- Take responsibility for your own actions and act in a safe manner
- Respect other people’s privacy and space
- Help land owners, farmers and their like to work safely and effectively
- Care for the environment; do not leave your litter in the countryside, dispose of it sensibly upon returning from your outing
- Don’t disturb the wildlife
- Keep your dog under control
- Leave your contact details with someone before setting out – when you are departing, where you will be and when to expect you back. This is particularly important if you are spending time in remote areas
- Goodwill and commonsense will ensure that walking, hiking and trekking will thrive to everyone’s benefit.
- Tourist’s especially unprepared ones!! Apply repellent before the time; it’s already too late when you start to itch
- cool, shady, calm conditions and are most active arly morning and evenings
- wet summers help their breeding cycle, with a resulting increase in numbers
- sitting ducks – as far as possible, try to avoid sitting out early morning and late evening. Realising this is just the time when you do want to sit out, and most times you will not be bothered by them, but once they find you, you will need to move to get rid of them.
- sun – midges tend to avoid direct strong sunlight, so sit in the sun not shade whenever conditions allow
- wind – try to find a seat or occupy a place in a breeze, and it is surprising how little breeze is required to keep them away
- walking – midges cannot keep up with you at normal walking pace, so you will be able to take long midge free walks or participate in any active pastime at any time of day
- white or light clothing - avoid dark clothing at high activity times, although this alone will not deter them
- inside – escape by sitting indoors with the doors and windows open with lights turned off. Like every other insect they are attracted to lights
- wear anti midge hats which have mesh rather like bee-keepers nets but with smaller holes to keep out midges
- machines available now which attract and kill the midges
- some makes of repellent – Skin so Soft from Avon is not actually a repellent but seems to be very effective in keeping them away. Jungle Formula is another favourite. In any event please test them to see what works best for you.
- Avoid overcrowding by moving on to another location
- Carry a trowel to bury toilet waste and urinate well away from water courses
- Use a stove or leave no trace of any camp fire
- Never cut down or damage trees
- Take away your rubbish and pick up other litter as well
- If in doubt, ask the landowner. Their advice might help you find a better camping spot.
|Good walking boots – please no new boots. Boots need to be “broken in” and the wilds of Connemara are not the place to get blisters and sore feet.
Walking socks – the more the better, have a clean pair for each walking day.
Good quality rain jacket (Gortex or similar)
Warm woollen or fleece hat
Swimwear (for those warm summer loughs and ocean)
Walking poles (optional but recommended)
Small thermos flask
|Fleece or wool sweater plus at least, 1 spare sweater.
Warm walking trousers preferably with one spare pair (no jeans)
Long sleeve walking shirt plus a spare
Insect repellent – Avon’s Skin so Soft good midge repellent
Small day sack for hiking with casual clothes for evening /pubs
First aid kit – see below for details.
- Clothing – warm, wind and waterproof clothing is essential for most parts of your body depending on the time of year Remember, it will get colder and windier higher up
- Equipment – for hiking and trekking, always carry GPS (Global Positioning System) and a map and compass and know how to use them (Ordnance Survey maps scale 1:50,000 or 1:25,000 are recommended)
- Carry equipment for use in an emergency such as a torch, whistle, First Aid Kit and emergency shelter. The emergency signal is six blasts on a whistle or six flashes with a torch
- Footwear – your footwear should provide good ankle support and have a firm sole with a secure grip. For rough terrain hiking boots are a must. Please do not arrive with new unworn boots, buy in advance and wear them in before going on a serious walk or safari
- Food and Drink – take ample food and drink for your group. Always take reserve supplies. Simple high energy foods are best, as are hot drinks in cold wet weather.
- Two triangular bandages – can be used for slings, dressings, bandages
- Two wound dressings (medium and large) – to stop bleeding
- Crepe bandages – for holding on dressings (bleeding), support and/or immobilization of fractures, strains and sprains
- A roll of general purpose medical tape. A roll of electrical or masking (it is easier to tear) tape wouldn’t go amiss
- A selection of sticky plasters – a long strip which can be cut to suit is good (NB some people are allergic to some makes)
- Pain Killers: – if you are at all unsure about administering pain killers – DON’T
- Sharp scissors – useful for trimming bandages and cutting away clothing
- A supply of various sized safety pins
- A few pairs of rubber or plastic gloves – must be used every time you deal with loss of body fluids.
until you are competent in poor weather. If you become unsure of your position, either retrace your tracks to the last known position, or, after working out roughly where you are and if the terrain is safe, head in the direction that will take you back on course. For more useful tips see Mountaineering Irelands website.
- remain calm;
- keep yourself and the casualty as warm and dry as possible;
- treat any injuries as best you can;
- calculate your exact position on the map (or GPS);
- if possible, leave somebody to care for the casualty whilst others safely get help;
- on reaching a telephone and/or getting mobile signal, dial 999 and ask for the police;
- report the map grid reference where you left the casualty and details of their condition.