Mid Tipp Hillwalkers Tough Climbing in Scotland

Reports from  Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers winter climbing expedition to Scotland suggest the event was another  great success. On day one  Ray Creaney  and  Mary Power ploughed upwards  through deep snow, sub-zero temperatures, gale force winds and white-out conditions to lead 10 first time climbers to Ben Nevis summit – the highest point on these islands with the photograph above showing  the Ben Nevis climbers enjoying a chilly moment of celebration on the summit. Those who successfully completed the Nevis challenge   were,  Helen Russell, Moyne/Templetuohy; Pakie Purcell, Upperchurch; Marianne Cleary, Thurles; John Barry, Moycarkey;  Kay Noonan, Cork;  Maura Bowe, Toomevara; Kate  and  Willie Fahy, Dualla: Willie Hayes, Clonoulty and Angela Maher, Cormackstown.

Meanwhile  John F Kennedy, John G O’Dwyer and Josephine Tobin completed the famous Ledge Route. Pinned down for a time by  gales as other parties retreated, they persisted to complete the route which was in fine winter condition.   Later in the week John F and  John G were joined by Ray Creaney, Mary Power for another ascent of the Ledge in more benign conditions while Dan Condren took  a large group of intrepid adventure seekers on an exciting ascent of Ben Nevis by the CMD Arete and Jim Finn led lovely walks to the Lost Valley and the Steal Falls.

Finally, a reminder that MId-Tipp Hillwalkers next big event, the 15th annual   Kerry Charity Challenge  takes place in the Kenmare Bay Hotel on April 15/16/17 and offers a huge choice of walks ranging   from an ascent of Carrauntoohil to wilderness walking for all fitness levels. All comers are welcome for this long established event which supports the cause of visually impaired people and costs a 199 euro all  in. If you might be interested in coming, full details are available from Michael Sutton, 17 Willowmere Drive, Thurles Co Tipp; Tel:  0504-21482 or 086–4009989; email michaelsutton1949@gmail.com

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