2018 Walking Season

Ann and Maria at Ned Curran`s last Sunday - where is everybody?

Next Up on Sun May 27th - it`s Crotty`s from Kilclooney - grade B. We meet in Kilclooney Wood at 10.00. Don`t forget we have a club litter pick on Saturday morning next - meet at Rathgormack Hiking Centre at 10.00. Hopefully a good few members can turn up to help out. 

Club Litter Pick
It is two years since the club organized a litter pick. Recently the committee decided to go ahead with another litter pick of the Glenpatrick Bridge and Lough Mohra walks on the morning of Saturday May 26th. We will get bags and gloves from Waterford County Council and they will collect the litter early the following week. We would appreciate it if as many members as possible came along on the day. We meet at the Hiking Centre Rathgormack at 10.00. On the subject of the environment, all walking clubs are urged to support the recent campaign relating to single-use or disposable plastics.

Some Upcoming  Local Events
Copper Coast Festival takes place between May 25th and 30th. This includes a couple of interesting-sounding walks on Friday evening (25th). Contact the centre if interested at 051-292828. You can also check out their facebook page for some info on the festival events.
Red Cross Sunrise Summit Challenge takes place on Saturday May 26th. Registration costs 50 euro and you are expected to raise a further 100 euro. Check out website for more details.
Knockmealdowns Rhododendron Walking Festival, the inaugral one, occurs on the June Bank Holiday Weeekend from June 1st to June 4th. Visit www.Vee.ie for details.
Galtee Challenge organized by the Galtee walking club is on Saturday June 30th. This is a self navigating walk. Google Galtee Challenge 2018 for more details.
The Comeragh Crossing organized by Dungarvan Hill Walking Club is on Saturday July 7th. Look up their website for more info on the walk options and costs.
The Comeraghs Wild Festival takes place on the weekend of July 13th to 15th. Festival events program is not finalised yet. Contact 086 7777515 for up to date info on planned events.

 Mountaineering Ireland Event
Summer Alpine Meet: Mountaineering Ireland is holding this in the Val Di Mello in Italy from July 7th to 21st. There is an interesting range of activities available. Again, go to the Mountaineering Ireland website for more information.

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

Sun May 27th  B      Comeraghs           Kilclooney Wood 10.00  John
Sun June 3rd   Free Sunday - Bank Holiday Weekend
Sun June 10th  B     To be announced     Venue later  10.00 Vernon
Sun June 17th  No walk
Sun June 24th  A     Galtees                 Cahir car park 10.00  Mick
Sun July 1st    Free Sunday
Sun July 8th  Club BBQ - more later