News 2015

Title: Glendalough Youth Bouldering September 2015
Date: 28/09/015
System Date: 19/09/2015
Whilst our 2015 summer was at poor to say the least for getting our youth climbers out cragging, September proved a little better for the Glendalough Youth Bouldering event.

18 young climbers age ranging from 9 to 14 from Co. Down, Clare, Galway, Dublin and Wicklow enjoyed the 2 day event during September 19th & 20th, for some of them this was their first real rock experience and performed exceptionally well, for others, some had attended the previous event in April and showed fierce determination to smash problems that they had worked on previously with great success. The event was lead by the amazingly talented Rob Hunter, Co. Down, Vicki Clearly, Co. Cork, Kevin Kilroy, Co. Donegal and James Hale and Jonathan Redmond, Co. Dublin. 

The weather was perfect on Saturday, with sunny skies and a midge free Glendalough which allowed the climbers and coaches to move around the boulders with ease.  
Climbers and coaches retired to their home for the night, the International Hostel around 5 pm.

A huge thank you to Fiona Rooney, Geraldine Power and Natasha Rohan from the GOYA gang Co. Clare who voluntarily and very kindly did the grocery shopping, cooked lasagne for 26 people and prepared lunch for all the next day!

Sunday proved not so good, so the group went on tour of the Monastic site and also the local history museum, followed by an impromptu dance off on the bridge between coaches and youth climbers, much to the amusement of passing tourists! I've been told that Amy and Matthew won this.  The girls took the history element quite serious, trying to re-enact Elizabeth I and painting their faces white with chalk!  

Even with the wet weather the group still managed to get a wee bit of bouldering in and most importantly - had fun. 

"I enjoyed the Glendalough trip because I got to try lots of new problems which I didn't try in April, as well as getting some I tried but couldn't do , such as a 5 on the back of Big Jim along with a 6a on the side. The coaches were really fun and so was the ‘nature walk,’ which included a dance off. The food was really nice, both dinner and lunch. All in all, I really enjoyed the chance to get outdoor climbing again." - Matthew Smith 

"The bouldering weekend was organised very well. We spent plenty of time bouldering and although it was a long walk to the hostel, we had plenty of time to rest. This was good as we had plenty of time to mix and make friends. The food was delicious. I especially liked the wraps. Although the weather didn't hold up on the Sunday, we still got to climb". - Róisín Ní Bhriain

"The Bouldering was great. I would definitely do it again. The climbing is great to get you fit. The instructors were friendly. It was good to make new friends". - Donagh O Briain

"The bouldering weekend in Glendalough was really enjoyable for me because it's a great way to meet new people with the same interests as me. Being able to freely climb outdoors without coloured holds to guide you is also interesting. The hostel was an extremely well kept and and the food was great. The scenery was peaceful". - Deirdre Ní Bhriain

Special shout to Ciaran Conway who completed a 'first ascent'! Thunderflash - Go You Ciaran! The route name is "Thunderflash" which I can only assume went with the theme of the trip. Graded at a 6b under the watchful eye of coach James Hale and is between path 42 and 44.

"To Anne @ Mountaineering Ireland
Thanks so much for organizing the recent bouldering trip to Glendalough. We all had so much fun and thank you to the coaches. I enclose the route I found written up with help from James Hale ( thanks James) and have submitted to the short span so please go and try it and see what you think.

Thanks again to all those involved for a great experience  

Ciaran Conway."

Here is a brief description from coach James Hale on the new route -

Sit start on two really small crimps with feet on a diagonal rail and a ledge beside it.Follow a line of small crimps to just below a big sloper.. Then go to the smallest crimp in the problem right below the top. I did it on my third attempt. Problem is located centrally on the main face of the block. Being flanked by problem 42 on the left arête and Gimps Mask (44) of the 2.4 pascals Boulder to the right.  It is right on the path and is 2 metres in height.


 For more information on upcoming events contact Anne Kane - Youth Development Co-Ordinator, and keep up to date on the Mountaineering website youth page.



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