Hiking Skills for Parents

Date: 11th September - 2nd October 2021
Venue: Clare, Carlow/Wexford border, West Cork, Dublin, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Laois, Leitrim, Mayo, Tipperary, Waterford, Wicklow, South Wicklow

Mountaineering Ireland are delighted to announce their Family Support Programme. This is a unique opportunity for parents to head out on the hills for a day with a qualified instructor and gain useful information and skills that will help keep them and their children safe.

Throughout the day you will learn about movement skills, basic navigation, equipment, safety considerations and family group management.

There are 18 skills days organised throughout September and 16 locations to choose from. Full details are available when registering. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Entry fee for each skill day is only €10. This is an adult only day aimed at one or both parents of children, this is to ensure parents have the opportunity to focus and engage with the navigational activities throughout the day and take away as much information as possible.

What gear do I need

Wear comfortable clothing like - 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 to keep you safe from the wind. Wear good sturdy walking shoes or hillwalking boots with woolly or synthetic socks. Have a backpack with water (minimum 1.5 litres, 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 or East West map 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.


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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