News 2013

Title: New Mournes E1 for 13 year old Carson!
Date: 07/07/2013
System Date: 07/07/2013
On Monday 1st July, 13 year old Carson Carduff led the first ascent of The Mexican Frog (E1 5b) in the Mourne Mountains.  Not ground breaking by any means but just healthy to see young climbers being introduced to sport, competitions and in this case what our wee island offers most of, tradational climbing.

Young Carson, from a small village called Ballywalter in Northern Ireland, started climbing 3 years ago at a local wall in an activity centre on a Mountaineering Ireland schools programme.  Since then he has been climbing 3/4 times a week indoors at the walls in Belfast (Ozone) and Ganaway Activity Centre.  Currently the scene for young climbers coming through is excellent and with so many climbing opportunities Carson has been able to attend youth trips to further his climbing in trad, sport and competition.  Last month he finished 4th in the Youth Climbing Series (YCS) grand finals having won his category in the YCS Ireland rounds.

The Mexican Frog is on the lefthand buttress of Pigeon Rock (one of the very few roadside - if you could call it that - crags in the Mournes) and takes in some excellent new climbing before joining the arete of Lunar Wall.  The route was led completely onsight as it was cleaned by one of his coaches, Paul Swail.  Another 13 year old Saul Calvert joined to belay Carson on the first ascent so Paul could do some remote supervising/ coaching.  Craig Hiller was on hand to take some pictures - they do most of the talking.

It is nice to note the achievements of the many young climbers that are coming through in Ireland and lets hope this is just the start of things to come!!