Galtees Hike Nov. 2016

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When: Sun. Nov 27th

Where:  Kings Yard, Knocknagalty, Kilbehenny, Co. Limerick
Google Maps: Kings Yard
GPS co-ords: 52.3317768,-8.1846534

  • Meet there 10:00am (it’s ~1hr from Aghada)
  • Pickup: 16:30 at Kings Yard.
  • Uniforms not required but neckerchief MUST be worn
  • Galtees are currently covered in snow
    – Be prepared, see gear list below.

Directions: Aghada to Kings Yard

  • Aghada
  • Get on M8 from R630 and N25 24 min (27.0 km)
  • Follow M8 to N73. Take exit 12 from M8 27 min (47.8 km)
  • Take R639 to your destination in Limerick 14 min (7.2 km)
  • Kings Yard, Kilbehenny, Co. Limerick

What to wear:

1)   Light leggings or walking trousers
Note: Jeans and cotton type tracksuit bottoms are not suited to a hike as they soak in water becoming very heavy, difficult to move in and keep the wearer cold which is dangerous. They also take ages to dry. Walking trousers have a certain amount of water resistance and are quick drying.

2)   Layer up with 2 light tops – breathable base layers are best – again no cotton because once it gets wet it stays wet. (You should have a warmer layer in the bag)
Start the walk feeling a little cool – you will soon warm up!

3)   Boot socks (these are thicker than normal socks and offer better protection against blisters)

4)   Good walking boots (not wellies or runners)
Bear in mind that we are walking mostly in the mountains and much of the time on boggy rough ground or through heather so you must have appropriate hiking boots. A twisted ankle can ruin the day for the whole group.

Must Haves:

1)      Backpack (the type that is worn on both shoulders)
2)      Rain gear (waterproof pants and jacket)
3)      Warm light fleece
4)      Pair of gloves and a warm hat (good idea to have spares)
5)      Blister plasters and spare socks
6)      Sun cream and sun hat (if needed)
7)      Any personal medication
8)      Lunch (a sandwich and something else, bar of chocolate, fruit, nuts). A warm drink is important in winter. Include some emergency rations in case the day takes longer than expected.
9)      1 to 2 litres of water (at least 2lts of water will be needed for a 6hrs day in summer)

Other stuff that might make your day more enjoyable.

1)      Bag liner (if your backpack does not have a waterproof outer bag, this is important for any spare clothes)
2)      Gaiters (if the walk is likely to be boggy / mucky)
3)      Emergency rations
4)      Walking poles
5)      Camera
6)      A change of clothes and shoes back in the car

Safety Gear
7)      Whistle
8)      Basic first aid kit (group has one but good habit for scouts to have their own)
9)      Head torch & battery
10)    Survival bag