It was a perfect autumn day of clear blue sky and sunshine, crisp cold air and brilliant autumn colours. If the low sun and long shadows of this first day of Old Time did not remind us that winter is just around the corner, then the snow on the Reeks certainly did! Ten members enjoyed the day – a pleasant walk along the western track deep into the valley, then up steadily to the ridge and on to the West Pap. No delay here (too cold!) but straight to the East Pap and lunch. A day to keep moving, or freeze. The return route through the valley was just as pleasant. We enjoyed a coffee together afterwards, and a browse through the day’s photos.
Month: November 2018
There were two routes today. Seven members took the Grade 3 option, and climbed Bennaunemore and Crohane at a spanking pace, while twelve members just climbed Crohane itself at a far more leisurely pace (Grade 1/ 2). In spite of early rain, and intermittent cloud during the day, both groups enjoyed superb views – the Cappagh Glen, Lough Guitane, Lakes of Killarney and the north Kerry plains. There was a biting wind on the ridge, however, which encouraged speed for the Grade 3s. The other group had a great day of reading the landscape, observing features and finding them on the map, while the reappearance of cloud gave ample opportunity for taking compass bearings and checking positions on GPS. The two groups met later and compared notes over refreshments.
11 of us walked up the busy Gap of Dunloe in lovely bright sunshine constantly giving way to jarveys, cyclists and cars en route. Some of us narrowly escaped crushed toes by one hurrying motorist as we re-grouped on the low wall at the head of the gap. We lunched at Glas Lough and enjoyed wonderful panoramic views of the Reeks, Mangerton, Caherconree and Kenmare Bay from Purple for the rest of the day with the lovely blue Lough Leane to behold as we dropped down from Tomies. While it was breezy and at times quite chilly thankfully it remained mostly sunny for this ideal day’s walking.
It was a wonderful day, enjoyed by 18 CMC members – a fine turnout for this lovely Autumn walk . There was just a small bit of misty rain early on, which caused people to put on leggings, but that soon dispersed and the leggings were dispensed with. As promised, no track was left unexplored; they climbed to the highest viewing point at Doirín na Coise. From there they could indeed admire the “thousand wild fountains” rushing down to the lake from their home in the mountains, and found at least one example of amanita muscaria, the Fly Agaric toadstool. Most of the group enjoyed an evening meal together afterwards.