Join experienced long-distance hiker Mark Flagler for a full day workshop in the Wicklow Mountains.. The workshop will introduce you to the world of long-distance walking, providing invaluable information to help prepare you for your next adventure. The 5-6+ hour session will allow for plenty of time to walk and discuss the many aspects of taking on a long-distance route including planning, preparation, training, weather, gear, clothing, food, staying tough mentally and much, much more.
Mark Flagler has trekked over 17,500km on 5 continents. He has vast experience on wilderness trails in North America, pilgrimage routes in Europe, world famous treks in Patagonia and countless trails on the island of Ireland. Mark is also an accomplished mountaineer, former mountain rescuer and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa and Mount Elbrus in Russia.
This workshop is perfect for anyone considering the challenge of walking a long-distance trail. Either a wilderness trail, pilgrimage route or a long trail in Ireland. Come out for a good walk and learn first-hand about these types of long-distance journeys, how to plan, prepare and gain valuable information about life on the trail.
The route and what to expect
The group will meet up at the Crone Woods Car Park (location on Google Maps
) at 9am sharp. There will be a 10-15 minute introduction and a brief explanation of what the day entails then we are off into the backcountry.
The group will follow the Wicklow Way through the forest, passing ancient trees and old stone walls. At 2.2km we reach a viewing point to look across to Powerscourt Waterfall and the summit of Djouce. We eventually climb down to Dargle River, cross the footbridge and take a short break to admire the stunning Glensoulan Walley. From here we begin a steady uphill climb. We leave the Wicklow Way and follow the short, steep trail to the Djouce summit which stands 725 metres tall. We stop here for lunch and enjoy the 360-degree panoramic views of the impressive Wicklow Mountains.
Depending on time and how the group is feeling we can either retrace our steps heading back to the car park or continue southwest down the mountain looping around the mountain via the Wicklow Way and continue down to the car park. This route will add an additional 2km to the day so we can see how we get on and decide as a group how much walking everyone wants to do.
Some topics that will be discussed during the session:
Treks, Pilgrimage routes, etc.
Route research and information
Staying in towns (hotels, hostels, albergues, etc.)
Clothing and gear
Food, Pilgrimage meals, restaurants
Bag and luggage transport
Daily routine walking from town to town
Wilderness Trails (camping, hiking, etc.)
Planning and trip preparation
Sleeping Shelters (tents, tarp, bivy, hammock, etc.)
Food and Nutrition
Clothing and gear
Sleeping bags and pads
Packing your backpacks
Maps, mobile apps
Hydration (Water bottles, hydration bladders, water treatment & purification)
Backcountry toilet etiquette
Leave No Trace Ethics
Portable power banks, solar chargers
Food resupply (mailing food ahead to Post Office or lodging)
Trail hazards (depends on the trail: elevation, snow, thunderstorms and lightning, forest fire, heat, bears, etc.)
Training for trip
Once you sign up and pay for a workshop you will receive a phone call from Mark Flagler to discuss the workshop and answer any questions you have. If you have any additional questions about the workshop you can email me at email@example.com or call me at +353 85 8423970.
Mark Flagler will keep an eye on the weather for the workshop. If the weather is too bad (heavy rains and/or dangerously strong winds) the workshop may be changed to another date. Mark will be in communication with all those who have signed up for the workshop.
I look forward to seeing you out in the mountains!