Hill walking advice

Before you going hiking read this carefully! 

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Some Hill-Walking Advice

Anyone setting out to walk a long distance trail such as The Wicklow Way is embarking on a serious test of physical endurance. Each stage involves a period of several hours spent outdoors, frequently in isolated and remote locations and from time to time at altitudes above 400 metres. Various factors must therefore be taken into account before embarking.

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Weather Conditions & Daylight Hours

Regardless of when you undertake the journey it is essential to be aware of the expected weather conditions each day. If your journey is at any time from late Autumn to early Spring bear in mind the significantly increased likelihood of unfavourable weather. This can include high winds, heavy rain or sleet and sometimes snow blizzards. Any of these when coupled with the significantly smaller number of daylight hours, can provide the ingredients for an exceptionally challenging undertaking.

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Equipment

  • Rucksack

    If you intend to arrange for back-up luggage to be transported by your chosen accommodation, then a medium size rucksack (25 to 30 litres capacity) will be adequate to carry your daily needs of clothing, food and liquid as well as a basic first aid kit. On the other hand if carrying all your luggage yourself then greater capacity will be needed, the actual size depending on your personal assessment of what are "bare necessities".

  • Guide Books, Maps & Compass

    The entire route of The Wicklow Way is signposted by marker posts, which generally speaking -but not always- are clearly visible. However, it is unwise to embark on the route without a good Guide Book which combines a series of clearly laid out maps, compiled to a known scale, and related descriptive text. Maps numbered 56 and 62 in The Discovery Series produced by Ordnance Survey Ireland to a scale of 1:50,000, provide a broader topographical picture of the greater part of the route. (The northernmost 12 km and all of Dublin are on map number 50, the southernmost 1 km is on map 61 and the towns of Bunclody and Kildavin are on map 68.

    Best mountaineering practice recommends carrying a navigation compass (presuming of course the ability to use it correctly!) on all hiking expeditions and The Wicklow Way is no exception. Mobile telephone reception is best on high ground, nearly always non-existent in the valleys, therefore regard a 'phone as an optional extra; useful for contacting your upcoming accommodation in the event of unexpected delay, or in the event of a real emergency -and only in such circumstances- Mountain Rescue.

  • Clothing

    A warm and dry hiker is a happy hiker! Therefore comfortable walking/hiking boots and socks, a hat or cap, gloves, fleece jacket, water- & wind-proof jacket and over-trousers are essential outerwear. Beneath that a series of lighter mid- and under-layers of clothing are recommended. As a significant portion of the southern section of the route is along small country roads, lighter walking shoes are a useful additional item to carry.

    If you are new to trail walking then the advice of a specialist hiking gear shop is a necessary pre-embarkation task.

Mountain Safety

  • Never undertake a walk in wilderness country alone. Three is a recommended minimum group size.
  • Wear or carry suitable clothing, food, basic first aid kit, survival bag, waterproof torch (one on an elasticated headband is best) & whistle.
  • Know how to read a map and use a navigation compass. Always carry both and use the map to maintain a check on your location and rate of progress.
  • Know the weather forecast; be alert to changing conditions en route.
  • Plan your route. Leave a note of your plan and expected arrival time. Report on arrival.
  • Carry a mobile telephone; only use it to summon Mountain Rescue in a real emergency -incapacitating or serious injury or illness.

If an emergency arises stay calm; think before you act. If summoning help first identify your location (grid reference), then contact Emergency Services (999 or 112) and ask for Mountain Rescue.

Countryside Code

  • Respect the people who live and work in the countryside.
  • Respect private property and farmland as well as wildlife and the entire rural Environment; do not light fires.
  • Take all litter home; leave no trace of your presence, request that others do likewise.
  • Leave gates as you find them - open or closed.
  • Always use gates and stiles in preference to fences, hedges or walls.
  • On country roads walk in single file, on the right hand side 

 

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