Last weekend Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers had a group in the Burren on the final potholing expedition of the year. An initial abseil into the pot was followed by a long crawl. For Bernie Dwyer, Mary Power and Martina Kerrane this was their first experience of an extended flat-out crawl made more difficult by a navigational error into a dead-end passage. This required an unplanned reverse crawl but all three performed with flying colours and soon after were exploring the wonderful formations in Branch Passage Gallery with its many stalagmites, stalactites, pillars and roof decorations.
However, 800m underground and after many more hands and knees crawls a difficult downclimb led to a gorge where water level unfortunately proved too high to allow a full traverse through the cave system. The group then returned upstream before reversing their crawl and coming back to daylight after about four and a half hours underground. A memorable day was then topped off with a visit to O’Connor’s in Doolin for food and Irish music by the fireside.
Meanwhile, put the date, Sunday, Dec 18, into your diary for this is the day of our annual Holly Walk. This easy ramble is designed to suit the entire family and there is always plenty of seasonal carols and mulled wine on the route of what has now become a highlight of the walking year.
Finally we will be returning to the local hills on Sunday next Nov 27 with a high level hillwalk led by Joan Quinn and a moderate level walk - which is open to all comers with waterproof gear and boots - led by Ray Creaney. Both walks are leaving from outside Cashel firestation at 11am.