19 Nov 2019: Nice hike on Slievenamuck this evening with Josephine and Dad. Took a different route this time, a bit longer but enjoyable never the less. We parked after the Ballinacourty House just outside Lisvernane and set off at 6:30pm backwards around the Red Dolmen Trail. This was our fourth visit to Slievenamuck in 2019, in fact in November, so we earned our final 3 points from the mountain today.
12 & 16 Nov 2019: Getting more points for the Highpointeer Of The Year Competition had us out to our local High Points again over the last week.
First up last Tuesday, during the full moon, Josephine joined us for a walk from Lisvernane to Slievenamuck.
As we returned to the car Dad decided why not drive over to Glenbrohane and do Slievereagh too! We would still be home for eleven. This was a magical walk as we only needed to turn on a light at the very top; the whole country was lit up by the full moon.
Saturday arrived and we had a plan for an action packed day; Knocknaskagh first, then breakfast, CoderDojo, Dinner, Kildorrery Karate Club collection, Slievenamuck and Slievereagh.
The sun was just rising as we set off through the forest road for Knocknaskagh. Dad was delighted to get a few nice pictures and the Galty’s looked amazing in the distance with their bright white caps of snow. We took a slightly longer route to the top but it was worth it for the views. I also enjoyed breaking some ice with a stick I had found. See a video below!!!.
The sun was just setting as we met Johnny in Lisvernane for our walk to Slievenamuck. The moon was to rise much later this evening so it was a darker walk than last Tuesdays. We were back to Lisvernane just as the locals were getting out from mass.
Johnny followed us over to Glenbrohane and as he parked the locals were arriving for evening mass there. We took the usual route past the wind turbines to the top.
These climbs earned us another 17 points for the challenge and leaves us with just one more climb of Slievenamuck and Knocknaskagh to go. Let’s see how our schedule is over the next week.
After another great CoderDojo class, we were on our way to two local High Points, Slievereagh and Knocknaskagh. We enjoyed a nice leisurely walk up Slievereagh, with a bit of rain at the end but nothing too serious.
Next up, Knocknaskagh!! We managed to get to the trig and back to the car, 3.21km walk with a height gain of 145m in just 31 minutes, which I think is pretty amazing.
This earned us an extra 8 points for the Highpointeer Of The Year Competition. We also bagged two more trigs to mark #NovemberTrigWalk.
07 Nov 2019: Continuing in our race for points in the Highpointeer of the Year Competition, we hit Seefin after dinner for a night-time walk. This is the last time we can earn 3 points from Seefin as the rules only allow four visits per year to count towards the competition.
01 Nov 2019: Despite the rain forecasted, we had planned to do four local High Points to celebrate #NovemberTrigWalk. With the High Points close to home we could quickly get off the hills if the weather got too extreme.
First up was Knocknaskagh, the highest point of the Nagle Mountains. We were happy to be dry for this one, and we were back home for breakfast in no time at all. After a few sausages and cereal, we were ready to tackle the next three mountains.
Next up, Seefin! The weather was not as kind to us this time though, we had light rain on the way up, with heavy rain hitting at the top. After a quick photo shoot, we were zooming back to the dry car, where the heaters warmed us up.
After a short drive to Slievereagh, we were out in the rain once again, climbing the grassy slopes that lead us to the forestry road. After a short 25 minutes to the top, I think we broke the record for the fastest Peakhunter log ever, as within a matter of seconds we had the peak bagged and pictures taken, and were running off the exposed peak to the sheltered forestry path. We were soon back in the car, and with the heaters on full blast, we raced (within the speed limit, of course 😅) to our last High point for the day, Slievenamuck.
The weather was much kinder to us this time round, offering only light rain or sometimes none at all. It was a very enjoyable walk to the top, and we took our time logging it on Peakhunter as there was no rush. In no time at all, we were back in the car, on route to our warm shower at home.
26 Oct 2019:After a very successful trip to the Czech Republic with Kildorrery Karate Club, resulting in a 3rd place medal from the 27th SKDUN World Shotokan Karate Championships, we finally had time to tick off our second last Mainland Munster High Point, Knocknamaddree.
We left for the hills from Mallow straight after a great Coderdojo lesson. After over two hours of driving, we finally arrived at the start point on Mizen head. The mountain was a little bit boggy, and also had a lot of steep ridges that forced us to zig-zag up the hillside. After a short 40 minutes, we had reached the top and logged it on Peakhunter. The Views were astounding; Mount Gabriel, Seefin, Knockowen, Hungry Hill, Knockoura and even the MacGillycuddy Reeks were in view from our vantage point. We could also see Cape Clear, Fastnet Rock and Sherkin Island, which we were on recently.
After a speedy descent, we were back in the car on our way home. When we got to Schull, Dad decided that we would revisit Mount Gabriel and get it logged on Peakhunter, as the last time we were there Peakhunter did not exist! We drove to the top, and quickly logged it so that we could look at the Sunset, which was spectacularly spectacular. Within minutes we were back in the car on our way home, very pleased with the days outing.
29 Sept 2019: We were on the same mountain with a different purpose today, climbing Galtymore with a few Kildorrery Karate Club members as a fundraiser for the club, who are competing in the 27th SKDUN World Shotokan Karate Championships in October. This all came about after Dad first suggested a mad 24 hour cycle challenge at the Ballyhoura mountain trails as a fundraiser, but I soon talked him down, and we agreed on this sponsored walk instead.
Twenty three of us set off on the Black Road route shortly after 10:30, with water flowing down the road to meet us, and with Galtymore totally concealed by cloud.
We lost one at the Airplane Monument, as Martin had other stuff to do.
We regrouped at the pile of stones near the top of the Black Road, and soon after, headed into the mist for the final climb.
We soon reached the top, but we didn’t hang around for long due to the strong winds and cold conditions.
Some of us had a few slips on the way down, along with one heavy shower of rain.
Thanks to everybody that walked with us today, and to everyone who sponsored Kildorrery Karate Club.
31 Aug 2019: On Saturday, Dad and I were out to end our mission involving a High Point called Stumpa Dúloigh. Our mission began when we failed to reach Stumpa Dúloigh a few weeks ago (read more about that adventure here), and we had been checking the weather for Stumpa Dúloigh on any available day since then. Saturday was the first Day that the weather was suitable and that we were free, so we set off following a quick CoderDojo meeting in Mallow. We went through Killarney, up The Black Valley and onto a small road to the edge of Lough Reagh. The day was spectacular apart from the few odd moments that we had to hop into Dad’s storm shelter due to a passing heavy shower, but that didn’t stop us! We were totally surrounded by mountains as we climbed, which meant we got some astounding views. There were a few other walkers that we could see returning from the peak as well as some farmers and their dogs rounding up sheep to bring them down the mountain. After what seemed like no time at all, we had reached the High Point, completing our mission. Some cloud covered the peak of Caher and Carrauntoohil and we could see rain in many areas around us. We decided to reward ourselves with a nice lunch at the peak, before we set off again down the other side of the mountain. We had good views of the stream leading out of Lough Duff as we descended.
23 Aug 2019: We had an adventurous day out last Friday, setting off first for Cape Clear Island from Baltimore. We were blessed with the weather and I really enjoyed the boat ride. We managed to reach the High Point without a bother, and were amazed by the views that we got from the top including Fastnet Rock. We took a different route back to the return boat, and even stopped off at a stony beach across from Clear Island Hotel to cool our feet in the sea.
After another amazing boat trip back to Baltimore, we had a chance to refuel before getting the 17:45 boat to Sherkin Island with plans to conquer the rough vegetation we had read about online. It was a lovely, short, ferry ride to Sherkin Island. We had until 20:45 for this High Point attempt on the glorious evening and walked down the road like Speedy Gonzales as far as we could before accessing the side of the mountain. Briars, Furze, Heather and a lot of waist high vegetation meant a lot of twisting, turning and torture before finally giving in to the mountain just 200 metres from the High Point, according to Peakhunter. We were happy enough to have tried our best and might return if there is any news of a track/clearing.
A cycle in the Ballyhouras today, which quickly turned into a nature expedition, mostly mushrooms but we also were lucky enough to see a fox.