Hiking FAQ (for visiting students)
Every semester we get a lot of emails from people who are only here for one term and didnt bring hiking gear. So here are the most common questions answered for all to read!
Do i just turn up?
Yep, all you have to do is turn up, we leave from the Archway of the Quadrangle at 10 sharp, being there 15/20 mins early is advisable.
Do i really need boots?
(i left mine at home in America/Canada/Germany /France/etc!)
As regards gear, ankle supporting boots really are essential - workboots would probably be ok. On Sundays you must have suitable boots - unlike hiking in many other countries there are no trails or paths in Ireland - the terrain we cover varies enormously - from marshy bogs to steep bare rock to scree.
Do i really need waterproof trousers?
As regards Waterproof Trousers these are simply trousers made from water proof material which you pull up over your own trousers - they can be bought in many shops in the city starting at about â‚¬15.
Please don't wear jeans or cotton trousers, when they get wet they shrink and inhibit movement aswell as allowing rapid heat loss - if you have tracksuit bottoms or something like that it would be ideal.
Buying Cheap boots in Ireland!
For those without boots:
There are 3 shops where you can buy boots/gear in Galway. Most of these should stock boots from â‚¬40/50 (â‚¬40 for 4 months of Sunday Hikes is totally worth it!).
The 3 shops are Portwest, The Great Outdoors, and Riverdeep Mountain High. All 3 shops give discounts to Club Members.
Look forward to seeing you on Sundays.
The MC committee