August 11, 2021: Regretfully, the introductory hikes we plan to run in September and October (see below) are now fully subscribed. The link to the application form on the bottom of this page is now inactive.
The first step in becoming a member is participation on an introductory hike. The club is currently planning to take on a limited number of new members for 2021 and three introductory hikes are being offered in September / October. If you are interested in participating on one of these with a view to joining, a link to an application form is available on this page where you can state which of the introductory hikes you would like to join, or simply ask for further information.
Two stronger hikes will be held on 11th and 25th of September respectively and a third hike at a slower pace will be held on 16th October. Times will be confirmed later. The location is likely to be Glendalough but this also needs to be confirmed.
Hikes 1 and 2 will cover a distance of 15-18 Km, an ascent of 700-900 metres and will take about five hours.
Hike 3 (in October) will for a distance of approximately 11-13 Km, and ascent of 400-600 metres and take between 4 and 5 hours.
Unfortunately numbers will be restricted and applications will be accepted on a first come basis. While the surge in interest in hill-walking in recent years is very welcome, there is a limit to the numbers we can accommodate on our normal club hikes at all grades at any point in time.
Participation will give you an understanding of our club and we may be able to advise you on the most suitable grade for you. Details of our grades and the levels at which they are walked can be found on our About our hikes / hill walks page.
Those who satisfactorily complete the introductory hike may then apply by email to our Associate Members Secretary to become an Associate Member of the club. You will be asked to complete an application form and pay €45 annual membership fee on our website.
As an Associate Member you will be required to complete any 6 club hikes and a two day MS1 Mountain Skills course. On completion of these you will qualify to become a Full Member.
If you are interested you can apply to join an introductory hike here. This will open up an application form. If you fill in the necessary details you will be contacted by e-mail in the next few days.