Away Day Gap of Dunloe July'14

Have to say we had a great day at the Gap last Sunday, great weather, great climbers, great company, loads of psyche & thank god NO MIDGES !!

It was great to see the kids get on real rock, for most of the smaller kids it was their first time and I have to say they took to it like ducks to water....

The highlight for me was to see them being so brave "going over the edge" on their first abseils, some even went around for a second go, in particular hats off to Alanagh, she was very brave, her first ever abseil and she was first to go, despite being terrified, not a bother on her, smiles all around

We started off at the roadside crag "Brennan's Leap", we set up a few ropes thanks to the help of Ellen, David & Jack, the kids climbed there for a couple of hours and we keep the tourists well entertained along with plenty of fotos to bring back to the States. One or two of the lads struggled at first with the absence of nice coloured holds but it wasn't long until they found their feet and began to crush.

I was well impressed with Andy, I had seen him on rock a few weeks ago and he was really struggling but on Sunday he was showing all the others the way to the top - Go Andy !!

It was great too to see Ellen and Jack leading routes all day under the watchful eye of Captain David - I'm so proud of my boy :-)

After a bite to eat we moved up the crag to Rescue Rock, one or two got lost on the way but we're soon back on track, again we set up a few ropes, the kids flew up them, they were now really getting into their stride, time to grap a bite to eat before we were sent up to reset the ropes - so demanding the kids of today. Before resetting some of the parents tried out their climbing skills on the routes and great craic was had by all, it really is a perfect scenario when the parents get so involved - Chapeau Les Parents !!

It was getting late so the time had come to set up the ABSEIL.

We set the abseil from the top of a route on Rescue Rock called "Mother of Prague". It's the stand out buttress on the lower section of the crag a full 25m abseil over the edge. Jack and Cathal belayed the kids up the side of the buttress and then they each in turn abseiled down. There were some fairly scared faces appearing over the top and one or two tears but I think it’s to be expected since for most they didn’t know what to expect and to say that they excelled would be an understatement.


What a day, can't wait for the next one, days like last Sunday make all the evenings at the wall worthwhile, getting out in the fresh air on rock is really what it is all about, it's great to see the kids progress. It was also great the see the parents comfortable in the setting getting the kids tied in and belaying.


Well done to all involved


Next outing will be some weekend in August, I’ll keep an eye on the forecast and will let you all know. The next outing would hopefully be an overnighter most likely at the Burren.


Thanks again to Ellen, David and Jack for their help on the day