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Tuesday 3 May 2016

May News Letter


May Hillwalking Newsletter

Wicklow

Good weekend         Good walking         Good weather         Good company


Events

Cunnigar Crossing                               Sunday 5th June

Comeragh Crossing                             Saturday 2nd July         

Summer BBQ                                       Saturday 16th July

Austrian Holiday          Sunday 4th / Sunday 11th        
Balance of €509 now Payable Please



Comeragh Crossing Job Vacancies

  • Early Shift Signing in Desk Receptionist
  • Marshal For 792 Mountain
  • Walk Marshals for all walks
  • Check point officials
  • Bridge builders and stile construction experts.

Apply to Richard

Provisional AGM date 4th October 2016

Please consider taking on a committee position as some key members are standing down.


If you have any walk reports, news or adverts please forward them on to Marie by email




Walks are usually 4 to 6 hours. C Walks are about 3 hours. Inclement weather is likely to extend the time of all walks. Hillwalking is an adventure sport and not devoid of an element of risk. To minimize risk, be prepared: waterproof boots, rucksack, waterproofs, a packed lunch, hot drink, warm hat, gloves etc.  Mountaineering Ireland (MI) recognizes that participants in Hillwalking should be aware of and accept any risk and be responsible for their own actions and involvement                                    REMEMBER NO BOOTS, NO WALK

Holiday Insurance

Insurance

If you require travel insurance for our Austrian holiday, Topflight have arranged a policy through World wide Insurance.
The procedure is as follows.
Anyone interested in taking out the insurance can call the health check number themselves to confirm they are covered, and that you have the appropriate cover required.     
(You may have to mention Topflight and the holiday dates).
FOR MEDICAL SCREENING CALL        01 224 7033
Make sure you have all your medical information and medication details to hand.
Open 8am – 8pm Mon-Fri , 9am – 5pm Saturdays
The costs are for Hillwalking up to 3000 meters –
Clients aged 18-69 would be a net of 45 euro
Clients aged 70-74 would be a net of 75 euro
Clients aged 75-85 would be a net of 125 euro
If you wish to add the insurance let me know and pay the walking club, then the policy will be issued before departure.

Thanks          Richard         086 241 1287

Thursday 21 April 2016

Austrian Holiday Update

Travel Arrangements

Flight times

4th September. 
Depart Dublin 11:25 am.          Arrive Memmingen 14:45

11th September
Depart Memmingen 15:10       Arrive Dublin 16:35

Times are Provisional and may be liable to change.

If you want to avail of the personal insurance please check your email.

Thanks
Richard

Saturday 9 April 2016

Comeragh Crossing

Supported by


 Comeragh Crossing & Challenge
Saturday 2nd July 2016
NEW START & FINISH VENUE
Killgobinet Sports Centre.  Bohadoon     Dungarvan    Co. Waterford
Map Reference. S 237 / 005.         
GPS  N 52° 9' 22·9.             W 7° 39' 15·4.
 Registration from 06:30
Challenge bus leaves at    07:00
Crossing bus leaves at      07:30
Nire bus leaves at             10:00
Kilbrien Bus leaves at       13:00
Allow time to sign in (30 mins)
€25 Entry Fee.      €20 Kilbrien entry fee.
Entry fee covers bus transport, refreshments at the Nire valley and Mauma road, and a hot plate at finish venue.
Print a registration form to save time at start. Available at www.dungarvanhillwalking.org
Dungarvan Hillwalking Club is delighted to host this annual event, with four different levels of walking, as follows:
Comeragh Challenge (45km),                      Comeragh Crossing (35km),                       Nire Valley Walk (22km)                                    Kilbrien Walk (10km)                                     .                              All starting and finishing at Killgobinet Sports Centre Bohadoon, Dungarvan, County Waterford.       All four walks take participants to the top of Cruachán with its beautiful views of Dungarvan and the bay. The area of the walk is on O.S.I sheet 75.             By participating, you are making a contribution to the West Waterford Hospice.
Walk 1. Comeragh Challenge.                     Bus Leaves at 07:00
Clonmel to Killgobinet Sports Centre Bohadoon.
This self navigated walk is 45kms, has an ascent 2,000m (approx) and is aimed at the very experienced and fit walker with navigation skills. It takes walkers via Lachtnafrankee and Knockanaffrin ridge to the Nire Valley, then via the Gap, Carrignagour, BoolaCairn to Coumfea, Seefin, Farbreaga and Cruacháun.
Walk 2. Comeragh Crossing.                                  Bus Leaves at 07:30
Clonmel to Killgobinet Sports Centre Bohadoon.
This walk is 35kms and takes 8 – 10 hours to complete via Long hill, Punch bowl and the slopes of Knockanaffrin to the Nire valley, then Coumfea, Seefin, Treenearla commons, Mauma road and Cruachan. Mainly on mountain terrain with 1,250 ascent (approx). Club marshals and sweepers will be on the route.
Walk 3. The Nire valley walk.                                   Bus Leaves at 10:00
The Nire Valley car park to Killgobinet Sports Centre Bohadoon.
This walk is 22kms long and has an ascent of 900m (approx), it takes 5 – 6 hours to complete. Club marshals and sweepers will be on the route.
Walk 4. The Kilbrien walk.                                       Bus leaves at 13:00
This walk is 10 kms and has an ascent of 350m (approx) and it takes about 3 hours to complete. Club marshals and sweepers will be on the route.
Contact.                              dungarvanhillwalking@gmail.com
Reducing CO2 emissions & Reusing signs & Recycling waste.

FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA LET’S KEEP WATERFORD LITTER FREE.



Monday 4 April 2016

April News Letter


April Hillwalking Newsletter

SAINT PATRICKS DAY WALK TO SLIABH na mBan.
The Club made its annual trek up to Sliabh na mBan on Saint Patricks Day lead by Brian Wickham. All 33 walkers made it to the top with weather conditions very favourable. When we reached the top we sang a few verses of "Sliabh na mBan". We then made our way down to Kilcash Castle where we dined majestically on delicious fare, washed down with hot mugs of tea and coffee. After the picnic, we we retired to the local pub for further refreshments. Thanks to all those who brought along food.
Wicklow weekend walk schedule
Saturday
B+       Lugnaquillia Mountain (925m) via Glenmalur, Fraughan Rock Glen and
Art’s Lough.              15 Kms.          Height gain 770m.               Richard.

B-        Brockagh Mountain Via Laragh, and the Vale of Glendasan.
10kms                                    Height gain 400m                Tony
This walk can be lengthened or shortened accordingly

C walk           Glendalough.                       Around the Lakes.              Erich

Sunday
One walk for all levels.      The Spink.                 9Kms.             4 Hours.         Richard

Navigation course
We now have dates for our beginners guide to navigation. It will consist of two evenings at 8pm on Tuesday the 26th April and Wednesday 4th May, also two half days on the hill to be decided by the group. A booking deposit of €10 secures a place. See Pat Maloney.

If you’ve got a walk report or piece of news the club should know about, drop an email to Marie Jennings on bishopsnest33129@gmail.com
Dont forget to buy the local papers to get the news and walk reports of the DHWC

Food Festival Weekend                        April 16th / 17th

Wicklow Weekend                                April 22nd / 24th                          Walks start on Saturday at 10am

Cunnigar Crossing                               Sunday 5th June

Comeragh Crossing                             Saturday 2nd July         

Summer BBQ                                       Saturday 16th July

Austrian Holiday          Sunday 4th / Sunday 11th          Balance of €509 now Payable Please


Walks are usually 4 to 6 hours. C Walks are about 3 hours. Inclement weather is likely to extend the time of all walks. Hillwalking is an adventure sport and not devoid of an element of risk. To minimize risk, be prepared: waterproof boots, rucksack, waterproofs, a packed lunch, hot drink, warm hat, gloves etc.  Mountaineering Ireland (MI) recognizes that participants in Hillwalking should be aware of and accept any risk and be responsible for their own actions and involvement                                    REMEMBER NO BOOTS, NO WALK

Wednesday 2 March 2016

March News Letter

March Hillwalking Newsletter

Ballyhoura Day trip.
23 members headed for the brave new world of the Ballyhoura’s on Thursday the 25th. The walk was just over 10km with a mixture of forest track and open moorland, we only had one area of boggy ground up to the summit of Seefin but it was worth enduring for the splendid views as far away as Killarney and the Comeragh’s. Caher Castle hotel provided us with well earned refreshments and dinner on our return journey.
Mary’s contour cake went down a treat and proved she was paying attention last month.

St Patrick’s Day Walk.         Thursday March 17th.
Sliabh na mBan led by Brian Wickham. Departing from Park Hotel at 1300hrs and Supervalue Car Park in Carrick-On -Suir at 13.40hrs. Post walk, we will repair to the grounds of Kilcash Castle for picnic and then to Keoghs Pub for further refreshments and maybe a
" Sing Song". Don't forget to wear something green to celebrate our Patron Saint!!!

T Shirts
We are in the process of ordering some T shirts/Polo shirts with the club Logo.
Samples were at the club night and the quality is great, the retail price is estimated at €25
B Walks
Due to pressure of work Tony has had to retire from coordinating B walks.
Peter Mangan has kindly offered to cover the job until the AGM.
If you would like to be a B walk coordinator please contact Richard.

Navigation course
We now have dates for our beginners guide to navigation. It will consist of two evenings at 8pm on Tuesday the 26th April and Wednesday 4th May, also two half days on the hill to be decided by the group. A booking deposit of €10 secures a place. See Tony Fitzgerald.

Take care when out walking this time of year, it is exceptionally slippery and wet under foot at the moment and also with snow and high winds, it makes the easiest walk quite a bit harder.

If you’ve got a walk report or piece of news the club should know about, drop an email to Marie Jennings on bishopsnest33129@gmail.com


Wicklow weekend                              April 22nd / 24th

Food Festival Weekend                    April 16th / 17th

Cunnigar Crossing                           Sunday 5th June

Summer BBQ                                      Saturday 16th July

Walks are usually 4 to 6 hours. C Walks are about 3 hours. Inclement weather is likely to extend the time of all walks. Hillwalking is an adventure sport and not devoid of an element of risk. To minimize risk, be prepared: waterproof boots, rucksack, waterproofs, a packed lunch, hot drink, warm hat, gloves etc.  Mountaineering Ireland (MI) recognizes that participants in Hillwalking should be aware of and accept any risk and be responsible for their own actions and involvement                                    REMEMBER NO BOOTS, NO WALK


Thursday 18 February 2016

Ballyhoura Mountains Thursday 25th Feb

Thursday 25th February Day out to Ballyhoura Mountains.
Meeting at 10:00 outside the Park Hotel.
Travelling to Glenosheen approximately 1 hour 30 mins
Car pool fee of €10
Black Rock Loop is the main C Walk and 11km in length. The route is over minor roads, forest tracks and paths. Height gain is only 300m.
A 7km Alternative walk is available near by.
A 4km Nature walk is also available.

Stopping for Pub / Hotel dinner in Caher Castle Hotel on way back

Tuesday 9 February 2016

Walk Report

B Walk Report.                  17th January 2016.           Knockanaffrin Ridge.

One of the things about leading a walk is that you have to turn up at the TSB car park, regardless of any bad weather just in case someone turns up. Most Leaders have a sixth sense and can usually judge when there will be no takers for the days walk.
How wrong can you be, a low cloud base, drizzle with a fair breeze and rain forecast for later on in the day, 12 walkers arrived eager to do battle with the elements.
Starting from the Nire car park we headed north to the Glennanore horseshoe valley and slowly climbed to about 500metres contouring around the valley to maintain our height.
Visibility was getting worse as we approached Knocksheegowna at 678metres, but we managed to find a bit of shelter on the lee side and had a quick lunch break, it was good to see 3 other walkers also braving the weather.
The plan was now to turn southwards and follow the ridge to Knockanaffrin at 755metres, on to the gap and then return to the Nire. The weather now got wet, foggy and windy but we battled on to the view point above Coumduala where we cut down the Carrigeen ridge to the car park, shortening the walk to 12 kilometres.
The walk was quite demanding but we all made it safely off the mountain and into Doocey’s bar for refreshments and a warm around the stove, well done to all.
I think it does us all good to endure bad weather every now and then to test ourselves, our equipment, and to remind us how harsh the mountain environment can be, and not to take any chances.
Safe walking

Richard

February News letter


Thanks

Before I begin, I would like to thank Derbhile Graham who very kindly took over the role of PRO while I was away for a few weeks over Christmas and New Year. She did an excellent job. Well done Derbhile.

Ballyhoura Day trip.

We intend to have a day out to the Ballyhoura mountains on Thursday 25th February.
Starting at 10:00 from the Park hotel, we shall car share to the venue and choose from 2 different length walks. And we can stop for some dinner on the way back in Cahir.

Wicklow

Money is now due for our Wicklow trip, please arrange payment of €130 via Richard, Erich or Ann.

Austria
  • We shall arrange for a coach to and from Dublin Airport
  • We can also take money for the Austrian trip.
  • Insurance is available from Topflight if required, more details later.


Take care when out walking this time of year, it is exceptionally slippery and wet under foot at the moment and also with high winds, it makes the easiest walk quite a bit harder.


If you’ve got a walk report or piece of news the club should know about, drop an email to Marie Jennings on bishopsnest33129@gmail.com


Comeragh Crossing


This year’s crossing is on Saturday 2nd July. It will soon be time to give some thought to the design of the event. Any ideas welcome.

Chairperson.                                           Richard Dykes.                                         086 241 1287
Secretary.                                                Ann Mangan.                                          087 765 7794
Membership Secretary                          Mary Murphy.                                               058 41770
Public Relations                                     Marie Jennings             bishopsnest33129@gmail.com

Tuesday 5 January 2016

Ardmore Walk 2015 Pictures

Ardmore Walk 2015


Walkers ready for the off


Just quietly passing the Cliff House Hotel
In the Sunshine
On the Cliffs
Pictures courtesy of Patricia Hurley