I climbed it a few years ago at the ehight of summer its a tough enough climb. There have been a bucnh ofd stories in the media about aul wans climbing it, so very thinks its easy. Its far from easy but people who want to climb it and arent able its not anyone else business
The thread title is grossly misleading. Croagh Patrick endangers no one. It's the people who insist on climbing it on foggy days wearing no shoes, they're the problem.
Mass at base camp would be a better idea.
What about the cone that is eroding, falling stones and a woman fell down on top of another younger person last Sunday. Of course the fact that helicopter pilots are put in danger with mist and winds does not matter either - that is their job and they love the exercise ! Remember helicopter crew at Waterford a few years ago in bad conditions.
Believe it or not I climbed Croke Patrick in 2003. I was staying with my brother in Louisburg and when you opened his back door there was Croke Patrick a few miles away. It nearly killed me and it took me hours but as others say, the view is astounding. The stones are still there, slippery little and big buggers. Don't know if they are the same stones though. They kinda all look the same to me. I know. i'm a stonist!
I was actually in the Orthopaedic ward this year but there were no admissions from the climb, with broken bones anyway!
Last Sat/Sun the services rightly called off the climb up Croagh Patrick due to atrocious conditions. But several hundred persisted in climb.
A 3 year infant had to be rescued from top suffering from hypothermia . Should such an infant be taken into care off such parents. Another teenager suffered same fate, was only wearing a tee shirt.
Should authorities ban such people from ascending,putting rescue services in danger in process,as well as cost ?
We did a school tour to it when I was in primary school. It was a 'surprise' that we were all supposed to be excited about.
OK, fair enough, a walk up a hill on a decent enough day, but they didn't suggest what clothes to wear or appropriate footwear.
However, as said, it was a nice day and we were young and fit, so it was a good day all in all. Until, that is, we reached the top and had to listen to some priest drone on about God and Jesus and all that stuff...ruined a perfectly good day out.
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