Ireland 7 Summits
Challenge 2023

4th March
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Wicklow Mountains
1st April
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Galtymore Mountain Range
13th May
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MacGillycuddy’s Reeks
10th June
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Mourne Mountains
8th July
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Mweelrea Mountains
12th August
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Blackstairs Mountains
9th Sept
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Derryveagh Mountains

Ireland 7 Summits Challenge 2023

The National 7 summits Challenge is for the weekend hiker and involves trekking the seven biggest mountain ranges in Ireland, yes not seven peaks, even better the complete range.

The total walking distance averages 20km per range and each mountain range will have multiple summits to traverse.  

How to take part in the National 7 Summits Challenge

You can take part in the Challenge in two ways — booking a single climb, or book the complete seven summits and commit to climbing them all in a single year or if times not on your side spread them over several years until you become that hall of fame 7’s Summiteer. 

Ireland 7 Summit Challenge takes place every year from March through to September.  These hikes are designed for new or experienced hikers, solo or hiking groups looking to meet new like minded friends, have fun or maybe raise needed funds for their own deserving charity. 
There will be two groups to choose from on the hike. You can choose to join the fast hikers or the more enjoyable paced hikers. You will have regular stops along the way, with great photo opportunities. The groups will really benefit from the assistance provided by the professional 7 summits mountain guides.

Become a hall of fame Ireland 7 summiteer. 

Event price…€49

We will make a donation on your behalf to the Mountain Rescue Services in each province.
Limited places available per climb 

Inclusions

  • International event
  • MT Qualified Mountain leaders
  • Ireland 7 summits Guide book
  • Ireland’s 7 Biggest mountain ranges.  
  • Ireland 7 Summits Medal on completing all 7
  • Ireland 7 Summits certificate on completing all 7
  • Ireland 7 summits Hall of Fame on completing all 7
  • Expert designed unique routes
  • Wilderness first responders
  • 15% Outdoor gear discount GOJB15
Mountain rescue Ireland

Supporting Mountain Rescue Services

From your registration fee, we will make a donation on your behalf to the Mountain Rescue Services in each province, to help them continue their great work in ensuring the safety of mountain users. You can also raise money for a charity of choice during your Ireland 7 Summit Challenge.

Ireland 7 Summits

7 Climbs 7 Dates 7 Counties

4th March
Wicklow Mountains

19 Kilometer
Scarr, Kanturk, Knocknacloghoge and Luggala Circular Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland. Length 22.9 km Elevation gain 1,371 m

1st April
Galty Mountain Range

20 Kilometer
Galty mountains, situated in the province of Munster is one of Ireland’s highest peaks and is classified as a “major mountain.” It is one of the 13 Irish Munros and is part of the Galtymore Mountain range made up of sandstone and shale, with 24 peaks above 100 meters.

13th May macgillycuddy's reeks

19 kilometres
This mountain range, set on the Iveragh peninsula in County Kerry, is a long anticlerical range of glaciated Devonian sandstones, the reason for their many valleys, peaks, and ridges. This spectacular range of Irish mountains is also home to Carrantuohill, the highest mountain in Ireland standing at 3,414 feet.

10th June
Mourne Mountains

22 Kilometer
The Mourne Mountains (Beanna Boirche), are situated in County Down in Northern Ireland. This compact range of granite peaks rises from the Irish Sea at Carlingford Lough. The historic town of Mourne separates the mountains, which date back to over 2.6 million years ago, from the sea.

8th July
Mweelrea Mountains

15 Kilometer
Mweelrea or Cnoc Maol Réidh stands at 2,670 feet tall and is the 26th highest peak in Ireland. It is situated in County Mayo near the apex of a horseshoe-shaped massif that includes two other peaks. This massif is called the Mweelrea range and is noted for its breathtaking views.

12th August
Blackstairs Mountains

22 Kilometer
The Blackstairs Mountains run roughly along the border of County Carlow and County Wexford. The highest peak within this range is Mount Leinster standing at 2,612 feet tall. Made up of a granite core, peat-covered uplands, and slate, these elements come together to produce a very unique landscape including a horn back ridge known as Cahir Rua’s Den.

9th September
Derryveagh Mountains

21 Kilometer
Following the Glover route -The Derryveagh Mountains or Cnoic Dhoire Bheatha, are a major mountain range in County Donegal, taking up much of the landmass of the county. with seven mountains on the Glover route the highest peak at 2,457 feet is Errigal Mountain.
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Hall of Fame

Meet the amazing mountaineers that have already completed the 7 Summit Challenge

John Doe

Dublin

MacGillycuddy’s Reeks –
Fastest Climb – 2H20m

12 Feb, 2020

John Doe

Dublin

MacGillycuddy’s Reeks –
Fastest Climb – 2H20m

12 Feb, 2020

John Doe

Dublin

MacGillycuddy’s Reeks –
Fastest Climb – 2H20m

12 Feb, 2020

John Doe

Dublin

MacGillycuddy’s Reeks –
Fastest Climb – 2H20m

12 Feb, 2020

Meet your guide

Jason Black – International Expedition Leader, Professional Mountain Guide and one of the world’s leading high altitude mountaineers. His Leadership, Mountain knowledge and Adventure survival experience is exceptional.

Jason Blacks love for the Irish mountains started as a young boy heavily influenced by cubs and scouts. The Irish mountains was to be his perfect preparation playground for the greatest mountains on the planet. Jason’s personality is light hearted and fun filled. His unfaltering determination hard work and commitment from a very early age to find purpose remove obstacles and find solutions has been his greatest success in life.

Ireland’s National 7 Summits was developed to encourage outdoor enthusiast to celebrate our Irish mountains, inspire in a belief that everything is possible and empower others to follow.
With one of the most ground-breaking mountaineers of a generation at your side, you’ll be in the very best company to reach beyond what you thought was possible and become and Ireland 7 Summit Summiteer.

LEAVE NO TRACE BASE CAMP

Available the night before each climb.

Single day climb

49
00
  • Select any climb

All 7 Climbs

299
  • Discounted for all 7 climbs

FAQs

  • National 7 summits Challenge Guide book
  • Ireland 7 Biggest mountain ranges. 
  • Ireland 7 summit mountain guides 
  • Ireland 7 Summits Medal
  • Ireland 7 Summits stamped certificate 
  • Ireland 7 summits Hall of Fame

Personal Gear clothing etc
Food
Snacks
Liquids
Ireland 7 summit Base Campsite weekend space €15 
(your own camping gear required – tent & cooking)

The Code of Practice sets out guidelines to ensure that the potential negative effects of the Ireland 7 summit Challenge are minimised.

Specific National 7 Summit Challenge Guidelines

  • Capped number of hikers per event.
  • We will Avoid the peak holiday times e.g. bank holidays, and summer solstice to minimise overcrowding on the mountains and the respective valleys’ infrastructure.
  • Be aware toilet provisions are very limited so plan accordingly.
  • Implemented strictly are the 7 leave no trace principles. Information will be provided to participants on the environmental and land management sensitivities of the areas they will be visiting. We will give participants guidance on how to mitigate their impact as much as possible.
  • Individual mountain and site-specific codes of conduct should be followed.
  • We will always minimise disturbance and adverse impact on locals and seasonal farmers, giving consideration to the timing of the event for the least disturbance.
  • In camp settlement areas, arrival and departure will be agreed upon in advance.
  • Strict access and parking locations will be identified, avoiding congestion and the blocking of narrow roads.
  • In accordance with Irish Mountaineering guidelines, no dogs are allowed.

Print KIT LIST

Mandatory

  • Walking boots (with ankle support, not trail shoes or trainers)
  • Head Torch (as backup)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Hiking socks (wearing a single pair recommended, rather than using a liner sock)
  • Backpack (approx. 20 litre size)
  • Water container (bottle or Camelpak-style, 1-2 litres)
  • Food & hill snacks (pasta, cereal bars, dried fruit, nuts)
  • Gloves
  • Hat (covering ears)

Recommended, optional

  • Sunglasses & suncream
  • Walking poles
  • Light shoes / sandals
  • Thermal underwear
  • Backpack rain cover

Recommended clothing

  • Walking trousers (lightweight hiking trousers, not jeans or tracksuit trousers)
  • Sports top (not cotton)
  • Warm outer layer
  • Changes of clothes

    First Aid

  • Foot care kit
  • Blister care packs 
  • Antiseptic cream
  • A tick hook
  • Duct tape
  • Triangular bandage
  • A wound dressing
  • A crepe bandage
  • A roll of general purpose medical tape
  • A selection of plasters and/or Compeed-style blister plasters
  • Scissors or a knife
  • A few pairs of rubber or plastic gloves
  • Painkillers. If you are at all unsure about administering painkillers..Don’t or ask for assistance. 

In order to make life easier for our travellers an organised leave no trace Basecamp is available for booking for €15 the evening before and after each climb, Friday and Saturday night. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet great people share new ideas and make great connections with like minded people. We will be providing the location and you must bring all your own camping equipment. This will be a leave no trace Basecamp, you won’t even know we were there. The €15 charge directly goes to hiring a local farmers field and portaloo toilet hire.
You must reserve a space in time by email at jason@jasonblack.ie