The 2022 Donegal Climbfest will take place in Maghery, Co. Donegal, on the weekend 29th April – 2nd May 2022.
The campsite will be located at the Maghery Community Centre, behind the sports field. Colmcille Climbing Club members will be around from Friday evening onwards.
Toilet facilities and water are available at the community centre. There is no need to book in advance, however, if you require electricity, you should phone ahead and book, as there are only a limited number of electric hookups available at the campsite. The phone number is 00353 74952 2724. Camping fees are by donation, with all proceeds going to the community centre.
The Climbfest registration fee is €10 per person, this includes a Climbfest 2022 t-shirt. There will also be a separate collection for a charity supporting Ukrainian refugees.
The community centre have offered to provide a meal on Saturday night at a cost of €10 (tbc), if there is enough demand. Otherwise, BYO. The Strand View Bar is just across the road, for liquid sustenance.
There will be top ropes set up at nearby Crohy Head (Download PDF Guide) for anyone who wishes to use them. On Saturday morning there will be a “come and try it” session, for kids and other big wains, on Cruit Island at 10.30am (exact meeting place tbc). There will be experienced club members there to supervise and belay for this session, no equipment is required, ropes, harnesses and helmets will be provided for the kids, so just show up!
The venue is Malinbeg, and there is camping down by the harbour, near the crags GR 494 798 ( OS Sheet 10). A limited number of campervans could park there, but there is lots of room at the nearby
carpark for Silver Strand (Trabane), if you don’t mind a slight slope. (Also a new coffee shop there).
There is a hostel at Malinbeg which sleeps 29 in a variety of rooms from single room with double bed and ensuite, to rooms with up to six bunks, and prices vary from €15 upwards. Ring Frank at 0749730006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We have spoken to him and he knows about the event.
Malinmore is not far away and there is a bigger hostel there, Aras Ghleann Cholm Cille Tel 02035644853. We had our AGM there a couple of years ago.
A short drive away are Skelpoonagh Bay, An Port, Sail Rock and Muckross Head, see CCC online guide book for details, if you don’t have Iain Miller’s rock climbing guide to Donegal.
There will be a registration fee of some sort, depending on whether or not we are able to rent the house down at Malinbeg as a wet weather base for campers.
The Donegal Climbfest will be once again held in Culdaff on the 1-4 May 2015.
Camping will be available behind the pier as previously, with toilet facilities provided. Due to renovation work on the pier, parking will not be possible on the pier, but further back on the road to Bunagee. We hope to have access on the track up to the campsite, so campers can drive up, deposit their gear, and then park their cars back down on the road.
As usual, on Saturday morning there will be a beginners session, for anyone to come along and have a climb. Gear, belayers and instruction will be provided from Colmcille Climbers club members and Gartan instructors. The beginners session will be at Dunmore Head (out past the beaches).
At some point during the weekend, there will be a gear sale to raise money for the Nepal Earthquake (www.dec.org.uk/Nepal). Club members will be selling all kinds of used and less-used gear, please bring along anything you would like to donate to the gear sale. This will most likely take place in McGrory’s, enquire with Colmcille members on the weekend for more info.
Topo guides for all of the local crags are available for viewing and download from this website. The files are quite large, so get them downloaded to your smartphone before you head off! Paper copies will be available on the weekend.
Registration fee for the weekend is 10 euro.
The new climbing wall in St Columb’s Park in Derry is now open. At the moment, weather on Sunday is looking particularly bad, so it might be an opportunity to check out this brand new facility!