2018 Walking Season

Next Up - Coumshingaun Loop Sun Dec 17th. 8 km and 4 hrs approx - grade B+ .

Christmas Night Out
 An enjoyable night on Saturday 9th last. Nice to be able to catch up a little and welcome back a few of our infrequent walkers! Thanks to Emily for her usual thorough organizing of the gathering.

View towards Scafell Massif from Three Tarns
Lake District Trip
The following are the agreed club arrangements for our overseas trip to the Lake District this summer. We travel from Cork to Liverpool on Ryanair Flight 9896 on Thursday June 28th at 15.35. We arrive in Liverpool about an hour later and the club will hopefully arrange coach transfer onward to Ambleside near Lake Windermere. We return from Liverpool to Cork on Ryanair Flight 9895 on Monday July 2nd at 15.15. Members are asked to book their flights fairly soon if they intend going on the trip. Please book your own accommodation in Ambleside as well, and the sooner the better, as the Lake District gets quite busy in summer. Ambleside is a small town with a range of small hotel and mostly bed and breakfast/guesthouse accommodation. Very popular in summer so early booking is advisable especially if you want to get somewhere close to the centre. Please let Emily or Mick know if you have booked by Sunday January 14th.

Gang at Stockley Bridge on way to Scafell Pike June 2012

Spring Weekend Trip
At the AGM in late November it was decided to return to Killarney for our spring weekend away. The dates are from Friday April 13th to Sunday April 15th. Members, please book your own accommodation. Hope to do a linear walk (Grade A - 7 hours) on Saturday - the Caher Ridge to Carrauntohil and descend by Heavenly Gates (weather permitting). Will arrange a second walk on Saturday if there is a demand. Will do a short 3 hour approx walk (B-) on Sunday.

Christmas time is usually a busy time for the club, what with our AGM, Night Out and of course the walking. This year our Christmas Walk is to Crotty`s Lake on Wednesday Dec 27th. We meet in Rathgormack at the later time of 12.00 and head back to Maudie Kennedy`s afterwards for refreshments. Please come along if you can. Then, on Sunday January 7th we have our Mulled Wine Walk. We meet in Rathgormack at the usual time of 10.00 and go back to Naomi`s afterwards. In the meantime we have a few other walks in December starting with a B walk of 11 km and 4.5 hours approx to Lough Coumduala and  Knockanaffrin on Sunday December 3rd, meeting in Rathgormack at 10.00 (and at Glenpatrick Cross at 10.15 for Clonmel walkers).

New Members
New members are welcomePlease contact Emily (club chair) at 086-6784094 or Mick (club walks` coordinator) at  087-2927077. Club rules allow 2 walks with the club before making a commitment to joining. Suggest intending members start with a couple of easy/short walks to acclimatize. Club rules and guidelines are posted on the site.

Grading of Walks
Grading walks can be very subjective. For our club purposes they are:
Grade A: 5-7 hours – to the plateaux and ridges. Strenuous. May be some scrambling.
Grade B: 3-5 hours – to the coums and lower hills. Rarely above 600 metres.
Grade C: 1-3 hours – on forest paths and back roads. Rarely over 10 km long.

Meeting Points and Times
All walks will start at approx 10.30. Meeting time is usually 10.00. Car pooling is encouraged for environmental reasons. If we meet for car pooling we will allow for travelling time. Most walks will be looped/horseshoe walks. Posted on the site using this formula: Date/Grade/Area/Meeting Point and Time and Leader.

Walk Changes due to weather etc.
Check with the designated leader  - Mick 0872927077 or Irene 0872359598 or Rens 0860473150 or John 0863398759 or Vernon 0863059830.

Ramblers` Walking Schedule 2017-18

Date              Grade     Mt Range       Meeting Point       Leader

Sun Dec 17th    B     Comeraghs                Rathgorm 10.00     Irene
Sun Dec 24th    Free - No Walk
Wed Dec 27th   B-   Christmas Walk - Crotty`s - Rathg 12.00    Mick

Sun Jan 7th       B      Mulled Wine              Rathgorm 10.00     Vernon
Sun Jan 14th     C     To be announced     
Sun Jan 21st     A      Knockanaffrin Ridge   Rathgorm 10.00     John
Sun Jan 28th   Free - No Walk

Sun Feb 4th      B      Comeraghs               Rathgorm 10.00      Rens
Sun Feb 11th   C      To be announced
Sun Feb 18th   B      Slievenamon             Green Sch 10.00      Irene
Sun Feb 25th   B     Knockmealdowns      Venue later 10.00     Vernon
Rathgormack Ramblers
Rathgormack is a small village situated in County Waterford in the foothills of the Comeraghs about 10 kilometres south-west of Carrick-on-Suir on the R678. Rathgormack Ramblers Hill Walking Club was founded in 2008. The club provides it`s members with an opportunity to partake in rambling and hill walking, mainly in the Comeraghs and Knockmealdowns. The club particularly urges it`s members to be aware of the need for safety on the hills and of the need to respect the communities and environments of the mountains.
We are a small club with a membership of about 40. We are affiliated to the Mountaineering Council of Ireland. All our members are insured both for personal accident and personal liability insurance. The personal accident cover is limited to very serious injuries and members should have their own more comprehensive cover.
Rules/Guidelines for club members of
Rathgormack Ramblers

1 Introduction
Rathgormack Ramblers Hill Walking Club is totally committed to the safety of its members and
considers it good practice to operate in accordance with the following guidelines.

2 Club Activities
(A) Club activities are recognised as being those which:
Are published at a club meeting.
Are published on the club website.
Are funded by the club.
Require group transport through the club.
(B) Organisers of Club Activities are bound by the conditions of the Club`s Constitution and Rules.

3 MCI Warning
(A) The Mountaineering Council of Ireland recognises that mountaineering and climbing are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants should be aware of and accept this and be responsible for their own actions.
(B) Each club member is insured under the same insurance as all MCI affiliated clubs. If you require further information please contact the MCI.

4 Grades of Walks
Grading walks can be very subjective. For the purpose of our club walks:
Grade A Walks: 5-6 hours duration and over 12 km in length. Will reach 700 metres in elevation and traverse ridges and mountain tops and may involve some scrambling. A good level of fitness required.
Grade B Walks: 3-4 hours duration and 8-12 km long. Usually on lower hills or to the mountain lakes, rarely reaching over 500 metres. A reasonable level of fitness needed.
Grade C Walks: 1-3 hours duration and less than 10 km long. Usually on forest tracks,minor roads or along river banks with the odd moderate climb.

5 Club Rules/Guidelines
Car pooling is advised.
Respect private property and observe the Country Code.
Park carefully and don`t obstruct laneways, gates, traffic etc.
Members are responsible for their own actions.
Members are advised to select a walk that matches their fitness level.
If you are on medication or suffering from any condition that might affect you on the walk, you must inform the walk leader before the walk starts.
Walkers should bring with them the following essential items:
strong walking boots with good ankle support; gaiters; a hooded waterproof coat with waterproof trousers; plenty warm clothing including gloves and a hat (don`t wear jeans); sufficient liquids and food.
Walkers should consider the following recommended items:
relevant map; compass; whistle; watch; torch; first aid kit; some form of personal I.D. and the name of someone who can be contacted in the event of an accident.
All members must comply with club rules.
All members must sign walk registration form prior to each walk.
All members must follow instructions of leader at all times.
For everyone`s safety the group should stay together for the duration of the walk. A group should travel no faster than the speed of its slowest member.
Accidents should be reported to the leader immediately.
The leader has the right to refuse anyone not adequately equipped.
The leader may extend, curtail or alter the route. He/she sets the pace and walkers are expected to follow at this pace.
If you go ahead of the leader you are no longer considered to be part of the group and you are responsible for your actions and for those who follow you.
Inform the leader if you are feeling tired or if the pace is too fast for you.
Inform the leader if you wish to stop for whatever reason.
Prospective members may participate as guests on two walks.
By signing the Walk Registration Sheet at the beginning of each walk, participants-both members and visitors-agree to abide by these rules.
The Committee of Rathgormack Hill Walking Club asserts that no walk leader can be held responsible for the welfare of individuals who ignore these rules.
Week-Ends Away: Only members and their families and friends may take part in our club weekends away.

6 Insurance
As a members of Mountaineering Ireland all members of Rathgormack Ramblers have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance in Ireland and Britain and within the European Union. This gives protection to members from being sued for negligence.
Members also have some Personal Accident Insurance - 75.000 euro to cover permanent loss of a limb or an eye, permanent loss of hearing in one ear, permanent loss of speech, permanent and total disablement from employment.
However, members do not have accident and emergency cover under our MI Insurance. We are advised to get this insurance if travelling on a walking holiday. The MI does organise a Travel and Activity Insurance through the British Mountaineering Council. At the very least members should carry their European Health Insurance Card with them on holiday within the E.U. This entitles you to free emergency and medical care in any public hospital in the E.U.