Archive | November 2016

Introduction to Navigation

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Fab day on the Wicklow hills with this incredibly enthusiastic group. Conditions were ideal for realising how important it is to have a sound understanding of feature recognition and mapwork. Mist, low cloud and poor visibility never phased this concentrated group of navigators!


1996 – 2016, 20th celebrations.

First Committee members 1996 Mick Wall, Connall O'Brien and Kevin Cronin

First Committee members 1996
Mick Wall, Connall O’Brien and Kevin Cronin

Club members from the early years, many still current members.

Club members from the early years, many still current members.

Speakers on the night, including Helen Lawless, Mt Ireland, 2nd from right.

Speakers on the night, including Helen Lawless, Mt Ireland, 2nd from right.











The gathering of club members, past and present, on Saturday night at Whitford House Hotel was buzzing with chat, memories, catching up with old friends and making a few new ones.
It was great to have Helen Lawless, Mt Ireland Access and Conservation Officer, at the event and she had very kind words to say about the club over its 20 yrs existence.
A huge thanks to Mountain Warehouse, Westgate Design and Altitude (Waterford) who provided much appreciated sponsorship on the night.

More views from snow covered Mt Leinster 20th November


Above the clouds ; all photos by L. Sinnott

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20th Anniversary Weekend


A light dusting of snow and bright sunshine casts Mt. Leinster into sharp focus


After a very enjoyable and well attended 20th anniversary get together with members past and present, the weekend was rounded off with a 2 boot and 3 boot walk in the Blackstairs. Both groups started together from Raheenkyle with an ascent of Slievebawn and then down to the Nine Stones, followed by a climb up the Black Banks to the mast on Mount Leinster where the group were rewarded with marvelous views of snowcapped mountains in the distance due to the extraordinarily clear and calm conditions enjoyed. After a lunch in the sunshine the two groups split with the 2 boot conturing around to finish with a walk out through the forest at Raheenkyle. Meanwhile the 3 boot went on the “Stony Top” and down into the Mountain River in a vain search for the “rock art” marked on East West Map of the area!

Introduction to Navigation

Doing the calculations!

Doing the calculations!

Useful 'textbook' for navigation.

Useful ‘textbook’ for navigation.






The club’s annual 4 part introductory course to map reading and navigation will begin next Tuesday evening, Nov 22nd, at the Maldron Hotel, 7.30 – 9.00. The dates for the rest of the course are on the current club schedule. This is a terrific opportunity for members to be more familiar with mountain areas that are often visited on club walks and a chance to build skills to plan your own walks.
If planning to attend please text Colette for more details.
Non-members are welcome to join the club on the night but should contact the club Sec beforehand via e mail.



 Invites you to the club’s 20TH BIRTHDAY  CELEBRATION


Looking forward to seeing you on Nov 19th.

RSVP, by November 15th., to

or to the event set up on the club Face Book page.

Finger food will be served.

This will be an informal evening of  chat, memories and a synopsis of club history.

Photos from the different stages of the club will be on view. If you have any that you would like to share please bring them along on the night. You could also e mail them in advance to John McCormack at

The club walk on Sun 20th will be in the Blackstairs and hopefully you might join us.

A big effort is being made to contact as many former members of the club as possible.

It is inevitable that someone will be ommitted.