News 2015

Title: Mountaineering Ireland Youth Activities in Ireland – Summer 2015
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Date: 23/07/2015
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While most of us have been moaning about the ‘awful’ summer, our younger climbers and mountaineers have managed to find two of the better weeks weather wise, albeit one was in the Swiss Alps! 
Anne Kane, Mountaineering Ireland’s, Youth Development Co-Ordinator, has been working closely with both young climbers and also coaches and instructors to bring together several climbing trips  in 2015. The latest was a very successful 5 day trip to the Burren which saw 9 young climbers aged between 12 and 16 years of age learn new techniques and improve their skills on the crags at Ballyryan and Alladie while using the Burren Outdoor Education Centre as their base.

The group were led by coaches drawn from Belfast and Newcastle, Co Down, Mike Smith and Claire Hardy and amazingly talented and committed volunteers in Kevin Kilroy from Co Donegal and Michal Lemanski from Dublin. Even though the weather didn’t always play game, climbing continued well into the evening on a few occasions and when it was too wet to climb (which only happened once). The newly appointed CEO of Mountaineering Ireland, Ruairí Ó Conchúir, dropped in to say hello and gave a presentation on the Burren’s geology, built heritage, flora and fauna with a prize book of Mountaineering Ireland’s Burren Climbing Guide on offer in the grand quiz. When not climbing the group spent time well indoors re-capping on what had been learned through games and activities not to mention the annual ‘cinnamon eating competition’ which resulted in a good deal of coughing and spluttering!

During the trip, there was plenty of instruction on setting up top ropes, climbing harder routes, seconding and taking out gear, choosing a route and leading it. Climbers rotated through the various activities practicing skills under the watchful eye of the instructors and volunteers. With climbers top roping up to E2 6a and leading up on Spitfire (E1). Special mention should go to Saul Calvert and Philip Murphy who led and seconded respectively on the complicated Ramp route (E1 5b). With fairly big waves at times Philip got a few soakings on the hanging belay start.

Upcoming events include a similar trip to Glendalough in September. Please contact Anne Kane (anne@mountaineering.ie) if you are interested in attending.

Mountaineering Ireland expresses its deep appreciation to the young climbers who participated in the event and to their parents for the wonderfully positive feedback. Mountaineering Ireland also wishes to expresses it deep appreciation and thanks to Kevin Kilroy and Michal Lemanski for volunteering to be part of the week and for making it such a success for all involved. 




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