Tipp climbers ascend Dolomite mountains

All 26 participants who took part in the Mid Tipp Hallwalkers’ recent climbing expedition to the Alps are now safely back in Ireland. The objective was an ascent of Marmolada the highest in the Dolomite Mountains. This was accomplished by 14 of Mid-Tipp Hillwalker’s fittest climbers who ploughed up through snow fields and glaciers, while using three ropes, to finally reach the mountain summit in style.

All 26 participants who took part in the Mid Tipp Hallwalkers’ recent climbing expedition to the Alps are now safely back in Ireland. The objective was an ascent of Marmolada the highest in the Dolomite Mountains. This was accomplished by 14 of Mid-Tipp Hillwalker’s fittest climbers who ploughed up through snow fields and glaciers, while using three ropes, to finally reach the mountain summit in style.

Later some of the group occupied themselves with rock climbing on the famous Via Ferratas of Italy with our ladies members very much to the fore here. Those who literally topped the hardest (grade five) via Ferrata were Bridget Browne, Winnie Flynn, Mary Power, Dan Condren and Joan and Gerry Quinn.

Meanwhile, we have over 65 participants already confirmed and so there are only about 25 places left for our Autumn Charity Challenge, which this year takes place among the unmatched scenery of the Cooley and Mourne Mountains and offers all comers some of the best walking in Ireland suitable for all fitness levels. The event, which takes place from, Friday, October 14, to Sunday, October 16, is open to all - including newcomers to outdoor walking - wishing to support the cause of blind people.

If you might like to participate the entire weekend, including hotel accommodation, costs just E189 and further information can be had from Michael Sutton, 17 Willowmere Drive, Thurles, Tel: 0504-21482 or 086–4009989; email michaelsutton1949@gmail.com

On Sunday next, September 18, The Mid Tipp Hillwalkers have a special introductory level walk leaving from outside Cashel firestation at 11am. This is aimed are those who would like to try out the compelling and social pastime of wilderness walking for the first time. So if you would like to take some exercise while savouring some beautiful locations and making new friends then be sure to come to Cashel next Sunday and have a great time. Remember walkers coming alone will be made particularly welcome.

Also on Sunday the usual programme goes ahead with both high and introductory level walks leaving from outside Cashel firestation at 11am.