Connaught 2011 - Sheeffry Hills

Date: 16th – 18th September, 2011
Map: Discovery Series No. 37

Directions to Start

From Galway:
Take the Clifden road until Maam Cross. At Maam Cross turn right and follow signposts to Leenaun. From Leenaun follow the N59 and turn left onto the R335. Follow the R355 until you pass Delphi Adventure Centre. Take the first right turn after Delphi adventure centre and follow for approximately 7km until you reach the car park.
From Westport:
Follow the N59 to Liscarney. At Liscarney turn right and follow the road for
approximately 16km until you reach the car park. This is an ‘L’ road so may not appear on road maps.

NOTE
Limited Car Parking is available – please follow directions from staff.

The Check-in on Friday will run from 8.00pm to 11.30 pm.  Any teams later
than this will have to make their way to the base camp for Saturday morning.

This MPC will have a standing camp.  Day packs will be used on Saturday. Apart from personal gear all teams will have to carry a trangia, gas, sleeping bag, sleeping mat & bivvy bag. We strongly recommend that all team members carry a bag and share gear around.

Friday
L 915 680 (Car park) [Limited Car parking] - Check in and have your gear examined.

L 914 693 (Old Western way turn) - Follow the western way/road to a signposted junction.

L 911 696 (Base camp) – Follow the western way along the river to a fence with a stile. Cross the river and move up to the campsite - Lots of good sites about.

As there is a river crossing on the Friday night, be sure to have all your equipment securely wrapped in plastic and bring spare socks in case your feet get wet. If the river is flooded we will make alternative arrangements to get into base camp so follow any instructions that staff give to you.

SaturdayL 911 696 (Base Camp)

L 909 711 (Col) - Follow up the stream and into the col

L 898 708 (Broad Top) - Follow the spur onto the broad top

L 893 705 (Col) – Follow a bearing along the broad top and down into the narrow col. If the weather is clear there are some fantastic views from this col as the steep sides are quite spectacular.

L 881 707 (Spot Height 742) - Follow a bearing up to the spot height

L 873 699 (Lake) - Follow a bearing along the ridge to the small lake

L 862 694 (Spot Height 762) - Follow a bearing along the ridge

Extension – If teams are making good progress and are early they can do the extension and follow the ridge out to the highest point on the Sheefry hills

L 849 695 (Spot height 772) - Follow along the narrow ridge to the spot height and return to SH 762

L 862 694 (Spot Height 762) – Retrace your steps to SH 762

L 873 699 (Lake) – Retrace your steps to the lake

L 878 703 (Top of spur) – Take a bearing to the top of the spur

L 887 697 (Top of spur) – Handrail down to the start of steep descent

L 899 686 (Col) – Follow bearing down to Col – be careful on descent.

L 911 696 (Camp) – Descend from col to the river. Follow river to crossing point and cross back to high camp. Follow any instructions from staff on river crossing. There may be a river crossing check point/activity so ensure you have spare socks to change into at high camp.

SundayL 911 696 (Camp)
This Sunday route crosses several fences. As marked on the route outline there are specific places to cross them where there are gates or worn routes. All the fences are private property so please do not cross them other than where indicated by staff.  We rely on the good will of farmers and land owners to let us cross their land and camp on it.

L 904 687 (Spot Height 436) – Follow bearing up to spot height – the ground is quite steep so take care.

L 913 689 (End of ridge) – Follow bearing from spot height 436

L 908 687 (Gap in the fence) – Follow the fence down to a spot where you can cross over

L 914 684 (Gate at the stream) – Follow down to a gate close to the stream.

L 915 681 (Gate at road beside car park) – Follow stream down to a gate onto the road.

FINISH

Well Done! Congratulations on finishing the MPC.