MUNSTER MPC 1996
SLIEVE MISH MOUNTAINS
MAP 71 Discovery series
APRIL Instructions to start:
Derrymore Strand carpark
Please arrive between 8 and 10 o'clock
Leave Tralee on the Dingle road through Blennerville note the windmill). After about
7km there is a hump back bridge. Take the second right down to the Derrymore
Strand carpark. Park yourselves here, cheek in and once everyone is clear on the
route follow the lane back up to the main road. Turn left back towards Tralee and take
a right turn up a gravelled lane at 741 111. Follow this winding lane uphill past a
couple of houses, following the markers. You will reach an access gate to open
hillside at 743 106. You're now just north of the Dingle way.
to Derrymore River 745 104 Follow the rough track leading north
from the gate up to the Dingle way. Follow the Dingle way east ( a very basic stony
track/ditch contouring across open mountainside marked as a red dotted line on the
map ). Just before the river you will be detoured southwards/uphill off the Dingle way
slightly to avoid a very marshy area, late corners beware! walk round this marshy area
to the river and check in at the bridge.
Basecamp is either in the gully of the river or on the flat patches of ground above, as
conditions dictate. BE SURE
at the bridge and
then make yourselves comfortable....
SATURDAY 13TH APRIL
Instructions to High
Once you know your team start time get the brekker organised and pack
everything ready to head for High camp.
Make sure EVERYONE has a clear knowledge of the route ahead and
then check out at the allocated time once your site is clean and checked.
everyone looks after their own.
USE YOUR MAPS AND COMPASSES
know where you are and where
Base camp 745 104 to Rock above river junction 745 096
Once fully checked out of Base camp head south up the west side of the
Derrymore river following a rough trail about 1 Om above the river.
You are now heading up a steep V-shaped valley and gaining height
rapidly. You will reach a small rock before and above the river junction
which has had coins and metal objects jammed into it over the years.
Rock 744 094 to lower lake/High camp 740 080
Continue up the valley in a south westerly direction staying above the
river. Note the rugged side of An Gearan and further on gullies and scree
caused by severe water erosion.
Rising above you to the east is the spot height peak 723m.
Keep going until you reach the first small lake which you will note is
shallow and sandy bottomed. Note also the manmade wall dams.
CHECK IN AT HIGH CAMP AND QUICKLY GET YOUR TENT UP AND
UNLOAD EXCESS GEAR. You will need only a daypack for the rest of
the climb. Don't hang about, as soon as you're ready check out and get
High camp 740 080 to ridge 734 077
Head up a ramp from Derrymore lough in a westerly direction onto the
steep grassy side of the ridge running up to Cathair Conraoi.
Zigzag steadily up the slope until you get up onto the ridge. Take it easy
and enjoy the view back down the valley!
Ridge 734 077 to Cathair Conraoi (835m) 734 073
Follow the ridge in a south/south westerly direction until you get to the
top of Cathair Conraoi. Looking west on a clear day you will see the
peninsula of the Magharee's stretching out northwards to form Tralee
bay and further on Brandon Mountain and Brandon point.
Cathair Conraoi 734 073 to Collspot height (706m) 742 074
Head south-easterly from the top of Cathair Conraoi onto a ridge which will take you
down onto a flat col with a barely noticeable spot height (706m). On the ridge the
ground falls away steeply on each side so take care! On the col note all the loose
conglomerate stone (known as pudding stone for obvious reasons)
Cot 742 074 to Barr tri gCom 750 076
Head north-easterly onto rising stony ground leading up to the top of Barr tri gCom
(851 m) You will find a number of small stone ring forts right at the very top!
Barr tri gCom 750 076 to Ridge 753 079
Now that you have reached the high point physically of the Munster MPC, hopefully
you can stop to look around if it's clear. North is Tralee bay, south is Dingle bay.
Having started the MPC virtually at sea level you can congratulate your self on a total
height gain from the start of 850m.
Head North Easterly on a carefully taken bearing towards spot height 819m. BUT
STOP on the collridge before it to look down into the Curraheen valley and
Col/Ridge 753 079 to spot height (723m) 746 084
DO NOT HEAD ON TO SPOT HEIGHT 819m! Head back in a westerly direction and
contour around to the north until you reach the spot height 723m and can look back
down towards High camp and the Derrymore takes. In bad visibility take care!
Derrymore Strand is north of you and you'll have a view of north Kerry and Clare ( loop
head ) on a good day.
Spot height (723m) 746 084 to High camp/Derrymore lakes 740 080
Take it easy and climb down diagonally towards the largest lake in a south westerly
direction. Have an exact bearing from the spot height to the east side of the take to
follow. Be careful to avoid swinging westerly and losing height too rapidly as there
are some steep loose stony patches in this area.
REMEMBER ACCIDENTS USUALLY HAPPEN ON DESCENTS, If visibility is bad
cheek your bearings carefully, descend slowly watching your direction and the lie of
land, -pick up
the river as a handrail feature back up to highcamp if necessary.
Once at High camp BE CERTAIN TO CHECK IN and then set yourselves up for the
SUNDAY 14TH APRIL Instructions
On Sunday morning check out of High camp at your allocated time. Remember NO
LITTER! if you bring it, pack it. NO BIG PLASTIC BAGS OF RUBBISH.
High camp/ Derrymore lakes 740 080 to Basecamp/Dingle way 745 104
Retrace the route of Saturday morning back down the Derrymore valley staying above
the river on the west side.
Basecamp/Dingle way 745 104 to Derrymore Strand Carpark
Avoid the marshy ground west of base camp and get onto the Dingle way going
westerly. Turn south down to the access gate as on Friday night. Follow the country
code as you proceed. Get onto the lane which
will take you down to the Dingle road
and the carpark.
BE CERTAIN TO CHECK IN AT THE CARPARK BEFORE LEAVING.
Once checked in you're free to make your way home, hope the weekend was good