Happy Hiking - Hill Skills Day - 3rd September  - Galway

Happy Hiking - Hill Skills Day - 3rd September - Galway

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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.

This hill skills day will be based from Tully Mountain

Distance: 10 km | Ascent: 428m

Route Description:

From Derryinver quay, we will walk along the road towards Tully mountain. We will then start the ascent up the South Eastern shoulder, which will bring us to the cairn at the summit. This is a good place for a short break, taking time to admire the view.

We will continue South West along the broad summit ridge for another 1 km or so. The summit ridge consists of small corrie lakes , tiny valleys and rocks. We will continue further North West to the next summit where we will begin our descent from this point to the end of the small road at Leitir Beg (Leitir Beag). Once we reach the road, we will walk along it back to the to the start of the walk.

This is a relatively easy walk and a rewarding one with stunningly beautiful views. The summit offers views onto the islands of Inish Bofin and Inish Turk to the west and north west, and the Ben Choona mountain range to the south.

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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