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Glendalough Trip Report July 2013

posted 1 Aug 2013, 05:22 by CYCC Cork

On the 17th to the 21st of July I went on a climbing trip to Glendalough. There were 15 people, including myself, on this trip along with coaches Paul Swail, Ricky Bell, Damien O'Sullivan and Mike Smith. We stayed in the IMC hut. Over 5 days we learned about trad climbing: setting up anchors, placing gear, multipitching and we also did some fun bouldering.

It’s a 40 minute walk, to go climbing in Glendalough but definitely worth it!

We spent two days in Dalkey Quarry. My favourite route there was ‘The Ghost Slab' which I seconded. Seconding a route is when the first person leads it, sets up a top rope at the top, then the second person climbs it and takes out the gear. We did this a lot during the week because it’s a great way of learing about good gear placements.

We spent one of days in Portran, bouldering on a beach. The problems were great but difficult and it’s a really nice place to go bouldering.

The highlight of the trip for me was the last day when I did a lead. A lot of people would say trad climbing is boring, but when you do a lead it’s fun, exciting, and scary all at the same time, which is the reason I love it.

Overall I had an amazing trip and I learned loads.

Thanks to all the brilliant coaches!!! 

Ellen Griffin