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!