Hello Galway, finally The Hike Life is coming out west to my favourite spot, also what a great destination to start the first hike of the second series. This hike is limited to 100 people with registration going live is Friday evening at 8 pm on Eventbrite.ie. I mentioned with the release of this series that each sign up has a small price to pay (ALL FOR CHAIRTY) to ensure people respect their places on the hike but also for us all to give something back to the local area we are hiking in. Each registration will require a €10 euro donation to a local charity which you can make after your register directly to the link provided on the eventbrite, Galway is (www.idonate.ie/careforshane)
I was on The Late, Late last month with Shanes’ parents are I think our hike is the perfect way to enjoy a day out, meet new people, make memories and give something small to someone who needs it. We will be led by Noel Joyce and crew from Connemara hikes.
All details needed for the 21ststof July are below;
Meeting Point; Visitor centre at the Connemara National Park
The visitor centre has public toilets a coffee shop (don’t forget those keep cups). The guides will be wearing HiVis jackets.
Sat Nav Coordinates: 53.5506° N, 9.9455° W
Parking; No Cost at the vistors centre however the spaces are limited, If the carpark over flows head to Letterfrack village which is a 3 minute walk from the visitors centre.
Start Time; 09.00am, please arrive for 8.45 sharp as we will have to leave on time.
Length; 7km, 2.5 hours.
Route; We will take the same route up and down it is a gravel path and paved mountain paths and wooden boardwalks. The summit offers stunning panoramic views making our trek to the top worth every step.
• Hiking Boots, walking shoes, runners.
• SPF- even if it’s not sunny!
• Spare pair of sock/clothes/shoes for after- you don’t need to carry these but have them ready for your return.
Dogs; Are ALLOWED, however if you’re dog does not have effective call back I recommend keeping them on a lead to avoid losing them in the crowd.
Some other bits to know;
The walk is fantastic but it’s important to keep alert, the winds are felt up high, take in the views but be careful to keep your footing.
Also, PLEASE ensure your car is locked and you DO NOT leave anything valuable in there.
Lastly, on these walks we like to practice the principle of “leave no trace” so anything we bring up with us must also come down with us, food wrappers, bottles, even banana peel!
By registering to this event you acknowledge and agree to the below;
I acknowledge that this activity in which I am participating, involves risks. I hereby release the organiser (Roz Purcell) from all claims of personal injury, property damage, illness which may occur from food, causes of action or claims of any kind arising from my participation. I agree to pay the cost of my emergency evacuation of my person or belongings that may be necessary. I affirm that I am aware of the nature of this activity, its length, duration and degrees of difficulty and that I am properly equipped and physically able to participate. I have no medical or other condition which might preclude my participation.
The Lead Guide may require or advise an individual, or individuals, to abort an ascent, refrain from continuing / return to starting point if they believe that a person or person’s health is at risk, if a person is not coping, or may not cope, with the technical, physical or mental demands of the activity/course, if an illegal act has been or may be committed, or conduct is, may become, or has been, detrimental to the safety, enjoyment or well-being of the group as a whole or of any individual within the group.