to Killarney Mountaineering Club!
was founded in 1980 and currently has a membership of about 100 who
come from all over Kerry and beyond. Our members encompass a broad range
of interest and experience, from occasional hillwalkers to alpine and
himalayan veterans. Killarney itself is set at the foot of the McGillycuddy
Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland, so it will come as no
surprise that many of our club walks take place in and around this magnificent
range (see calendar).
regular walks take place every second Sunday throughout the year, and
we usually meet outside the Killarney Cineplex (East Avenue Road)
at 10am, unless stated otherwise on the club calendar. During the club
walks, some of the more adventurous club members will often separate
from the main group to scramble up more demanding routes, however the
route followed by the main group is always suitable for those interested
in hillwalking alone. As with most clubs, walks usually finish with
a social 'après-mountain' drink in a local hostelry! If you are
thinking of joining us and would like to come out for a trial walk please
e-mail us for more information.
also have a regular programme of rock climbing on Thursday evenings
which usually takes place in the Gap of Dunloe during the summer months
(weather permitting) and on our indoor climbing wall during the winter
(and wet summer evenings). The climbing wall was developed in conjunction
with, and with the kind co-operation of St. Brendan's College in Killarney,
where we also introduce the students to the vigours and rigours of rock
climbing. The wall is also currently open on Tuesday evenings during
the winter months.
addition to our regular local walks, we sometimes organise 'specials'
such as a four peaks challenge event, or a Kerry 'megawalk' with an
overnight camp. As well as this, informal overseas trips are usually
organised on an annual basis, typically a 'short-haul' trip (eg. to
Scotland, Wales or the English Lake District) alternating bi-annually
with a trip further afield (typically the European Alps, but occasionally
somewhere more exotic eg. Kilimanjaro or Ecuador). Rock climbing and
Cycling trips to Spain are also regularly undertaken by club members.
Other annual events include a christmas party and summer barbeque.
annual KMC membership fee is €40.00 which includes membership of
the Mountaineering Council of Ireland (MCI), and the all-important insurance
cover which this represents. Other benefits of MCI membership include
a 10% discount in most outdoor shops, Irish Mountain Log magazine, access
to the MCI library and reciprocal rights for UIAA alpine huts.