Welcome to the Mountaineering Collective Blog



Re-tuning in progress ….


Nuala Finn, TMC Club President , heading up the Aonach Each in Glencoe, Scotland (2016

The Blog

This blog is managed by members of TMC who share a commitment to mountaineering as an inclusive and progressive sport. It is aimed at the mountaineering community in general, people who are involved in the sport of mountaineering, and people who love mountainy places. Contributions are welcomed from all mountaineers and people with an interest in any aspect of the mountains in Ireland and abroad.


The Vision Thing

This blog represents a particular viewpoint. It is about sport and is intended to encourage and facilitate greater participation by people – young, not-so-young, not-so-old, and old – in the sport of mountaineering. As such, it is driven by a strong commitment to equality of access and participation, skills development, and an abiding respect for mountain environments.

It is also intended to be  a resource for people who wish to progress in the sport of mountaineering. Many entries will deal with mountain skills and will tap into the knowledge and experience of the wider mountaineering community and Mountaineering Ireland,  the principal resource organisation for mountaineers in this country.

The blog is edited by members of the club. It is not intended to be representative of the club as a whole, but it does represent the views of a significant portion its active membership. The club is big with a diverse membership and, surprise surprise, we differ on a lot of things. It’s not the differences that we are interested in however, it’s the debate that enlivens every aspect of our sport.

So … look up and look out, there is a whole world of mountains to be climbed.

February 2018

A few words about Tralee Mountaineering Club

TMC is the second oldest in the country, founded in 1954.

The club has 237 members at present, making it the largest mountaineering club in Kerry. We have great diversity in the club. In the last year members have summited on Ama Dablam in Nepal and walked the North Kerry Way. In between there were regular walks in Kerry and climbing expeditions to Donegal and Scotland.

Noel O’Connor leading Howling Ridge on Ridges Day 2017


Our club has 3 grades of climbs, from easy to moderate and hard. This accommodates people’s fitness levels and preferences and encourage beginners to progress as mountaineers. We are also involved in rock climbing, moving to indoor wall climbing during the winter, except when there is snow! That’s when the crampons come out.


TMC Members on the 2017 mega walk


We operate system of club leaders and all leaders are members who take on the responsibility of leading climbs and expeditions.  Training is provided in navigation, rock climbing, and participation in REC first aid courses is supported.

Club Membership, despite our best efforts,  is still restricted to adults but individual members and members who are parents will work with young people who want to get involved in the sport of mountaineering, whether that is on way marked trails, mountains, or crags.

So don’t be put off by the ban. Drop us a line and get involved.


Anna Allen TMC training with members of Kerry Mountain Rescue Team,  Mike Slattery TMC and Mike Finn, Killarney ( Nov 2017).

and in real time on the mountains:


Nuala Finn and Ciarán Walsh on Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis.

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