Hillwalking Skills

Course Description:

The aim of this practical course is to prepare people to undertake this healthy and interesting pursuit  of Hillwalking in a safe manner.  

The course will give the basic practical first-hand skills in: 

Map Reading 

Compass Reading 

Time and Pacing 

Equipment needed to safely hill walk. 

Types of food and drinks that you required 

Introduction on Rescue Emergencies Care (REC) first aid 

Phone Apps you can use for hikes 

Understanding how to check the Weather and do a simple weather report for the last hike Creating a Route Card for walks 

Demonstrating the skills learned in the field with some short walks.

The Course Layout per night 

Reading A Map
Time and pacing
Recap on Time and Pacing, Practical use to walk a square
Equipment & Food etc
Introduction on Rescue Emergencies Care, REC first aid
Orienteering map reading for Malahide castle & Howth , Classroom.
9 & 10  Orienteering walk in Malahide castle ½ day – 4 /5 hours
11  RE-cap what happened Q&A from last week. – Phone Apps – Weather – and what is in the basic Route card
12 & 13 Orienteering walk in Howth ½ day hike – 4/5 hours – and Weather  report from Students


Course Day & Time: Tuesday evenings 7.30 – 9.30pm & two evening/weekend walks             

Start Date: 17/09/24

Cost: €110

Course Format: In class with tutor for 8 classes and two 4/5 hours walks (one in Malahide Castle and one in Howth)

Duration: 10 weeks – Maximum of 12 students in class

Enrolment: Enrolment will open on Monday the 12th of August at 11am. You can enrol online then by clicking on the Easy Payments Plus button. 

Tutor: Ed O Donnell

Ed has been a member of Scouting Ireland for 41 years 

1986 – he did, what is known as part of the Anglo-Irish agreement Explorer Belt (Training for a year) carried food, tent, cooking equipment etc with emergency equipment and with one change of  clothing and two pairs of socks for over 2 weeks. 

He continued with the Mountaineering and have been on loads of expeditions including celebrity  climbs to base camp Everest. Sam McQuire Cup on top of Carrauntoohil and all the medals that  people have from all Ireland finals since its fountaion of GAA. The Last expedition I was on, was in Nepal Langtang valley, Mount Baden Powel to celebrate 100 years of scouting,  

He is a REC First aid instructor and teach emergency Care to Mountaineers and Hillwalkers and  anyone who works and plays in the outdoors. 

He is with Mountaineering Ireland, and hold M1 , M2, and MS Assessment. 

In Scouts he holds Level 9 in the hill skill training, and he is on the training team for training scout  leadership in the hills. 

Over the years Ed has hiked in places including


Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa

Everest base Camp, Nepal

Island Peak, Nepal,

Kala Patthar, Nepal

Alps, Saas Grund, Switzerland

Langtang valley, Nepal

Micheal Muicheartaigh with the Sam Cup in Kerry, 16 May 2014. With Alan Kerins from GAA

Tatra Mountains, Poland.

Monte Perdido, Spain

Mount Toubkal, Morocco,  Africa

All over Ireland , Wales, Scotland

Howth Head, Ireland


























Hillwalking Skills

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