Carrauntoohil Challenge - Abbot reach the summit
Hi Lorraine, Just wanted to say thank you so much for your help in organising this. We had an amazing day. The weather was fantastic and we all made it to the top - still not quite sure how!!! Looking forward to the next one!
Report from Tony Nation, Lead Guide
Saturday started off as a fine fresh day with little or no cloud to be seen as we headed to Kate Kearney’s to meet the 18 staff from Abbot, Cork.
The team started to arrive from 10:00 but not all arrived till 11:00 due to some confusion on directions from Cork to Kate’s.
Once all had gathered and safety briefing completed we headed in convoy to Lisleibane car park for the start of our climb.
Clouds had started to form on the hills and a cold wind had blown up. The trek in the valley to the stream was brisk and everyone was in good form. Just before the stream we headed right and began our climb up. As we made our way up we pointed out points of interest in the area as well as local place names.
The climb up was steady with plenty of opportunities for photographs. There was a biting cold at the top of Brother O’Shea’s but all were doing well. On reaching the top we were in snow for the last 100m this added a new element to the day. Everyone made it to the top in high sprites. After the photos taken at the cross and lunch digested it was time to make our way down, visibility was good from the top which added to the day.
On reaching the Devil’s ladder it was agreed that we would opt for the ZIGZAG’S. Due to erosion on the ladder, the zigzag’s is a better option.Everyone got back to the car park without issues. Then it was off to Kate’s for some well deserved food and refreshments.
Well done to all of the Abbot staff hope to see you on the hill’s again soon!
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