Mount Leinster Hike

Mount Leinster - mast top peeking through mist on right

Mount Leinster – mast top peeking through mist on right

Raining a lot and mild but it was forecast to ease from about 11am on. That was the outlook when we met in Bunclody for the Mount Leinster hike on Saturday morning, January 3rd, 2015.

The Wicklow Hiking and Adventure Group were at it again – 25 fit and hardy hikers heading out on a challenging hike in the depths of winter.

This time it was in the Blackstairs Mountains between Counties Wexford and Carlow, taking in the summit of Mount Leinster at 795m. Total distance for the Mount Leinster hike was about 15km and ascent of about 650m.

The rain eased off. Pretty wet underfoot, mucky and strong winds. Good level of fitness and proper kit for the conditions were very important in making the outing another total success – great craic!

It was very misty at the top and Eugene used his Galaxy5 with Viewranger GPS navigation app to great effect to keep us on the right track. Very impressive. I’m overdue an upgrade so Galaxy5 ordered and will load up the Viewranger app.

I always find the high general level of fitness of the group quite amazing – more or less ranging from very fit to super-fit!

Great hike and a bit of luck on the return leg, we scrambled out over a ditch expecting a trek along the road back to where the cars were parked – but there was the car park right in front of us, not 50m away! Smiles all round – Phil reckoned it was the effect of his telepathic abilities on the people up front!

Now Phil is a talented lad all right – I just didn’t know it extended to telepathic navigation too! 🙂

See the Group page on the Mount Leinster hike here

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