Killarney Mountain Challenge

Q; What is Killarney’s Ultimate High Peaks Challenge?

A; Killarney’s Ultimate High Peaks Challenge is a one day extreme mountain challenge, consisting of 25km of walking, hiking and scrambling with a total height gain of almost 2500mtrs. over the majority of Irelands very highest mountains.

Q; What is Killarney’s Ultimate High Peaks Challenge LITE?

A; Killarney’s Ultimate High Peaks Challenge LITE route is a one day extreme mountain challenge, consisting of 15km of walking, hiking and scrambling with a total height gain of almost 1500mtrs. over many of Irelands very highest mountains.  This route is aimed at those that have the required navigation skills but prefer a shorter introductory route and maybe will aim for the big one the following year !

Q; How much does it cost and what is included in the price?

A; The price to enter the main route is €95 per person. This includes a fully marshalled and insured event with first aid back up. 2 free nights camping in Cronin’s Yard campsite. Bus transfer from Cronin’s Yard to the start point in the Gap of Dunloe. Secure parking in Cronin’s Yard. After-party including Mega Barbeque with entertainment at Cronin’s Yard. Unique 2018 High Peaks Challenge Medal and Goodie Bag.  The price for the LITE route is €90 with all of the above inclusions apart from bus transfer ( this route starts at Cronin’s Yard and hikes in The Hags Glen and up onto the Eastern Reeks )

Q; Is the Killarney Ultimate High Peaks Challenge a race?

A; No it is not a race. There will be no timing stations along the route but of course if you wish to make it more of a challenge you can take your own time. The existing record to complete the main route is 5hrs 32mins so lets see if you can be quicker!!!

Q; Can i choose my own start time?

A; No, you will be given a start time. Bus times for the main route depart in ONE Wave at 05.30am with participants required to be ready to load buses NO LATER than 05.10am in Cronin’s Yard.  The LITE route will depart in ONE wave at 09.00am and participants need to be ready for check in NO LATER than 08.30am.

Q; Do I have to complete a final check in even though I’ve already registered?

A; YES, you will need to check in at event base ( Cronin’s Yard ) this is when you receive your participant pack including your individual competitor number as well as your goodie bag!

 Q; When and what time can I complete my final check registration and collect my event pack?

A; High Peaks Challenge event pack collection and final registration takes place in the event base in Cronin’s Yard on Friday evening 17th May between 19.00 – 21.30pm  and also in the same venue on Saturday morning 19th May strictly between 04.30 – 05.15am for main route.

LITE route registration is open Friday evening 17th May between 19.00 – 21.30pm and also from 07.30am – 08.30am on Saturday morning.

Q; Is there a time limit?

A; This is a challenge event and not a race but that said there will be a cut off times to reach certain points along the route. Anyone arriving at this point after the cut off time will need to abort the remainder of the route. These will be stringently enforced and are designed to maximize the safety of ALL participants as-well as event marshals. These times will be generous. Further details of this will be in your race information pack and are also listed below.

Q;What times do the shuttle buses depart Cronin’s Yard on the morning of the event taking competitors to the start line of the MAIN ROUTE?

A; Buses for the MAIN ROUTE will depart Cronin’s Yard at 5:30am STRICTLY.   Do not get on a bus if you are registered for the LITE route ( it may sound obvious but… !!! )

Q; What are the Cut-off times and where are they located?

A; MAIN ROUTE: 9:30 – Road lay-by at the head of the Gap of Dunloe (GR 872 835) , 12:00 – Cruách Mhór Summit grotto – (GR 840 848), BOTH ROUTES14:30 – Cnoc an Toinne West top (GR 811 833) , 16:00 – Corrán Tuathail Summit – (GR 803 844)

Q; Roughly how long should the route take?

A; Obviously this is very dependent on your level of fitness and ability but a rough estimate is between 6 and 14 hours. Though there is no doubt many will complete it a lot quicker than this! The fastest time completed so far was a time of 5hrs 32mins and the slowest being 15hrs!!! You should aim to be somewhere in between!!!  The LITE route should take estimated time of between 4 and 9 hours.

Q; How fit and competent do I need to be?

A; Mountain challenges of this nature are an extremely tough and challenging proposition and so it is a prerequisite that participants possess a very high level of fitness and mountain competence. This extreme event is marshaled but not guided and hence all participants must be highly experienced, competent and efficient mountain goers & navigators and highly confident on extremely steep,rugged terrain with no paths or trails in at times extreme weather conditions! Many previous participants have severely underestimated the seriousness and nature of this event and we ask you please do not even consider registering if you do not possess the high levels of fitness and experience required.

Those registering for the LITE route are quite obviously still required to be competent in navigation skills and would have a very good level of mountain fitness ( as opposed to a very high level for the main route ! )

Q; Can we enter as a team?

A; Yes teams can enter but the same individual price will apply.

Q; What do I wear/bring?

A; See our kit list please note there is some mandatory kit. Checks will be carried out and anyone without the mandatory kit will not be allowed to continue.

Q; Do I need a map?

A; Do you REALLY need to ask this one!!! YES Most definitely! A detailed itinerary which includes all Grid References is available on the website. A simple map is also available but in addition to this online map you will need a more detailed map such as: Ordinance Survey Discovery Series Sheet 78 1:50000 or 1:25000.

Also available from Harvey Maps is their Superwalker 1:30000 Series which includes one for the MacGillycuddys Reeks. These are available to purchase locally in Killarney and also in Cronin’s Yard Tea Rooms.

Q; What if I forget some of my kit?

A; There will be a retail stand in Cronin’s Yard on the morning of check in and this will have various items of essential kit available to purchase .

Q; Is there mobile phone coverage along the route?

A; Yes, for most parts of the route there is good coverage but this should never be relied on. Marshals will be positioned at strategic points along the entire route and should you need assistance of any kind or wish to end your participation, the correct procedure of how to do this will be provided in your event info pack.

Q; Is there water stations along the route?

A; No, there are no water stations along the route. This is an extreme mountain challenge and as such you will be required to carry a sufficient supply of water/liquids as you deem necessary to complete the entire route. The last place where it is possible to refill/top up your supply is from a narrow stream which you will follow as you drop from Glas Loch heading to the head of the Gap of Dunloe (GR 871 837)  – Lat 51°59,680N / Long 9°38,595W    *Please be aware that water from wild mountain streams can never be guaranteed 100% safe to drink unless boiled for 3 minutes+ or purified using various systems. This said, we have drank from the mountain streams in this area dozens of times over many years and have never once encountered any negative effects.

There is also a small natural high mountain spring located at GR 8055 8385. This location is as you begin the climb of Carrauntoohil following the main trail just above the relatively western end of the flat boggy area at the top of Devil’s Ladder. Be aware that after a prolonged dry spell of a few days, this reliable water source may not be present!

Q; What support is there along the route?

A; It is a fully marshaled event by highly experienced mountaineers / marshals who are all first aid qualified.

Q; Is there a age requirement?

A; Yes you have to be over 18yrs and under 105yrs. Over 9o’s must be accompanied by both parents!

Q; How much does it cost and when do I pay?

A; It costs €95 for the main route and €90 for LITE route and you pay when you fill out the registration form on line.

Q; How / where do I register and can I pay on the day?

A; Online registration on our website and payment must be completed at time of registration. No payment accepted on the day.

Q; Do I have to sign a waiver?

A; Yes – this is a box you need to tick on the online registration form.

Q; When does registration close?

A; When quota for max. numbers has been reached.  We will post on social media when numbers are nearing limits.

Q; Where do i park my car?

A; Safe and secure parking at Cronin’s Yard with bus transfer provided from here to the starting point for the MAIN ROUTE in The Gap of Dunloe on Saturday morning.

Q; Where can i stay on the Friday night and Saturday night?

A; There is free camping available in Cronin’s Yard campsite or a wide selection of Hostel’s and B&B’s available locally. If availing of the free camping for participants it is essential that you first check in at the Tea rooms in Cronin’s Yard to receive your tent tag prior to erecting your tent. You will then be told where to site your tent. No parking in the tent site as space is limited.

Q; What time do I need to arrive in Cronin’s Yard on Saturday morning?

A; For the MAIN route be prepared and ready to start loading the buses in Cronin’s Yard from 05.00am and NO LATER than 05.10am. You will be checked in as started as you embark the bus and all buses will leave in ONE wave at 05.30am sharp ( with or without you !!!).  LITE route will be departing in ONE wave at 09.00am so you will need to be prepared and ready no later than 08.30 to allow time for final check in.

Q; Can I bring my dog?

A; Strictly NO dogs allowed.

Q; Are there shower facilities for afterwards?

A; Yes, there are showers available in Cronin’s Yard. These are priced at €1 per minute. €1 coins required.

Contact information

Killarney’s Ultimate High Peaks Challenge,
Beaufort, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

Phone: +353 (0)87 744 0523

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