Rock climbing fest at Ballykeeffe

Kilmanagh’s Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre will host a Climbfest rock-climbing festival on September 1 and 2.

Kilmanagh’s Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre will host a Climbfest rock-climbing festival on September 1 and 2.

Hosted in association with Tyndall Mountain Club and the Mid-Tipp Hill Walkers, the event is aimed at experienced climbers, those wanting to learn the ropes from experienced tutors, and others who just want to watch the sport.

Events on September 1 will include over 100 routes to the top, varying in difficulty from “Diff” to “E3,” plus a demonstration by the South East Mountain Rescue.

September 2 will then feature a performance by the 50-piece Bavarian Wind Youth Orchestra at 2.30pm as the rock-climbing continues. The day will also include a barbecue at 7pm, and at 8pm there will be an address by mountaineer, writer and broadcaster Dermot Somers.

Mr Somers has presented travel and adventure programmes for TG4 and RTÉ, including a series on great nomadic journeys of the world. The series has taken him to Siberia, the Sahara, Iran and Nepal. His fiction, history, and travel-writing have been published in English and in Irish, winning awards in both languages. As a climber and mountaineer he has travelled the world, with a particular interest in the Alps and the Himalayas. He was a member of the Irish Everest Expedition in 1993.