Club Program 2017

1.       Regular Walks programme.

See details of our regular Sunday walks and summertime Friday night walking on this website.

2.       Training in leadership, safety and navigation.

Matt Joy and John Lynagh are organising mountain leadership training for the club, and it is being done in two parts:

The first part is a session on Leadership which will take place in Templemore College on Wednesday, 25th January at 7.30pm.  This is for all current leaders and also to all club members.  (When attending, please come to the rear door of the college as the front door may not be open).

The second part of the training is in Navigation.  This will be in early/middle of March and will involve night class in Navigation followed up about two weeks later with practical sessions on the hill.  This is open to all club members and will also be a suitable refresher for existing leaders.

3.       Kerry Challenge, April 07-09.

The Kerry Challenge has taken place every year since 1997, and this year returns to the Castlerosse Hotel, Killarney.  Walks will include:

  • a traverse of the East Ridge, one of the great ridge walks in Ireland
  • an ascent of Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain
  • a circuit above the Gap of Dunloe
  • a captivating low-level walk on the Old Kenmare Road
  • an easy nature walk in Killarney National Park
  • an ascent of Mangerton mountain

Further details from Michael Sutton at 086 4009989, or michaelsutton1949@gmail.com  .

4.       Orienteering Day

The annual orienteering day will be on 23 April.  This will be a fun event for the whole club with different levels and will replace the scheduled walks for that Sunday.  It will provide an opportunity for everybody to try out their navigation and map-reading skills and teamwork.

5.       Friday Night Walking

These always popular low level walks begin in May and continue throughout the summer.  See Friday Night Walking section on this website.

6.       Rock Climbing in Ballykeefe

This begins on 02 May and continues on Tuesday evenings during the summer.  There will be climbing suitable for all levels.  Instruction in safe practice will be available for beginners, and everybody.

7.       Foreign Trips (see details on website)

  • Walking the West Highlands Way

This year’s walk is along the famous and magnificent West Highland Way from Glasgow to the foot of Ben Nevis in Fort William.  It is 152km in length and will take place from 13 – 20 June.

  •         Visit to the Dolomites

The second foreign trip this summer is to the Dolomites in North-East Italy, from 08 -16 August.  Activities here include walks at all levels as well as via ferrata and, hopefully, and ascent of Marmolada, the highest peak in the range (3344m).

8.       Mountain Ridges & Gullies

During the summer, there will be an opportunity for club members – those who have been to Ballykeefe or who are experienced hill-walkers – to climb some of the finest ridges in Ireland – e.g. Howling, Curved, FM, Pipets, East Brandon, Hags Tooth, etc. as well as some fine gullies.  Doing these ridges provides a great experience in the mountains and we would encourage members to consider sampling some of them.

9.       Long Walks Sunday 10 July

The31 km Comeragh crossing will take place on Sunday, 03 July.  On the same day, the moderate level walk will go to one of the high peaks (at an easy pace).

10.   Carry on Camping

This is planned for Friday, 15 July, probably to the Comeraghs this year.  In previous years, this has been most enjoyable event.

11.   Visit to the Burren

Our annual rock-climbing and caving visit to the Burren will take place during the summer – keep an eye on the website for details.

12.   Night Walk

A night walk to take place on a Friday night in the next few weeks.  04 March is the tentative date, but this will depend on the weather forecast so a decision will be made in mid-week and everyone will then be notified.

13.   Autumn Challenge

Six walks in the Mournes and Cooleys.

14.   Holly Walk

December – December 11.  Family day out – details to follow.


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