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Thanks for all tho.. by Conor74   (Show all posts)
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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