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Mountain Rescue Suggestions.
Prepare for a Wicklow Mountains Winter

Last year 2009 was the busiest year for Mountain Rescue Teams in Co. Wicklow. This was partially due to the severity of the previous two winters. January, February and December '09 at either ends of the year were full of incidents where many people travelling into the hills were unprepared and needed assistance.

As a forewarning, the Rescue Teams would like to encourage anyone entering the mountains, either on foot or by vehicle, to assess the dangers. Many road users, for example, began their journeys with no inking of what lay ahead, despite warnings on the radio, etc.

We are not asking for people to remain away from the mountains. Many people participate in Winter Mountaineering, Ice Climbing and other sports, like Skiing, if the conditions are right. What we do ask is that whether you’re enjoying recreational activities or merely trying to commute across the hills, please make a sensible assessment of the venture. Carry out preparations in case of problems, such as a sudden deterioration of the weather.

What can you do?

For road users –

· Postpone the journey or select another route (retreat from poor roads rather than hoping they’ll improve around the corner)

· Heed all advice on the media (AA Roadwatch, etc.)

· Carry blankets/sleeping bag, flask of tea, food

· Carry a small spade

· Be aware that Mt Rescue will only rescue you, NOT your vehicle!

For hill-walkers, etc. –

· Get as detailed a weather forecast as possible

· Ensure that you and your equipment are up to the task (know the limitations of both – winter conditions require specialised gear)

· Carry enough emergency equipment to keep you warm should you or a friend become injured & need to stop moving (e.g. a survival shelter)

· Leave word with someone responsible

· Carry a fully charged mobile phone

In case of Emergency in or on the Mountains:

Call 999/112 and ask for ‘Mountain Rescue'

Hugh McLindon
Public Relations Officer
Glen of Imaal Red Cross MRT
087 1798398

Paul Gilbert
Public Relations Officer
Dublin & Wicklow MRT
087 6222481

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Ski tour on Tonelagee
Dubwalker 12 hours ago.
March 2018. When the roads were finally cleared a second dusting of snow made for nice ski touring on Tonelagee. We star walk, Len: 2.9km, Climb: 251m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)

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jackill 14 hours ago.
I started hillwalking in mid 2003 after being pestered by a friend of mine to try it. The first walk was 10 km with a total climb of about 300 meters - and I nearly died! The funny thing was I kep...

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The Derryveagh Mountains to the sea.
jackill 14 hours ago.
On a blustery St.Patricks day Bleck Cra and I with a few old scavenger buddies headed up, and were almost blown off, Errigal.As it turns out though it gave some great opportunities to catch up esp...

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Black Hill: Against the Odds
Geansai a day ago.
After reading about it in the Ireland lonely planet walking guide ,did the second leg of the Antrim Hills way from the Larne- Ballymena road jump off point to Glenarm the day after the hurricane l...

Devil's Glen
jgfitz 15 hours ago.
walk, Len: 11.1km, Climb: 409m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)

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Sheegouna: Tipp of the iceberg #2
madfrankie 2 days ago.
Slievenamon dominates the view SW from Sheegouna's low cairn

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Those thieving Cork Bas*#?&$ !
jackill 15 hours ago.
Apparently we may need to consider moving one of our mountains south a bit. Apparently an eagle eyed Donegal resident spotted this in a picture at Cork airport. And sure we've also stolen Rory Gal...

Near Galty Mountains (Ireland)
mlmoroneybb a day ago.
walk, Len: 6.8km, Climb: 141m, Area: Galty Mountains (Ireland)

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Sheegouna: The Tipp of the iceberg
madfrankie 2 days ago.
A couple of pics from a frigid hike up Slievenamon that continued on to the NE top, Sheegouna.Amazing how even the most unremarkable hills are transformed by the white stuff.

Dolmen Loop Lisvarrinane
mlmoroneybb a day ago.
Easy walk can be completed in 2.5 hours walk, Len: 10.6km, Climb: 281m, Area: Slievenamuck, Galty Mountains (Ireland) S...

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Pilgrimage : The Road To Santiago
Jim Holmes a week ago.
Pilgrimage : The Road To SantiagoFriday BBC2 9pmMountainViews Irish Mountain Gathering preferred MC of choice - Ed Byrne - can be seen as he walks with friends (kind of) on a three part travelogue...

Pigeon Rock Mountain & South Top
Trailtrekker 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 3.2km, Climb: 192m, Area: Pigeon Rock Mountain, Mourne Mountains (Ir...

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