For 2017 I've set myself a goal of climbing the highest mountains in Ireland. Some might say not a big challenge considering our mountains are not epicly tall but we do have quite a few that are 3000 foot or 915 metres high that take a few hours of a hike to summit, considering I am not overly fit this will be a personal challenge.
Along the way I hope to video the journey, create some slideshows, and if I can get some great photos.
For the first three months I think i'll stick to some smaller mountains and see how I get on. Get the lungs and the legs pumped and hopefully gain some fitness along the way. I've joined Mountain Views website which has lots of information and personal accounts of the hiking trails on all of the mountains and has some handy ways of tracking what mountains you've completed and comparisons to other members.
The goal by the end of year is to at least have climbed the highest peaks in each province of Ireland. The four are Lugnaquilla in Leinster (925m), Slieve Donard in Ulster (850m), Mweelrea in Connaught (814m) and the highest of all Carrauntoohil in Munster (1038m).
The start of the journey. Looking at the local lists on Mountain Views website, I settled on some mountains from <600 metres high and under 3 hour hikes, and within half hour from home. These were Maulin, Sugar Loaf, and some smaller ones to bring the kids along, Bray Head, Killiney Hill, Howth Head. In the middle of this I hiked up a snowy summit of Djouce 725 metres.
Up next came Camaderry, Seefin, Seefingan, Tonlagee at 817 metres high was a real push and the highest I have hiked as of May .
Within the next three months I plan to hike the four provincial peaks. As the days are longer and the weather is hopefully drier.
To be Continued.....