Mountain Climbing

Mountain climbing is a fantastic way to get your muscle groups working in both the upper and lower body. It offers a full body workout, helping increase muscle strength, stamina and endurance. 

You get all the benefits of being out in nature, climbing one of Ireland’s beautiful mountains, while challenging yourself to reach new heights.

The total immersion that mountain climbing demands helps you get into a state of flow, which is a great stress reducer and mood enhancer. You have to really focus when climbing trickier parts of the route and this is great for developing concentration and focus.

The sense of achievement from taking part and – if the day allows – reaching the summit is great for your self-confidence and sense of achievement.

The shared experience of taking on the challenge of climbing one of the country’s iconic mountains is great for developing trust, social skills and friendships.


What to bring - Mountain climbing

What we provide

  • Trained instructor/s
  • All the necessary technical equipment to lead the climb
  • Healthy snacks and water

What to bring

  • 30-40 litre backpack that has both a waist and check strap. Make sure your backpack has a waterproof cover. If it doesn’t, you can line the inside of the pack with a plastic bag. It’s a good idea to divide everything in the backpack into individual, smaller plastic bags to keep them dry, safe and accessible.
  • Comfortable pants that stretch, are very comfortable and do not limit your movement (denim jeans are absolutely not suitable as they hold the wet and take a long time to dry).
  • We recommend layering your clothing with a number of thin layers. Have a warm base layer (made of moisture-wicking material, avoid cotton as it retains dampness). Next is the mid layer, which can be made of fleece or wool (merino is good). You might choose a windproof top for this layer. Make sure this is a layer you can take off or put on easily, as the temperature demands.
  • The outer layer of waterproofs is absolutely essentially as getting wet is not a good idea. You will need a waterproof jacket and trousers to wear over you base and mid layers. A breathable fabric is recommended.
  • Footwear is hugely important. For any mountain climb, you will need proper hiking boots that are waterproof and protect your feet and ankles. If you buy new boots, or haven’t worn your boots in a while, put them on and go for a walk/hike before a big mountain climb just to make sure they fit comfortably and won’t cause blisters. Lighter weight hiking boots or good quality trainers are suitable for the Class 2 walks/hikes.
  • It’s a good idea to invest in hiking socks, or good quality high-wicking socks for our climbs/hikes/walks.
    A warm, well-fitted hat (preferably waterproof) is necessary, or a peaked cap or visor during summer weather. Warm, well-fitting and preferably waterproof gloves and/or mittens are necessary to protect your hands from the weather and from rough terrain.
  • Trekking poles if you have them. They are a great aid both in ascent and descent and really help reduce impact on your knees, as well as giving you more balance in challenging terrain.
  • Sunglasses and sunblock are always handy as is a sit mat to keep you dry when we sit for a break and to have a snack.
  • Water bottle.

Suitable for age 8+

Available all year round (weather permitting)

What to bring - Move, Breathe, Swim, Eat

What we provide

– Trained instructor
– Healthy, nutritious lunch and drinks

What to bring

– Comfortable, stretchy pants/shorts
– Swimsuit
– Tee-shirt (long or short sleeves)
– Warm light top or fleece and socks
– Comfortable footwear
– Water bottle
– Towel
– Light blanket

Suitable for age 8+

Available all year round