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Hike Programme

JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2018

MEET:          Corner of Burgh Quay and Hawkins St
DEPART:     Sundays at 10.00 am (unless stated otherwise)
BUS:            Private bus (unless stated otherwise)
COST:          €15 (unless stated otherwise)

2nd pick-up point: On the outward journey, the bus will stop briefly to collect walkers at the pick-up point. Should the bus be full on departure from Burgh Quay, this facility cannot be offered. 

2nd drop-off point: On the return journey, where indicated, the bus will stop near the outward pick-up point to drop off any hikers. We regret this is not possible on all hikes.

If you wish to avail of the 2nd pick-up point, it advisable to contact the hike leader or someone else who will definitely be on the hike, to let them know.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To avoid possible embarrassment please ensure you have your current club membership card with you on all club hikes - no card - no hike



Sunday 14th January 2018 

Leader: Philip Hayden 

Please bring a head torch on this and all winter and early spring hikes
 
Transport: Dublin Bus - Bus No 44 departing from Townsend St at 10.00 sharp. Hikers are advised to arrive at the bus stop by 09.45. Returning using Dublin Bus No 44 from Kilgobbin Road

Route: Enniskerry * Knocksink Woods * Ballybrew * Ballynabrockey Wood * Boranaraltry * Fairy Castle * Three Rock * Fernhill Tunnel * Kilgobbin Road

Distance: 16 km 
Ascent: 610 m  
Map: OS 56, East West Mapping (Dublin and North Wicklow Mountains)


Sunday 21st January 2018

Leader: Tom Kenny

Please bring a head torch on this and all winter and early spring hikes
 
2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Bus stop at Loughlinstown roundabout

Route: Glendalough visitor centre, Derrybawn, Mullacor, Lugduff, Bridge, @ T076 963, Miners track, Glendalough visitor centre

Distance: 17 km 
Ascent: 530 m  
Map: OS56 & EastWest Mapping (Lugnaquilla & Glendalough), Harveys


Sunday 28th January 2018

Leader: Gerry Walsh 

Please bring a head torch on this and all winter and early spring hikes
 
2nd pick-up point: beyond the Maldron Hotel on the N81 Tallaght bypass
**Different Return**

Route: Glenasmole Reservoir - Kilakee - Cruagh - Tibradden - Fairy Castle - Three Rock - Lamb Doyle's

Distance: 17 km 
Ascent: 780 m  
Map: OSI 50 & 56, East West Mapping (Dublin and North Wicklow Mountains)


Sunday 4th February 2018

**Newcomers Hard Hike**

Leader: Ruaidhri O’Connor

Please bring a head torch on this and all winter and early spring hikes
 
2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: beyond the Maldron Hotel on the N81 Tallaght bypass

Route: Donard Forest* Sugar Loaf * Lobawn * Corriebracks * Church Mountain * Drumreagh * St Kevin's Way * Hollywood Village

Distance: 19 km 
Ascent: 740 m  
Map: OSI 56 & East West Mapping (Wicklow Mountains West)


Sunday 11th February 2018

Leader: Garry Byrne

Please bring a head torch on this and all winter and early spring hikes
 
2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Bus stop at Loughlinstown roundabout

Route: Glendalough * Green Road * Ragman’s Path * Shay Elliott * Kirrikee * Vale of Clara * Avonmore Way * Laragh

Distance: 19 km 
Ascent: 460 m  
Map: OSI 56, Harvey, East West Mapping (Lugnaquilla & Glendalough), Harveys


Sunday 18th February 2018

Leader: Tom Hennessy

Please bring a head torch on this and all winter and early spring hikes
 
2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Bus stop at Loughlinstown roundabout

Route: Laragh - Derrybawn - Mullacor - Wicklow Way - Drumgoff

Distance: 16 km 
Ascent: 650 m  
Map: OS56 & EastWest Mapping ( Lugnaquilla & Glendalough ), Harveys




General Hike Notes

PARTICIPATION Mountaineering is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks. People who take part in our club activities do so at their own risk and are responsible for their own actions and involvement.

CO-ORDINATION
 If necessary, tickets are given out on Sundays to ensure that participants reserve a bus place as they arrive.

LEADER
 The leader has the right to refuse anyone who is not adequately equipped (e.g., without appropriate boots, rainwear, food, torch, hat, gloves, etc). The leader may alter the route from that described in the program. The leader sets the pace of the hike and walkers are expected to obey the leader’s instructions at all times.

EQUIPMENT
 It is essential to bring good rain gear (both jacket and over-trousers) and to leave cotton t-shirts and jeans at home! Boots must be sturdy with proper ankle support and a rigid non-slip sole such as Vibram.

WALKING STICKS AND RUCKSACKS
 Remember that walking sticks and rucksacks cannot be brought onto the bus and must be stowed away in the boot during the journey.

Hiking in Winter - While the hike leaders try to ensure that hikes finish in good time, there will be days when unavoidable delays occur. As the days grow shorter it is important that we prepare for evenings when we may finish our hikes in poor light or even darkness. So, along with your normal winter hiking gear, please bring a suitable head or hand held torch with you on the hikes.


Introductory Hard Hike
The Hillwalkers Club offers an Introductory Hike, usually on one Sunday per month. Guests are welcome to join us on this hike, as long as you provide your name, address and contact details for our records, which will be taken on the day of the hike. There is no need to book a place in advance, just turn up on the relevant Sunday morning. You are allowed only one hike with the club after that you must join the club if you want to continue hiking with us.

Even though the name of these hikes is ‘Introductory Hike’, they should not be considered to be an introduction to hiking, but rather as an introduction to the Hillwalkers Club and its hillwalking activities. Therefore, participants need to have a good level of personal fitness and ideally have some prior experience of hillwalking. All intending participants should be aware that hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or even death. By walking with the club, they are aware of and shall accept these risks. Moreover, they acknowledge that they wish to participate in club activities in a voluntary capacity and that they shall be responsible for their own actions and involvement. An assessment of their personal health in their ability to hike is the responsibility of the guest. Please note as a guest of the club, they do not enjoy personal accident insurance, which is otherwise offered to club members through Mountaineering Ireland. Further details are available from Mountaineering Ireland:

(www.mountaineering.ie/membersandclubs/Insurance/default.aspx)


For further enquiries contact 086 356 3843


2018 Hillwalkers Club