La Gomera Walking Ventures forth in Urris Hills of Donegal

Sunday 3rd July 2011. Garret Wilson very kindly drove us to the Gap of Mamore in the Inishowen the extreme NW tip of Ireland where we proceeded to climb into the Urris Hills and walk in a westerly direction along the ridge to the site where a Wellington Bomber crashed in 1944 having lost its way in fog while returning to Limavady from U-Boat patrol in the North Atlantic. Six young men died that morning and today rusty wreakage and a cross marks the spot. (You can read more about this tragedy here)

This ridge walk has to be one of the best in Ireland with fabulous views out over Lough Swilly as far as Mulroy and Sheephaven Bay as well as Slieve Snacht, Inch island and Grainan na Aileach with Fahan & Rathmullan in the foreground. Unfortunately for us we only had a few brief glimpses when the low clouds lifted momentarily but nevertheless a most enjoyable & interesting day.

Good summer training for our return to La Gomera walking in October!

 

Man climbs Croagh Patrick 365 times in a year!!

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

A Mayo man achieved a life time's ambition this week when he climbed Ireland's Holy Mountain for 365 consecutive days and in so doing raised thousands of euros for charity.

Over 500 people, including local parish priest Fr John Kenny who said a special mass at the summit, accompanied Matt Loughrey last weekend as the thirty two year old climbed Croagh Patrick for the 365th consecutive day and in the process he raised over €30,000 for the Saint Vincent De Paul Society.  

Speaking after the record climb Matt claimed that while the physical exertions of the past twelve months had been exhausting he is still motivated to continue his fundraising initiative for at least another two years. He claimed "I'm relieved to be rid of the physicality side of the challenge. It has had a tremendous effect on my body. Mentally I'm still very fit and I'm more than able for it but there is no doubt that the physical side of it does catch up on you. I'll be sad to see the social side of it go and that is the area that I will miss the most."

 He says he will now take a few weeks off before beginning his next 365 day challenge which will see him kayaking to each of the islands in Clew Bay. He will announce his chosen charity for the project in the coming weeks. His challenge has generated huge interest with his Croagh Patrick 365 Facebook page getting up to 70,000 hits per day.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0604/croaghpatrick.html#video

 

8th June 2011 Hiking Poles Recommended

INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAINEERING AND CLIMBING FEDERATION recommendation as follows:-

Use of adjustable sticks as a hiking aid, especially for downhill walking, is advantageous and recommended in the following situations:

• advanced age, excess body weight
• when suffering from diseases of the joints or the spine
• when carrying heavy backpacks
 

 

 

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