Meet Danny Devlin – The Superb Mountain Man! – Donegal Day by day

Retired Letterkenny Garda Danny Devlin just isn’t one to maintain his mood.

He mentioned Donegal Day by day this week he’s simply making an attempt to maintain himself wholesome and lively in his ‘outdated age’.

Additionally, he doesn’t suggest a little bit gardening or enjoying golf.

Prior to now seven months he has achieved his aim of climbing all of the mountains in Eire over 2,000 ft – all 212 of them.

One of many drivers behind the creation of Pieta Home in Donegal, mentioned the problem was for the person, to not elevate cash for charity.

He defined: “I am simply making an attempt to remain lively in my outdated age.

“It is only a private factor – I prefer to set myself challenges and objectives.”

After studying ‘Dillon’s record of Irish Mountains’ (The Irish Mountains – A Information to Mountain climbing by Paddy Dillon), Danny determined that he needed to overcome all 212 – from south to north.

“Normally, there are 212 totally different peaks of that group (greater than 2,000 ft) scattered across the nation, and most of them are within the south of the nation,” he provides.

It was an excellent expertise to go to numerous mountain ranges and see all one of the best locations.

Danny mentioned he accomplished the problem quicker than he thought.

And, typically, he had firm on the street thanks to some neighbors and associates.

The remaining, he did himself.

Nevertheless, he’s an skilled mountaineer and adventurer and had this recommendation for others taking over the problem.

“For solo hikers, ensure that somebody is aware of your method round and begin time and examine in with them if you’re finished.”

He has additionally climbed Everest Base Camp and Mount Kilimanjaro in recent times.

When requested what was the toughest for him in Eire, he mentioned it was ‘The Large Gun’, one in every of MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

He mentioned: “It was positively a type of that was out of attain.

“You need to stroll throughout a slim strip (beneath) to get there – you want an excellent head for that place.”

The notorious Beenkeragh Ridge on MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. Picture: Danny Devlin.

He mentioned the ‘most lovely mountain vary’ was the Morne Mountains in County Down.

In complete, Danny traveled over 1,000 km in 73 days in complete.

He explains: “It is laborious to beat sitting on high of a mountain, taking within the views.

“It is vital for bodily and psychological well being.”

On Sunday, together with a number of associates, he managed to finish the final of the 212 summits by driving Errigal. Sunday was additionally the 212th day of the 12 months!

Danny and associates on Errigal final Sunday.

So, what’s subsequent?

Danny is at present getting ready for the Donegal Half Marathon on the finish of the month, earlier than operating the Dublin Marathon in October.

Meet Danny Devlin – The Superb Mountain Man! final modified: August 4, 2022 with Cronan Scanlon


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