Trekkers is a mountaineering club founded in the early 1980's. The Club is based in Glenageary but draws the bulk of membership from between Blackrock and Bray. The Club has approximately 170 members, including honorary members and three associates.
Outings of between 4 and 8 hours are arranged each Saturday. Walks are categorised A, B and C reflecting terrain and level of challenge (see below for elaboration). In addition, a Wednesday Walk Programme is available. Most outings are in the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains but trips are arranged to other locations and overseas from time to time.
Social Walks of a shorter duration are arranged for Members and Associates who, for one reason, or another, are unable to participate in regular walks. These are undertaken on an 'own-risk' basis in the case of Associates who are not covered by the Mountaineering Ireland insurance policy applying to Full Members.
The start-point for Saturday walks is Glenageary Railway Station, Station Road Glenageary. There are no parking charges in the vicinity of the Station on a Saturday. At the conclusion of a walk the bus collects participants from the end-point and returns to the Station. The bus fare is €20. If member demand for places on a particular walk significantly exceeds the capacity of a bus (16 seats) and the Walk Leader so decides – (taking into account the route of the walk, overall conditions and the capacity of participants'), a second bus can be arranged, if demand is sufficient to warrant this.
Training courses in walk leadership, first-aid and navigation are arranged for members.
A guest, with limited or no walking experience, would normally participate in a Category B or C or Wednesday Walk. Prospective members are invited to participate as a guest in three walks before applying for membership. If interested in participating as a guest on a Trekker walk please contact our Secretary, Alan Kane (085 108 3829 / firstname.lastname@example.org) in the first instance. Each application for memberships adjudicated by the Club Committee. The annual membership in the year ending 31 October subscription is €55.
Grade A:- Steep gradients, mountain summits and open hillside. The emphasis is on walk length and elevation. Typical outing time is up to 8 hours covering a distance up to 20km and involving a total climb up to 1,000 metres.
Grade B:- Forest tracks, trails and some open hillside but less mountain summits. The climb is generally less than in Category A Walks. Typical outing time is up to six hours with a distance covered up to 18 km and a climb up to 800 metres.
Forest tracks, trails and some open hillside. The climb is generally less than in Category B Walks. Typical outing time is up to five hours with a distance covered up to 15 km and a climb up to 500 metres.
Grade C:- These walks are confined to forest tracks, trails and quiet roads; routed via relatively gentle gradients. Typical outing time is up to five hours; distance up to 12km with a total climb up to 400 metres.
Wednesday Walk:- Broadly similar in character to Category B and C above. Travel based on car-sharing.
Social Walks:- Up to 6 kilometres in an outing lasting approximately 90 minutes. No climbing.
The essential equipment includes:
- Suitable walking footwear, with good ankle support
- Warm jacket and pants (not denim)
- Rainproof jacket with hood and overtrousers
- Hat and gloves
- An additional layer of clothing
- Food and drink
- Head torch, walking poles and map
- A suitable rucksack above 35 litre capacity