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.
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.