Thinking of joining the Clare Outdoor club?

New members are always welcome. We have put together some information which may answer some of the questions you have. If you would like any further information drop us an email at clareoutdoorclub@gmail.com

How to Become a Member

Membership of the club is open to anyone over 18 years and the annual subscription currently stands at €50.

For safety and insurance reasons, only members of the club may take part in club activities – apart from the Try-A-Hike which is an open event. New members must start by attending one of the monthly moderate walks. These can be found on the club calendar. Call a walk leader and discuss your interest in joining the club. Arrive with your filled in form and €50 and we will process your membership.

The membership year stretches from the AGM usually held in mid-September, to October of the following year. The extra month is to allow a breathing space during which re-registration with Mountaineering Ireland can take place. Once a member has fully completed a membership form, available at the top of this page (and this is a requirement every year) and paid their annual subscription, the Treasurer sends off the details and fee to Mountaineering Ireland, which then registers the new member for the current year up to October 31st. Once the member is registered and insured, he or she is then entitled to participate in all scheduled club activities. As a member of Mountaineering Ireland you will receive annually four issues of the “Mountain Log” magazine which is an interesting read and full of inspiring stories of exploits on hills and mountains in Ireland and around the world told from the perspective of members.

While rock climbing is at its height during the summer months (July to Sept), organised by the designated member in charge of equipment, members are generally left to their own devices and are free to organise mountaineering expeditions with fellow-members at home or abroad. Therefore, as no mountain walking is organised by the committee during the months of July or August, no diary is issued for this period.

To join Clare Outdoor Club :

  • print off a membership form here
  • read all the information on the form carefully​ and fill in your details
  • then contact us at clareoutdoorclub@gmail.com or call Eilish Corbett – 086 162 4363 and we’ll welcome you aboard.

You can sign up to become a member at any stage during the year but the closer to September the better as then you can take part in more walks and activities!

Already a Member of Mountaineering Ireland?

If you are already a current member of Mountaineering Ireland individually or through another club, just let us know your membership number and you will be able to join the Clare Outdoor Club for a reduced fee of €25.

Some History..

The Clare Outdoor Club was formed in 1985 by a small group of outdoor enthusiasts at a meeting in the Youth Centre in Ennis. In the early years water sports and caving were pursued in equal measure to walking and rock climbing. While currently the main emphasis is on hill walking, mountaineering and rock climbing we enjoy a wide range outdoor pursuits throughout the year. The club has grown from around 20 members in the early days to over 100 members today. You can learn more here.

Club Activities

The Club, which is still Ennis based with members from all over County Clare and neighboring counties, is run by a voluntary committee elected each year whose role is to promote and oversee the club activities for the year. A calendar of events is planned for the season which runs from the AGM in September until the Summer Party in June.

The schedule of walks includes counties Kerry, Mayo, Galway, Tipperary, Waterford, Clare and Limerick. The destination and length of the walk depends on the amount of daylight at any particular time of year with the longest walks planned for April and May. This also gives members a chance to build up ‘hill fitness’ during the darker winter months when the walks are shorter. The majority of the walks take place on a Sunday, but there are occasional Saturday walks.

Car Pooling

On the morning of a walk members assemble at the time indicated in the Club calendar at Roslevan in Ennis and from there we car pool to the start of the walk. We encourage car pooling as it means that we are bringing fewer cars to remote locations and also parking space at the start of some walks can be very limited. Depending on the destination there will be a petrol contribution payable by passengers to their driver. Leaders will advise you of the amount on the day, usually 10-15 euro

Safety

All club events are organised with the safety of members in mind. There is a checklist of items that members must bring with them on each hill walk to make sure that they are suitable dressed for the changeable weather, wearing walking boots suitable for the terrain and have adequate food and drinks. Click here for details of the equipment list.

Training

There is a strong emphasis on training in the Club and more than half the members have undertaken navigation and/or first aid training. Throughout the year there are opportunities for members to sign up for training courses with the cost of many subsidized by the Club. Following training members have gone forward for assessment in Mountain Skills, Mountain Leader and qualified to the level of Mountain Training Provider.

Trips Away

During the year, members have an opportunity to take part in a variety of trips away which may range from a weekend in Ireland to a week abroad. Past overseas destinations have included Scotland, Wales, England, Poland, France, the Italian and French Alps, the Pyrenees, Spain, Slovenia and Austria.

Individual members have attended MCI Alpine Meets and hiked and climbed in the Himalayas, Rockies and Andes; some have topped out on Mont Blanc, Ama Dablam, Mount Fuji, Kilimanjaro and other notable Alpine, African and Asian peaks.

Details of upcoming trips are circulated to members in advance so there is plenty of time to plan and save for a guaranteed adventure with many laughs along the way.

Keeping in Touch

The Club emails a regular newsletter to members with details of upcoming walks and events and ‘trip reports’ chronicling the recent exploits. In addition the club has a website – www.clareoutdoorclub.net – and a ‘Clare Outdoor Club’ Facebook page

Get inspired…

Check out the Gallery section of the website to get a flavour of some of the walks and the incredible scenery and unspoilt landscape that can only be seen when you leave the car behind and pull on a pair of walking boots.

Looking forward to welcoming you on your first walk!

Sean O’Farrell,

Chairman Clare Outdoor Club