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RCSI Climb to New Heights

29 November 2016

RCSI Climb to New Heights
The highly anticipated biannual Climbing Club trip was another great success. This year saw them take on the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains, Mount Errigal is also the tallest peak in County Donegal.

"Our hike of Mount Errigal was by far one of our smoothest and most enjoyable trips we've seen as a club.
We left Dublin under the disappearing Friday sunlight, and arrived quickly at the marvellous Errigal Youth Hostel.
Following a quick night's rest, everyone gathered around for a hearty breakfast and lunch prep before we set out bright and early for what was to be gruelling day's hike up the 751m mountain.

But it wasn't long after we crossed the lowland bog that we discovered this hike was to be much shorter and sweeter than we thought.
After hiking up and down Errigal in an astonishingly quick time, we settled for lunch as a group on the saddle between Mt Errigal and Wee Errigal.

Climbing Errigal

Shortly after, we split the group, with one group pleasantly making their way home, and the other group boldly climbing the second peak.
At the end of the day, both groups reassembled at the hostel, gazing at the sunset with warming hot chocolate.

And soon, with many hungry bellies to a feed, a brilliant team mustered and was working hard in the kitchen preparing stews and roast for everyone. Following a period of feasting, an equally brilliant assembly of individuals set about scrubbing clean those pots and dishes to sparkling perfection.


The night concluded with a great deal of BBC planet earth, banter, table-bouldering, and marvellous music by our most talented musicians. And in the morning, following one more bout of breakfast and cleaning, we gathered once more on the bus, content and connected, ready to come home." Echin Mak, Climbing Club Captain 2016.17