Twisted ankles, broken arms etc. .. are best prevented with due care and awareness of immediate surroundings. Take care of yourself. Listen to your body. If you are tired or starting to lose focus, please tell a member of your tribe that you need to stop for a rest and a snack.
While walking be kind to yourself by not pushing too hard. Enjoy the unique surroundings, being in the Irish nature . We are there to connect with the land, like minded souls and help each other!
Feet and Blisters
To keep blisters at bay – keep your feet dry and wear socks with moisture wicking properties
Make sure your chosen shoes fit and are properly broken in
Don’t lace shoes too tightly or too loosely as irritation from the pinching and rubbing may cause blisters
Micro-pore + Elastoplast roll help prevent blisters. Please bring your own special blister plasters and 2 x Micro-Pore 40mm ad 1 x Elastoplast roll 100mm
The ocean, the lakes and the river will be fresh and where safe will provide us with swimming opportunities. However we will be using the water for washing and cleaning ourselves so please remember to bring a light travel towel and washing equipment that is chemically free.
WE advise you to bring sunscreen as clear skies can expose you to up to 16 hours of sunlight a day. The best ones to use are clear liquid spray on sunscreens (alcohol based) These won’t pollute the water each time you wash or swim.
We advise every walker to make up snack bags for each day in advance of setting off. Your snack bag will contain nuts and dried fruit, chocolate maybe some energy bars.
Whilst in Camp/Camping
In camp we will help each other out with cooking, cleaning and general camp set up and maintain as much as possible. Most of the sites we will camp in are wild so please be aware of loose rocks, tent rope guys and other hazards. Also permission for camps will have to be sought on a day by day basis from local land owners and communities so we ask that you respect this process and its outcomes.
Food NO sure about this section…. maybe you have a plan in place already?
Please bring your own supply of food that you will carry for the trip.
Wild time and Gadgets
For many this is a rare chance to experience nature without technological distractions. We aim for an immersive experience in nature and on the land. It will be each persons choice how much they use their devices. However we will not be able to supply any charging facilities.
Health and Hygiene in Camp
Please wash your hands after going to the toilet, and before preparing any food. For your own safety.
Most evening we will camp near water where you can wash. Please bring ecologically friendly soap to wash yourself with. All sanitary pads to be wrapped in toilet paper and sealed in a zip lock bag
Each night at camp we will designate an area for toilet needs. Any toilet paper should be burnt or zip-locked. And taken to the nearest trash bin. Using ocean water instead of toilet paper is also an excellent choice! Remember to wash your hands afterwards.
Toilet whilst walking
- Move away from the path and any water courses
- Dig a small hole with a spade carried by the guides and make sure everything is well buried. The depth of the hole should be +/- depth of the spade
- Burn or place any used toilet paper in a tough zip locked bag and keep in your pack until you find a place to dispose of it properly. Do not bury toilet paper.
Please carry your own tent. These can be expensive so see if you can lend or borrow one from friends, family or anyone you know. Everyone should be self sufficient and have a lightweight carrying option for themselves. Otherwise if the weather is good a bivy bag may be an alternative.
Your guides will not be drinking on the walk and we invite you to keep the walk alcohol and drug free.
Evening Check – IN Circle
Some evenings we will have a check in circle to give everyone the opportunity to voice their enjoyments, challenges or just say anything that needs to be voiced. This creates a group with focus and ensures are intentions are kept alive and fresh. It will take place after dinner and will be facilitated by one of the walk leaders.
If you don’t have the gear you need, try and borrow what you need from friends and family. If you need any assistance with gear please contact our facebook page
Tents and sleeping bags
Even though it will be summer, some nights can be cold so you will need a light and good quality tent and good quality sleeping bag and an insulating sleeping mat. We are dependant on whatever the weather throws at us, so you will need very effective rain gear and a rain cover for your backpack. Remember you will carry all your own gear. We recommend that one should carry no more than 10kg
Boots and Shoes
You need two types of footwear:
- Hiking boots – good for sections where there is no path and rocky terrain. All boots must be properly broken in, if you don’t already have a pair go and get some this weekend and start using them until you are 100% sure they wont cause you blisters
- Runners or fitted sandles – good for sections with paths or as a backup if boots cause problems and for evening around camp.
You will be carrying your backpack everyday so make sure yours has a padded waist strap, adjustable shoulder loops and chest strap. All your equipment should be packed in dry bags
The list below is comprehensive, leave out what you think you don’t need based on your own hiking experiences. Items marked with an asterisk* are mandatory
Water-provided for holy wells along to route
Meals- mostly communal, please bring staples that you like to eat
*Lightweight tent, bivy bag or tarp
*Sleeping bag – make sure it is warm
Sleeping bag inner – silk is best as it is both light and has excellent thermal properties
1 x thermal top and bottoms for sleeping in*
A thin hiking mat* we suggest Therma Rest or equivalent
Sheepskins will be available to purchase along train from e25-e40
1 x thermal top and bottoms for walking in
1-2 long pants of quick drying fabric, no jeans or cotton pants
2 x quick drying shirts/tops
Down jacket in case it gets cold in the evenings after a full day walking
Full shell rain jacket and pants*
4-6 socks (mix of thin and thick – feet swell when walking)
Hat (non cotton)
Gloves (for cold)
*First Aid supplies
Lipbalm as needed
Water filer or other treatment system
*Eco Soap and other toiletries
Lightweight Stove and fuel if you have it
Lightweight pots if you have them
*A bag for rubbish (you will be accountable for your own rubbish. Please avoid large amounts of rubbish by leaving plastic at home)
Camera + Batteries
Toiletries (pack into small units and only what you need to bring)
Biodegradable soap that doubles as clothes and body soap
Quick dry towel and facecloth
Plastic bag for wet clothes
Safety pins for hanging washing on your pack
Walking poles or walking stick
Gaiters – to keep rain from soaking boots
Sandles or crocks for river crossings or evening a camp
A sarong cloth is always useful on trails
Personal medication – if required eg anti inflammatory, asthma pump or bee sting medication if you are allergic
Bank Card; small amount of cash
Please check online sites for comprehensive pack lists, in case I forgot something
Your pack should weight around 10 – 15 kg depending on your srength and fitness. Please keep weight in mind when packing.
What to Expect
The route which will traverse the length of Ireland from Kerry to Donegal will begin at the sea and pass through mountains and valleys. It’s Ireland, so be prepared for sudden weather changes. Sun rain and sleet and . storms are all possible so its essential that you always carry your full wet gear with you. Winds can blow on the sunniest of days so a fleece, hat and gloves are also recommended. The route will pass through a mosaic of privately owned land and also on way marked public routes. Each night we will look for somewhere to camp and we may be refused permission if the landowner decides so. Lease be aware and respectful and always practice ‘leave no trace’ wherever we walk or camp.
Length of Days
WE aim to start the day between 6:30 and 8:30 Am, depending on the distances to be walked each day. We have two hours each morning before we start walking to complete morning rituals, pack tents and packs, eat breakfast, prepare lunch and get ready for the day and check in with your clan group who will be your support. We will break for snack after two and half hours and again for lunch around midday. We aim to camp by late afternoon.
Food, Foraging and Water
Everyone is encouraged to be as self sufficient as possible. We will forage for food where we can (a mix between dumpster diving and edible seaweeds and plants along the way) We’re found it a great way to connect with the landscape. You will carry your own water supply, we will connect in with the holy wells as water sources as we travel over the land, you might want to bring water purification tablets just in case, or if you have a travel water filter it will be of great use.
We may be joined by some horses and dogs.
If you chose to bring your animal you are responsible for their safety and the safety of others in their company. Make sure to provide for their needs, bowls, food etc
Your Safety is Your own responsibility! Listen to your body. Don’t take unnecessary risks. Put being safe a priority. Everyone takes part in this walk at their own risk and is accountable for their own safety.
Please consider the following points :
Ensure you have adequate medical card, medical insurance, medication you need. Never walk without emergency clothing for wet and cold conditions
Transfer Off the Walk
If for any reason you need to pull of the trail on any day due to injury or any other reason, you can always take a taxi to the nearest bus stop/ train station and head for home and join us again when you are able!