The Reeks Challenge

The Reeks Challenge

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Altitude/distance: 750m/19kms approx

Route: MacGillycuddy’s Reeks

Grade: Trek- moderate/strenuous

Duration: 9-12 hours (early start required)

Dates: All year round; contact us for details and dates


Breathtaking scenery will be your ongoing reward as you cross Ireland’s rooftop with our experienced, local guides, whose tales of the lands you cross will bring you closer to the remote landscape you encounter. And as if that wasn’t enough, completing this challenge will also take you through some of the best Grade 1 scrambling you will find within the country as you climb nine to 12 of Ireland’s highest peaks in one day.


€120 individual and group rates available. Please contact us for details.



What your wear when you are out in the hills and mountains is very important, especially when conditions are challenging. It is important to ensure that you are warm, dry and comfortable in your clothing and footwear and that you have some basic equipment with you to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience and that you return home safely. The following is a list of basic gear that you should own if you are a regular hillwalker or climber:



  • Lightweight long thermal underwear
  • Short and long-sleeved t-shirts
  • Fleece jacket
  • Fleece or cotton trousers (no jeans)
  • Jacket – waterproof and breathable; with attached hood
  • Over-trousers, waterproof and breathable



  • Sun hat with good visor for summer
  • Balaclava/facemask – 1, lightweight
  • Woolly hat
  • Sunglasses – UV & IR protection



  • Gloves – 2 pairs, lightweight and heavier for the cold



  • Light hiking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Socks – warm trekking socks (2-3 pairs)


Trekking equipment:

  • Daypack – 25-35 litre (optional)
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Ski poles – 1 pair collapsible spring-bound ski poles (optional)
  • Sunscreen – SPF 30-40
  • Lipscreen – SPF 20-40, at least 2 sticks
  • Sunblock
  • Personal First Aid kit


Miscellaneous items:

  • Spare boot laces, bulbs, batteries, memory cards, headtorch
  • Cold water detergent and some toiletries
  • Small sewing kit
  • Penknife and small scissors
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper – it is good practice to bring your own, but it is provided to anyone if needed
  • Baby wipes/hand wipes
  • Hand gel
  • Personal medication
  • 1 x flask with hot drink (optional)
  • Map OSI 78 and compass (optional)

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