2018 Walking Season

Galtymore from the Attychrann river

Next Up - Sun March 25th we head for the Galtees. Meet in Cahir Castle car park at 10.00. We do a B- walk in the Glounreagh and Attychrann valleys - about 4 hours and 12 km. Mountaineering Ireland have their spring gathering next weekend so there is a choice of walks on Saturday. Go to their website for more info if interested.

Is Spring on the way?

You wouldn`t think it from the weather! However there are a few signs. In the last couple of weeks we`ve received a few emails re walking events. Here are some of them: 

Mountaineering Ireland Spring Gathering: This takes place this year in the Galtees from Friday March 23rd to Sunday March 25th. The base is the Aherlow House Hotel. A range of walks will be organized on the Saturday by the Limerick Climbing Club. Mountaineering Ireland will also hold its AGM on Saturday 24th at 5.00 p.m. Go to http://www.mountaineering.ie/events/2013/default.aspx?iid=1116 for more information and to book - 15 euro without the Saturday evening dinner and 40 euro to include dinner. You can also register on Friday March 23rd in the Aherlow House Hotel at 19.00. The weekend`s events will then kick off with a talk by Jimmy Barry entitled "Celebrating the Galtees", followed by a talk by Jimmy and Maureen O`Brien on South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association.

St. Declan`s Way - Pilgrims Path Week: Pilgrims Path Week takes place during Holy Week this year as it has for the last few years. Knockmealdown Active intends organizing a five stage guided walk along the entire route from Cashel to Ardmore (over 100 km). They intend doing the route in 5 stages, on the last Saturday of every month, starting on Easter Saturday, March 31st. Full details can be found on the Knockmealdown Active website. It should be pointed out that some of the Way is on roads e.g. much of the stretch from Cashel to Goatenbridge. http://www.knockmealdownactive.com/st-declans-way-2018/

The Knockmealdown Crossing: This is being organized by the Peaks Club Clonmel. It takes place on Saturday April 7th and full details should be available soon on the club`s website  www.peaksmcclonmel.ie .

On the Caher Ridge with Carrauntoohil ahead

Spring Weekend Trip Update
We seem to have a great interest in the Caher Ridge/Carrauntoohil A walk on Saturday April 14th. 23 members have said they wish to do the walk. This walk will be weather dependent. Let`s hope that the snow and ice on the higher mountains melts away over the coming weeks. Because of the size of the walking party we will probably break up into two groups on the day. We will organize a bus for  the walk as it is a linear one - 10 euro per person. There doesn`t seem to be enough interest in an alternative walk on the Saturday.  We will do a short 3 hour approx walk (B-) on the Sunday.

New Members
New members are welcomePlease contact Vernon (club chair) at 086-3059830 or Rosemarie (club secretary) at 0863936879 or Mick (club walks` coordinator) at  087-2927077 or Emily at 0866784094. Club rules allow 2 walks with the club before making a commitment to joining. Suggest intending members start with a couple of easy/short walks to acclimatize. Club rules and guidelines are posted on the site.

Grading of Walks
Grading walks can be very subjective. For our club purposes they are:
Grade A: 5-7 hours – to the plateaux and ridges. Strenuous. May be some scrambling.
Grade B: 3-5 hours – to the coums and lower hills. Rarely above 600 metres.
Grade C: 1-3 hours – on forest paths and back roads. Rarely over 10 km long.

Meeting Points and Times
All walks will start at approx 10.30. Meeting time is usually 10.00. Car pooling is encouraged for environmental reasons. If we meet for car pooling we will allow for travelling time. Most walks will be looped/horseshoe walks. Posted on the site using this formula: Date/Grade/Area/Meeting Point and Time and Leader.

Walk Changes due to weather etc.
Check with the designated leader  - Mick 0872927077 or Irene 0872359598 or Rens 0860473150 or John 0863398759 or Vernon 0863059830.

Ramblers` Walking Schedule 2017-18

Date              Grade     Mt Range       Meeting Point       Leader

Sun Mar 25th  B     Galtees                   Cahir Castle 10.00     Mick

Sun Apr 1st     Free Sunday - Easter
Sun Apr 8th     B      Brandon Hill           Carr Garda B 10.00   Vernon
Sun Apr 15th  Killarney Weekend
Sun Apr 22nd  C      To be announced     Venue later
Sun Apr 29th   B     Galtees                     Cahir Castle 10.00   Irene
Rathgormack Ramblers
Rathgormack is a small village situated in County Waterford in the foothills of the Comeraghs about 10 kilometres south-west of Carrick-on-Suir on the R678. Rathgormack Ramblers Hill Walking Club was founded in 2008. The club provides it`s members with an opportunity to partake in rambling and hill walking, mainly in the Comeraghs and Knockmealdowns. The club particularly urges it`s members to be aware of the need for safety on the hills and of the need to respect the communities and environments of the mountains.
We are a small club with a membership of about 40. We are affiliated to the Mountaineering Council of Ireland. All our members are insured both for personal accident and personal liability insurance. The personal accident cover is limited to very serious injuries and members should have their own more comprehensive cover.
Rules/Guidelines for club members of
Rathgormack Ramblers

1 Introduction
Rathgormack Ramblers Hill Walking Club is totally committed to the safety of its members and
considers it good practice to operate in accordance with the following guidelines.

2 Club Activities
(A) Club activities are recognised as being those which:
Are published at a club meeting.
Are published on the club website.
Are funded by the club.
Require group transport through the club.
(B) Organisers of Club Activities are bound by the conditions of the Club`s Constitution and Rules.

3 MCI Warning
(A) The Mountaineering Council of Ireland recognises that mountaineering and climbing are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants should be aware of and accept this and be responsible for their own actions.
(B) Each club member is insured under the same insurance as all MCI affiliated clubs. If you require further information please contact the MCI.

4 Grades of Walks
Grading walks can be very subjective. For the purpose of our club walks:
Grade A Walks: 5-6 hours duration and over 12 km in length. Will reach 700 metres in elevation and traverse ridges and mountain tops and may involve some scrambling. A good level of fitness required.
Grade B Walks: 3-4 hours duration and 8-12 km long. Usually on lower hills or to the mountain lakes, rarely reaching over 500 metres. A reasonable level of fitness needed.
Grade C Walks: 1-3 hours duration and less than 10 km long. Usually on forest tracks,minor roads or along river banks with the odd moderate climb.

5 Club Rules/Guidelines
Car pooling is advised.
Respect private property and observe the Country Code.
Park carefully and don`t obstruct laneways, gates, traffic etc.
Members are responsible for their own actions.
Members are advised to select a walk that matches their fitness level.
If you are on medication or suffering from any condition that might affect you on the walk, you must inform the walk leader before the walk starts.
Walkers should bring with them the following essential items:
strong walking boots with good ankle support; gaiters; a hooded waterproof coat with waterproof trousers; plenty warm clothing including gloves and a hat (don`t wear jeans); sufficient liquids and food.
Walkers should consider the following recommended items:
relevant map; compass; whistle; watch; torch; first aid kit; some form of personal I.D. and the name of someone who can be contacted in the event of an accident.
All members must comply with club rules.
All members must sign walk registration form prior to each walk.
All members must follow instructions of leader at all times.
For everyone`s safety the group should stay together for the duration of the walk. A group should travel no faster than the speed of its slowest member.
Accidents should be reported to the leader immediately.
The leader has the right to refuse anyone not adequately equipped.
The leader may extend, curtail or alter the route. He/she sets the pace and walkers are expected to follow at this pace.
If you go ahead of the leader you are no longer considered to be part of the group and you are responsible for your actions and for those who follow you.
Inform the leader if you are feeling tired or if the pace is too fast for you.
Inform the leader if you wish to stop for whatever reason.
Prospective members may participate as guests on two walks.
By signing the Walk Registration Sheet at the beginning of each walk, participants-both members and visitors-agree to abide by these rules.
The Committee of Rathgormack Hill Walking Club asserts that no walk leader can be held responsible for the welfare of individuals who ignore these rules.
Week-Ends Away: Only members and their families and friends may take part in our club weekends away.

6 Insurance
As a members of Mountaineering Ireland all members of Rathgormack Ramblers have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance in Ireland and Britain and within the European Union. This gives protection to members from being sued for negligence.
Members also have some Personal Accident Insurance - 75.000 euro to cover permanent loss of a limb or an eye, permanent loss of hearing in one ear, permanent loss of speech, permanent and total disablement from employment.
However, members do not have accident and emergency cover under our MI Insurance. We are advised to get this insurance if travelling on a walking holiday. The MI does organise a Travel and Activity Insurance through the British Mountaineering Council. At the very least members should carry their European Health Insurance Card with them on holiday within the E.U. This entitles you to free emergency and medical care in any public hospital in the E.U.