2018 Walking Season

November Walks

Sun Nov 4th: B+Walk in the Comeraghs. Meet Rathgormack at 10.00 or go directly to Kilclooney Wood for 10.15.

Sun Nov 11th: C Walk around Tickincor and Kilsheelan Woods. Meet behind Dunne`s Supermarket on Davis Road Clonmel at 10.00.

Sun Nov 18th: B Walk to Slievenamon. Meet Green School Carrick at 10.00 and Kilcash at 10.15.

Sun Nov 25th:  Free Sunday

Sun Dec 2nd: A Walk on Knockanaffrin. Meet Rathgormack at 10.00.

Club AGM
Our club AGM took place in Maudie Kennedy`s recently. Our chair began proceedings with an address of behalf of the secretary and himself in which he listed the various activities undertaken by the club over the last twelve months. The minutes of the previous AGM were read and adopted. Some discussion then took place on our Whatsapp groups and members were encouraged to keep comments brief and relevant.
The financial report was then read and the treasurer noted that there was one outstanding cheque to be cashed. Next, our Christmas Night Out was discussed and a deadline of Sunday December 2nd was set to give Emily a 10 euro deposit.
Next we selected our committee for the year with Vernon returned as chair, Lillian as secretary and Mick as treasurer. Mick and Maura agreed to stay on as walks`coordinators.
The meeting finished with a discussion about our trips away for 2019. See below.

Christmas Night Out
In the Carraig Hotel Carrick on Saturday December 15th. Please give Emily a 10 euro deposit by Sunday December 2nd if you intend going.

Spring Weekend Away
We hope to go to West Cork this year on the weekend of April 12th to 14th. Bantry hopefully will be our base. People to book their own accommodation. Please let Emily know if you are going by Sunday February 17th.

Summer Trip
Following from the AGM, our summer weekend away will be to Nerja (flying into Malaga) from 18th to 25th of May. Nerja is a town of about 20.000, about an hour east of Malaga. There are many walking opportunities for all levels in the area.

Flights are from Dublin (3 per day) and Cork (1 per day) with Aer Lingus and Ryanair. Cost should be less than 200 euro return. No particular advantage to booking flights early - there is normally no problem with availability. Consider checking websites regularly as prices vary considerably.
There are many hotels in Nerja ranging from 1 to 4 star. Apartments are also available should people decide to share. Early booking is advisable. Caution: some of the cheaper accommodation is on the edge of town, though this is not often clear from the booking sites. Check with Vernon before booking, as being in the centre of town is a distinct advantage for access to walks. Areas to avoid when booking hotel/apartment include Maro, Capistrano, Torrecilla and Burriana.
Walks will be lead by Vernon and Emily. Temperatures should be in the low twenties Celcius.
Those interested please contact Vernon as we are hoping to get an indication of numbers as soon as possible - by Monday November 5th.

Book Launch in Hiking Centre
Poet Mark Roper and Photographer Paddy Dwan have recently launched a new book about the Comeraghs - Comeragh: Mountain, Coum, River, Rumour. They will be reading from the book at a few different locations during November. The authors describe the book as "A creative artistic engagement with every aspect of the mountains". All Ramblers are invited to attend the Rathgormack Launch on Wednesday November 14th at 7 p.m. at the Hiking Centre. Come along if you can.

Christmas Walk: Sunday December 30th

Mulled Wine Walk: Date to be decided

Your Mountain Log
The club has received a reminder from Patrick O`Sullivan, editor of the Mountain Log, that all members need to log on to the members`section of the Mountaineering Ireland website to update their details and tick the relevant boxes if they wish to continue to receive the Mountain Log. If you can`t remember your password or get in you can give Siobhán Quinn at M.I. a ring - 01 6251115.
If you haven`t received your autumn log by now please let club secretary Rosemarie know.

How GDPR affects members
The General Data Protection Regulation came into force in May 2018. It is important that all Mountaineering Ireland members are aware of how the changes in the law will affect the way in which members` personal information is collected and used. On page 5 of the summer log Mountainering Ireland explains that it is essential for all members to visit the Members and Clubs section of the M.I. website to give their consent to receiving information from Mountaineering Ireland in the future. Once logged in you will find the page with your personal details. Please check that these are correct and tick the relevant boxes if you wish to give Mountaineering Ireland consent to contact you by email and post (for the Log).
Rathgormack Ramblers reminds all its members that your personal data re name, address,email address and mobile number, has been forwarded to Mountaineering Ireland for registration purposes. Furthermore, the club regularly posts photos from its walks on its website and whatsapp photo share. If any member wishes to have a photo removed please inform the website administrator.

New Members
New members are welcomePlease contact Vernon (club chair) at 086-3059830 or Rosemarie (club secretary) at 086-3936879 or Mick (club walks` coordinator) at  087-2927077 or Emily at 086-6784094. 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 2018-19

  Date        Grade         Mt Range           Meeting Pt                Leader

Nov 4th      B      Comeraghs             Rathgormack  10.00        John
Nov 11th    C    Tickincor/Kilsheelan  Dunne`s Davis Rd 10.00  Carol
Nov 18th    B      Slievenamon          Greenschool  10.00         Irene 
Nov 25th       Free Sunday
Dec  2nd    A      Knockanaffrin       Rathgormack  10.00         John
Dec  9th    C      Anne Valley          Green School   10.00        Vernon
Dec 16th       Free Sunday
Dec 23rd   B      Comeraghs             Rathgormack  10.00         Irene
Dec 30th   B    Christmas Walk  -  more info later
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.