The RCSI Climbing & Mountaineering Club organise a number of climbing trips for members every year. In March 2019 the club climbed Carrauntoohil in Co. Kerry, the highest peak on the island of Ireland at 1,038 metres high.
Read the RCSI Climbing & Mountaineering Club Captain's account of the trip below:
30 RCSI students took on the challenge of Ireland's highest peak, Carrauntoohil on 9 March.
With the help of two guides, we hiked the Devil’s Ladder route, a challenging trail, that lead us over streams and through rocky passageways. We also passed through snowy areas and of course threw a few snowballs!
When we reached the top we stopped for lunch and photos before trekking back down. As we made our way back to the bottom, we made new friends with sheep, donkeys, and cats.
We then returned to our hostel for the night and ate a well-earned dinner of spaghetti bolognese. After dinner (and some cookies) we indulged in a heated game of Mafia.
The entire trip was great fun, with lots of students from different programmes and different countries getting to know each other. For some, this was their first time hiking in Ireland and they were able to conquer the highest peak right off the bat!
This was definitely one of our most successful trips and we were pleased that Mother Nature was on our side amidst a nation-wide snow warning.