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Dungarvan hillwalking club : 20 years enjoying those hills

As a proud active member of the Dungarvan hillwalking club, I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since I joined the club at the age of 27. Fitness, friendship, and fun are the ethos of this hiking club, and it provides them in great abundance. Every time the club leads a hike in the hills, everyone is part of a safe and secure family of hikers. We all watch out for each other during this high-risk activity, which is carefully assessed for risk by very competent and capable leaders for each hike and level of fitness. I have so many fantastic memories of hikes with the club, and I hope to continue creating more well into the future.

One outstanding memory I have is from 2005 when, as part of the club’s celebration of its 20th anniversary, I had the opportunity to climb Ireland’s four provincial peaks: Ulster’s “Slieve Donard,” Leinster’s “Lugnaquilla,” Connaught’s “Mweelrea,” and, of course, Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohill, located in the Munster province. Each of these fantastic weekends away provided opportunities for fitness, friendship, and fun. These are stories worth sharing someday.

When I look at the amazing Comeragh mountains in my locality nowadays, I love to remember being on each section of those hills on such  different variety of hikes and having the most exhiliarating days experience, I can feel every footstep into the different terrain up there and out in all forms of weather sometimes 9 different weather types in one hike which is quite mindblowing.

I recall my first ever hike with the club where we started in lovely sunshine at the Mahon Falls carpark, as we walked in towards the Falls a misty drizzle began and as we ascended up beside the falls a thick fog and heavier rain started to fall, once ontop the Comeragh plateau this rain began to turn to hailstones but as the group got round to Coumshingaun that hail stopped but the fog persisted. The leader told us that on a really good day, directly below is an amazing view of Coumshingaun lake all the way to the copper coast and as he announced this to the group the veil of fog opened like a pair of curtains at the cinema to reveal the most awe inspiring view that I’ll never forget.

The weather continued to change on that hike, as we continued we could here a crack of thunder overhead, so we safely headed out of the wet ground towards the peat hags to get shelter from the downpour, then the wind picked up and blew away all of the thunder clouds and fog to reveal a fantastic sunny afternoon which dried us all out. We always pack prepared for all weathers on any hike and as we say in Ireland just wait 3 minutes and you’ll experience a different weather system.

Joining the hillwalking club back in April 2003 was a real privilege for me. I’ve had the honor of meeting so many fantastic people from all walks of life and can truly call them friends. We’ve been out in all sorts of weather, experienced the most stunning views, and had mindful moments that will stick with us for a lifetime. So, now, enough about me; here is what the club is all about.

A bit about Dungarvan Hillwalking Club.
Nestled in the heart of County Waterford, the Dungarvan Hillwalking Club offers a unique and enriching experience for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. With its stunning landscapes, diverse trails, and a vibrant community of hikers, this club is your gateway to exploring the beauty of Dungarvan and its surrounding areas.

1. Exploring the Natural Wonders
Dungarvan is a paradise for hillwalkers, and the Dungarvan Hillwalking Club is your key to unlocking its natural wonders. The club’s diverse range of walks caters to all levels, from beginners to seasoned hikers, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the picturesque landscapes of the area. Whether you’re interested in leisurely strolls along coastal paths or challenging ascents up rugged hills, Dungarvan offers it all. You’ll traverse through lush forests, follow scenic cliffside trails, and reach awe-inspiring viewpoints with every step you take. With each hike, you’ll deepen your connection with nature and witness the ever-changing beauty of this corner of Ireland.

2. Building Community and Connections
Joining the Dungarvan Hillwalking Club isn’t just about experiencing the great outdoors; it’s also an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for hiking. The club fosters a warm and inclusive community where members come together to explore the stunning trails, share their experiences, and build lasting friendships. Whether you’re a local looking to meet new friends or a visitor eager to connect with the Dungarvan community, this club offers a welcoming and supportive environment for all.

3. A Safe and Guided Experience
Safety and knowledge are paramount when exploring the outdoors, and the Dungarvan Hillwalking Club takes this seriously. Club members benefit from the guidance of experienced leaders who ensure safe, well-planned excursions. They’ll not only lead the way but also share their insights about the history, geology, and flora and fauna of the region, enhancing your hiking experience with a wealth of knowledge. With the club’s guidance, you can embark on adventures with confidence, knowing you’re in capable hands.

The Dungarvan Hillwalking Club is your ticket to immersing yourself in the natural beauty of this picturesque region while building meaningful connections with fellow hikers. Whether you’re an experienced hillwalker or a newcomer to the world of hiking, this club offers something for everyone. So, if you’re ready to explore the stunning landscapes of Dungarvan and create unforgettable memories, consider joining the Dungarvan Hillwalking Club and embark on a journey of adventure, community, and discovery.

If you are curious and want to experience a hike with the Dungarvan Hillwalking Club (who is affiliated with Mountaineering Ireland) then click here to find out more https://www.dungarvanhillwalking.org

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