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IMC Fair Head Meet

Fair Head is not a place for faint hearted. This world class crag has some of the best routes to be found in the part of the world and attracts the most serious climbers. It also had us. The IMC bunch.

The weather worked out as well, and plenty of routes were climbed.

Again I was able to produce a mini video from the event:

 

This time round Jon was the organizer, and he booked us in to the usual place – Sean’s Farm – but unusually we got to use one of Sean’s guest houses. Perfect! He also arrange for an evening talk featuring Rob Hunter – Local bouldering legend.

 

The easiest routes start at VS, but even those are demanding. Not a place for our new starters I’m afraid.

Below Girona – goes at VS – Sarah on a lead:

 

 

All the pictures here – https://photos.app.goo.gl/RrSW9BpsR38HV11GA

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2018 IMC Kerry meet

This years Kerry meet had us come to Cronin’s Yard – The usual place for those visiting the Reeks. The Saturday objective for most was to climb Ireland’s highest peak – Carrauntoohil via it’s most adventurous (albeit easy enough, graded at Vdiff) route – The Howling Ridge.

On top of normal photos I managed to take my newest flying photo equipment up the mountain and produce this short:

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On the way in:

 

The stakes were high for most of the new members, as while this is relatively easy route – the exposure is massive.

 

These days most experienced parties will just solo the whole thing, and while the total elevation gain is almost 1000m, the approach can be longer than the climb itself

 

We were lucky enough to be on our own the whole time in 2 parties. I lead Monika and Thomas while Derek and Edgar swap leads.

 

Summit photo

 

 

Thomas looking a one of many descent routes.

 

The Sunday had all of us go to Gap of Dunloe, which has couple of accessible, roadside crags. Good half day climbing in HS to E1 grades.

 

Album with all the photos HERE: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3G3smKZwc5QyaN5E8