JOES HIT THE HILLS 2013

11 Aug 2013

Mark off Sunday 11th August as a day to come join the club, on our sponsored Hill Walk in the Cooley Mountains. A fully guided Hill Walk through one of the finest areas of the Land of Legends, with panoramic views into the Mournes, Carlingford Lough, out to the Isle of Man, down as far as Dublin & Wicklow and even our own native parish! There will be buses out and back from the clubrooms and light refreshments supplied.

 

The Two Walk Options:

Very important to note is that we have changed from having a moderate hill walk, as we did last year to two different walks of Easy & Hard this year!

Easy Walk: 5.5km in length with an ascent of only 145 metres in total, none of which is steep. Starting in Glenmore and finishing in Carlingford.

Hard Walk: 8.8km in length with a total ascent of 415 metres, some sections of which are steep, boggy and will require navigation in poor visibility. Starting in Glenmore and finishing in Carlingford.

We will be splitting the walk into different groups as it goes along, to cater for different walks, levels of fitness and walking speeds. Very significantly, you do not have to decide which one of the walks that you wish to do until 2km in when the two walks split! So there is a walk that will suit the experienced walker, while also being a perfect introduction to hill walking for those who have never done it before. The walk is suitable for all ages, from children to seniors, assuming that they have a moderate level of fitness. This area is only an easy half an hour drive from the Joes clubhouse, yet many will never have taken on such a walk. To those of you in this category, we would recommend it as perfect opportunity to taste hill walking in company of our club! For any queries in relation to your suitability to walk this route please speak to Michael Kinahan (contact details below).

 

Showers will be available to all who wish to have one at the end of the walk. There will be a complimentary BBQ at the Four Seasons Hotel and a chance to relax for a couple of hours in the peninsula (on this oyster festival weekend!!) before you are bussed back to the Joes clubrooms, where there will be top entertainment for the evening.  It certainly promises to be a day full of fun.

 

Bus Arrangements
- Bus leaves St Josephs Clubrooms, Commons Cross, Dromiskin @ 12.30pm and is due to return @ 7.30 that evening
- Bus will make pick ups in Dundalk and on route, but only by prior arrangement

 

Sponsorship & Registration
- Walkers will need to raise a minimum of €50 in sponsorship to enter the walk/join us on the day out. (Please feel free to raise more)
- Sponsorship Cards are now available from all Joes committee members or by emailing mlkinahan@eircom.net
- Donations can also be made Online using a credit or laser card, to enter your own donations or to support another walker. This is also a handy way of pre registering! All that you have to do is click on the link @ http://www.myclubfinances.com/memberships.asp?LL_ID=602&CLB=1
- All entrants will have to pay their €50 and register before getting on the bus/joining us on the day! There will be no exceptions to this.
- As well as online registration their will be registration on the morning itself.
- Given the numbers expected we would advise you to be at the clubrooms before 12 noon as it will take time to register everyone. Please be patient.

 

Do Not
- Bring Dogs, they are not allowed on this track and will not be allowed on the Bus or on the walk.
- Bring buggies or prams, the terrain is not suitable for them
- Litter. "Take only pictures and leave only footprints"
- Wander off and leave the group. We do not want anyone getting lost!

 

Do:
- Wear suitable footwear, preferable hiking boots or trail shoes, small sections of this track will be wet and muddy in poor weather. There will also be animals droppings and rocky sections.
- Bring your camera, the views are top class
- Bring a packed lunch if you wish, we will be offering light refreshments beforehand and BBQ after.
- Have a good breakfast
- Bring Water or other drinking fluids, at least 1 litre per person
- Be prepared for all conditions (i.e. Sun cream, hat and waterproofs) this is Ireland after all, dress appropriately, but be prepared for changing conditions. It can get cold and windy very quickly in the hills.
- Look after your own children, this will be a guided walk, but your children are your own responsibility.
- Bring a walking pole (s) or stick, if you feel it will assist you. (They can be invaluable at times)
- Ask for assistance if you get in trouble along the walk, we will have a number of walk guides and trained first aid personnel.
- Ask questions, either beforehand or during the walk, please feel free. We can even tell you about the Legends that the area we are walking through hold!
- Have a great day out.

 

Carlingford on Oyster Festival Sunday
Of course we want as many as possible to join us on this top class walk and to come back to the Four Seasons hotel afterwards for the BBQ. We really want this to be a great group day out for all involved, from inside and outside the club. But we are aware that some of you with smaller children are joining us for the day out, but not the full walk. There are also those of you who are quick walkers and will complete the walk ahead of others. Just to let you know some of the activities that are taking place in the town on that afternoon that may be of interest:
2pm - Teddy Bears Picnic in Playground with face painting and story telling. Registration from 1.30 @ the tourist office, all children must be accompanied by adult and a teddy bear!
3.00 - 6.00pm Balloon Modelling, Stilt Walkers - Fire Breathers throughout the Village Centre
3.15pm World Crab Fishing Championship  at King Johns Pier - (weather permitting) All children MUST be accompanied by adults.
3.30 - All Ireland Hurling Semi Final – Dublin V Cork. Can be viewed in Four Seasons Hotel where we are hosting our BBQ
4.00pm Children’s Dancing Workshop at Festival Stage in the Village Square.
4.30pm Carlingford Pipe Band in Village Centre.
4.45pm - Oyster Eating Competition in the festival tent

 

For any queries in relation to the walk, please contact Michael Kinahan on 087-1257720 or pro.stjosephs.louth@gaa.ie

 
Warning: You join the walk of your own choosing and no liability will accrue to the organisers for any injury sustained or property lost whilst participating in the event. You should have no medical disabilities which would endanger yourself or others taking part.


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