More about our Hiking Club
We are a mainly Dublin-based club although we have members from all corners of the country (and all over the world). We do most of our walking in the Wicklow/Dublin area.
Each Sunday we have four hikes, a Short Hike of 14 – 16km, an Intermediate Hike which is usually 15 – 19km, and a Long Hike, usually 19km-plus and geared towards those who like a tougher day in the mountains and which requires a high level of fitness. We also have an Intermediate Plus Hike, which is intended to be the same as the Long Hike, but done at a more moderate pace.
Each hike has a member of the club acting as leader. Without leaders we have no hikes and no club, so you will see a lot of emphasis on encouraging people to lead (and we support people to do so).
New hikers are expected to do the Short Hike initially, unless they have good hillwalking experience and have been advised to try a longer hike.
During the course of the year, we may also visit other mountain ranges, such as the Galtys, Blackstairs, Maumturks, Mournes, Reeks. These are usually during weekend-away trips on Bank Holidays and during the summer.
Purchasing outdoor clothing and equipment can be bewildering to even the most experienced hiker. If you are just starting out, get advice from other members – it’s one of their favourite topics of conversation and they will be only too willing to advise you. We understand that when you are starting out in hillwalking your gear may not be the best, but over time you’ll be expected to upgrade (which you’ll probably do anyway for your own comfort).
More often than not, we leave the tracks and trails behind and trek over rough terrain. When you join the club, there is essential hiking equipment that you are expected to carry. Because Irish mountains often experience cold and wet weather, even small incidents such as a twisted ankle can quickly lead to hypothermia – so it is important to carry enough kit to keep yourself warm and dry whatever might happen.