2019 Walking Season

 Next Sunday, Feb 24th , is a free Sunday - No Walk

Last Sunday resting at Bearna na Madraí

Walking thru Crompán with higher Coum Iartais ahead

Dates of Upcoming Club Trips

Hanora`s Cottage: March 23rd and 24th
Sheep`s Head and Bantry: April 12th to 14th.
Nerja: May 18th to 25th.

Killarney Mountain Festival
This festival takes place in Killarney on the 8th to 10th of March. A diverse programme of events has been organised including guided walks (pricey), talks by well known mountaineers, a run in the national park, musical entertainment, a display by the mountain search and rescue dogs, demonatrations, trade stands and more. To find out more about the festival google killarney mountain festival.

Connemara Mountain Walking Festival
This takes place in Leenane on the weekend of May 3rd to 5th. There is a choice of at least 3 walks from easy to strenuous each day. For more information or to book google connemara mountain walking festival.

Saint Declan`s Way 2019

Saint Declan`s Way now has its own website, well worth a look - www.stdeclansway.ie.
The Way is now way-marked from Cashel to Ardmore and was opened officially in 2018. Knockmealdown Active are organizing a five stage guided walk of the entire route in 2019, starting with stage1 on Saturday April 27th. Stages 2 to 5 will be completed on the last Saturday of months May to August. Each stage costs 25 euro and includes transport each day to the start point of the stage. There is a discount available for people who book the whole 5 stages. Online booking is now available from the Saint Declan`s Way website and there is also more detail on how the walks will be organized.

Some Walks already done this year
September: Lachtnafrankee, Slievenamuck Hills, Knockmoylan in Knockmealdowns.
October: Boolas, Melleray, Kilcash Hills.
November: 792, Kilsheelan Woods, Slievenamon.
December: Knockannafrin Ridge, Anne Valley, Crough Wood.
January: Farbréaga, Knockmealdown Mór
February: Crotty`s, Liam Lynch Loop, Com Éag.

How GDPR affects members
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 Lillian (club secretary) at 087-9025144 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
Feb 24th           Free Sunday

Mar 3rd   A/B  Venue later              Info later                          Rens
Mar 10th   C     More info later    
March 17th       Free Sunday
Mar 23/24  Hanora`s Cottage Sat + Sun walks + overnight  Vernon
Mar 31st   A/B   Venue later            Info later                         Irene