Tom Crean: informal and formal

2pix2Two very different views of Tom Crean.

On the left he is seen at Cape Evans, Ross Island, Antarctica in 1912. This was shortly before he was to embark on the expedition to discover the bodies of Captain Robert Scott and his colleagues who had failed to return from the South Pole.

On the right Crean is shown in a formal portrait taken in July 1913. He wears his Petty Officer’s uniform and on his breast are the Polar and Albert Medals which he had just been awarded by George V at Buckingham Palace, London.


Next weeks walk with Annascaul Walk.

IMG_4473IMG_447911th May.   ”A” walk  and  “B”  walk;    Masatiompan Saddle,  “A” walk continuing to Fothair na Manach.


Area;                                                  Brandon Creek.

Meeting Points;                               1.   Hanafin’s bar Annascaul at 10.00

                                                          2.  Car park at Ballinknockane on Dingle Way near Brandon

                                                         Creek at 10.45

Starting and finishing point;          Ballinknockane car park.                        

Distance;                                        “A”  7 miles,  11.5 km.    “B” 5.5 miles,  10 km. 

Time;                                               “A”  6 hours,   “B”  5 hours.

Maximum height;                            2200 ft, 700 m.           

Grade;                                              “A”  very difficult,  “B”  difficult..

Terrain;                                            Dingle Way,  path, open mountainside, 

                                                         extra steep descent and return for “A” walkers.     

Leader;                                           Thomas George Devane.

We leave Hanafin’s bar Annascaul at 10.00 and drive to Ballinknockane which is the starting point for this section of the Dingle Way.  We all start together and walk up the long sloping path to the saddle between Masatiompan and Piaras More. This is at a height of 2200 feet, There is an inscribed Ogham stone here which is well worth examining.  The “B” walkers will retrace their steps down to the car park and the “A”  walkers will carefully descend to the monks fields Fothair na Manach. This is a very tricky descent and can be very slippery when wet so great care must be taken.  After exploring the ancient settlement the tough climb back must be undertaken and afterwards the easy descent to the car park.