Programme  - European Week Of Sport 2020

Find your local adventure here

by county 

 

All participants are required to read & to sign the Medical & The COVID  - 19 Participation forms.

Please email both completed forms to ania@mountaineering.ie

 

Clare

26.09.20 - Discover The Burren, An Environmental Walk through the Slieve Carron Nature Reserve, The Burren with Joanna McInerney

Meet your Instructor: Joanna has been working as an outdoor instructor for 30 years sharing her love of the outdoors. She is a sea & river Kayaking Coach, Rock Climbing Instructor and Mountain Leader. Joanna’s love for kayaking has brought her on many trips and expeditions worldwide. She is the director of the Outdoor Education & Training Centre in The Burren. Joanna's outdoor companion is Tess. She is the most popular member of staff. Tess is also a therapy dog. She is 17 and retiring soon from her outdoor instructing duties. You might be lucky and meet Tess on the day.

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Joanna McInerney

About the Walk: The route takes you around the Slieve Carran Nature Reserve. There is no better way of spending your Saturday afternoon than to go for a walk and to discover the unique environment of The Burren National Park. Joanna will take you on a journey through the flora & fauna, geology, and archaeology of The Burren.  

Gear: Please wear hillwalking boots, pack rain gear (jacket & trousers), spare warm layer, hat & gloves, snacks, sandwich, water, personal medication first aid kit, etc., fully charged phone to capture the unique beauty of the place.

Additional Gear: Please bring face mask, hand sanitiser. Due to current COVID restriction, we would like to remind that sharing gear, food, water, etc is not permitted.

Distance: Short

Meet: 2 pm at the Slieve Carron car park

Duration: 3 h

Places: 12

Medical form:

COVID participation form:

 

Cork

25.09.20 - An Ecological walk trough the Gougane Barra Forest Park with Julie Reeves

About The Instructor: Julie is Winter and Summer Mountain Leader, Mountaineering Ireland Mountain Skills and Lowland Leader Instructor.

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Julie Reeves

About The Walk: Gougane is a well-loved forest park in Cork. The patron saint of Cork, St Finbarr, built his monastery here on the small island in the 6th century. It is also known for being the source of the River Lee.

The park itself has plenty of diversity and is of great ecological importance. Due to recent Larch disease which resulted in a large area of the park being cut down and a rise in visitor numbers, volunteer rangers have been recruited and trained to deal with conservation. 

We will be looking at the ecology of the park, as well as the new measures that have been put in place to deal with visitor numbers. Map reading skills can be also be practised along the way for those interested in trail navigation.

Gear: This is a walk over rough terrain so hillwalking gear, particularly good boots and waterproofs will be required. PP gear: masks, sanitizer, tissues, first aid kit, current medications (inhaler, etc), water/hot drink, snacks/food.

Meet: at 9 am at the Gougane Barra Hotel (Before the barrier)

Duration: 2 – 5 h

Places: 10

Medical Form:

COVID Participation Form:

 

30.09.20 - Introduction to trail running, Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve, Cork, with Tamela Maciel and Kristen O’Sullivan

About the Instructors: Tamela and Kristen are active trail and mountain runners with years of experience running and racing in west Cork, Kerry, and the UK.

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Tamela & Kristen 

About the Run: You will be running on durable forest trails in the beautiful Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve. There will be some hills, and mixed rocky and dirt terrain. The pace will vary depending on the terrain and group, but with two instructors, no one will be left behind! Tamela and Kristen will share their tips on trail running techniques, gear, and nutrition, as well as how to get involved with the friendly local trail running community.

Gear: Please wear running shoes (trail shoes if you have them) and wear comfortable running clothing suitable for the weather (shorts/t-shirt if warm or leggings if cool). Please bring a spare warm layer, waterproof jacket, hat & gloves in case the weather turns. Bring water and snacks for afterwards. Please bring facemask, hand sanitiser, and any required medication or first aid kit such as plasters - due to COVID, we’re unable to supply these.

Meeting: 6 pm at the Glengarriff Woods Car Park (https://goo.gl/maps/JmGmjHGjmY6zYKfY7)

Distance: 7-8 km

Duration: ~1hr 30min

Places: 8

Medical Form:

Covid participation Form:

 

Derry

25.09.20 - Introduction to Navigation, A Hillwalking Day in the Sperrin Mountains with Rozzy Skuce

29.09.20 - Introduction to Navigation, A Hillwalking Day in the Sperrin Mountains with Rozzy Skuce

Meet the Instructor: ''Doing my DofE in school introduced me to the mountains and inspired me to become a DofE leader myself. I gained my Mountain Leadership qualification in 2016 and now train Girl Guides so they can safely complete their DofE expedition at bronze, silver, and gold levels.''

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Rozzy Skuce

 About the Walk: The scenic route will take you through the summits of a few mountains including Craig na Shoke, Bohilbreaga, Glenshane Mountain, White mountain and, Mullaghmore. The route might be as long as 15 km but, don’t worry - Rozzy has a plan B. The route can be adjusted and shortened. You will be learning the basics of navigation using a map & a compass, Leave No Trace principals and, discovering the flora & fauna around you. You will also learn about the weather in the mountains. Sanitised maps & compasses will be provided. 

Gear: Please wear hillwalking boots. Bring a waterproof jacket & trousers, hat and gloves. Pack an extra warm layer. Bring water, tea/coffee (to enjoy while looking at the views), snacks, sandwich, current medication (if needed), first aid kit, etc.

Additional Gear: Please bring your face mask, hand sanitiser; Due to current COVID restrictions we would like to remind you that sharing gear, food, water, etc is not recommended.

Distance: Approx. 15km, height climbed 600m.

Meeting Time: 10 am

Meeting Point: at Moydamlaght forest car park (Moneyneaney) Grid Ref H741987

Duration: 5-6 hours.

Places: 10 per walk

Medical form:

COVID participation form:

 

Donegal

26.09.20 - Introduction To Navigation, A Hillwalking Day in Derryveagh Mountains with Brona Duddy

About The Instructor: ‘’Hello, my name is Brona Duddy. I am a Mountaineering Ireland Mountain Skills Provider. I work fulltime as a multi-activity Outdoor Education Instructor for Donegal ETB. I have worked with groups and individuals of all ages and enjoy nothing more than bringing people into the Mountains and bringing them off the beaten path. The scenery we have in Donegal is stunning and I look forward to meeting participants on the upcoming EWOS events and showing off some of our beautiful hills.’’

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BronaDuddy

About the Walk: You will be walking on and off trails. The route leads from the Mukish Point around Ballyness Mountain around 3 small lakes and rivers. There will be an emphasis on learning to navigate. 

Gear:  Wear boots or sturdy footwear, rain gear (jacket & trousers), hat, gloves, spare top, lunch, drink(s), daysack to carry gear. Bring your regular medications (if required), first aid kit.

Additional Gear: Our hillwalking area is spread over 3 maps (OS Map 6, 1 and 2). Please, bring your own map and a compass but sanitised gear can also be provided by the instructor. Please also bring a mask and hand sanitiser.

Distance: 6km 

Meeting Time: 10 am

Meeting Point: Meet and start/Finish at Muckish Gap (small car park on the bend, past the Shrine)

Duration: 4- 6 h

Places: 10

Medical Form:

COVID participation Form:

 

28.09.20 -Introduction to Scrambling - movement skills like walking on the broken ground, Derryveagh Mountains with Brona Duddy

About the Walk: This walk is aimed at people with a little bit more experience of walking in the mountains. There will be elements of walking through broken ground & scrambling (gentle climbing over rocks). The route will take you from Billy's Pit to Crockfadda or Billy's Gap to Crockmullroney. The route will be decided upon meeting with the group.

Gear: Wear boots or sturdy footwear, rain gear (jacket & trousers), hat, gloves, spare top, lunch, drink(s), daysack to carry gear. Bring your regular medications (if required), first aid kit.

Additional Gear: Our hillwalking area is spread over 3 maps (OS Map 6, 1 and 2). Please, bring your map and a compass but sanitised gear can also be provided by the instructor. Please bring a mask & hand sanitiser. 

Distance: 6 -7,5 km

Meeting Time: 9:30

Meeting Point: Meet in the village of Churchill; then follow the instructor, driving 12km to the Start/Finish point. (Grid Ref: B964155)

Duration: 4-6 h 

Places: 6

Medical Form:

COVID participation Form:

 

Down

24.09.20 - Introduction to Rock Climbing, Altnatdue Quarry, Castlewellan, (weather permitting) with Kath McGuire

Meet the Instructor: I have worked as an Outdoor Education Instructor in Co Down for over 20 years and volunteer for The Feel Good Factor.” The Feel Good Factor is an initiative for women who love the outdoors. The club is very active and runs different types of outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hillwalking, rock climbing and bouldering. The Club is active nationwide and abroad.

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Kath McGuire

About the Event: Introduction to rock climbing outdoors, covering some basic skills such as knot tying and learning how to belay, as well as movement skills on the rock. Activity including lunch approx. 4 hours. 

Please note that this is weather dependent, and some skills can be covered under a tarp if weather is not suitable to climb.

Gear: harness and helmet will be provided. Please bring enough warm clothing to enjoy the morning outdoors. Please wear climbing shoes if you have them, or baseball type shoes with rubber soles. Bring a packed lunch, hot drink, personal first aid kit and any current medication.

Additional Gear: Please bring your face mask, hand sanitiser; Due to current COVID restrictions we would like to remind you that sharing gear, food, water, etc is not recommended

Meeting Point: 9: 30 am at Altnadue Quarry, Altnadue Road, Castlewellan

Duration: 2,5 – 4 h

Places: 4

Medical Form:

COVID participation Form:

 

25.09.20 - Hillwalking day, Discover the Mourne Mountains with Kath McGuire

About This Walk: Trassey track to Slievenaglough, Slieve Corragh and Slieve Commedagh; return via Brandy Pad. Approximately 12km. Please note that the route can be easily changed or shortened if the weather is not great, or depending on the fitness of the party.

Gear: Come self-sufficient for the hill environment, carrying full waterproofs, a spare top, hat and gloves, personal first aid kit, packed lunch, a hot drink and 2L of water. Please bring any necessary personal medication. Please wear hiking boots.

Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Meelmore Lodge Car Park Trassey Road, Bryansford (grid 30,30) (£4 charge for parking including free tea or coffee)

Distance: 12 km

Duration: 5h 

Places: 10

Medical Form:

COVID participation Form

 

28.09.20 - Climbing taster session- try rock climbing and abseiling outdoors on real rock (weather permitting) with Claire Hardy

Meet the Instructor: ''Hi, I'm Claire. I’m from the Mournes and I live for the outdoors. I've been a climber for over ten years and a hillwalker for even longer. I am a qualified Rock-Climbing Instructor and Mountain Leader and looking forward to sharing my love of the outdoors with you.’’

Photo:

Claire Hardy

About the Event: Claire will give you hints and tips on how to efficiently climb on the rock, abseil down and how to use the climbing equipment.

Gear: All climbing equipment will be supplied (helmets & harnesses, ropes) 

Additional gear: Please, wear comfortable clothing (something like leggings rather than jeans to allow for a greater range of movement), a t-shirt and a hoody. Please bring warm layers, hat and gloves as there will be a bit of waiting around. Waterproofs (jacket & trousers)- it is Ireland after all!! Climbing shoes are welcomed or sensible footwear with flat soles (plimsols, baseball-type). Please, bring a packed lunch and water/warm drink, and any current medication you may require. Please don’t forget to bring face mask, hand sanitiser and tissues. 

Meeting Point: Altnadue quarry - Altnadua road just outside Castlewellan {parking available in a small car park on-site)

Duration: 10 am -3:30 pm

Places: 6

Medical Form:

COVID participation Form:

 

29.09.20 - Bouldering taster session - the new Meelmore boulder Circuit, with Claire Hardy

About the Event: The boulders are only a short walk from Meelmore Lodge.

Gear:  Walking boots are recommended along with comfortable, loose clothing in which you can move easily. You can bring climbing shoes (if you have them) or flat soled shoes (plimsolls, baseball-type), spare warm clothes, hat & gloves and waterproofs (jacket & trousers). Please bring a packed lunch and water/hot drink and any necessary current medications for the day. A rucksack to hold your gear would be advisable. Climbing shoes and bouldering mats will be provided.

Additional Gear: Please bring a mask, hand sanitiser and tissues and, adhere to COVID restrictions.

Meeting Time:10 am

Meeting point: Meet at Meelmore Lodge (Parking is £4 but you get a free hot drink with that) 

Duration:5.5hr

Places: 8

Medical Form:

COVID participation Form:

 

30.09.20 - Guided hike; Explore the beautiful Mournes and learn some navigation along the way, with Claire Hardy

About the Walk: Enjoy the views while discovering the mountains along the Annalong River. Maps will be provided if you fancy learning how to use one.

Gear: Please wear hillwalking boots, comfortable trousers/leggings, base layer, fleece, extra warm clothes, waterproofs (jacket and trousers), hat & gloves. Bring water/hot drink, a packed lunch and snacks.

Additional Gear: Due to COVID restriction, do not share food or gear and adhere to the 2 m distance restrictions. Use a mask and hand sanitiser.

Meeting Time: 10 am

Meeting point: Meet at Carricklittle car park (free car park just off the Head road, Annalong)

Duration: 6 h

Places: 8

Medical Form:

COVID participation Form:

 

Dublin

29.09.20– Rock Climbing Day, Dalkey Quarry, Killiney Hill with Jane Carney

30.09.20– Rock Climbing Day, Dalkey Quarry, Killiney Hill with Jane Carney

About the Instructor: Jane is a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI), teacher and Mountaineering Ireland’s Training Officer.

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Jane Carney

About the Event: Jane will run an introduction to rock climbing outdoors, covering some basic skills such as knot tying and learning how to belay, as well as movement skills on the rock with tips on foot and hand placement. After that, you will be quite a pro! 

Gear: Bring your climbing helmet and a harness (if you have them). Wear runners, boots or flat soled shoes (plimsolls, baseball-type shoes). Wear comfortable clothing like leggings or tracksuit bottoms (no jeans, as they restrict movement). Bring a hat and gloves, warm spare layer and waterproofs (jacket & trousers). Bring water/hot drinks, sandwich/snacks, personal medication (if required) and a small first aid kit with plasters, etc. You might get a few scratches. Helmets, harnesses and climbing equipment are supplied.

Additional gear: Please bring a mask, hand sanitiser and tissues. Please do not share any food or gear. 

Meeting: 9:15 at Killiney Hill car park

Duration: 3- 6 h

Places: 4

Medical Form:

COVID Participation Form:

 

Galway

26.09.09.20 - Hillwalking Day, Introduction to Landscape Photography in Connemara, with Michelle Casey

Meet the Instructor: Over 10 years ago I swapped my commute to work on the M50 for the quiet roads of Connemara where my passion for the great outdoors led me to train as an Outdoor Instructor. I have obtained the Mountain Leader award, Level 2 Kayaking Instructor award, SPA award in Rock Climbing and registered EMT. In 2013 I set up an activity business based in Connemara called “WILD.” As well as catering for a national market in delivering adventure activities and training. I have worked as a driver guide for the international market on hiking, cycling, birdwatching and sightseeing trips in Ireland. I now thoroughly enjoy teaching new skills and inspiring people in the outdoors.

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 Michelle Casey

About the Walk: You will follow the Benbaun - Benbrack (582 m) horseshoe, a scenic route through mountains with sea views. You will travel on mixed terrain with rocks and grass underfoot. Michelle will introduce you to Landscape Photography and give you tips & examples to get your mobile photography game up to scratch and to show you that you don’t need thousands of euro worth of gear to capture great images!

Gear: Please wear hillwalking boots. Bring an extra warm layer, a hat, gloves, a waterproof jacket and trousers and, your current medications (if required). Please pack water/hot drink, snacks, or a sandwich. There is nothing more rewarding than a hot cup of tea/coffee while looking at stunning views.

Additional Gear: Please bring a mask, hand sanitiser, tissues, etc. Due to COVID restrictions, do not share food or gear, and adhere to the 2 m distance restrictions.

Meeting time & meeting point to be confirmed

Duration: 3 - 4 h

Places: 8

Medical Form:

COVID Participation Form:

 

26.09.20 – Introduction to Hillwalking, Binn Shléibhe (Mount Gable), Connemara with Trish Walsh

About the Instructor: Trish is a Mountain Leader, teacher and the director of Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre.

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Trish Walsh

About the Walk: Discover the beauty and heritage of the Connemara Mountains. Learn about the fauna & flora as well as the geology.

Gear: Please wear hillwalking boots or sturdy boots, pack rain gear (jacket & trousers), a spare warm layer, hat & gloves, snacks, sandwich, water, relevant medication (if required) and, a fully charged phone to capture the unique beauty of the Connemara Mountains.

Additional Gear: Please bring a mask and hand sanitiser; Due to current COVID - 19 restrictions we would like to remind you that sharing gear, food, water, etc is not recommended

Meeting: at 10:30 am at the Petersburg OETC, Clonbur, Galway

Duration: 4,5 h

Places: 8

Medical Form:

COVID Participation Form:

 

Mayo

24.09.20 - Night walk in Mayo Dark Sky Park, The Nephins with Georgia McMillan

25.09.20 - Night walk in Mayo Dark Sky Park, The Nephins with Georgia McMillan

Meet the Instructor: Georgia runs a small group tour business, Terra Firma Ireland in Mayo. She holds Mountain Leader and is a provider of Mountain Skills. She has a degree in Outdoor Education and is passionate about stargazing.  Since 2013, Georgia has been studying the benefits of protecting our night sky heritage through learning and awareness and her dissertation at GMIT led to the establishment of the Mayo Dark Sky Park accreditation.

Photo:

Georgia McMillan

About the Mayo Dark Sky Park: Mayo is home to Ireland’s first International Dark Sky Park, showcasing some of the darkest, most pristine skies in the world. A gold tier accreditation was awarded in May 2016 for the quality of skies, free from light pollution. The dark sky park is nestled between the remote Nephin Mountain Range and the unspoiled Atlantic coastline. The Dark Sky Park extends across an area of 150km2. Its borders encompass both Ballycroy National Park and Wild Nephin. On a clear night, you can see over 4,500 twinkling stars, along with other planets in our solar system, The Milky Way and even meteor showers, all with the naked eye.

About The Night Walk: The evening will start at the Robert Lloyd Praeger Bothy in Letterkeen, Wild Nephin National Park. We plan to do a guided looped walk under natural darkness - dark space is something many people have never experienced. If clear skies allow, this will include a stargazing and moongazing session with time to identify the September constellations and a nice view of Saturn and Jupiter and other celestial favourites. If weather conditions do not allow stargazing, a follow-up zoom webinar will be arranged with a night sky tutorial.

Gear: The walk will be on uneven, boggy terrain in places - including a boardwalk - and participants should be prepared with walking boots/shoes, warm clothing (including waterproofs), and a head torch. Please note a red light would be much preferred to white for stargazing and night vision. A red balloon over the light will work! Pack some snacks and water.

Additional Gear: Please bring a mask, hand sanitiser and tissues. Please note that during COVID restrictions, sharing gear is not recommended.

Meeting: 7:45 pm at the Robert Lloyd Praeger Bothy (formerly Brogan Caroll bothy) in Letterkeen, Wild Nephin National Park

Duration: 2,5- 3 h

Places: 10 per walk

Medical Form:

COVID Participation Form:

 

25.09.20 - Introduction to navigation, Croagh Patrick, with Michelle Hughes

Meet the Instructor: Michelle holds an International Mountain Leader Award. For many years she has been guiding in Ireland & abroad. She has been an outdoor instructor teaching navigation, guiding, sailing and rock climbing. She knows the Wild Atlantic Way like the back of her hand. She is passionate about Irish heritage, music, mythology, & spirituality and she’s always ready for an adventure.

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Michelle Hughes

About the Walk: Discover the trails around Croagh Patrick and learn how to navigate using maps, compasses and natural features.

Gear: Please wear hillwalking boots or sturdy runners. Bring an extra warm layer, a hat, gloves, a waterproof jacket and trousers and, your current medications (if required). Please, pack water/hot drink, snacks or a sandwich.

Additional Gear: You can bring a map of Croagh Patrick. Have your mask, hand sanitiser, tissues, etc. Due to COVID restriction, do not share food or gear and adhere to the 2 m distance restrictions.

Meeting: at 10 am in Croagh Patrick car park

Duration: 2 - 5h

Places: 8

Medical Form:

COVID Participation Form:

 

Tipperary

23.09.20 - Introduction to Hillwalking, Kings Yard, Galty Mountains, with Maureen O’Brien

Meet The Instructor: Maureen is a Qualified Mountain Leader, Mountain Skills instructor & Low Land Leader instructor. She has over 35 years of walking experience on mixed terrain: tracks & trails and hillwalking. For the last 19yrs she has also been a full team member of South Eastern Mountain Rescue SEMRA.

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Maureen O`Brien

About the walk: This is a mixed day on the hills. You will be moving on trails and rough terrain. You will learn elements of navigation, access to the mountains, and nature. 

Gear: Please wear good boots and waterproofs (jacket & trousers). A hat and gloves will be required. PPE: masks, sanitisers, first aid kit and regular medications (if required). Bring your own water, snacks, sandwiches, tissues etc (Sharing of gear, food, water and sanitiser is not recommended). Maps and compasses are not essential but would be a nice addition. 

Meeting: 9:30 am at the Kings yard car park, have €3 car for the parking fee

Duration: 4-5 h

Places: 10

Medical Form:

COVID Participation Form:

 

25.09.20 - Introduction to Hillwalking, Accident Procedures, Goatenbridge, Knockmealdown Mountains, with Maureen O’Brien

About the Walk: You will be staying on trails and durable terrain and you will learn about accident procedures from Maureen, a member of South Eastern Mountain Rescue.

Gear: You will need hillwalking boots, but sturdy walking shoes would be an acceptable alternative. Bring along rain gear (jacket and trousers), a hat & gloves. PPE: mask, hand sanitiser, first aid kit, regular medications (if required). Pack water, snacks, sandwich and tissues (Sharing of gear, food, water and sanitiser is not recommended). Maps and compasses are not essential but would be a nice addition.

Meeting: at 9:30 am at Goatenbridge car park.

Duration: 4 h

Places: 10

Medical form:

COVID Participation Form:

 

28.98.20 - Introduction to trail navigation, Glengarra Woods, Galty Mountains, with Maureen O’Brien

About the Walk: You will be staying mostly on trails and learning the skill of navigation using maps and a compass.

Gear: You will need hillwalking boots or sturdy walking shoes. Bring along rain gear (jacket and trousers), a hat & gloves. PPE: mask, hand sanitiser, first aid kit, regular medications (if required). Pack water, snacks, sandwich and tissues (Sharing of gear, food, water and sanitiser is not recommended). Maps and compasses are not essential but would be a nice addition.

Meeting: 9:30 am at Glengarra wood car park

Duration: 4h

Places: 10

Medical form:

COVID Participation Form:

 

Sligo

28.09.20 - Introduction to trail running, Knocknarae Mountains, Sligo, with Miriam Cunnigham

About the Instructor: "I have over twenty years’ experience in the fitness industry, and I am co-owner of Fitness4all, Strandhill Sligo. I coach novice and intermediate runners from 5k to marathon distances and for the past 8 years I have successfully coached runners for the local Warriors Run, a 15k mountain run.”

Photo:

 Miriam Cunningham

About the Run: You will be running and walking on durable forest and hilly trails. Miriam will give you tips on running techniques, running gear and further participation.

Gear: Please wear trail running shoes or sturdy runners, leggings, please bring a spare warm layer, waterproof jacket & trousers, hat & gloves. Please bring facemask, hand sanitiser, tissues and personal first aid kit, current medication, etc water and snacks.

Meeting: 9 am at the Queen Maeve’s car park (Knocknarae car park),

Start: 9:30 am

Distance: 6 - 7 km

Duration: 2 h

Places: 10

Medical form:

COVID Participation Form:

 

Wexford

26.09.20 - Mountain day with elements of scrambling, Comeragh Mountains, with Colette Mahon

About the Instructor: Colette loves any type of adventure on the hills. She is a Mountain Leader, Rock climbing Instructor and Mountain Skills Provider. A member of Wexford Hillwalking/Mountaineering club. Colette is regularly involved in Navigation training, leading club walks/scrambles. She is also involved in the organisation and running of Mountaineering Ireland’s Women With Altitude Event dedicated to Women.

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Colette Mahon 2

About the Walk: You will work on basic navigation on varied ground in the Fearbreaga/Seefin area. You will be travelling off the beaten track and off the trails, on rough, rocky terrain. You will learn some navigation skills and skills of movement over broken ground. 

Gear: Please bring Comeragh map, either OSI 1: 50,000 or East/West mapping 1: 25,000, if possible. You need to wear hillwalking boots as you will be moving through mixed terrain with rocks, grass & trails. Please pack waterproofs (jacket & trousers), a hat & gloves and an extra warm layer. Bring water/hot drink, snack or sandwich, any current medicine (inhaler etc), first aid kit.

Additional Gear: Please bring a mask, hand sanitiser and tissues. Please note that sharing of food & gear is not recommended.

Meeting: 9.30  am at Lemybrien, Applegreen, Co. Waterford

Duration: 5-6 h

Distance: up to 10kms with 500m/600m height gain

Places: 5

Medical form:

COVID Participation Form:

 

Wicklow

23.09.20 - Discover the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough - Glendasan; An Environmental Walk with Helen Lawless

About the Instructor: Helen is an International Mountain Leader, Mountaineering Ireland Access & Conservation Officer

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Helen Lawless

About the Walk: The route will take you from Glendalough, up Glendasan to the lead mines, up Camaderry (south-east top, 677m) and back down the eastern spur of Camaderry. Distance is 10km, the ascent is 540m.  The terrain is mostly tracks and paths, with some rough and wet ground. The hike will include stops to look at and talk about what we see along the way, for that reason, it’s important to have some spare clothing including hat and gloves.

Gear: Please wear warm clothing. Pack an extra warm layer, a hat & gloves. Please wear hillwalking boots and rain gear (jacket & trousers). Bring water, snacks, relevant medicine, first aid kit, and a fully charged phone or camera. You will have an opportunity to take some beautiful photos of the landscape and micro features of plants, rocks and insects. 

Additional Gear: Please bring OS Map sheet 56 or East West Map or Harvey of the area. Please adhere to COVID - 19 restrictions. Bring a face mask, hand sanitiser and tissues. Please do not share any gear, food, or water.

Meeting: at 10 am at the Glendalough Visitor Centre, please have €4 for the car park

Duration: 5 h

Places: 9

Medical Form:

COVID Participation Form:

 

24.09.20 - Introduction to bouldering, Wicklow Mountains (weather permitting), with Ania Bakiewicz

About the Instructor: Ania holds a degree in Archaeology and Prehistory. She is a Mountain Leader and Rock-Climbing Instructor. She runs female climbing classes in Dublin Climbing Centre in Tallaght. She is Mountaineering Ireland’s Women in Sport Co-ordinator.

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Anna Bakiewicz

About the Event: Learn how to move on the rock, challenge your balance and footwork and, above all - have a lot of fun. Plan B in case of rain: hillwalking day, exploring the bouldering areas; some technical tips about climbing; location of climbing venues; climbing guides in Wicklow and Dublin.

Gear: Wear comfortable clothing, leggings, tracksuit bottoms (no jeans, as they restrict movement), fleece. Wear boots or sturdy runners for the approach to the boulders. For climbing, bring climbing shoes (if you have them) or flat soled shoes (plimsolls, baseball-type). Bring an extra layer, a hat, gloves and waterproofs (jacket & trousers). Pack water/hot drink, snacks/sandwich, current medication (if required). 

Additional gear: Please bring a face mask, hand sanitiser, tissues and a personal first aid kit with some plasters. You may get a few scratches during the climb. 

Meeting: 10:30, place to be confirmed

Duration: 4 - 6 h

Places: 6

Medical Form:

COVID Participation Form:

 

26.09.20 - Discover Wicklow’s Ancient Past; A Hillwalking Day through the Wicklow Mountains with Ania Bakiewicz

About the walk: Follow the steps of people, who lived in the Wicklow Mountains hundreds or even thousands of years ago. While guided off the beaten tracks, learn how to spot an archaeological feature in the distance or hidden in the grass, or maybe even find an artefact. Use the archaeological sites as navigational points. 

Gear: Please wear warm clothes. Bring an extra warm layer. We will be stopping at times. Pack a hat & gloves. Wear hillwalking boots as we will be walking off the beaten track, navigating from feature to a feature. Pack waterproofs (jacket & trousers). Bring water/hot drink, snacks or food, current medication (if required) and a first aid kit. Bring a map and a compass if you have one. 

Additional gear: Please bring a face mask, hand sanitiser and tissues. Please do not share food or gear.

Meeting: 9:30, meeting point to be confirmed

Duration: 4 -6 h

Places: 10

Medical Form:

COVID Participation Form:

 

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 Nationwide

27.09.20 - National Walking Day

There is even more to celebrate! We are delighted to partner up with Get Ireland Walking on Sunday 27 September and to join the whole nation during the National Walking Day. Take your family, invite your friends, and walk anywhere in your local area. To find out more, go to the event page on the Get Ireland Walking website https://www.getirelandwalking.ie/

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