Sunrise summit challenge

Torc and Carrauntuohil included in the Irish red cross challenge

Brendan McCarthy

TWO of Kerry's most well-known peaks have been chosen as locations for the 2013 Irish Red Cross Sunrise Summit Challenge.

The highest mountain in Ireland, Carrauntuohill, and one of Killarney's most recognisable peaks, Torc, have both been selected as perfect peaks for the charity's brand new adventure challenge, which takes place on Sunday, April 14.

The event will simultaneously take place at ten mountain locations across Ireland.

Hikers and adventurers of all levels of experience are invited to take part in the unique event and hike through the early morning darkness, reaching the mountain summits in time to watch the sunrise over the Kingdom.

"The two Kerry mountains offer varied route types, suitable for every level of experience. From ambling treks through beautiful woodland to more challenging ascents of glacial corries and spectacular arêtes this challenge will appeal to everyone from seasoned adventurers to Sunday hikers," said Rebecca Dunne, of the Irish Red Cross.

"Each group will be guided by specially trained Irish Red Cross Mountain Guides, getting them safely through the darkness and up to the mountain peak," Rebecca added.

At 1,039m, Carrantouhill is Ireland's highest peak offering participants of the Sunrise Summit Challenge unsurpassed views of the entire MacGillycuddy Reeks range as well as the mountains on the Dingle Peninsula. Sunrise Summit participants will take the path from the hydroelectric station up onto Caher and across the stunning Caher ridge, where they will reap the rewards of the final push up onto Carrantuohill to the sunrise at the summit cross.

Torc Mountain offers participants a relatively short but beautiful ascent up one of the best viewing points in the Killarney area.

Much of the walk takes in delightful woodland trails and the spectacular Torc waterfall. Torc Mountain stands at 535m and offers commanding views of all three Killarney lakes as well as the sea near Dingle Peninsula.

For more information and for individuals and groups wishing to register for their place in the Sunrise Summit Challenge visit or contact the Sunrise Summit Team at or telephone (01) 642 4659.

The registration fee is €40 per person, and participants are asked to raise €85 sponsorship (€125 total). All participants must have registered in advance of the event; registration closing date is next Monday, April 8.