Club leaders recently participated in a very informative and enjoyable workshop in the Nire valley, Comeraghs. The morning was an Environmental session, covering geology, flora, archaeology and human impact on the environment. This was led by Matt Joy and Mike Maunsell. The afternoon, led by Colin Gibbon, encouraged leaders to look at practical and common sense ways of general leadership of groups on the hills but also on how to deal with emergencies in remote areas. It is hoped that the Environmental section could be run for interested club members at some time in the future.
There was a large turnout for the Club’s annual introductory walk where anyone interested in trying out hillwalking is afforded an opportunity to hillwalk with experienced club leaders but strictly within the individual’s capacity; such a day allows for a taste of what’s involved in the sport and Sunday last provided a number of regular features of the outdoors in Ireland : rain and wind ! The rain stopped but the wind increased as the group went up towards Mt Leinster.
Anyone interested in joining the club who did not make it last Sunday and has the requisite fitness to walk for four to five hours on untracked mountainside with around 700m of ascent would be very welcome to join one of the Club’s Sunday walks ; please send an email to email@example.com to learn details of the next suitable walk