Archive for: May 2010

The Classic Walks of Ireland: Blackstairs Challenge Walk…. The Battle of Ray

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Classic Walks of Ireland
In our first article looking at the Classic Walks in Ireland, Raymond Cummins gives an account of tackling the Blackstairs Challenge Walk, a walk which covers 26km over a total ascent of 1,525m. The walk took place on May 22nd in searing heat which gave the challenge an extra dimension. Although a Corkman originally, The Blackstairs are the mountains I live closest to, and see them everyday when I drive home from Dublin. I never tire of seeing the beautiful silhouette. Last May after some 4 years I returned to Ireland with my wife Suzanne. During my time in Kent I did very little hiking. The Blackstairs Challenge was my first challenge walk in some 6 years. My first hike was some 16 years ago in a day of rain and hailstones in The Gap of Dunloe. At 4.45am I got up and cooked breakfast, and made the final preparations, for the day. With my good friend Mark we headed off to the finish in Glynn, with concerns over the heat off the day, already on our minds. I am over 16 stone in weight, and was a bit concerned it might be a problem. Read more [...]

10HD – A Mayo Outdoors Event

Are you up for a 10HD? This new event which takes place on Saturday June 26th offers a mixture of cycling and hiking for lovers of the great West of Ireland Outdoors. Described as neither a race nor a competitive event, the 10HD will take place at a more leisurely pace. The Ten Hour Day leaves Newport, Co. Mayo for a 90-minute cycle before a six-hour hike on part of the Bangor Trail. The hike will take in the summit of Nephin Beg Mountain (627 m), before another 90-minute cycle brings the group back to Newport. So, are you up for 10HD - A Ten Hour Day? Read more [...]

Walk the Corrib Mask Isthmus at Cong Lakes Walks

Dates : Thursday June 10 to Sunday June 13. The pretty villages of Cong and Clonbur, on the Mayo Galway border, stand on the narrow isthmus between the great western lakes of Corrib and Mask. Based just outside Cong, these three days of guided walking will introduce our small group to this interesting landscape, dominated by water. Lough Mask lies north of the villages, with Corrib to the south, while the land between is one of sinks and springs, with the famous Cong dry canal. Two days are Read more [...]

Wicklow Mountain Rescue team in Glendalough call-out

Wicklows Mountain Rescue Teams were alerted by the Gardaí and asked to assist two Polish nationals who had become cragfast in the Kevins Bed area of Glendalough. The two men had managed to cross some particularly dangerous ground but eventually became stuck, unable to move any further and also unable to retreat from their predicament. Members of the Dublin & Wicklow and Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Teams used ropes to descend approximately 200 meters to the mens location from the 'boardwalk', a manmade pathway above the upper lake cliffs in Glendalough. The two men were assisted down to the lakeshore below and from here they were evacuated using the Wicklow Mountains National Park & Wildlife Service boat. Both men were thankfully uninjured. The rescue teams ended the operation just after 10:30pm last night. Read more [...]

Gear Review: Yew Clothing Everywhere Extreme

Yew Clothing are a sports and outdoor clothing company that makes ethically sourced clothes from environmentally friendly and sustainable materials. The company provides a range of durable technical tops, base layers and jackets made from 100% recycled polyester from consumer waste. This means that the fabric used to create them is produced from re-processed plastics like drinks bottles, helping to reduce waste and using much less energy to produce than brand new fibres The Yew Everywhere Extreme Read more [...]

Gear Review: Meindl Respond XCR Multi-Terrain Shoe

There are more and more multi-activity shoes coming to market. These shoes offer a trade-off between the lightness of trail runners and the support and protection offered by hiking boots. As the name suggests, they also allow you to seemlessly blend multiple activities such as biking, walking and running without the need for seperate dedicated footwear. The Respond XCR is Meindl's newly launched multi-terrain shoe and comes in a mid-boot or shoe version. My first impressions of the shoes were that Read more [...]

What we’ve been reading..

From the definitive guide to Ireland's mountains to a highly entertaining account of the crazy sport of Fell-Running, here's what we've been reading recently: The Mountains of Ireland (Paddy Dillon) This book has quite simply become the definitive guide to Ireland's mountains. In it, Dillon identifies the 212 distinct mountains in Ireland over 2,000 feet based on his on-site appraisals. 12 of these mountains are over 3,000 feet. The book breaks these mountains down into 70 excellent walking routes Read more [...]

Wanted: Cyclists & Hikers to cycle 8OKM and then climb Carrauntouhil!

At 7.30 am on Saturday July 17th, the Irish Heart Foundation and the Mercy Hospital in Cork will lead cyclists out of Cork City as they begin the first module of a unique and challenging event, the 2010 Bike N Hike Challenge. Cyclists will need to complete an 80km cycle from Cork City to Killarney as they make their way to Kerry to begin the second part of this challenge. Following lunch and a change of clothes from their Lycra shorts and cycling shoes into hiking boots and base layers participants Read more [...]