Happy Hiking - Hill Skills Day - 24th September  - Mayo

Happy Hiking - Hill Skills Day - 24th September - Mayo

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An Cnoc Mór, Achill Island



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Learn basic navigation skills and key safety tips to help you stay safe on the hills!

About this event

Mountaineering Ireland are delighted to announce their Happy Hiking Programme. This is a great opportunity for anyone new to the hills or those who want to learn navigation to join a qualified instructor for a full days training and gain useful information and skills that will help keep you safe on the hills.

There will be up to 40 skills days in 17 locations to choose from. Full details are available when registering.

These hill skill days are subsidised by Mountaineering Ireland - Entry fee for each skill day is only €10. Adult Only - Members and Non-Members welcome.

An Cnoc Mór, Achill Island: Distance 10km | Ascent 340mRoute Description: We begin this walk on a bog track, walking North West along the river and into the amphitheatre of An Cnoc Mór. We will turn North East and make our ascent on to the hills, there are plenty of topographical features here that will enable us to practice our map reading skills and navigational techniques. From here we will head North and West and continue our ascent to the summit of An Cnoc Mór. We will take time here to enjoy the views, before making our descent , South and then East, back to the start of the hike..All routes are subject to change on the day at the discretion of the Leader.

Throughout the day you will learn about movement skills, basic navigation, map reading, equipment and safety considerations.

What gear do I need

Wear comfortable clothing like - leggings, tracksuit bottoms, breathable T-Shirt and fleece & an extra warm layer. Be ready for the rain and pack a rain jacket and rain trousers. A hat and gloves to keep you safe from the wind. Wear good sturdy walking shoes or hillwalking boots with woolly or synthetic socks. Have a backpack with water (minimum 1.5 litres, sandwiches and snacks, coffee, or tea. There is nothing more rewarding than a nice cup of coffee or tea drunk on top of the mountain. Don’t forget to bring first aid kit with plaster and bandages, personal medicine, inhaler, epipen etc.

In Addition: you can bring an OSI, Harvey or East West map of your local area and a compass if you have one. Bring a whistle but, hopefully, you won’t get lost. Maps and compasses might be supplied by the instructor. Have your phone fully charged.


Disclaimer: Mountaineering Ireland recognises that climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

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