Cork Mountaineering Club

Cork’s longest established Hill Walking Club

Month: March 2019

Sunday 24 February 2019: Hag’s Glen – Cronin’s Yard Loop

Twenty members left Cronin’s Yard in very blustery conditions.  In spite of the wind, conditions were so mild that they even spotted frogspawn!  After a leisurely lunch at Loch Caillí, they proceeded to the stepping stones, to cross to the main Hag’s Glen track.  It was a lovely day, with the pleasant surprise of meeting our friends from the O’Shea’s Gully group on the way back.  They had taken the safe and sensible decision to reverse their route in the face of strong winds high up.  We filled the Cronin’s Yard Tea Rooms to standing room only.20190224_114747 20190224_114756 20190224_114851 20190224_200022 file2 file3

Sunday 24 February 2019: Carrantuohil via O’Shea’s Gully

Seven set off from Cronin’s Yard in low cloud and very gusty conditions.  We picked up our eighth member along the way. We proceeded through the Hag’s Glen, and began climbing up toward O’Shea’s Gully. However, by the time we reached the Second Level, just below Loch Coimín Uachtair, it was obvious that the wind speeds were becoming dangerous. So, we reversed direction and headed back. On reaching the main track, we did meet the other CMC group, and accompanied them back to the Cronin’s Yard Tea Room for refreshments.

There are no photos of this adventure – they were too busy coping with the elements!

Sunday 10 February 2019: Mangerton via Devil’s Punch Bowl

26 of us assembled at the Mangerton Car Park in benign weather with clear skies and an amazing vista of snow cover on the higher ground.  Ascending the bridle path to the Punch Bowl we enjoyed the wonderful vista of lakes below and the snow-covered hills above.   However, when we reached the Punchbowl and hunkered down for lunch, any notion of continuing on to the summit was quickly dispelled when the weather changed to blizzard-like conditions with biting wind chill and darkening clouds to the north.   Lunch was as short as we could make it in these conditions so we were soon up and away on our reverse track back down.  We later joined up with our friends from the Gleann na gCapall group for coffee and a convivial chat at a local hostelry.

See our Facebook page for a short video of the adventure!


Sunday 10 February 2019: Circuit of Gleann na gCapall

Nine members started promptly from Mangerton Car Park. The river crossing was managed without too much dampness (though someone was glad of the spare socks in her pack!) and it was a steady climb to Stoompa.  The weather was “a bit wintry alright” but, once past Stoompa, the route was westward and the bad weather was to our backs.  There was even sunshine for our lunch!  The remainder of the day was a real winter joy, with perfect snow and magnificent views.

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