Coumloughra Horseshoe

The Coumloughra Horseshoe is always one of the most anticipated hikes of first semester. The achievement of climbing the three highest peak in Ireland all in one day is something we are all proud to say we have now achieved. We began by climbing an almost vertical concrete path (slight exaggeration 😀 ) , which if anyone has done this hike slightly dreads, but not to fear, you will have completed it before you know it and can continue on your way. For this hike we challenged  the Beenkeeragh peak first where we started on a gradually steepening climb until we reached the peak at 1010m. We have been very lucky recently with the weather and this weekend didn’t disappoint. We experienced a combination of all four seasons in less than an hour with rain, hail,snow, wind and sun shine. The most challenging part of the hike is crossing from the Beenkeeragh peak across the ridge to get to Carrauntoohill. The ridge is steep and narrow  and a lot of concentration is required but our experienced hikers slowly crossed it and made our way to the cross at Carrauntoohill at 1039m.  We were blessed with spectacular 360′ panoramic views of Killorglin, the Dingle Peninsula and the McGillycuddy Reeks range. After a well deserved break we headed on our way to take on the Caher ridge, the final peak on our hike. We all gave one final effort as we climbed to the peak of 1001m. The hike certainty lived up to our expectations and it was a great achievement to have successfully submitted the three highest peaks in Ireland. Well done to all hikers and leaders involved.