Club Program 2018

1.       Regular Walks programme.

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

2.       Training in leadership, safety and navigation.

Our focus for 2018 has been on First Aid training (the Remote Emergency Care course).  To date this year, 18 leaders have availed of this excellent 3-day certified programme, delivered by Mary Mullins

3.       Kerry Challenge, April 13-15.

The Kerry Challenge has taken place every year since 1997, and this year returns to the Sneem House Hotel, Sneem.  Walks this year include: the fabulous Cumeengeera Circuit; the isolated Dunkerron Mountains; the Derrynane Estate; the Bolus Head Circuit; and the Caherdaniel Low Level Loop Walk.

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

4.       Orienteering Day

This year’s annual orienteering day will be on 29 April.  This is a fun event suitable for all members of the club.  There are different of difficulty, and the event replaces the scheduled walks for that Sunday.  It will provide an opportunity for everybody to engage in navigation and map-reading skills (even if you do not yet have these skills) and teamwork.

5.       Friday Night Walking (see details on website home page)

These always popular low level walks begin on 25 May and continue throughout the summer.  See details on the website homepage

6.       Rock Climbing in Ballykeefe (see details on website)

This will be organised in May/June.  There will be climbing suitable for all levels.  Instruction in safe practice will be available for beginners, and everybody.  Details to follow.

7.       Foreign Trips (see details on website) to be updated

  • Walking the Robert Louis Stephenson Way in France

John Lynagh with a group of 9 members is heading to the Cevennes Mountains in the South of France to walk the Best of the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail. This is a walk of 140km over six days starting in Le Puy en Velay and finishing in the village of Florac. Flying out on Friday, 8 June and returning on 15 June.

  •         Visit to the High Tatras in Poland

A group of 40 club members are heading to the Tatra Mountains and National Park in Southern Poland in August.  We will be based in Zakopane, the main centre for outdoor activities in Poland.  The Tatras are located in the very south of the country, crossing the border with Slovenia (most of the range is in Slovenia).  Rysy, at 2503m is Poland’s highest peak.  The Tatra national park has hundreds of marked walking trails at all levels, with easy access from Zakopane.  In short, there will be plenty of walking for everybody.  We are in Zakopane from August 10 – 17.  Some people are planning to stay a few additional nights in Krakow, one of Europe’s beautiful cities.

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 01 July

On this mid-summer Sunday, Long A & B walks (maybe 8 – 10 hours) will take place.  The A walk this year will probably be the full Galtee crossing.  There will also be a Longer than usual Ramble.  Full details to follow

10.   Carry on Camping

This is planned for Friday, 21 July, probably to the Comeraghs this year.  In previous years, this has been a most enjoyable event.  this event depends on the weather.  Full details to follow.

11.   Visit to the Burren 

Our annual rock-climbing and caving visit to the Burren is planned for July – keep an eye on the website for details.

12.   Autumn Challenge

This year’s Autumn Challenge takes place in the Burren from 20-22 October.  it will feature walks at all levels, caving and perhaps some climbing.

13.   Holly Walk

Sunday, December 12.  This is a family day out, and a relatively easy walk.  Always a sociable and enjoyable event – details to follow.


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