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“Well it’s not called the Col of Despondency for nothing!”
I’ll get back to this truth later but best to start with a word that I’ll admit that I had to confirm its correct spelling with word-check!....... Excruciating………as in the pain that was to be felt on many an occasion on the Maumturks 2008.
Wicklow Mountains National Park
A Background to the National Park and a summary of the Management plan
2005-2009 specifically focussing on areas of interest to walkers.
Prepared by John Fitzgerald
Walking Festivals and Treks 2014
Click on the link below to download Pre Registration Form (Word Doc.)
An Óige Ring of Imaal Marathon Walk 2008
Saturday 21st June 2008
Conditions of Entry
1. Participants are not to undertake this marathon walk if the following conditions prevail:
They have any known serious ailment and/or on any form of medication that could hinder their ability to undertake the walk safely with possible risk to health and wellbeing. If in any doubt this matter should be raised with an administration team prior to departure.
2. Participants must have commenced the walk between 7.00am - 8.15am
Safety should always be of paramount importance whilst we enjoy our potter ‘cross the hilltops and this is of even more importance during Challenge Walks.
Whilst it may seem repetitive and to be stating the obvious, the main basics should never be up for negotiation.
Please be sure to check out the compehensive article written by Michael Neary before attempting any Challenge Walk.
The following page has an interesting reference table on wind-chill. This is the perceived reduction in temperature caused by wind. If you take a typical day on the Irish hills as having a windspeed of 30 km/h then at an air temperature of 5 Celsius (very typical for winter uplands) you would perceive it to be around 0.
It seems that as the temperature drops and the wind rises the effect can be disproportionately greater. At an air temperature of -5 Celsius and wind speed of 50 km/h (only 30 mph in imperial) the perceived temperature is -15.