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jackill
2010-04-09 11:02:26
Walking in groups
Conor74, I am by no means an expert (I usually walk on my own)and perhaps others who are members of clubs can add their opinions. I have however led walking groups (indeed last year Bleck Cra and I led a MV/WAI scavenger walk up O,Sheas and down the gates.)
Be conscious of insurance, make it clear to them that it is at their own risk etc., check your MCI membership is up to date as the insurance they provide covers for Civil liability .
Set a leader who knows the route and can navigate/set a good steady pace, set a sweeper (also who is capable of leading) to walk at the back of the group .Make sure everyone has the mobile numbers of these people/the walk organiser. Make it clear to the group that the leaders decision is final and get everyones acceptance before you start.
Set your meeting place away from the mountain, in Killarney the Lidl carpark is easy to find, coming from Cork go around the ring road and through the roundabout and its on your right.
Meet there and count your numbers, allow 30-45 mins for people to arrive, carshare then if possible to the Lisleibane carpark.
Set a pace of around 4kms/hr on flat/easy gradients, 2/2.5 kms/ hr on steeper slopes.
Try to minimise stops and know where you should roughly be at various times during the day(eg top Devils ladder, Summit, top of Zig-Zags)
Try to chat with everyone in the group at some point and know little bits of information about places of interest/summit names/the route, remember some will be completely out of their depth (not just physically) and will be counting on you for information/encouragement.
Be very aware of those who may be fatigued adjust the pace to suit them if you can as soon as you spot their difficulty.
The sweeper should watch out for inexperianced people making sure they don't wander of the route/track , or get left behind or generally don't do anything stupid.
I need not tell you about having the right gear.

Above all else though try to have a laugh and a pint afterwards!
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Forum: Suggestions
Addition of "All Irish features" list etc
simon3 16 hours ago.
A new list and total has been added which shows All Irish features visited. So if you mark as visited any summit, coastal summit, coastal feature, island feature then this total will go up. You ca...

  
Summit Comment
Corraduff Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Corraduff Hill as seen from the Benwee Loop Walk.

  
Track
Bencorrbeg - Binn an Choire and Binn Dubh
marzka 2 days ago.
Very nice walk with a bit of scrambling.And this GPS track involve that mentioned part of scrambling - but if you want... walk, Len: 10.4km, Climb: 944m, Area: Bencorrbeg, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Benco

Summit Comment
Benwee NE Head: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
It is easy to reach the area i took the photo from just a slight detour off the Benwee Loop Walk F8220244947 it is the next bit that the problem arises. Definitely an Ian Miller summit.

  
Summit Comment
Illanmaster: Watching Over.
sandman 2 days ago.
This hill watches over Illanmaster Island and although its summit is nothing of note its cliffs are fantastic. As described previously this can be part of a coastal walk or for direct accent park ...

  
Track
Teermoyle and Been Hill
marzka 2 days ago.
Very nice walk with goregous views.Dificulty: Medium- a bit wet terrain, mostly grassy- some small part of walk on th... walk, Len: 13.2km, Climb: 843m, Area: Keamconneragh, Glenbeigh Horseshoe (Irel

Track
Mweelrea Mt via Ben Lugmore
marzka 2 days ago.
A very nice walk with amazing views and small bit of scrambling which can be avoided.Dificulty: Medium- ascending via... walk, Len: 13.4km, Climb: 1111m, Area: Ben Lugmore East Top, Mweelrea Mountain

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla W Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
The Stags of Broad Haven just one of the fantastic photo opportunities from this summit which is easily accessed from the Benwee Loop Walk the easy option from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259.

  
Track
Mangerton via Stoompa and Horses Glen
marzka 2 days ago.
Lovely walk with stunning views.Dificulty: Medim- wet terrain as crossing the Owgariff river- very steepy descending w... walk, Len: 13.6km, Climb: 673m, Area: Stoompa, Mangerton (Ireland) Stoompa, M

Summit Comment
Doonvinalla E Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 3 days ago.
Easy access from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259 follow the Benwee Loop walk and branch off where appropriate . The photo shows views across towards Benwee Head in the background .

  
Track
Carrauntoohil via central guy and dawn via oshea-gully WINTER WALK
marzka 2 days ago.
This is a winter climb, therefore the winter equipment is needed and extra time should be added while planning that r... walk, Len: 10.6km, Climb: 779m, Area: Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Ir

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 3 days ago.
Looking across to Doonvinalla N Top from E Top i decided it was above my pay grade to attempt the summit climb today . But to the right of the photo a route to the top seemingly exists so another ...


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