Count Mountain Challenge 2014 Notes
Firstly let me thank all the scouts and leaders that are taking part in this adventure. This is a list of personal and patrol equipment neaded for the lightweight camp and the hike. Also a discription of the route and alternatives. This activity is all up to you as a group to do as much or as little as your group requires. The main aim of the weekend is to get patrols out on the mountains, navigating and hiking with gear and prepare for an MPC or Sionnach.
Personal gear should be packed in plastic bags as most rucksacks are NOT waterproof.
Each scouts rucksack should weigh 10 Kg or less.
On both nights we will be camping by a river BUT all water MUST be boiled for at least 2 minutes before use.
We will NOT be lighting fires on public land. We may light one on an area that has been used before as a fire but we will stick to the Country code and leave no trace.
All rubbish MUST be taken home with the scouts. All scouts must respect the outdoors and not interfere with the local flora and fauna.
In the case of any injuries, a patrol can make alternative routes down to the road to get help.
All patrols must have a sheet 56 and a map and be competant to use them. They should understand and know how to use the route card.
The route can be made shorter (see description of route and consult the route card).
Strong Boots (Waterproofed)
Rain jacket and bottoms
Sleeping bag and ground mat
2 litres of water
High energy Food for the hike (Chocolate, nuts. Bananas etc..)
Personal food for breakfast, lunch and evenings
Spare socks and jocks (lights and small so more can be brought)
Personal first aid kit (with stuff in it for blisters)
Cup/plate/knife/fork/spoon (plastic is best as it is lightweight and durable)
Toiletries including toilet roll
*Make sure when packing rucksack the items you need should be easy to get at I.e. food, rain gear
Lightweight dome tents (could be split up among the people sleeping in the tents)
Cooking gear (trangia/pocket rockets etc..) plus pots/pans
Enough fuel for 2 days
First aid kit
Although Irish mountains do not offer the same challenges as higher mountains, we still have to respect the mountains and be prepared for all situations.
Things to note in Irish mountain areas:
The weather is very changeable
Sun can change to rain very quickly
Fog can descend on the mountain and valleys very quickly
It gets dark very quickly (especially in Winter and early spring, late Autumn)
Hypothermia is a very serious risk in Irish mountains.
Boggy terrain is common and there is a serious risk of getting stuck or losing boots.
Mountain roads can be dangerous as cars tend to speed on them.
Irish cliffs are exposed and the tracks and ground near them can be unstable.
Ireland's tracks are not signposted well and it is easy to take a wrong turn.
Nights can be very cold and it is essential to stay warm and dry and out of any extreme conditions.
Therefore EVERYONE should be well prepared. Everyone should have full rain gear and warm dry clothes as spare to change into.
Everyone should have warm clothing to wear while in their sleeping bag.
Nobody should be walking alone and the group MUST stay together. Remember the group walks at the rate of the slowest walker and they take care of themselves.
Soup or hot chocolate
Cereal -personally packed with a small tub of millk
Lunch -bar, roll or Sandwich (Well Packed to keeep it Fresh)
Dinner -pasta carbobara with cooked chicken or haam (very lightweight and filling and easy to cook as you just add water)
Cereal and more bars
We are meeting at Crone Wood car park on Friday evening at 6pm
We will be back in Crone Wood car park on Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 2pm.
Description of the route
On Friday eveing we will all set off together along the Wicklow way and climb through the forest until we get to the side of the cliff that overlooks Powerscourt estate. Care will need to be taken here as it will be dark and we are at the side of a cliff. The track is quite wide and safe but we should be cautious anyway.
We follow this track until we exit the forest and take a left down the valley towards the footbridge over the river Dargle which leads to the Powerscourt waterfall.
At the bridge we take a right and head towards our campsite 2 mins from the bridge.
8am rise and Breakfast
We will head off in patrols 15 to 20 minutes apart. It is inevitable that patrols will see other patrols on the route however they should follow their own route card and trust their own map and compass skills.
We will back track from the previous night and turn left and head back up the valley along the Wicklow way. We keep on the main track (NOT taking the right following the Wicklow way).
We will arrive at a track going left (196 127) up to Maulin. This track is not on most sheet 56 OS maps.
We follow the Spur up to Maulin.
We then keep on a similar bearing (see route card) and head down and up the saddle to the 593m spot height.
From the spot height we follow the Spur around to Tonduff.
Tonduff is a flat boggy summitt with massive bog heaps that will be of some interest to the scouts.
From Tonduff we follow the Spur down to the military road. This area is notoriously boggy as it is the source of the river Liffey.
On the Military road patrols (and leaders of course) have a choice. They can stay on the military road and follow it all the way to the campsite or if they want they can continue on mountain routes.
Mountain route: We will take a left on the track that is just before the upper Lough Bray lake.
Follow this track around the two lakes (Care must be taken at the top of the two lakes as the track gets very narrow).
From the top of the lower lake we head down to the 485 spot height.
From the spot height we make our way down to the road.
We take a left on the road and follow it around the corner to the forest track (with a forest barrior in front of it)
We follow this track down to the campsite. You can pick out a suitable camping area for your patrol(s).
8am rise and Breakfast
We will drop our campsite and head out.
We first follow the track and head towards the very visible rocks on Knocknagun.
On reaching these rocks it is just a 5 minute walk to the summit.
From here we head down and up the notoriously boggy and wet saddle to Prince Williams seat.
From PWS we follow the track down to the Wicklow way and take a right.
We then follow the Wicklow way all the way back to Crone Car park where we are finished and can head on home for a well deserved shower, rest and home cooked dinner :)
We hope everyone enjoys the CMC and any further questions do not hesitate to contact me.