Welcome to the Galtee Walking ClubHello and failte to the Galtee Walking Club, Cnocadóiri na Gaibhlte, based in and around Tipperary in Ireland. Our club has been in existence since 2003 and was started initially by a core group of hill walking enthusiasts who were born and raised around the foothills of the Galtee mountains and the Glen of Aherlow in South Tipperary. Since then, it has grown and diversified and currently has a membership of over 150, drawn from all over Munster. We offer a number of different graded walks on a regular weekly basis throughout the year which are available to new members or to those wishing to join us for a one off sample hike. more
Slovenia Trip 2015This year’s Galtee Walking Club adventure was to The Slovenian Alps. Twenty seven members took part. The base was Kranjska Gora, a town on the Sava River in north-western Slovenia, close to the Austrian and Italian borders.
Over the last few years the club mission was to visit the Alps in every country and this was the last one on the list. The Alps in this area are known as the Julian Alps. What a gem they were! Our accommodation was Apart Hotel Vijolica (owner Joze) and Apartment Helena (owner Gregor, his wife and his Mam) who looked after us so well during the week.
The town provides an excellent base for walkers and cyclists - there are marked walks suitable for everyone from beginners to the very experienced mountaineer.
1. Hike from Kranjska Gora to Vršič Pass (1611 meters). The Vršič Pass is the highest pass in Slovenia, as well as the highest in the Eastern Julian Alps. It connects Upper Carniola with the Trenta Valley in the Slovene Littoral, rising from Kranjska Gora. For cyclists, the road has a series of 50 hairpin bends traversing the high mountains near the Slovenian-Italian-Austrian border
2. Vintgar gorge - Slovenia is a country of stunning accessible waterfalls. Along the narrow passage, where the Radovna river thrashes loudly against its rocky confines, there are paths and bridges constructed in the rock. The trail runs through the 1600 m long gorge. The Radovna flows over cascades and rapids. The Vintgar gorge ends at the delightful Šum waterfall, the highest river fall in Slovenia. At the waterfall the trail leaves the Radovna and rises up a track heading south-east to the chapel of St Catherine above Zasip.
3. Hike from Kranjska Gora to the Martuljek waterfalls. The upper fall is over 100m high and the lower one around 30m. The lower fall is quite spectacular, set in a deep rocky gorge. The higher fall is much higher on the mountain and has cut a deep groove in the rockface.
4. The panoramic Mt. Mala Mojstrovka (2332 metres) is (thanks to Vršič mountain pass) one of the most quickly accessible and consequently most visited 2000-meter peaks in the central Julian Alps. The 360 degree view of the Julian Alps from the top is spectacular.
5. Triglav, with an elevation of 2,864 metres is the highest mountain in Slovenia and also the highest mountain in the former Yugoslavia. It is the highest peak of the Julian Alps. It is Slovenia’s national symbol. Its pyramid shape summit rises above central Julian Alps and is clearly visible from far and near. As the highest mountain, it has stirred the imagination of explorers, hikers and climbers for centuries. The ascent to Triglav is no joke. The route is long and in the upper part very exposed, full of stemples and steel cables. The upper part demands mountaineering experience and a careful step. Owen Ryan planned on reaching the summit and Mike Moroney planned on accompanying him to the Triglavski mountain hut at 2515 metres. The hut is located on the mountain ridge between Rjavina and Triglav summit. Both Owen and Mike achieved their goal. The rest of the club gave the two boys a rapturous round of applause when they entered the restaurant in victory and never did a steak taste so good.
1. Lake Bled - The lake is of glacial origins. It is 2,120 m (6,960 ft) long and 1,380 m (4,530 ft) wide and has a small island (Bled Island) in the centre. The lake is situated in a picturesque environment, surrounded by mountains and forests. The medieval Bled Castle stands above the lake on the north shore. Bled Island has several buildings, the main one being the pilgrimage church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary.
2. Ljubljana. There was a day trip organised to visit the capital city of Ljubljana. After coffee in the sun along the canal the group took a very leisurely canal tour of the city followed by some retail therapy.
A big highlight of the trip was for the 17 cyclists who completed the Three Country Bike tour organised by Gerard Ryan. The group had breakfast in Slovenia, coffee in Italy and dinner at a biker bar in Austria.
Additional activities included paragliding, tobogganing (without snow) and swimming in a freezing glacier lake.
The Galtee Walking Club would like to say a huge thank you to Breda, Pat and Gerard Ryan for the superb job that they did in organising it. And well done to the Galtee Walking Club on completing the tour of the Alps in every country!
Report: Helen Shanahan
Aidan Dilworth's photos
David Stapleton's photos
Ann Donohoe's photos on the Club Gallery
Fei Sheehy ChallengeThis three day crossing of the Comeragh, Galtee and Knockmealdown ranges took place on Friday, August 21st, Saturday, August 22nd and Sunday August 23rd. Gerard Sheehy's report on the event is available here. There is also a video/collage of the three days located here on YouTube.
Wednesday Evening Walk
Group at the Shrough Dolmen on Mary Moynihan's evening walk on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015.