Will anyone with Photos of the Killarney trip please pass them to John Doyle for use on the web site. thanks
Today's C Walkers...you/ we were looking at the Isle of Man...ok...the Isle of Man....not, no way the Sugar Loaf and the Wicklow Hills...for goodness sake!
Mind you we didn't know if we were on Luke's Mt or Slievenabrock...although we knew where we were as we could see where we were but without knowing the names of our surrounding hills....next time let's all bring a MAP! 😺😺😺
Everyone knows that B walks are demanding - but not impossible although the pace is always sharp. However, last Friday I experienced great difficulty going up a steep slope at the back of Meelmore. I was panting like a greyhound after a 400 yard sprint and the leg muscles were aching and just not delivering. On the way up, Kevin noticed my condition and urged me to go at my own pace. At the next stop he must have again noticed something amiss because he insisted I take a drink - he thought I was dehydrated. I fell behind again as Pauline surged past me like Vanessa O'Brien. I eventually caught up with the group as they waited half way up. - no doubt discussing how they were going to deal with the slow coach. I announced my decision to pack it in. Nobody objected and there was a safe path down so I headed off.
In effect I had emulated the heroic action of Scott of the Antartic who crawled out of the tent saying 'I may be gone some time' I did this so that I would not hold the rest of the group up. I took one for the team. In fact my body had told me I could not climb any further.
Later that evening I was wondering what was the matter and if I was dying! It suddenly struck me.
I recalled that I had given blood a day earlier.
I googled it and sure enough I read that the white cells recover after 24 hours or so but it takes a week or more for the red cells to replenish, Everyone knows that red cells carry the oxygen round the body - no oxygen - no power - like any engine. I was twelve percent low in red blood cells.
Ergo I recommend that this goes up on the site as an information point. No hard walks for at least a week or more after giving blood unless you are xxxx (enter your own club member)
Correction - no idea how long white blood cells take to recover but I expect it is a week like the red. It is the plasma that recovers in 24 hours.
Hello Fellow Members.
Some information for fellow walkers..
Heritage Week in ROI falls between 17th-24th August and several different hillwalks in both the Cooleys and Ring of Gullion (mindful, historical, sacred sites, bronze age remains etc) are scheduled during this period. Contact me on +353-87- 6479715 or firstname.lastname@example.org you are interest in knowing more.
Hi everyone I would like to voice my opinion on walks as I have been a member for 7 years In the beginning I walked every week as one week would be grade B next was usually C i could say honestly the only difference was length of time out I was always asurred the pace was set by slowest walker (not always me) but I never ever felt I was holding up the group it was suppose to be Fun and a means of getting over 50s to stay mobile Whilst I fully understand with the numbers increased greatly i know im not a B walker but very much a C I really enjoy the walking group anyone who knows me knows I have difficulty breathing on steep inclines and am very happy to remain a C walker However our walk yesterday on Sleive Gullion was extremely tough I had to make several stops to get my breathing under control I consider my self quite fitt as I have continued to walk through the pandemic but no way can I keep the pace on hills Therefore I would ask our leaders to go back to setting pace for C grade at our pace I fully understand all the leaders are B walkers and it Can be frustrating for them to have to wait on us C walkers we are not trying to undermine your leadership as we very much appreciate the effort you all put in but in order to make our walks enjoyable can we please slow down and take more breaks make allowances for people like me who ate not blessed with great lungs I have had several tests and have been told its quite normal for some of us to experience lack of breath and I don't feel I'm being disrespectful to our leaders I really love this group but I feel very uncomfortable with it at the moment So can we Please take a step back slow down on hills being told to step back to T walk is not for me when I go out I very much like the 3 hours and I know many fellow members feel the same
I have not been in the club for as long as Marie but belonging to the Kilbroney Ramblers has been a shinning light in my life for the past few years.
I particularly enjoy walking with the C group where i have found a few like-minded souls who dont take themselves too seriously, are not driven or competitive but enjoy great walking, good chats and a warm commaraderie .
We all have days when huff and puff getting up the hills and nobody minds waiting while everybody takes the time they need ( without pressure ) to reach the rest of the group .
We all have huge respect and gratitude to our leaders without whose guidance , knowledge and encouragement we may not have discovered the joys of hill walking .
However i think we are all long enough in the tooth to know our own limitations and dont need a scolding and being told to consider joining the Ts .I feel that is not in keeping with the wonderful spirit of friendship ,acceptance and inclusion that i have always experienced in the kilbroney Ramblers .
I agree with Marie. When I joined I was so glad to find a group "aimed at the over 50's age group where the speed and difficulty of the hill climbing will reflect this". Not to mention over 60's, over 70's etc.
I too struggle going up steep hills. I always have since I started hill walking in my 30's. I walk pretty well over rough terrain and don't usually struggle going downhill. I enjoy being out in the mountains for 3 to 4 hours. Fitness, agility, balance and an appreciation of nature and camaraderie are all part of the experience for our physical and mental wellbeing.
To be confined to T walks only would greatly reduce my enjoyment.
I too appreciate the hard work and time commitment of all the committee and leaders especially at this time.