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kernowclimber
2010-03-08 20:27:39
"Enjoying rare winter conditions on Lugmore Ridge, March 6th 2010" from kernowclimber Contract pics
Picture: Enjoying rare winter conditions on Lugmore Ridge, March 6th 2010 (Contract pics)

I think we followed in your footsteps Captain
We were absolutely delighted to watch the video you took in the Mweelrea Mountains this weekend. The good weather forecast and confirmation of snow on the mountains sent us scurrying over from Wicklow to practice winter climbing. We were allowed to camp at the Sleepzone Connemara and although it was bitterly cold, the clear night sky misty with stars more than compensated for the hard frost that covered our tent like a glistening shroud in the morning. On Saturday we set off from Doo Lough and contoured round Glencullin to scramble up the North East Ridge of Ben Bury. The conditions were fantastic near the top with full winter kit needed to arrive near the cairn at the summit.

The sight of Mweelrea glowering in shafts of broken sunlight, its icy slopes shining like liquid mercury, and the purple shapes of myriad islands floating amid rafts of sunshine reflected off the calm Atlantic brought a sudden and unexpected lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. After our epic climb we decided to give Mweelrea a miss and do the Lugmore Ridge instead and that’s when we saw freshly made boot marks in the snow. I guess these must have been yours! We followed the snow covered ridge mindful of several cornices as it curved ESE enjoying views of the contorted layers of Ordovician sandstone peppered with snow that are exposed in the walls of the Glencullin corrie. After a spot of scrambling over a minor summit, we descended directly down Lugmore over very steep and potentially treacherous terrain to cross the Owengarr River at a sluice gate.

The next day we resolved to try something even more extreme and at the back of Glencullin corrie we spotted an ice and snow filled gully that starts below and to the right of the grassy ramp to the ridge. This provided a great Scot Grade I/II climb in near perfect conditions, although it was very windy as we arrived on the ridge. We descended along Ben Bury’s North East Ridge following roughly the same route of the previous day. Connemara is elemental, wild and simply too beautiful for words; we didn’t see another soul on the mountains over those two days which only added to the sense of freedom which we felt. Your video, shot around the time of our visit, has captured those memories and the magic of the Mweelrea Mountains for us. Thank you, Captain.
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Summit Summary
Scarr: Three ridges, many routes and good views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 11 hours ago.
Scarr has three useable ridges off it, to the north, south and east. The easiest perhaps is the Glenmacnass Waterfall carpark O11380 03009 (notorious for break-ins). From here head for the north ...

  
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Near Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
ewen 12 hours ago.
Note this will take considerably less time in my opinion. I take too many photos so it adds about an hour to the trip.... walk, Len: 12.7km, Climb: 469m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Corrigasleggau

  
Summit Comment
Scarr: A walk in the clouds.
TommyV 2 days ago.
This route starts on an old forest road at Oldbridge, there is room for parking 5 or 6 cars near the top at O15162 01916. From here follow the road West until you reach a gate at O14832 01892. Go ...

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Omey Island
Onzy a day ago.
A circuit of Omey ... cut short by my fear that my car wouldn't make it back across the sound... walk, Len: 5.6km, Climb: 60m, Area: Galway Islands (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
Camaderry South East Top: Glenealo Valley and Miners Village
sev 3 days ago.
Glenealo Valley and Miners Village - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

  
Summit Comment
Camaderry South East Top: Glendalough Upper Lake
sev 3 days ago.
Glendalough Upper Lake and the valley - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

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Short Loop north of Omey
Onzy a day ago.
walk, Len: 2.1km, Climb: 33m, Area: Galway Coast (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
Seefin: "Megalithic Fallout Shelter"
sev 3 days ago.
Wicklow Mountains - Megalithic tomb on Seefin Mt.http://youtu.be/u--BKEqB-JM

  
Summit Summary
Skregmore: Incidental summit in the Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 4 days ago.
Much climbed but little remembered, Skregmore is a victim of its location. One of the highest summits in Ireland but adjacent to still higher tops, impressively rocky but still far less dramatic t...

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Coastal Walk north of Cleggan
Onzy a day ago.
A spectacular walk circling the peninsula immediately north of Cleggan ... a detour to Olivers for lunch and a fast coun walk, Len: 22.5km, Climb: 386m, Area: Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland)

  
Summit Summary
Cnoc an Bhráca: The last hurrah of the high Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 5 days ago.
Cnoc an Bhráca, together with its near neighbour Cnoc na DTarbh, are the last (relatively) high summits along the great ridge of the Eastern Reeks; beyond here the ground gradually declines to the...

  
Summit Summary
Tievnabinnia: Bulky Sheeffrys summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 6 days ago.
Tievnabinnia is the easternmost of the higher Sheeffry Hills, a distinctly bulky eminence where gently grassy upper slopes contrast with a series of steep corries to both north and south of its ge...


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