Car Park (879 188) to Forest Road Junction (871 201)
Follow the forest track out of the car park in a NNW direction. As you follow this track, make sure not to turn right at the track junctions at 877 192 and at 875 196, as these tracks lead to a private dwelling. Shortly after the second of these junctions, the track bends around to the left and heads more steeply uphill to a T-junction with a forest road at 873 195. Turn right, and continue down to a forest road junction.
Forest Road Junction (871 201) to Forest Fence (868 218)
From the junction, continue straight on in a northerly direction, with farm sheds on your right. Stay right at the next two track junctions. At the second of these the track turns north-easterly in direction and makes it’s way down to the stream at 874 209. Stay on the track with the stream on your right and, heading uphill again, follow the track to the forest fence.
Forest Fence (868 218) to Low Camp (868 220)
Cross the fence onto the open hillside. A faint path leads down to the stream junction at 868 220. Cross where indicated by staff and set up camp.
Saturday Route Outline
Low Camp (868 220) to Galty Wall (865 239)
Check out of low camp at the cottage and head northward up the slope for about 200m’s. Then head in a north-northwesterly direction towards the headwall of the valley. Follow a gradual but continually rising line to arrive on the main ridge at 865 239.
Note: In misty conditions, careful bearings will be required for this stage of the route.
Galty Wall (865 239) to Galty Wall End (871 235)
Turn right (southeastward) and follow the wall uphill. At the top of a short rise the wall turns directly eastward across a flat area and then ends just before the climb to Galtymore.
Galty Wall End (871 235) to Galtymore (879 238)
From the wall end, head in an easterly direction up a short sharp rise to the first top of Galtymore marked with a cairn, and continue along the crest past the white metal cross and onto the summit, marked with another cairn and a broken trig-point.
Galtymore (879 238) to Galtybeg (890 241)
Descend from Galtymore to the col, taking care of the cliffs above Lough Diheen, and continue up to the narrow crest of Galtybeg.
Galtybeg (890 241) to Col (897 242)
The north-eastern end of Galtybeg’s summit ridge ends abruptly in very steep ground overlooking Borheen Lough. The actual check point will be situated at this end of the ridge. From the check-point carefully make your way in an easterly direction down to the col. Poor navigation here in mist could easily lead to an accident.
Col (897 242) to O’Loughnan’s Castle (916 239)
From the col continue eastward uphill toward spot height 786. The ridge bends a little to the south east near the top, before turning eastward again. At the end of the flat summit area, drop shortly down to O’Loughnan’s Castle.
O’Loughnan’s Castle (916 239) to High Camp (908 220)
Gain the small rise (917 238) after O’Loughnan’s Castle, and follow the spur south down to the edge of the Glengarra Woods. Here turn right and follow the forest boundary to the north western corner. Cross the first stream and check in at high camp.
Sunday Route Outline
High Camp (908 220) to Col (893 223)
Check out at high camp and follow the steam to the stream junction at 906 222. Cross the stream before the junction and follow it uphill to the stream bend at 897 224. From here go directly up to the col.
Col (893 223) to Forest Edge (886 211)
Follow the track on the col southwards. At 891 212 take a right hand track, and then take the first track on the left down to the edge of Cooper’s Wood.
Forest Edge 886 211 to Car Park (886 211)
Cross the fence where indicated by staff, and follow a path down through the trees to meet a forest track on the valley floor. Turn left and follow the forest track beside the river. At 876 199 the track emerges onto a surfaced road. Turn left and after a few meters turn right onto a track which is followed back to the road below the car park at 880 199. Turn right on the road and follow it up to the car park.
Don’t forget to check in at the car park.
Bad Weather Alternatives
In the event of poor weather, parts of the route may be changed. Your team should take the time to study the map before the event, so as to be familiar with the terrain in the general area of the route.
***Friday Night Check-in***
Check in opens at 9.00pm and will close at 11.00pm. If you believe that you will not make check-in by closing time, please contact event co-ordinators Brendan Lynch on 087 9602272 or Adrian Kay on 087 2078185.
Please note that the following will take place at check-in :
• Personal Equipment Check
• Team Equipment Check
• Route Card Check
Teams will not be allowed onto the mountain until all 3 checks have been completed,
and check-in staff are satisfied that teams are adequately equipped and prepared.
***Saturday Morning Start***
Teams should be ready to depart from 9.00am on Saturday. A briefing meeting
will take place at the ruined cottage near the stream junction at 8.45am sharp.
One Scout per team should attend this meeting.