I got the following update from the Mountaineering Ireland access officer about access to the climbing at Dún Séanna Head, Dingle, Kerry. The sandstone cliffs of Dunshean Head, just east of Dingle are attracting an increased number of climbers. Patrick Farrell, the new landowner at Dunshean has requested that people planning to climb there text […]
In the eighties mountain bikes were known as ‘all terrain bikes’, a term that lives on today in the French for mountain bike – velo tout terrain. But in recent years the concept of a bike that could go anywhere has fallen by the wayside, mountain biking has become increasingly specialised, and the bikes have […]
If you glance at a road map of Ireland you will notice that in the north west, just above Westport, there is a large blank area. The central part of which is the Nephin Beg Mountain range. The Nephins are a wild and empty place surrounded by blanket bog, riddled with small streams and lakes […]
Went down to Wicklow today to check out some boulders that I had found on Bing Maps. Didn’t have very high hopes but the weather was pretty marginal so it was worth a shot, turned out great. Four really nice boulders with about 12 great lines. The ground was a little damp so will leave […]
Dominic Green has reviewed Rock Climbing in Ireland for UKClimbing. Read it here. There hasn’t been a general climbing guide covering the island of Ireland as a whole, for nearly thirty years, so this fills an important gap for both the visiting climber and the road-tripping Irish enthusiast. It does what it sets out to […]
After spending most of the last year doing an impression of a trad climber I felt it was time to get back to the real thing and do some bouldering so I went for a walk up a hill – Camaderry – and looked at some rocks. I have spend a few days up there […]
Harry McGee reviewed Rock Climbing in Ireland in Tuesday’s Irish Times. Read the review here.
The second of two guidebooks that dropped in my letterbox just before Christmas was Stone Country’s second edition of Essential Fontainebleau. John Watson, the man behind Stone Country, send me a copy of the the first edition of the guide to review in 2008. It was the first truly pocket sized bouldering guide I had […]
Most Irish climbers won’t have even heard of the North York Moors yet the bouldering there is now documented in ‘North York Moors and East Coast’ by Lee Robinson. The North York Moors are a compact area on the east coast of England, north of Leeds and south of Newcastle with over 2000 problems most […]
The first print review of Rock Climbing in Ireland appears in the winter edition of Irish Mountain Log. Thanks to Sé for the generous review. I must point out that the picture of Carrot Ride that Sé singles out was taken by Richard Creagh but I forgot to caption it.