IPA Hiking Club

         The IPA Hiking Club

The IPA Hiking Club was launched in September 2017. We do one monthly hike on a Saturday. We have 3 hikes in Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught throughout the year so that each geographical location is covered for our members who are based country wide.  Friends and family members over 14 years of age are welcome on the hikes. Dogs are not allowed on the hikes.  We have an A and a B walk.  The A walk is for regular hikers.  The B walk is shorter, to cater for all levels of fitness.  We would ask that you can walk at least 10KM on a flat before you attempt the B walk.  There is no membership fee to join the hiking club once you are an IPA member. Our hike leaders are members of the club who volunteer their time to lead the hikes and we are very grateful to them for this. As of September, 2019, we have 196 members.

We have also organised trips abroad and charity events.  In April, 2018, a group of 26 travelled to Nepal and completed the Everest Base Camp trail.  In May, 2019, 45 members did a 5 day charity event climbing the highest mountains in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales raising just over €30,000 for our chosen charities including the IPA Laura Fund.  In July, 2019, a group of 6 went to Russia and attempted to climb Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe.  We have members partaking in other hiking charity events throughout the year, particularly in support of Mountain Rescues, such as the Long Way Round charity hike for SEMRA in Clonmel, Tipperary.  They also take part in the Moonlight Challenge event in Wicklow. We also organise training events for our members to get certified in Mountain Skills.  In September, 2020, a group of 37 members are heading to Peru to do the Machu Piccu trail and the Rainbow Mountains.

This year in 2019 we have been to:

  1. January- Slieve Blooms, Laois/Offaly
  2. February- Slieve Donard, Co Down
  3. March- Errigal, Co Donegal
  4. April- Carrantuohill, Co Kerry
  5. May- Black Stairs Carlow/Wexford
  6. June – Achill, Co Mayo
  7. July- Comeraghs, Waterford
  8. August- Burren, Co Clare
  9. September- Wicklow
  10. October 19th – Galway
  11. November 16th – Sligo
  12. December 7th – Newport

 List of Compulsory Hiking Gear

  • Hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
  • Rucksack
  • Waterproof jacket & trousers
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Spare top, extra layer
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Packed lunch
  • Minimum of 1 litre of water per person
  • Emergency survival bag (optional)
  • No jeans or runners – you will not be allowed to hike if you do not have the correct gear.

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are the bedrock of the Leave No Trace program. They provide guidance to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts. As members of the IPA Hiking Club, we follow the leave no trace principles.

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

If you require any further information you can contact us at ipahikingclub@gmail.com. We are also on Facebook, ‘IPA Hiking Club’.

Further information and Club Membership Application Form can be obtained by contacting the Club Secretary on annmarielarkin1@icloud.com

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