Cork Mountaineering Club

Cork’s longest established Hill Walking Club

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16-17 July 2022 Summer Camp Great Blasket Island


The small number of members who managed to make this years summer camp enjoyed ideal conditions from start to finish. We are in the middle of our heat wave while the continent burns up in record temperatures. We arrived on the island on Saturday around 1 o’clock on the ferry from Dun Chaoin. Luckily there was enough of a breeze to keep the midges away from us. Our chosen flat site was perched nicely above the picturesque but treacherous beach Tra Ban giving us an uninterrupted view of the beach and the ever present seals. Once tents were up we brewed ourselves a cuppa had lunch and checked out the beach for a very refreshing swim never straying far from the shore as the currents are notorious here. We set off to walk the full length of the island around 4pm which Maureen said would take 5 hours. It was my first time doing this lovely walk.
Dinners were enjoyed in the warm evening sun overlooking the beach. Soon it was time to check out the sunset over Inis Tuaisceart at 20 to 10. With a bit of cloud to the West it didnt look to me that this day was going to provide anything major.I was already missing the sound of the beach and looking at the seals so I headed back to our camp before the promised spectacular sunset.
Most of us enjoyed a good nights sleep although I was awakened a couple of times by sudden gusts of wind flapping my tent noisily. I was surprised to find it was 8.15 when I felt awake enough to rise for another day in this beautiful peaceful place, After breakfast a leisurely swim and coffee we joined the OPW tour of the islands famous authors homes most them ruins now apart from Thomas O’Criothan’s which was recently restored. Regrettably we had only brought out one days food supply and there is nothing available on the island so we reluctantly packed up and headed to the ferry for 4pm. Many thanks to Maureen for making this memorable experience happen and getting us there and back.

Winter programme


Winter programme


Sunday 17.11.2019 Bone & Zig-Zags

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Sunday 17.11.2019 Hag’s Glen: Bone – Zig Zags

17.11.2019 John Roche 17.11.2019 Humphrey and Helena

3 November 2019 Sugarloaf to Mt Melleray

Sunday, November 3rd.

The Vee to Mount Melleray.       Leader, Ollie Power.

Five of us met at Mount Melleray, Humphrey, Helena, John Roche, John Kennedy, and Ollie. It was dry, but the hills were covered in cloud, and there was a little chill in the air. We decided to start the walk from Baylough car park rather than the Vee, so we left Mount Melleray at 10 sharp in two cars, leaving our change of clothes in the other two cars. Having checked the Vee just in case anyone was there, we parked in Baylough, in a heavy drizzle, and started up to Sugarloaf. We caught our breath at the top, where it was foggy, raining and windy, and so it stayed for most of the walk. The rocks and ground were very slippy so we had to watch our steps, nevertheless we enjoyed a good steady pace up to and past Knockmealdown, where we found a sheltered spot for lunch. Shortly afterwards the cloud did break up, and we enjoyed views of and from Knocknagnauv and Knocknafallia. The cloud descended again however, so it was compass all the way to the woods, and a nice stroll from there to a welcome cuppa and apple tart at Mount Melleray.

Caherconree Sunday 06 October

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Caherconree Baurtregaum Sunday 06 October

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Corrycommane Circuit Plus: Sunday 22 September 2019

Seven members enjoyed this walk.  We started along the Beara – Breifne Way at Dromgarriff and continued by track on the foothills of Cobduff Mountain and the Old Mill Road to Coomhola Bridge where we enjoyed lunch. Then it was uphill through magical sun-flecked forest onto open hillside giving magnificent views of Bantry Bay and Glengarriff Harbour.  The Caha Mountains and Sugarloaf were to our backs. It was a delightful walk in glorious Autumn sunshine with scintillating company.

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Hungry Hill 22 September 2019

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A great day, in defiance of a bad weather forecast!

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