Hike for HOPE Diary – 2nd to 4th of September 2017
By Hanna Roch Perks
Dad and I travelled to Kerry on Saturday morning in order to reach Mount Brandon at 3pm to start our first climb. The weather was not on our side as the tail of Hurricane Harvey came through Dingle – to top things off the Dingle Marathon was on, as you can imagine we decided it was not our day.
On Sunday morning we travelled to Carrauntoohil. We started at 12 o’clock with our guide Jason (who fell the most!!) but we have to give him credit as he got us up the mountain. The hardest part of Carrauntoohil was the ‘devil’s ladder’ which was a steep rocky climb, it was covered in scree which was difficult and really slippy.
But it was all worth it as reaching the summit of Carrauntoohil was the best feeling ever.
The next day we began our climb of Mount Brandon just before 9.00am. The weather was horrific but we heaved ourselves little by little up the mountain. Dad told me there were 12 crosses but of course you can imagine how I was feeling when I found the 13th cross!! Overall there were 16 crosses.
When we reached the summit there was no hanging around as we were afraid of being blown off the top the mountain. The wind and the rain was in our faces and to make matters worse we were stuck in a cloud, but this made it more exciting.
We finished with 12 minutes to spare!
Although it was a tough challenge it was exciting and I am delighted I have reached my goal climbing the highest and third highest mountains in Ireland within 24 hours.