The Needle, Dún Séanna Head

Had a great day on Saturday in Dún Séanna, finally got to climb the Needle. Conditions were perfect, the sea was flat calm, there was a pleasant breeze and good sun all day. We abbed in down the line of Giraffe and then scrambled around to the south face of the Needle. I then traversed […]

Luggala – Pine Tree Buttress/Clingon/Claigdhmeah Solais

Had a great day in Luggala yesterday. Perfect weather, not too hot, good breeze and the rock was bone dry. Started up Pine Tree Buttress with the intention of cleaning the direct start to the groove but didn’t get around to it, will probably go back and do this on a solo mission. The groove […]

Some thoughts on the cover for ‘Rock Climbing in Ireland’

Just knocking around a few ideas for the cover of the guide. Trying to get a feel for what works, it’s hard, actually impossible, to encapsulate a whole countries climbing in one shot but I would like to use a shot from one of the slightly less popular area, I would like to people to […]

Ailladie preliminary route selection

This is the preliminary route selection for Ailladie, I would welcome people’s thoughts on it. Generally quite a hardcore list. Many of the routes are quite close together so it’s easy to document them on relatively few pages. Ground Control Genesis Bonnan Bui Nutrocker Gallows Pole Marchanded Crack Midnight Summer Dream Desolation Row Sunstone Eliminator […]

Gap of Dunloe Meet 2014

So the Gap meet arises out of the ashes. I was keen to go to the meet this year as it would make getting photos and guide information a lot easier. Richard Creagh took up the reigns and liaised with Con. There was plans for Con to give a talk about the history of the […]

Comeraghs preliminary route selection

The following is my first stab at the route selection for the Comeraghs. All the routes below are on the North Facing Cliff in Coushingaun. The list is largely based on suggestions from suggestions made on the Rathformack Climbing Club Facebook page. I’m unsure whether one of the long routes on The Main Face of […]

Free Excerpt from ‘Rock Climbing in Ireland’ – Gap of Dunloe

  I’m releasing a chapter from ‘Rock Climbing in Ireland‘ in advance of the Gap of Dunloe climbing meet that is on next weekend. The chapter is largely finished but I’m looking for feedback from climber’s who use it during the meet. All comments are welcome, good but particularly bad. Layout, descriptions, typos, grades, topos […]

Bouldering and Climbing Shoes

Bouldering in particular doesn’t require a lot of equipment but the most critical item is definitely a pair of climbing shoes. There is a bewildering range of rock climbing shoes on the market, some of which are designed specifically for bouldering. Each claims to be the best fitting and have the stickiest rubber. Most climbers […]

Preliminary selection for the Gap of Dunloe

I have made good progress with the Gap of Dunloe chapter of Rock Climbing in Ireland and hope to make a preliminary version available in advance of the Gap Meet on the 16-18th of May. I need to get some better (sunnier!) topo shots and more consensus on the route selection. To get the ball […]