News 2021

Title:  A Week For Women With Altitude - Her Outdoors Week 9 - 15th August
Date:  10/08/2021

For 2021 our Women With Altitude team is coming to a county near you! This week will be celebrating Her Outdoors and is all about building your confidence on the hills and crags. There will be activities in locations around the country for women who are new to hillwalking and climbing to help increase your confidence and provide you with key skills to stay safe on the hills and crags and for those more experienced to develop your skills even more.

Each day will be run by a qualified instructor, the type of courses that will be on offer will be on navigation, scrambling, rock climbing and the mountain environment! This is a great opportunity for all women interested in hillwalking and climbing to link in with peers and instructors in your area and develop your skills!

When & Where

Enjoy hillwalking and rock climbing throughout the whole week between the 9th - 15th of August. The activities are running nationwide - we have arranged over 18 activities in various locations around the Island of Ireland. See table below for  full details:

 As there are limited spaces and we are trying to offer as many women as possible an opportunity to participate we ask you to only book onto one activity.

These programmes are partially funded by Sport Ireland with an entry fee of only €10 for an activity.

For full details on activities and register to the event please click here!

What gear do I need

For Hillwalking & Scrambling Wear comfortable clothing like you would use for a walk - leggings, tracksuit bottoms, breathable T-Shirt and fleece & an extra warm layer. Be ready for the rain and pack a rain jacket and rain trousers. A hat and gloves might keep you safe from the wind. Wear good sturdy walking shoes or hillwalking boots with woolly or synthetic socks. Have a backpack with water, sandwiches and snacks, coffee, or tea. There is nothing more rewarding than a nice cup of coffee or tea drunk on top of the mountain. Don’t forget to bring face mask and hand sanitiser, and first aid kit with plaster and bandages, personal medicine, inhaler, epipen etc.

In Addition: you can bring an OSI, Harvey map or East West Mapping of your local area and a compass if you have one. Bring a whistle but, hopefully, you won’t get lost. Maps and compasses might be supplied by the instructor. Have your phone fully charged.

For Rock Climbing Wear comfortable clothing like you would for exercising - leggings, tracksuit bottoms (no jeans!), breathable T-Shirt and fleece. You need to feel comfortable and have a full range of movement. Be ready for the rain and pack a rain jacket and rain trousers. A hat and gloves might keep you safe from the wind. Wear good sturdy walking shoes with good rubber grips. You will be climbing on rock - do not wear hill walking boots as they are too big and too heavy for rock climbing. Don’t forget to pack water, sandwiches and snacks, coffee or tea. Bring your mask, hand sanitiser and first aid kit with some plasters. You might get an occasional scratch while climbing. Don't forget to bring current medication, inhaler, epi pen, etc.

In Addition: you can bring rock climbing shoes and harness if you have them already or very light footwear with rubber soles (plimpsoles pr baseball- type shoes). Have them nice and tight like ballet shoes. They will pack nicely into your backpack. Bring your phone or camera and capture the fun of the rock. Have your phone fully charged.

Celebrate & Share. Share a photo or video on our social media - tag @ womenwithaltitude, @MountaineeringIreland

#HEROutdoorsWeek, #Womenwithaltitude, #Mountaineeringireland, #FindYourOutdoors


Find out more about Women With Altitude Here


Disclaimer: Mountaineering Ireland recognises that climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.


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