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Access & Environment

Most walking and climbing activities in Ireland take place in the natural environment, therefore access to the outdoors is absolutely fundamental to the sport of mountaineering. An appreciation and understanding of the place we are in can add a lot to the enjoyment we get from our activities in the outdoors.

Our work on access and conservation is focused on two core objectives:

  • To secure continued access to mountain areas and crags
  • To promote the conservation and responsible use of the mountain environment

Many members contribute to our work towards these objectives, formally through committee involvement, and informally through vigilance and personal action to protect access and the mountain environment.

The access and conservation efforts of Mountaineering Ireland volunteers are supported by a full-time Access & Conservation Officer, Helen Lawless.

If you have further questions, contact Helen on (+353 1) 625 1115 or helen@mountaineering.ie.


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