Altitude 200m a.s.l
The Grasshopper Project © Kevin Moroney
Superb climbing on clean rock in a fantastic scenic location. Some absolute classic routes especially in the VS/HVS range.
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Descent: Main Face - Chains at top of Prelude Nightmare 60m abseil just gets you down. Alternative is cable at top of Expectancy 20m abseil + scramble. If you are bailing from Expectancy you can abseil the line of Deirdre to avoid the worst of the scramble.
East Wing - Tat at top of Aisling Arete/Celia 30m abseil back to Forest Ledge. Scramble down to top of Forest Rhapsody P2, tat for 35m abseil(30m is ok as you can scramble down rest)
Located about 30 miles (50km) from Dublin City Centre.
Glendalough can be reached by following the Bray by-pass (N/M11), you can also reach the M11 by taking the M50 southbound and its southward continuation as far as Kilmacanogue from where the R755 is followed through Roundwood to Laragh before taking the road westwards into the valley to the car-park just below the Upper Lake. 4 Euro to park for the day at the Upper Car Park(Note Closing Time). Alternatively take St. Kevin's Bus. Take the Miners Path for a 45 minute walk up the valley to the Rockfaces on the North side of the lake. Passed the Old Mining Ruins, to start of zigzag path upwards. Leave the main path, and scramble up the rough track to the faces. Free parking at the Visitor Centre, but a longer 1hr 10min walk in.
|Glendalough is a fantastic spot for climbers of any ability. The multipitch routes on the main face are well protected and fairly easy to follow as well as being fair for the grade. The shorter single pitch routes are fantastic, especially with the abseil points at the top of the twin buttresses. On a good day you can pretty much do all of the routes on one area. The local youth hostel (Glendalough) is close by and good value for money as well as the campsite slightly further away at Roundwood. Both are very busy from May onwards and advance booking may be required.
The only drawback on a still, warm day is the MIDGES!!!|
Michael Smith - 13/Feb/05