1. What gear should I bring on a hillwalk?
The following is a list of essential gear:
- Good walking boots
- Waterproof jacket and trousers (no denim jeans; very uncomfortable in wet conditions)
- Enough food and drink for the day (we always have lunch in the hills)
- Gloves and Hat
These further items are recommended:
- Bivi bag (survival bag)
- Small torch (for emergencies)
- Extra clothing layers
- Walking stick
- Walk Leaders should always be equipped with:
- Map, compass, whistle and torch
- Personal First Aid Kit
Weather: You should be aware of the rapidly changeable weather conditions in the Kerry mountains. Remember, the higher you go in the hills, the lower the temperature: a one degree Celsius drop for each 100 meters of ascent. The wind is stronger up there, and there is more rainfall and a far greater risk of mist, cloud and fog. Weather conditions can change in minutes and you need to have adequate gear to cope with this.
2. How do I join the Dingle Hillwalking Club?
You are welcome to join us for up to three (3) walks as a guest. For further walks, you are required to become a member. Membership is €35 per season, October through September. The Club fee includes membership of the MI (Mountaineering Ireland). The MI provides a group insurance scheme and a quarterly publication, the Mountain Log .
You can find the Club membership application form on our Join page.
3. When and where does the Club walk?
We have scheduled walks every fortnight. Click here for our schedule . Most of these walks meet outside Garvey’s Supervalue in Dingle at 10am. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.
Also, several members walk on off-schedule Sundays. These walks also start at Garvey’s Supermarket at 10am. The choice, duration and grade of these unscheduled walks usually depends on weather conditions. Feel free to join us for these walks as well.
Most of our walks are in the West Kerry mountains, from the Slieve Mish to Mt. Eagle. We also on occasion walk in the Killarney area. This offers a huge abundance of choice, breath-taking scenery and wide variety of walks. Mt. Brandon alone offers an amazing array of approaches.
4. What is the grading for the walks?
You will see on our Walks Schedule that we provide a grading of Easy, Moderate, Strenuous and Very Strenuous, and we estimate the duration of the walk and provide maximum height.
- Easy: Usually a lower level; can be over rough ground and ascent up to 250 meters.
- Moderate: May involve ascents of up to 525 meters, usually from 3 to 4.5 hours.
- Strenuous: Requires a reasonable degree of fitness; climbs up to 952 meters, from 4 to 5.5 hours. May involve some scrambling.
- Very Strenuous: Requires a higher level of fitness and a head for heights. May involve scrambling and/or narrow ridges. Can be as long as 7.5 hours.
5. Any other information I should I know?
- Each outing is led by a walk leader. Please always abide by his or her decisions. Always stay with the group.
- In consideration of good relations with local farmers, absolutely no dogs.
- You should be aware that hillwalking and climbing are activities that present some risk of personal injury. You join in club outings at your own risk.