Lugnaquilla, Co. Wicklow

Ken writes:

I went walking yesterday with Michael Gallagher and Izzy Jack from UCD and Niall Connolly, Gwen Murphy and Pål Antonsen from Trinity. We climbed Lugnaquilla, the highest mountain in Wicklow and the highest outside Kerry. I’ve already climbed Slieve Donard in County Down, the highest in Ulster, so with Lugnaquilla that makes the highest peaks in two of the four provinces. But none of this counting matters really. The day began extremely cold and windy but the weather improved throughout the day. The wind at the top was severe, but everyone made it down again with all five fingers and toes.

We went up via the Glen of Imaal. The route runs along the end of an Irish Army artillery range, so we had to ring ahead first to check they weren’t firing. Judging from the reputation of the other popular ascent (from Fraughen Rock Glen and Glenmalure) this is definitely the easiest way to do it (although not without some steep bits, but nothing you can’t handle if you take it slowly).

Anyway, here are some pictures

The party at the gate at the start of the walk
The party at the gate at the start of the walk

Our snow capped goal
Our snow capped goal

Michael, Gwen and Niall
Michael, Gwen and Niall

Izzy
Izzy

Another view of Lugnaquilla
Another view of Lugnaquilla

Start of the icy slog
Start of the icy slog

view south from the Lug
view south from the Lug

Blades of grass encased in icy jackets
Blades of grass encased in icy jackets

Sign in icy jacket
Sign in icy jacket

view of sign obscured by author
view of sign obscured by author

Pål Antonsen chilling out at the summit
Pål Antonsen chilling out at the summit

Ken at summit (note finger of God reaching to pat me on back –or press the button, I'm not sure)
Ken at summit (note finger of God reaching to pat me on back –or press the button, I'm not sure)

View of Wicklow from the Lug
View of Wicklow from the Lug

The descent
The descent

As we descended, the weather improved making it look...
As we descended, the weather improved making it look...

positively benign
positively benign

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3 thoughts on “Lugnaquilla, Co. Wicklow

  1. laura

    Wow! Great photos! I am impressed with the ice. Though I’ve always hoped that you get a chance to run around in some snow shoes (Lakota design), that looks like hiking terrain that calls for a set of YakTrax. It’s what “my people” use to keep from slipping on the ice when walking out to the car when parked on the frozen lake.

  2. Helen Conrad-O'Briain

    Looking at the landscape I ask again – why didnt they film LOTR in Ireland. We have rugby players who could have been made up as orcs too.

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