Walk Grading

Explanation of terms

Cumulative ascent = add all the uphill pieces together

Height exposure = walking in narrow places with sheer drops

Scrambling = places where you will need to use your hands to climb, it’s somewhere between hiking and rock climbing and usually involves height exposure

E (Easy) Walks over hills and moorland ascending to a maximum of 500m, Relatively short distances at a gentle pace, usually 3 - 4 hours, a moderate level of fitness is required. Example - Torc

M (Moderate) Cumulative ascent of 700m or more, 10 to 15km long on uphill ground with little height exposure. Moderate pace. A fairly good level of fitness is required. Example - Purple Mountain

H (Hard) Cumulative ascent of  1000 m or more. 10 to 15km long on steep ground.  Faster pace with some height exposure and the possibility of scrambling. A good level of fitness is required and it’s not suitable for novices. Example- Carrauntoohil via The Devils Ladder

VH (Very Hard) Cumulative ascent of 1000m or more, 10 to 20km long on very steep ground, fast pace and often height exposure and scrambling. A high level of fitness is required and it’s not suitable for novices. Example -The Reeks Walk.

 Information & Guidelines

  • All walks meet at Killorglin National School (Eircom car park) at 9a.m. unless otherwise noted. Walks are for LMC members but anyone is welcome to try out 3 walks before joining, please contact the leader before coming along. If a club member wishes to bring a friend on a walk they must contact the leader in advance.Members from other MCI clubs are always welcome to join us on our walks . Please note that hill walking, scrambling and climbing are activities that can be dangerous and may result in personal injury or death. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. Please understand  that members of the Laune Mountaineering Club committee or designated walk leaders shall not be responsible for any loss or injury to any person and/or their property when involved in club activities.
  • Children are allowed to go on walks provided that they are of suitable age and stamina, and must be accompanied by, and supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
  • Dogs are not allowed on club walks
  • People must wear suitable boots and clothes when coming on walks                                                                                                            A minimum requirement for walking with the club is proper boots (check http://sectionhiker.com/hiking-boot-lacing-techniques and http://www.theoreticalken.com/2008/06/29/how-i-tie-my-shoelaces on how to tie your boots). You will also need rain gear and hiking socks and it is advisable to have breathable leggings, fleeces and tops. Bring a packed lunch and plenty of fluids( a hot drink is nice in cold weather). If you’re breaking in new boots it’s advisable to bring Compeed (available from pharmacies). If the sun is shining bring a hat and suncream and if it’s cold bring a warm hat and gloves.

 Calendar for Sept  '17 to Dec '17 (PDF below)