This is not a walk for beginners. If you haven't done walks
with about 1500m climbing (5000 ft) or more, or if you haven't done walks that take over
10 hours you aren't ready for it. Try doing the county tops or a shorter "long
walk" such as the Galtees or the Blackstairs. Work up to it with a club.
Apart from the physical challenge there is the difficulty of
navigation and route finding. At least 6 days out of 10 there is mist on some of the
route and sometimes on all of it. There is a local weather system on the Bens and
the Turks which makes things even more variable than elsewhere. A day starting out in
bright sunshine may change to rain/ mist with high winds. Get instruction from a
club or course on navigation and practice before you try here. My routecard, this
site or guidebooks don't replace your effort. And get the gear.
On each of the organised walks of 1997 and 1998 someone was
sufficiently injured to need to be ferried to hospital by helicopter. I understand
that apart from the fatal accident in 1999 mentioned below, that there was another rescue
also. Don't go without first aid gear, bivvy bags etc. Be prepared to look after yourself
and this does not mean relying on a mobile phone and expecting that will solve a
problem. On many days on the higher ground it is unlikely that a helicopter could
reach you in the mist. The nearest mountain rescue team could easily take half a day
to reach you.
|The following information was culled from RTE's website on Apr 25th
1999 and other emails that I have received.
Hillwalkers body removed.
The body of Mr. Michael Crosby, 42,
from Peterswell, Co. Galway was located by Mayo Mountain rescue at 5am on Sunday
25th Apr. 1999. It was removed by helicopter at around 8 am. He was involved with
radio stewarding on the checkpoint at Pt. 578, the final point on the Maamturk Walk. He
slipped on the descent to Leenane and I am led to believe fractured his skull.
He watched throughout the day for the 210 hill walkers on the Maam Turks, until 10.30
pm when all were accounted for. The tragic incident occurred as he was descending in the
dark with his companions, half way down the final approach to Leenane. His companions
failed to find him, and quickly raised the alarm. His son has also helped on a checkpoint
and had already arrived in Leenane with his group.
I am not aware of the exact location
of the tragic accident, but a general description of the descent is here.
I have received further email comment about the accident here. and will include
anything else I receive. This website offers sincere
condolences to the relatives and friends of Michael, who died serving others.