Mighty Mayo Mountain Challenge

Looking down from the top of Mweelrea, July 2009.

Looking down from the top of Mweelrea, July 2009.

In aid of Cancer Action Mhaigh Eo (registered charity no. CHY 15789) I will tomorrow attempt, as part of a group, to climb all three of Mayo’s highest mountains in the one day.

We will start with Nephin, at 806 m, with the ‘off’ at 6 am. Croagh Patrick (764 m) follows at 10.30 am. Connacht’s highest mountain, Mweelrea, at 814 m, wraps up the day, with a planned assault time of 3 pm. Hopefully, we’ll be down from Mweelrea around 6.30 to 7 pm.

Now I do quite a bit of walking, but most of it is on pretty flat terrain. The reason for this is that I have very bad knees. But I do love climbing mountains and regularly do so. The price I typically pay is a day’s painful knees and an inability to bend them, particularly the right, for a while afterwards.

So spare a thought for my knees tomorrow, but even more the day after …

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2 Responses

  1. Good luck and I hope you get good weather.

  2. Hi Val,
    Thanks for your thoughts.
    We were very lucky early on – geting up both Nephin and the Reek without any dodgy weather at all. However, good old Mweelrea did as she virtually always does – she lashed rain down on us, nearly blew us over with savage winds and covered us in her claok of dense fog.
    The climb had to be abandoned about 20 minutes from the summit – just too dangerous.

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