26 club members recently returned from a very successful walking trip to Andorra.
Despite a stressful transit through Dublin airport we arrived at a very comfortable Hotel Magic in the pretty town of La Massana high up in The Pyrenees. Wonderful friendly and generous staff treated us like VIPs. A home from home.
A basket of oranges was available every morning to make fresh juice and a delicious picnic lunch was provided everyday. Red and white wine was included free ever night with a dinner offering wonderful choices.
A very interesting initial itinerary of 5 guided walks with summits up to 2950 metres were planned. We were very fortunate to have a very experienced, capable and pleasant lead guide and team.
Taking weather, safety and local conditions in account, slight adjustments were made and we formed two groups. We had several of the clubs A+ walkers in the group and they, as well as all the others were well pleased the day Comapedrosa Peak known as The Roof Of Andorra 2942 metres was reached. Snow caps posed no problem to the happy climbers.
The Ballyhoura Bears spent 3 days walking in Connemara over the Easter weekend. There was a choice of walks on each day.
On Friday some walkers did a linear route from the Tawnyard Lough road along the Glendavock valley to climb Ben Creggan and across the Ridge to Ben Gorm with a long but very enjoyable descent along the Lugharry ridge to finally arrive down at Ashley falls. This was a spectacular walk with wonderful views once the fog lifted. Others walked on the western way from Tawnyard Lough. They followed the trail through Tawnyard forest before meeting the salmon rich river Erriff which they walked beside overshadowed by The Devil’s Mother to reach Ashley falls.
Ballyhoura Country have launched an app to help you navigate the Ballyhoura Region, below is a press realease from Ballyhoura Country:
Ballyhoura Country is delighted to officially launch an exciting new addition to its famous looped walks. Now walkers, hikers, scramblers and adventurers can use the Ballyhoura Trails Guide App to navigate the area and keep up to date on everything Ballyhoura related.
Famed for its beauty and wild places, Ballyhoura Country provides the perfect setting for an action packed activity based holiday, the opportunity to stroll through medieval history or unwind alongside its riverbanks. Stretching from North Limerick, west to County Tipperary and south to North Cork, Ballyhoura Country encompasses 11 looped walks that provide all levels of challenges and spectacular scenery for hikers.
Here is a great leaflet from Mountainterring Ireland on how to Stay safe when walking in the Irish hills and Countryside. For more information go to https://www.mountaineering.ie/hillwalking/HowToStart/default.aspx or the PDF is located here: https://www.mountaineering.ie/_files/20201211155126_6ccd7084.pdf
20 club members travelled to Morocco in early May to seek adventure in The High Atlas mountain range. And adventure they found – from the mysterious pink walled city of Marrakesh to the summit of Jebel Toubkal ( 4167m). 5 days trekking along mule trodden and sometimes precarious paths ascending to the passes between the Azzadene and Imlil valleys allowed for spectacular scenery. The brown housed villages were in contrast to the green terraces where farmers harvested barley and wheat. We admired well developed irrigation systems are fed by the melting snows flowing from the towering pinnacles of the great Atlas barrier.