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Upcoming Hikes

OCTOBER - december 2018

MEET:              Corner of Burgh Quay and Hawkins St
DEPART:          Sundays at 10.00 am (unless stated otherwise), or earlier if it is full.
TRANSPORT:   Private bus (unless stated otherwise)
COST:               €15 (unless stated otherwise)

2nd pick-up point: On the outward journey, the bus will stop briefly to collect walkers at the pick-up point. Should the bus be full on departure from Burgh Quay, this facility cannot be offered.  

2nd drop-off point: On the return journey, where indicated, the bus will stop near the outward pick-up point to drop off any hikers. We regret this is not possible on all hikes.

If you wish to avail of the 2nd pick-up point, it advisable to contact the hike leader or someone else who will definitely be on
the hike, to let them know.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please ensure you have your current club membership card with you on all hikes - no card no hike.

Sunday 7th October 2018

Leader: Brian Madden

2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Bus stop before roundabout at Loughlinstown

Route: Oldbridge * Inchavore River * Military Road * The Oasis * Kanturk * Scarr * Forest Entrance GR 129 994

Distance: 17 km 
Ascent: 560 m 
Map: OSI 56; East-West Mapping (Wicklow Mountains West); Harveys

Sunday 14th October 2018

**Club Taster Hard Hike**

Leader: Terry Curran

2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Bus stop before roundabout at Loughlinstown

Route: Glendalough Visitor's Centre * The Green Road * Derrybawn * Derrybawn Ridge * Mullacor *Top of the Bounds * Van Diemen's Mines * Glenealo Footbridge * Zig Zags * Miners Village * Miners Road * Upper Lake * Glendalough Visitors Centre

Distance: 19 km 
Ascent: 600 m 
Map: OSI Sheet 56, East West Mapping (Lugnaquilla and Glendalough); Harveys Wicklow Mountains

Sunday 21th October 2018

Leader: Tommy Lundy

2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Bus stop at Loughlinstown roundabout

Route: Oldbridge* Kanturk* Scarr* Paddock Hill* Wicklow Way* Laragh

Distance: 15 km 
Ascent: 650 m 
Map: OSI 56. East West Mapping (Wicklow Mountains West); Harveys Wicklow Mountains

Saturday 27th - Monday 29th October 2018

Leader: Frank Keoghan

Saturday Bus to Mournes at 9am.
Long hike Saturday 27th and shorter hikes on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th.
Saturday & Sunday night in hotel in Newcastle
Return Monday evening
See October programme of the Hillwalker (Page 9) for additional details

Sunday 4th November 2018

**Club Taster Hard Hike**
 
Leader: Gerry Walsh

2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Bus stop near Rathfarnham Castle, Rathfarnham Road

Route: Stepaside * Fernhill Tunnel * Three Rock * Fairy Castle * Tibradden Mtn * Pine Forest * Cruagh Mtn * Glendoo Mtn * Knocknagun * Boranaraltry Bridge * Glencullen

Distance: 18 km 
Ascent: 700 m 
Map: OS 50 with 56, East-West Mapping (Dublin and North Wicklow Mountains)

Sunday 11th November 2018

Leader: Tom Milligan

2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Maldron Hotel, Tallaght

Route: Wicklow Gap (O:076 001)) * Tonelegee * Lough Ouler * Stony Top * Barnacullian * Thorn Brook * Gowlan Brook * Annalecka Bridge * St. Kevin's Road * Wicklow Gap.

Distance: 16 km 
Ascent: 800 m 
Map: OSI 56, East West Mapping (Wicklow Mountains West) Harveys Wicklow Mountains

Sunday 18th November 2018

No Sunday hike
Leaders Training Day on Saturday 17th


Sunday 25th November 2018

Leader: Dónal Finn

2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Maldron Hotel, Tallaght

Route: Oasis, Carrigshouk, Mullaghcleauvaun East, Mullaghcleauvaun West, Billy Byrne's Gap, Moanbane, Silsean, Lacken

Distance: 18 km 
Ascent: 900 m 
Map: OSI 56 , East West Mapping (Wicklow Mountains West), Harveys

Sunday 2nd December 2018

Leader: Garry Byrne

2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Bus stop at Loughlinstown roundabout

Route: Shay Elliott – Ballyboy – Wicklow Way – Derrybawn - Monastery Brow – The Green Road – Laragh.

Distance: 17 km 
Ascent: 475 m 
Map: OSI 56 , East West Mapping (Lugnaquilla & Glendalough), Harveys


General Hike Notes

PARTICIPATION Mountaineering is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks. People who take part in our club activities do so at their own risk and are responsible for their own actions and involvement.

CO-ORDINATION
If necessary, tickets are given out on Sundays to ensure that participants reserve a bus place as they arrive.

LEADER
The leader has the right to refuse anyone who is not adequately equipped (e.g., without appropriate boots, rainwear, food, torch, hat, gloves, etc). The leader may alter the route from that described in the program. The leader sets the pace of the hike and walkers are expected to obey the leader’s instructions at all times.

EQUIPMENT
It is essential to bring good rain gear (both jacket and over-trousers) and to leave cotton t-shirts and jeans at home! Boots must be sturdy with proper ankle support and a rigid non-slip sole such as Vibram.

WALKING STICKS AND RUCKSACKS
Remember that walking sticks and rucksacks cannot be brought onto the bus and must be stowed away in the boot during the journey.

Hiking in Winter - While the hike leaders try to ensure that hikes finish in good time, there will be days when unavoidable delays occur. As the days grow shorter it is important that we prepare for evenings when we may finish our hikes in poor light or even darkness. So, along with your normal winter hiking gear, please bring a suitable head or hand held torch with you on the hikes.


Club Taster hard hike

The Hillwalkers Club offers a Club Taster Hard Hike, usually on one Sunday per month. Guests are welcome to join us on this hike, as long as they provide their name, address and contact details for our records, which will be taken on the day of the hike. Unless guests have their own personal hiking insurance, they are not insured. There is no need to book a place in advance, just turn up on the relevant Sunday morning. Guests can come on one hike without becoming a member of the club, but after that they must join the club.

Guests on these Club Taster hikes should not be newcomers to hiking.
These hikes are to introduce experienced hillwalkers to the Hillwalkers Club and its hillwalking activities. Therefore, participants need to have a good level of personal fitness and, ideally, have some recent significant experience of hillwalking.

If you have recently walked more than 16km with more than 700m of ascent or if you are confident that you can walk for 6 hours over rough ground , ascending for 3 of those 6 hours, then you are likely to enjoy one of our hikes.
If this is not the case or if you are new to hillwalking then you can gain the required experience on the An Óige hikes.
See https://anoige.ie/membership/hiking-programme/ for the An Óige hike programme.
People who have gained relevant experience and fitness on the An Óige hikes or elsewhere are very welcome on Hillwalkers Club hikes.

All intending participants should be aware that hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or even death. By walking with the club, they are aware of and shall accept these risks. Moreover, they acknowledge that they wish to participate in club activities in a voluntary capacity and that they shall be responsible for their own actions and involvement. Please note that as guests of the club, they do not enjoy personal accident insurance, which is otherwise offered to club members through Mountaineering Ireland. Further details are available from Mountaineering Ireland

(www.mountaineering.ie/membersandclubs/Insurance/default.aspx)
For further enquiries contact 086 356 3843