Culdaff Climbfest is on the usual Mayday bank holiday 28th April-1st May 2017.
This event focuses primarily on the less serious climber, beginner, or indoor climber who wants to ‘Come out’. There will be the usual beginner’s session on Saturday morning at Dunmore Head 10.00 to 2.00. But thereafter, we like our members, and other experienced climbers, to team up with others less experienced to show them the routes, (and ropes as it were)!
Last year we were, at last, blessed with the weather, and the 6 or 7 in situ top ropes at the campsite were constantly in use during the weekend. We hope to have 10+ top ropes this year, whilst of course there will be many other routes available to those who want to lead. There are many routes within 5 minutes walk or drive from the campsite at Bunagee, but if you want something different this year there is Dungloon, Warm Bay Point, or Malin Head, within 20 minutes drive. In addition, if the weather is less kind, we have the option of the Foyle Indoor Wall in Derry, about 35 minutes drive.
Camping is as usual at Bunagee, behind the pier. Gear can be taken in by car to the campsite, but please park back at the pier to ease conjestion, just follow the track which runs from behind the small beach at the harbour.
A registration fee of €20 for the weekend will cover a fleece or tee shirt, with the rest donated to the community association for the campsite.
The Magilligan to Greencastle ferry service may be available, unclear as to when they will start running again for Spring 2017. You can check their FB page for updates here.
Comprehensive online topo guides, covering all of the routes on Inishowen, can be downloaded here.
This event, the longest running climbing festival in Ireland, complies with the Mountaineering Ireland Events Policy, and ‘Leave no Trace’ Ireland.