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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

The trip to Spike 2016

Cancelled due to bad weather & health & safety concerns on Spike

The group trip to Spike Island is scheduled for Sat 24th / Sun 25th Sept.
Weather forecast as of Tue. 20/Sept. looks very poor for Sat.

Sat 09:45
meet at Kennedy Pier, Cobh for transport to Spike by Ferry
Bring: packed lunch & rain gear
Sat 18:45
Parents collect from ferry in Cobh

Sat 09:45
meet at Kennedy Pier, Cobh for transport to Spike by Ferry
Bring: packed lunch & rain gear & sleeping bag + mat
Sun. 12:00
Parents collect from ferry in Cobh

Scouts & Ventures
Sat. 07:30
Drop personal gear (make it compact!) to Aghada Pier
Set sail from Tennis club
Bring: packed lunch, change of clothes, rain gear & sleeping bag + mat
Sun. 13:00
Parents collect from Aghada Tennis club

Relay for Life 2016

Unfortunately we have not been able to get sufficient numbers for the Relay For Life event and I am withdrawing our team. For those who did express an interest, thank you and apologies for not being able to take part.

Aghada Sea scouts are once again proud to participate in:
The Irish Cancer Society Relay for Life
CBS Secondary School, Midleton
17th – 18th September 2016.

Ventures, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and leaders will relay walk for 24 hours to raise funds for this worthy cause.

Come along to support us, walk a little.

If you can, please feel free to donate at the following:

Or if you prefer plain old sponsorship cards I can give you these too, just text/email and I’ll get one to you / 0876344340.

As before we are dividing the relay into time slots. We have leaders signed up for each slot but we need more ventures, scouts, cubs & beavers to do some walking & fundraising:

Team members registration forms can be found at:
RFL_ team_members_registration_form_2016
Please complete & email / give to me: