Today, March 17, is Saint Patrick’s Day and many Canadian have ties to Ireland. Here in Canada, we have many Irish-theme climbs, such as Guinness Gully WI4 and Guinness Stout WI4+ in the Rockies and Thomasina Pidgeon’s Lucky Charms V11 in Squamish.
There is even a Mount St. Patrick in Ontario, which is a small town at the base of a 300-metre elevation rise. While Ireland is not on many climber’s minds for places to travel to for a climbing trip, there are countless classic routes on the island.
There is a new guidebook to Ireland called Rock Climbing in Ireland, which details all of the major areas starting clockwise from Dublin. For a comprehensive list to areas and climb in Ireland, see here.
Irish climber Ian McKeever once held the record for fastest time completing the Seven Summits and Irish climber Noel Hanna is the first to complete the list including descents to sea level. In 2004, Dr. Clare O’Leary was the the first Irish woman to climb Mount Everest and go on to complete the Seven Summits.
In the 2016/17 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup scene, Irish climber Eimir McSwiggan climbed strong and is currently ranked fifth in the world. Watch a short video with McSwiggan below.