Tired of study and living in the city starts to feel like been in a goldfish bowl? One of the best ways of spending a Sunday in the clubs opinion is a day out in the Irish mountains. The UCC Mountaineering Club is full of outdoor enthusiasts who aren’t afraid of getting down and dirty. On a clear day the Irish mountains can boast spectacular views and adventurous off the beaten track routes. The Irish mountains are often areas steeped in history, folklore and archaeology. Some boast great climbing sections such as the Gap of Dunloe.
There are several ranges of mountains in Ireland, however most of the mountains are in county Kerry to the west of Cork. The mountaineering centre of Kerry is the town of Killarney. Most of our hikes take place in the Munster region. The Mountains reach from the sea level to the altitude of about 800 to 900 metres (the highest mountain is 1039 metres). There is a lake in almost every valley, often not just one, which is fed by streams coming form the mountains. Slopes of the mountains are covered by grass and heather and are often made up of bog land (quite a feat to pick your way across). Old stone walls, buildings and ancient monuments are scattered across the mountains. Our trips away take place both in Ireland and abroad, this includes staying in hostels which are just as much fun as the hikes and climbing themselves (UCCMC party trick= table bouldering!).
The club consists of a mix of people from Ireland and every other part of the globe, a great way to meet people and make friends. During the college year there is a hike almost every Sunday with the annual weekend trips away. For climbing enthusiasts, the club meets regularly at the Maradyke climbing walls on Mondays at 8:30-10:30pm and Wednesdays at 7:30-9:30pm followed by a social in Tom Barrys. The bus for hiking leaves every Sunday at Gaol Cross 8:30am (see details) and returns in the evenings. Usually this includes a stop at the pub on the way back for food.