Last Friday six Venture scouts and three leaders from the 3rd Westmeath Delvin scout group joined Other Venture scouts from all over Westmeath and Longford in a bid to conquer Ireland’s highest mountain.
Mountain climbing in Ireland is a serious business and those intending to pursue this activity should ensure they are competent in all aspects of it. Luckily our scouts are always well briefed and receive training and information prior to such trips.
Carrauntoohil is Ireland’s highest mountain, standing 1040 m (3,412 ft) above sea level. It is probably one of the most demanding climbs in Ireland. It is for this reason that thousands are attracted to it, but more importantly it is the fact that the mountain have been left unspoiled by human influence. However, this means that the climb can be dangerous and therefore care and planning is essential before any attempt is made to climb it.
The group comprising of over thirty people left the traditional starting point, Cronin’s Yard, for what turned out to be an eight hour epic climb, taking in such routes as the Hag’s Glen and the Devil’s Ladder – all having earned their names for the right reasons.
It was unfortunate that top was shrouded in cloud denying the climbers that much anticipated view; nevertheless I am sure it will be this that will keep us climbing this mammoth mountain well into the future.
The group returned on Sunday evening, looking forward to a well earned rest.
Submitted by the Third Westmeath Delvin Scouts