23 Mar 2020: Today, Rachel and I enjoyed a leisurely walk on Seefin. We were very lucky with the weather as the sun was beating down on us and we could see Castle Oliver, Kilcruig and The Galtees and much more on the way up. This brought me 5 points ahead of Dad, which I was very excited about. But then, disaster struck!!!
When I text Dad to tell him that I was 5 points ahead of him, he responded with a message saying that Kieron Gribbon of High Point Ireland and the Ireland Walking Guide announced today that all Upland sports competitions were suspended taking effect from Monday the 23rd March (Today) until Thursday 30th April. Noooooo! This meant that I would no longer have my 5 point lead on Dad!
Luckily though, by evening, Dad received an Email from Kieron gribbon saying that I logged Seefin a few minutes before the announcement, meaning I would still receive the points! Whoopee! This means that not only am I now 5 points ahead of Dad, but he can't do anything about it for another month! Sadly though, we will have to take a break from Highpointeering for a month, so don't be expecting any new High Points soon!
The Very Next Day:
To get a bit of fresh air, Rachel and I decided to climb Kilcruig. Alongside some fresh air, we also got some amazing views of the surroundings as well.
The Day After The Very Next Day:
I decided to go for a 5km run at my local running track, which I really enjoyed. It only took me 24:21 minutes, which is only one second slower than my fastest time!
I then went for a walk in Doneraile Park with the rest of my family and we did a 5km walk. This was a day before the new restrictions that advised us to stay within 2km of our home was introduced, so it was still OK to do so. Now that the new restrictions are here though, we are limited to either walking at the track or on the road. The track is pictured above in my run, and the following is the road loop.
Hopefully the situation will get better soon though. See you then!
20 Mar 2019: After a beautiful stroll on the Ardmore Cliff Walk with Mom and Dad, Dad and I decided to slot in yet another High Point, Carronadavderg, as it was only 20 minutes away from Ardmore. It was a short walk to the top up a mast road, and we saw some great views of Ardmore and the sea from the top. 20 minutes later, we were back at the car headed home for kildorrery with our 26th Unique High Point in the bag.
16 Mar 2020: On Monday, Dad, Rachel and I set out on another Highpointeering adventure with the hopes of completing the 25 Peak Challenge. We had 5 High Points planned for the day; Moylussa, Tountinna, Keeper Hill, Cullaun and the Devils Bit. We left kildorrery at 5:30AM and headed for Moylussa, our first High Point of the day.
We enjoyed a brisk walk up Moylussa which offered great views of the surrounding area including Lough Derg, Killaloe, and even Tountinna, which just so happened to be one of the High Point that we had planned to complete today. It was very windy at the summit, but thankfully the bog was frosted over meaning it was much easier to get to the north-west summit. There are two different summits on Moylussa so we decided to log both as they are only a few minutes away from each other. After we had both summits logged, we picked back up our quick pace and were back at the car in no time at all. Next up, Tountinna!
We could drive up a mast road to the peak of Tountinna. After a 5 minute log, we were on the road again, though this time we were heading for Keeper Hill.
We got a pleasant surprise when we arrived at Keeper Hill as the forestry gate was open, meaning that we could drive up a bit of the mountain, cutting 8km out of our 17km walk. Yipee! We really enjoyed looking at the beautiful waterfalls as we powered up the rest of the way on foot. After a quick Peakhunter log and some more waterfall gazing, we were back at the car and were heading for our second last mountain of the day, Culluan.
After a lovely lunch in the car, we were fueled and raring to go for Culluan. We flew up the steep part and were soon following Peakhunter through a heather covered mountain top to the High Point. We pretty much flew down the mountain with excitement to complete our 25 Peak Challenge on the Devil's Bit.
We went up the Devil's Bit like rockets, fueled by excitement. After what seemed like no time at all, we were at the peak, logging our 25th High Point, meaning that we had completed the challenge, and became the first to complete it in 2020 as well. Yipee!! After a quick descent, we were on our way home, our stomachs anticipating a lovely dinner.
25 Peak Challenge: Start To Finish
We logged our first High Point of the year, Seefin, on the first of January, and since then, we have walked 110.73km and climbed 6,256m to log the 25 High Points. We finished off the challenge on the Devil’s bit on the 16 Mar 2020. Make sure to watch this space though, because we plan to do another spurt of mountains in the weeks to come.
14 Mar 2020: Since Coderdojo was postponed due to the virus, Dad and I decided to use the free time to do some highpointeering. We had 7 High Points Planned for the day; Carricktriss Gorse, Brandon Hill, Blackstairs Mountain, Mount Leinster, Clogrennan Hill, Clomantagh Hill and Knocknamuck.
We left Kildorrery at 5:30AM and headed for our first High Point of the day, Carricktriss Gorse. It took us over an hour to find the trig of this High Point the last time we were here, but we knew exactly where it was this time so we were up and down in 20 minutes or so.
Next up was our first big High Point of the day, Brandon Hill! Dad and I powered up this one and managed to get up and down in just over 1 Hour and 10 minutes, which was a record time for us!
After that, we travelled over to Blackstairs Mountain. It was a long but enjoyable climb up, with rain starting to fall near the peak. It was a bit windy at the top, so I really had to hold onto the poster tightly! We were up and down in 2 hours, which isn't bad for a 7km walk with an elevation gain of over 512m!
Since it was still raining at the base of Mount Leinster, I decided to change into dry pants and put on my waterproof overtrousers so that I would be dry for the rest of the day. There were strong winds and heavy rain on Mount Leinster, so we just had to put our heads down and walk on. We eventually reached the top though, and after a quick Peakhunter log we were on our way down again. Thankfully, the wind was behind us now so we almost flew down.
Following our wet walk up Mount Leinster, we had three more small High Points left; Clogrennan Hill, Clomantagh Hill and Knocknamuck. We waded our way through one boggy field to get to Clogrennan Hill, walked through some unfamiliar surroundings such as hawthorn trees in random spots and limestone on our way up to Clomantagh Hill and made a run for it up Knocknamuck as it was beginning to rain again. We finished up our day of highpointeering around 5:20pm and were back home in Kildorrery for 6:30pm.
Throughout the day we managed to log 7 High Points bringing us to a total of 20 unique High Points in the 25 Peak Challenge. We walked 22.7KM and climbed 1278m. Watch this space though because we're heading off again on monday for some more action-packed highpointeering.
07 Mar 2020: After a great karate squad training in Passage West, Dad and I decided to tick off a few High Points in the locality. After Dad explained to a passing Garda why we were loitering around the masts at Rathmacullig, we were able to cross the field the short distance to log the High Point of Cork City, Rathmacullig. We then went on to log Mullaghanish outside Ballyvourney. Luckily, the gates were open so we could drive to the top. BINGO!!! Number two logged! Next up, Great Island which was just a short detour near Cobh on our way home. After walking through the Fairyland Forest and across a few fields we arrived at our third and final High Point for the day, Great Island and as we got back to the car the heavens opened as the rain that was threatened all day had finally arrived.
So that is another 3 High Points for the 25 Peak Challenge bringing our total to 13.
27 Feb 2020: Tonight, My Aunt Josephine, Dad and I climbed Slievenamon. It was a beautiful and starry night which offered us great views of the locality. There was also a bit of snow nearer the top which I really enjoyed jumping around in. This was our 10th High Point in the 25 peak challenge.
20 Feb 2020: What pops into your mind when you think of Galway or Mayo? Galway City, Killary Harbour, The Great Western Greenway or even Westport? Well, whenever Dad and I think of Galway or even Mayo, images of boggy and steep mountains pop into our head. That is exactly what we were in that area for this morning, some Hectic Highpointeering. We had the hope to tick as many as FIVE Connacht High Points off our list, but only managed to do two due to the weather conditions and amount of daylight this time of year.
We left Kildorrery at 5:30am Thursday morning and arrived at Sheeffry Woods, the start point of our first of 3 High Points planned for the day, Barrclashcame, at around 9:30am. Mam was able to get us close enough to the start point, but couldn't drive any further up the forestry road due to potholes, so we cycled the rest (More on why we had the bikes with us later on). We were very lucky with the weather, enjoying sunny conditions even though we had driven through many heavy showers on the way. From the startpoint we could see that there was snow at the top.
We began with a steep and boggy climb to reach the ridge leading to Sheeffry. By the time we got to the ridge, the wind had already picked up and snow was beginning to appear underfoot. We soon found out that some of the snow was actually ice, which, along with the wind, caused us to slip quite a bit. We followed the ridge till we reached the High Point, and despite the wind, and the odd hail shower we managed to log it on Peakhunter, take pictures, and not lose our poster. A few slips and tumbles later, we were back at the bikes in Sheeffry Wood indulging in our sandwiches. It was now just after 1:00PM and a heavy shower had forced us under the storm shelter for our lunch.
After our lunch, we hopped on our bikes and began our 15km cycle. We first cycled out of the woods onto the Sheeffry Pass. The 3km of the Sheeffry Pass was absolute torture due to the extreme wind pushing against us. At one point, I was cycling downhill, in my lowest gears as hard as I could, but despite that, the wind managed to slow me to a stop! We decided to hunch down by a stream in our storm shelter, using the bank as a further windbreak for about ten minutes until the wind eased a bit. As soon as we turned left off the Sheeffry Pass onto the R335 towards Aasleagh Falls though, we were lifting as we had left the wind behind! We got great views of the surrounding area, and I really enjoyed the cycle along the edge of Killary Fjord. As soon as we arrived at Aasleagh Falls, the starting point of our next mountain, we were forced to retreat into the storm shelter once again because of some more rain, but I thought it was the perfect moment to eat some chocolate. So I did! After 5 or 10 minutes, the rain had stopped and we began our next mountain, Ben Gorm. It was a very boggy and steep start, but once we got onto the ridge that would lead us to Ben Gorm it was much better underfoot. We found it a very long slog to the summit, but we managed to get there by 4:40pm. After logging it on Peakhunter and taking some pictures, we were off again. We were very lucky to get that far with clear views because as soon as we turned for the descent we had white out conditions for ten to fifteen minutes. We were back down for 6 O’Clock. We were not able to climb our third mountain, Maumtrasna as it was already almost dark so we got Mam to pick us up instead. We headed back to Peacockes Hotel, where we would be staying for the night.
Sadly, it was constantly raining the next day and the winds were too strong so we were not able to climb any mountains. Instead we had a nice relaxing day in the hotel. On a few occasions we went to the watch tower of the hotel and could see the sheets of rain crossing below confirming we had made the right decision. Nevertheless we were delighted to have conquered another two of Connachts mountains and to have now reached nine High Points of our 25 Peak Challenge.
We had an early departure on Saturday morning to head for Fermoy and a weekend of Karate workshops.
We will be back to Galway/Mayo to continue the remaining 21 Mainland Connacht High Points, so watch this space!
17 Feb 2020: On Monday, Dad and I decided to do a High Point called Woodcock Hill as we were in the vicinity anyway dropping my sister Rachel to college. We were able to drive most of the way, so we only had to walk a couple of hundred meters. We got great views of Limerick City and the River Shannon. We were back on our way home in no time at all. This was our 7th High Point in the 25 Peak challenge.
13 Feb 2020: On Thursday Johnny, Dad and I decided to climb Knockmealdown. It was a beautiful night with lovely clear skies and no wind. There were also occasional patches of snow on the way up. From the top, the clear skies allowed us to see for miles and miles. This was our 6th Highpoint in the 25 High Point Challenge.
08 Feb 2020: Since there is no better way to start a day than by climbing a mountain, guess what Dad and I did at 6 O’ Clock this morning? We climbed a mountain! Galtymore, to be exact! We set off in the dark, dawn breaking soon after. It never really brightened up though because of the fog. It was a nice climb up with only one short shower of hail. There was a light dusting of snow and icicles near the top, which I thought was pretty cool (No pun intended). It was pretty windy at the top, and it caused my sign to be blown away . After quickly logging it on Peakhunter, we began to make our way down. One short shower of hail later, we were back in the car on our way home.