Hotel from April 15th to 17th and offers a choice of walks ranging from an ascent of Carrauntoohil to wilderness walking for all fitness levels. All are welcome for this long established event, which supports the cause of visually impaired people, with an immediate 70 euro deposit securing you place. We are now organising a group of walkers interested in preparing to climb Carrauntoohil for the first time. If you might be interested in climbing our highest mountain on a slower paced walk, especially designed for first timers, please get in touch with Michael Sutton, 17 Willowmere Drive, Thurles Co Tipp; Tel: 0504-21482 or 086–4009989; email michaelsutton1949@gmail.com Next Sunday, Jan 16, the usual high level hillwalk departs from outside Cashel fire station at 11am.