It's not often we get the opportunity to climb in Ireland with enough snow to make it worth while, but every now and again Carrauntouhill gives us the chance to have some fun in the snow. Last sunday was such a day with plenty of snow on the ground. our group headed up by The Heavenly Gates where we met the first line of fresh snow. From there on it was hard going with no trail to follow as it had been covered with snow but soon we were on to the saddle at the top of the Devil's Ladder. Visibility was poor and only when the group got to the summit did the clouds part to reveal the majestic views across the Eastern Reeks. from the summit it was down to the Devil's Ladder where we encountered several walkers ill equipped for a day on the snow and were saved a potential call to mountain rescue by a clear end to the day where they could safely see their way back down.
The climb down the Devil's Ladder was not for the faint hearted with snow and ice making progress slow but before long the group were back down in the Hag's Glen and with the long walk ahead back to Cronins Yard and some hot beverage and some welcome food after another smashing day on Ireland's highest mountain, Carrauntouhill.
We had an interesting day today when we climbed The North Prison on Lugnaquilla Co Wicklow. The day started from Fentons pub at the foot of Lug, from there it was up onto Camerahill and a long traverse across to the foot of Lug where we headed up The North Prison. Lots of snow still about but very wet at the start. Conditions improved underfoot nearer the top where we met quite a few groups out enjoying the snow. Visibility was very poor at the summit where a wrong bearing would have you lost over the edge, so it was with great care we headed back along the "tourist" route back to Fentons Pub before the forecasted rain came. Another great day out on the Irish Hills. C
With the current cold snap it's given nature a chance to take a breath, with the Red Squirrel getting a chance to forage on the forest floor. There are quite a few red's in the forest and we see them quite regularly when they come to feed on the bird table. Even with two dogs and two cats to contend with they seem to be unfussed and go about their business with the usual speed and agility that you would expect from these wonderful creatures. We hope you enjoy the video.
If you have ever thought you would like to climb Ireland's highest mountain "Carrauntouhill" then now is your chance. We have put together a package to give you the best chance to climb this iconic mountain. The climb will take place on Saturday March 19th and is weather dependant (it would be postponed until a later date). Return Bus from Roscrea Co Tipperary, experienced guides, complimentary Tea and Coffee and advice on nutrition and clothing. The cost of this trip is €70.00 pp inc return bus. Deposit of €20.00 on or before Saturday 12th March.
So why not join us on what could be the climb of a lifetime. We hope to see you soon.
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This is possibly the first bit of snow that i have walked in this winter. It was great to get out with my Labrador "Bruno" and get the boots into some fresh snow. Keeper Mountain is a climb that can be completed by any reasonably fit person. With great views across The Silvemines and the Shannon i would recommend this part of Ireland for a days hiking. If this is something you might fancy why not drop us a line at ClimbIreland and we will put together a smashing day out on the hills. Happy New Year to everyone and stay safe on the hills. C
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