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Hillwalking in the Galtee Mountains

Last week, myself and a group of friends headed off on a hillwalk to the Galtee Mountains on the Co. Tipperary / Co. Limerick border. The highest peak in the range is Galtymore* (sometimes spelled Galteemore), which stands at 919 metres (3015 feet). (The ascent does start from a base close to sea-level, so it is a genuine 919 metres when climbing!!).

As we don't have massively high mountains in Ireland (Carrauntoohill in Co. Kerry at 1,039 metres being the highest), this makes Galtymore the second highest mountain in Ireland, outside of Co. Kerry.

Our plan was to climb four peaks in the range, Slievecushnabinnia, Galtymore, Galtybeg and Cush.

I'm not sure of the total distance that we covered, but it took about 8 hours in total, so I reckon we made an average speed of 2km/hour! (Not bad at my fitness levels!).

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Taken on June 10, 2009