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12 Bens, Connemara (Part II)

Two hikes in Connemara. Muckanaght and Benbaun in the 12 Bens on Saturday and Tully Mountain on the Sunday. The Sat hike will be the more strenuous of the two, approx 12k with close to 1000m ascent taking about 6/7 hours. Sun will be a short walk, approx 6k, 350m ascent which should only take a few hours.

The meeting point will be the Old Monastery Hostel in Letterfrack. We stayed there back in November and I think that it got the thumbs up from most people. There are plenty of B&B's in the village though if anyone wants a bit more comfort. When I get an idea of the numbers who want to stay in the hostel I will give them a shout - so there is no need to contact them individually.

Below are a couple of photos from the hike in the 12 Bens last November.

Please Note:

The Saturday hike is difficult one with a severe ascent and descent involved (more challenging than the last hike in the 12 Bens). The long range weather forecast suggests that it will be very cold on Sat so it is imperative that people bring warm clothing (no jeans), waterproof rain gear and good waterproof hiking boots. Hiking poles are also a necessity to deal with descent as well the usual safety equipment including whistle, flashlight and compass. For those of you bringing guests please ensure that you pass this information and list of requirements on to them. I will be contacting people to confirm that this has happened.

As on all our group hikes - everyone is responsible for their own safety. 

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  • Pauline Q.

    Thanks again John for a thoroughly enjoyable weekend and to the rest of the group for the great company :-)

    March 19, 2013

  • Declan

    Conamara was beautiful, as ever. Good work on Part II John!

    March 19, 2013

  • Esteban B.

    Thanks John for the wonderful hike, thank you Andrew for the lift and the food and thanks to the rest for the great company.
    I'm having some issues processing the photos and it is taking me longer than expected but I'll be publishing them soon, I promise!

    March 19, 2013

  • Angelina F.

    Thanks a mill John, everything was perfect! The hike, weather and hostel

    March 19, 2013

  • Paulie

    Superb hike ...Thanks John for organising....Saturday was such a wonderful day...Thanks to all fellow hikers, diners,drinkers,singers....It was a good day to be at play in Connemara.

    March 19, 2013

  • Alex

    Stunning views, beautiful peeps, nice (ish) weather. What more can one ask for?
    Icing on the cake, we were treated to Connemara mussels and a free gig with the dulcet tones of Pauline's voice.

    March 18, 2013

  • Jb M.

    Apologies for the mass upload. Great weekend as always and super company. Amazing hikes John. Thanks for organising. It was good to see everyone again :)

    March 18, 2013

  • farrel k

    Thanks a mil John . Brilliant hike, great bunch. Well done on the weather.

    March 18, 2013

  • Sorcha

    I stand corrected. Part II even better than Part I. Brilliant weekend, fab hostel, great company and great job organising and leading John. Well done!

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Andrew M.

    Top work as usual John, a tough but rewarding hike and as always a good bunch of people.

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Colette

    Fabulous day's walking and great company as always, really enjoyed it, thanks John for leading. Hope today turned out well for ye. Until next time, all the best....

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Alex

    Will only take part in the Sunday hike. Driving over from Dublin and staying at the Letterfrack hostel on Saturday night.

    March 14, 2013

  • John D.

    Update on accomodation. I have booked enough room for everyone in the Letterfrack Lodge for Fri and Sat (Old Monastery full on Sat). 3 dorm rooms each with ensuite - €22 per night with breakfast. Please let me know if you are staying elsewhere.
    Thanks, John

    March 12, 2013

    • Angelina F.

      Hi John, I can come for the Sunday hike, I'll drive over on sat morning. Should I book the hostel myself for sat night? Realise its quite late to expect you to do that.

      March 14, 2013

  • Paulie

    Hi John, Staying in Galway city on Friday night so I'll only need hostel for the Saturday night. Thanks Paul

    March 14, 2013

  • Andrzej

    Hi John, I can do only Sunday, but I will be there Saturday afternoon, and will try contact you after hike. Also I have some B&B accommodation. See you all there.

    March 13, 2013

  • Ciara

    Can't make this one, hope I'll be around for part 3! Enjoy.

    March 12, 2013

  • Sorcha

    PS. anyone got a number for d B&Bs in Letterfrack?

    March 12, 2013

  • Sorcha

    coming but my friends now can't make it unfortunately

    March 12, 2013

  • Pauline Q.

    Hi Patrick - I will be leaving from Baggot St in the city centre
    and have room in my car. I was thinking of taking a half day on Friday and leaving around 2pm - would that suit you?

    March 12, 2013

    • Patrick

      thanks Pauline, that would be fine.

      March 12, 2013

  • Patrick

    Hi all,
    Has anyone got any space in their car?
    Thanks, Patrick.

    March 12, 2013

  • Dana

    Ah, I would have loved this one John, but it's too cold for me... Enjoy, as usual :-)

    March 11, 2013

  • Declan

    I was talking to John about Saturday’s hike, Muckanaght, Benfree, and Benbawn. I did the route on New Year’s day and should probably let people know that Muckanaght is pretty tough.

    The ascent of it’s fascinating, pock-marked north face is particularly steep and is a concentrated scramble most of the way up.
    That said, it’s magnificent and wild, rugged and green, and well worth the effort as you pull yourself up to the top. Great views back to the prominent Diamond Hill. Not for the faint hearted though and you need to be comfortable with this scrambling.

    The descent towards Benfree, while not at the level of the northern ascent, is still very steep and may require all points of contact at times, hands, feet and rear end. Makes for a quick descent though!

    I took lots of photos (obviously) but they don't quite capture the steepness of the north face.

    In bad weather Muckanaght could be bypassed entirely though that would be a shame, it's really dramatic.

    March 11, 2013

  • Brendan

    Change of plans on this one, but hope you all have a great time ! p.s. make sure the hot water is working :-)

    March 11, 2013

  • John D.

    Please see updated hike description regarding hike difficulty and safety/ equipment requirements.

    March 11, 2013

  • Andrew M.

    Hi Esteban, it looks like I'm driving, you can come with me if you like.

    March 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello Andrew!! Is there any spots in your car for me also? Thanks!

      March 11, 2013

    • Andrew M.

      Sorry Ana, looks like I'm full up got Friday. I only have 2 passenger seats and they're taken. I'll let you know if that changes but I'm sure you'll find a lift with someone. A.

      March 11, 2013

  • Esteban B.

    hey guys, is there any spots left in a car leaving from Dublin?

    March 10, 2013

  • Aaron

    Can't make this one unfortunately - enjoy!

    March 9, 2013

  • Paulie

    Sounds brilliant....hopefully make the Saturday hike

    March 9, 2013

  • Sorcha

    PS...I like the "Part 2" title....sequels don't usually tend to be as good as the original though.....

    March 7, 2013

  • Sorcha

    Aye-absolutely on for this. First real hike of the year! Will people be coming back on the Sunday evening or the Monday (bank holiday Monday)...?

    March 7, 2013

  • Ingrida

    Sorry, studying. I hate to miss walks like that :( I'm sure you will enjoy it!!

    March 7, 2013

  • Jb M.

    Been a while :)

    March 7, 2013

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