About us

The Committee
First Name Surname Title
John Hegarty Chairperson
Padraig O'Fathaigh Treasurer
Nick O'Loughlin Walks Coordinator
Jim Ryan Publicity Officer
Mary Cadogan Secretary
Alan Kane Training Officer
Áine Allen Membership Officer

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Committee 2023-2024

Trekkers Mountaineering Club reopened to new members on 01 Nov. 2023 but the 20 available places have already been filled.

Those interested in future membership are welcome to email the Membership Officer (trekkersmembershipofficer@gmail.com) to have their names put on a waiting list that will be held for the coming year. Once your name is on our waiting list we will be in contact when we reopen for Membership.

In the spirit of the Trekkers, which includes an emphasis on walking of course, but also social engagement, camaraderie and fun at all levels, we have a few expectations of interested new members:

a) We welcome members at all grades, normally defined as A, B and C (see the explanation below)

b) We want members to be active and not just occasional walkers

c) We want members to contribute to the walks programme in return for enjoyment. This includes a commitment to co-lead and then lead some walks a year after joining. Opportunities for training are there as is learning from veterans.

Trekkers is a mountaineering club founded in the early 1980s. The Club is based in Glenageary but draws the bulk of membership from between Blackrock and Bray. The Club has approximately 257 members, including honorary members and associates.

Walks are categorised A, B and C reflecting terrain and level of challenge (see below for elaboration). Outings of between 4 and 8 hours are arranged on Saturday. In addition, Wednesday walks are 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 existing Members who, for one reason, or another, are unable to participate in regular walks.

The start-point for Saturday walks is Glenageary Dart Station, Station Road, Glenageary. There is a €3 parking charge on roads 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.

Walk Categories

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 fewer 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.

Grade B- (minus):

- 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 usually confined to forest tracks, trails and quiet roads; routed via relatively gentle gradients. Typical outing time is up to five hours; distance around 12km, usually with a total climb up to 400 metres.

Wednesday Walk:

- Broadly similar in character to Categories B, B- and C above. Travel based on car-sharing.

Essential Equipment

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 up to 35 litre capacity

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