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paulca
2008-06-02 13:52:09
New(ish)bie
Hi all. I'm really only starting out on this hill walking thing. Done Donard twice + another attempt aborted due to poor weather. I've also attempted Errigal recently, but aborted due to not having planned it, being alone, hadn't notified anyone and most importantly the wind was gusting 40mph!
I'm interested in planning to climb the top 10 highest in Ireland. The problem and why I'm making this post is I find route/guides/advice hard to gauge in difficulty. For example a lot of hardened hill walkers say Errigal is a 'brisk walk up w/ a little scambling'. As a newbie I found some of the terrain quite loose, steep, sometimes intimidating, especially in the high winds. I don't have standard vertigo, but looking along the exposed steep slopes does feel daunting sometimes, even on Donard occasionally. I will conquer this though!
What about a newbie rating or advice line on peaks? Something like:
1. Dead easy, just a walk up hill.
2. Does get steep/rough, stay with the path but you'll be fine.
3. Some sections need care, go with a friend at least the first time.
4. Needs you hands for short sections, take your time.
5. Best done with someone who knows the terrain on your first time.

For example there are mixed views on Caruntoohill. When people talk about the devils ladder or the ridge it's difficult to know whether it's wise to attempt this alone without years of experience.

Thanks,
Paul
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