2018 Walking Season

On Summer Break - Back in mid September

Don`t they look well fed?

Eating like animals!
Grand view of Knockanaffrin and Carraigsheegowna on BBQ walk
Grand view of Inner Boola (not on BBQ walk)

Club Barbecue
Thanks to everybody involved in organizing another great BBQ.

Ramblers in the Lake District

Day 1
Pike O`Stickle at start of walk

Blue Skies over Scafell summit
Angle Tarn and climb to Esk Hause col
Descending towards Lingmell col
Piers Ghyll near end of walk

The club`s second trip to Cumbria`s Lake District proved to be a bit of a sizzling experience! With temperatures in the high twenties three walks in three days set us a serious challenge. Thankfully Ambleside worked out to be a very suitable base, with its proximity to Wordsworth country and the stunning Langdale Valley.

The key aim for most of the group was to do Scafell Pike, England`s highest mountain.
Walk begins in Mickelden Valley
Accordingly, we decided to tackle it on day one, doing a south to north traverse, starting at Dungeon Ghyll in Langdale and finishing at Seathwaite Farm in Borrowdale.
Paddling in Angle Tarn
Sixteen of us used plenty of water and sun cream to help us survive in the heat for 8 hours! The highlight of the walk for some had nothing to do with the stunning views, rather the cool waters of Angle and Styhead Tarns. As one member put it, it was the first time that he had two swims on the one walk.

Day 2
Resting by Lake Grasmere
Posers by the lake
Recognize the swimmers in Lake Grasmere?

Day two saw twenty of us do the “Wordsworth Walk” – a leisurely lakeside ramble from Ambleside to Grasmere,
Look out Dove Cottage - here we come
following the old Coffin Trail to the east of Rydal Water and Lake Grasmere on the way out and the lower slopes of Loughrigg Fell on the way back.
Poetry Recital at Dove Cottage
A visit to Wordsworth`s grave in Grasmere was obligatory while a visit to one of the poet`s homes at Dove Cottage inspired a recital of some of his poetry by two of our more “cultured” members.

Day 3
Josh in camoflage negotiates the "Bad Step"
On last Crinkle with Bowfell behind
Maura at 3 Tarns col with Scafell Pike behind
Lots of our walkers opted for Lake Windermere on day 3

By day three we had only seven “real” walkers left, the more sensible ones heading for a boat trip on Lake Windermere.
Fillies at Stool End Farm at walk start
Off with us seven to do Crinkle Crags in Langdale. This proved a very interesting walk with a little bit of scrambling thrown in just to make us feel even more wrecked.
The Crinkles ahead
One of the highlights was undoubtedly Josh`s impressive negotiation of the “Bad Step” to reach the summit of the second Crinkle. There was a little “debate” on the identity of a distant lake.

In light of the absence of conclusive proof we decided that we had discovered a new lake and the witty Sasanach in our midst felt we should call it “Mick`s Mere”.

Resting at the "Bad Step" before 2nd Crinkle

Eventually it was time to return home, and even though the attempt at a sing song on the last night could have been better, most would agree that we had just had a very memorable trip.

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 and mobile number, has been forwarded to Mountaineering Ireland for registration purposes. Furthermore, the club regularly posts photos from its walks on its website. 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 2017-18

Date              Grade     Mt Range       Meeting Point       Leader

On Summer Break. Back in mid September.