2018 Walking Season

Paul and Kate above Coumshingaun recently

Lachtnafrankee Trek

Welcome Back
Hi all. A nice gang turned up for our first walk back last Sunday. We got a grand day for our trek on Lachtnafrankee, as the picture above shows.  In a couple of weeks we should have more information on the upcoming walks`schedule from now til Christmas. In the meantime we have "Our Day Out" walk next Sunday (23rd). We head for the Slievenamuck Hills to the north of the Glen of Aherlow for a 14/15 km walk of about 4 to 5 hours - Grade B. We meet at Carrick Garda Barracks at 10.00 and will stop for a meal afterwards. The cost of the bus is 10 euro. Please let Emily know if you intend going by Sunday September 16th.

 A few pictures to remind us of a few of last year`s treks.

The Coumalochas under snow in December
Crossing the Attychrann River in the Galtees in March
On Caher Ridge in Kerry in April
Azure sky over Galtybeg in June
Scafell Pike summit in June
Resting by Lake Grasmere in June

Barbecue in July

Club Sub
With the arrival of a new walking year comes the usual request to members to pay your sub of 40 euro in September or October if you can - to club treasurer Mick or club secretary Rosemarie. Clubs are requested to advise member to aquaint themselves of the new general data protection regulations so please read below and page 5 of this summer`s Mountain Log.

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

Sep 23rd     B      Glen of Aherlow Carrick Garda Barracks 10.00  Carol
Sept 30th    B      Knockmealdowns  Rathgormack 10.00          Mick