Posted on: Sunday, April 21, 2019
One of Henry's guiding trips in Connemara has made the headlines in the New Zealand Herald
Hobbling at the back of the pack (with one broken shoe) Jini Reddy hikes the heights of Connemara - home to staggering landscapes and well-earned seafood suppers...
Posted on: Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Hiking with Infants, Toddlers and Kids
Beginning with that day you first held the newest member of your family, you began to celebrate each miraculous moment: first smile, first word, first step. For those of us who love the outdoors, another milepost beckons: first hike. There’s no one right answer as to when, though many would urge that you get out there “as early as possible.” Parenting a newborn is a stressful endeavor, and fresh parents and fresh air can work wonders.
If you’re a hiker, you already know how to prep yourself. This article is packed full of tips that apply to the newest member of your adventure crew. If you do this well, you can create treasured trail memories at every stage of outdoor development:
Universal tips when kids tag along
Hiking with an infant
Hiking with a toddler
Hiking with a grade-schooler
Hiking with Kids of Any Age
Keep them dry, warm and fed: That seemingly kid-perfect spot becomes a miserable place when your child’s most basic needs aren’t met. Children simply aren’t as resilient as adults—even kids who never seem to whine. When they’re warm dry and full, though, kids possess explorer superpowers.
Keep them hydrated and cool: This is really an extension of the tip above. The ideal drinking container, bottle or reservoir, varies with age; for cooling help when it’s hot out, a spray bottle is handy for ages kid through adult.
Triple-check the gear list: Family essentials, like a favorite snack, are only part of the picture. Until your child is old enough to be self-sufficient, it falls squarely on you to ensure your group has all of the Ten Essentials.
Watch the weather: Nasty conditions can make things uncomfortable, scary or even dangerous for kids, so layer up and be ready to head for home if skies turn dark and stormy.
Rediscover your inner child: For kids, it truly is the journey, not the destination. Remind yourself of that, then explore with them, one mini marvel at a time.
Hiking with Infants (0–12 months)
This stage might more correctly be called “infant packing,” because how you carry your child is your first decision. Hauling a bambino along also affects other essentials you take, as well as destinations you select.
The Right Baby Carrier
The choice here isn’t between you and your spouse, it’s front sling vs. backpack, either of which should adjust to fit each parent. Kids need to be swaddled in front until roughly 6 months before graduating to a backpack-style carrier. Read Child Carriers: How to Choose to learn when baby is ready and what features to consider.
Tips for Hiking with Infants
Get your child used to a new child carrier before hitting the trail.
The hiking motion puts most kids to sleep, so hit the trail at naptime to avoid messing with your baby’s sleep cycle.
Ease into things by limiting first hikes to a couple of hours; be wary of cold, wind and rain, too, because babies aren’t great at regulating body temperature yet.
Cover your baby with a sun hat that has a brim broad enough to cover the neck.
If your baby is formula fed, then the powdered form saves weight.
Pack along a separate clean bottle used only to give extra water.
Pack plenty of diapers, and enough waste bags to double-seal them when you carry all your soiled diapers out again.
Hiking with Toddlers (1–3 years)
You’re now entering the half carry/half hike years, so adaptability is key. Toddlers want to toddle, so plan on lots of breaks to let them explore small areas in great detail.
Tips for Hiking with Toddlers
A brightly colored, creature-covered, kid-size water bottle encourages drinking.
You don’t need boots for a toddler; sneakers are fine. Pack extra socks, though, because puddles beckon and dry feet matter.
Kids love having gear of their own, so get your toddler a small pack to carry something lightweight like a jacket.
Always be aware of how far you are from the trailhead because even the unstoppable toddler can tire out and need carrying all the way back.
When your toddler is riding along, look for relatively flat, hazard-free areas where you can turn them loose.
Embrace dirt because your toddler will; only change to the spare clothes when you absolutely have to.
Hiking with Grade-Schoolers (5–12 years)
The child carrier has now been retired and you have yourself a full-fledged hiker. This is when you open up the guidebook and lay down the safety rules. If you have a preschooler (ages 3–5), your child can still ride in the carrier until reaching about 40 pounds. After that, they too are ready to become the big kid on the trail.
Trail Safety Rules for Grade-Schoolers
When kids first start to hike on their own two feet, the rule is "always stay within sight of Mom or Dad."
After the kids have been hiking with you for a few years, the rule can change to "hike ahead for short stretches, then stop and wait until you see Mom and Dad again." Also: "Never hike past a trail sign."
Kids must carry a safety whistle (many packs have them built into a strap buckle).
Kids must know what to do when lost: Stop, stay put and blow the whistle in bursts of three.
Tips for Hiking with Grade-Schoolers
Rather than peaks or views, think about destinations with kid-size fun: where they can skip rocks or clamber onto boulders, for example.
Involve them in the planning and preparation: everything from picking their trail to packing their pack.
This is a great age to let kids switch from a water bottle to a reservoir; your child is strong enough to carry one and most kids love to sip on the run.
Kids bore quickly, so be creative to keep things fun: Spot blazes on trees, count squirrels, sing songs and make up verses, hold twig races in creeks. Geocaching is another great option for keeping kids engaged; or go low tech and incorporate a scavenger hunt into your hike.
For slowpoke kids: Employ lots of mini destinations, like a giant tree or a mossy rock, where they get a snack break.
Bring along a friend and get double the fun. Having non-sibling friends along keeps the energy up and cuts down on the complaining.
Teach kids Leave No Trace rules early on; then see how long it takes for them to “catch you” messing up.
Teach kids map reading early on: Start with something simple like a nature-trail map; when they’re older get them their own topo maps.
Posted on: Sunday, March 03, 2019
WILD. are accredited Mountain Skills providers with Mountaineering Ireland.
DATES FOR BOS MOUNTAIN SKILLS TRAINING COURSES 2019: Starting in March 2019
DATES FOR CONNEMARA
(Dates can also be scheduled for week days to accommodate groups)
MS training is divided into three blocks, MS1, MS2 and MS Assessment. MS1 and MS2 are the basic
training blocks covering all aspects of hillwalking that the candidate will require to become a self sufficient
MS1: This course includes map-reading and simple navigation techniques, recognition of natural
features, distance measurement and timing of walks. Mountain hazards are also covered, as is
personal equipment such as correct clothing and emergency equipment.
MS2: This course builds on MS1. It covers the use of a compass, route-planning and the preparation
of route cards, night navigation, scrambling, mountain rescue and emergency procedures.
MS1 and MS2 are generally run over two-day periods and comprise a mixture of indoor informal
lectures/discussions and outdoor practical sessions. The ratio for MS1 and MS2 is one instructor to
MS1 Cost: €130pp
MS2 Cost: €140pp
Group discount available for 3 or more people.
For further details on course and recommended accommodation please contact;
PHONE: 0876151931 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Enjoy the winter sunshine and an adventurous experience with your children in the Great Outdoors
If you have never wild camped before then make this your first time! Why not start the new year by experiencing something different!
Wild camping is camping away from a recognised campsite, high up in the mountains of Connemara. We provide you with the camping gear, teach you the skills needed, such as collecting water, cooking on a camping stove and ensuring you leave without a trace of your visit.
The rewards of having carried your kit up the mountain, been self-sufficient and felt part of the majestic landscape around you are immense and well worth the extra effort required. Go to sleep listening to the silence of the mountains and wake up to see the sun rise over the distant peaks.
We provide all the camping equipment (which is suitable for the cooler temperature) and you will be accompanied by a fully qualified guide.
6 places available
Cost: €150pp - Group discount available for 3 or more people
For further details contact Michelle by
"There can be few things that gladden the soul on a spring morning more than dusting off the tent and heading out into our stunning countryside with all we need to survive on our backs. The comforting rustle of a night breeze on the fly-sheet, that pleasing "thuk" as the tent peg bursts through the grass into the soil below, the sun setting and rising behind the silhouette of the mountains." Michelle Casey aged 35
"I really enjoyed escaping from the modern world for 48 hours and being self reliant. I particularly enjoyed waking up and seeing the mist over the top of the mountains at 6am, and knowing that we had a full day of exhilarating walking ahead. Wild Camping now ranks in my Top 5 memorable trips!"
Edward Kiely aged 28
“I feel an incredible sense of achievement for spending a night out in the wild” Paul Dunne aged 49
“I was bursting, crossing my legs, trying not to picture rivers or waterfalls and imagining my tent rolling down the mountain. I did everything trying to avoid leaving my tent for a pee but I eventually gave into nature and lost all my inhibitions. I was later woken up by the sun and early morning calls and enjoyed the simple comforts of a well earned cup of tea while taking in stunning views …an experience I will never forget!” Laura Baird aged 30
Posted on: Sunday, March 03, 2019
**ROCK CLIMBING** on 6th of March. We are offering a full day & Half introduction to rock climbing session in the beautiful Burren, Co Clare.
Experience the thrill of rock climbing and abseiling. No previous experience needed!
The day will include;
- Introduction to equipment and safety
- tying in (some rope work)
- movement skills
- climbing calls
- abseiling with lots and lots of rock climbing!
6 places on this session
Cost: €70 per person for full day
€50 per person for half day
Group discount available for 3 or more!
For further details contact us by
email: email@example.com or phone:0876151931
Posted on: Thursday, January 01, 1970
Check out our promotion video at the following link
... Let us know what you think?
All the footage was shot in Connemara, Co Galway and the Burren, Co Clare. The video depicts how our brand and idea evolved!
Posted on: Monday, September 30, 2013
PRE EXPEDITION TRAINING IN CONNEMARA.
We know that travelling overseas can be daunting, especially if it is your first time on an expedition. Therefore we have designed a pre expedition training two day program that can be tailored to your trek or expedition. Depending on your trip requirements you may spend two days trekking, one night wild camping in remote mountain conditions that are similar to those that you will experience on your planned excursions.
This will be a great opportunity to really get to know your fellow travelers and you will also get to try out the equipment you have bought to take on your trek or expedition, and break in those boots! This is ideal for those groups with very little experience of outdoor environments. This would also be for groups that may require a little more team bonding.
It will demonstrate the level of fitness that is required, and help you to be much better prepared both mentally and physically. It will also help to make you even more excited about what you will be doing in the field, and enable you to get the most out of your expedition. The pre expedition training program is flexible according to your group's aims, ambitions and destination.
The following topics will be covered during the training program in order to make life on the trek or expedition that little bit easier!
- Trip planning and preparation
- Fittness and diet
- Camp management skills
- Acclimatisation - Symptoms and Treatment of Altitude Illness.
- Decision making/risk analysis at altitude
- Team Work
- Leave no trace principles
The field days will be run as a safe, fun, outdoor experience. Our educators are qualified Mountain Leaders with relevant insurance and are certified in First Aid.
PRICE PER PERSON:
Prices may vary depending on the training requirements. For a two day trekking and overnight wild camping experience, prices are as follows.
€160 including equipment
€120 excluding equipment
Phone: 00353 (0) 876151931
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
You will need to provide your own:
- Walking boots or strong soled shoes
- 3-season sleeping bag (with a temperature comfort rating of around -5 C/ -10C)
- Personal walking clothing and equipment (such fleece base layers, Nalgene etc)
- Packed lunch for each day and food for overnight camp
OPTIONAL PROVIDED KIT
- Map & compass
- 3 - person backpacking tent
- Sleeping mat
- Stove, gas canister, pan, spoon, bowl & mug
- Waterproof rucksack (bag)
- Survival bag
- Head-torch *
- First Aid kit *
* if required
Posted on: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
WILD. are delighted to be a finalist in the OMiG Startup Awards. This Award is all about recognising the very best of young Galway businesses
and rewarding them for their innovation and endeavour. By celebrating that entrepreneurial spirit, the Startup Award seeks to drive one new
business forward both in 2013 and beyond.
BEST OF LUCK TO ALL OUR COMPETITORS :)
3d printing point
Mindful Movements- Equipment Based Pilates
The Dough Bro's ( great pizzas!! )
The Winners for each category will be announced at the Awards Show itself on Tuesday 22nd April, 2014.
If you have not purchased your tickets to the awards yet you can do so at the following link
Posted on: Tuesday, August 06, 2013
The Connemara Journal published a short editorial on WILD. in last months paper.
EMBRACE YOUR "WILD" SIDE WITH NEW MOUNTAIN TRAINING COURSES
“ WILD.” is a new exciting innovative Irish business that is based in Connemara, Co Galway. They specialise expedition training, guided hill walking and rock climbing. They tailor all their trips to suit the aims, abilities and ambitions of their clients. “WILD.” promotes human development in a natural wild environment. The business ethos is about being spontaneous, adventurous and inspired. The aim is to reconnect people to the natural landscape and deliver an "out of your comfort zone" experience. “WILD.” intends to work closely with local hospitalities and services to promote and complement each others business in order to make adventure tourism in the west of Ireland a success.
Michelle Casey and Henry Wilkinson are a unique team who both share a passion for the outdoors. They bring to the business “WILD.” both educational insight and "real life" experience, as well as being highly qualified in their field. Both Michelle and Henry are accredited Mountain Skills providers with Mountaineering Ireland. “WILD.” will be running Mountain Skills Courses 1 & 2 from August 2013 onwards.
The Mountain Skills (MS) training course provides a general introduction to hill walking in Ireland and the basics of mountain navigation. Offering a solid foundation for gaining personal mountaineering proficiency, Mountain Skills training teaches the necessary skills in mountain safety, navigation techniques, knowledge of hazards, and personal equipment, so that a person finishing the course may be in a position to safely, and competently, take to the hills. Mountain Skills training and assessment also provide foundation training for those who wish to progress to further leadership qualifications, such as the Mountain Leader (ML). For more information check out www.wildfullstop.com or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on: Thursday, January 01, 1970
EXPLORE THE WILD!
Our program “100% WILD” is aimed at young adults in transition year involved in the Gaisce Award scheme.
This program allows young people to experience the wild places of Connemara and other wilderness areas throughout Ireland while nurturing their
connection to the natural world through explorations.The young adults get the chance to investigate principles of ecology, developing an understanding
of scientific concepts through fun, adventure, and education.
Based out of Connemara our four day program including an overnight camping expedition which allows young explorers and scientists to experience the thrill
of the outdoors and all it has to offer. The program is designed to engage participants in a range of activities from map and compass orientation to ecology,
field research and planning an over night wilderness camping expedition. The program sessions highlight different natural history topics and are geared
toward helping students develop an understanding and appreciation of the Irish landscape. Sessions are supervised by qualified Mountain Leaders who
are environmental educators that make learning safe and fun.
Please contact us and we can email you a detailed description of our proposed program "100% WILD". We can facilitate the adventure journey while meeting
the requirements of the Gaisce Award. Please note that our program can be tailored to suit the aims, ambitions and abilities of the transition year students.
(location of the program can be changed to suit the school)
Posted on: Monday, June 10, 2013
Check out our new blog page at wildfullstop.blogspot.ie
Please find us on Facebook and like our page! www.facebook.com/wildfullstop
Or follow us on Twitter @wildfullstop.com
We are also on LINKEDIN
Posted on: Monday, June 10, 2013
Why not join us hill walking in Connemara and be accompanied by a local experienced Mountain Leader. We can facilitate all your needs and objectives whether it is to improve navigation in the mountain environment, learning how to plan a walk and identify a safe route, techniques to use (i.e. hand railing). Our guides can provide you with a knowledgeable and informative experience on the mountains.
Nothing beats the sheer freedom of walking in the hills and breathing in the fresh air whilst taking in the views of the magnificent scenery that is surrounding you. Hill walking will make you fitter faster as it tends to be a much more rigorous cardiovascular exercise than walking on the flat. Apart from the physical, the therapeutic benefit and the relief of stress are incalculable and certainly should not be underestimated.
Posted on: Thursday, March 28, 2013
During this Easter weekend 2013, why not go “WILD.” and explore some of the Irish mountains in Connemara!
WILD. offer a comprehensive range of guided mountain walks covering the mountain uplands of Ireland.
We customise full-day, half-day or multi-day hill walks to suit you and your groups' fitness, abilities and ambitions.
The weather is predicted good for this weekend. Why not make the most of it and be adventurous?
Enjoy a birds eye view of what Connemara has to offer and take a scenic journey in the mountains.
You can also enjoy the wonderful company of local guides Michelle or Henry as your Mountain Leader
who will insure to make your experience an informative and safe one.
Posted on: Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Posted on: Friday, February 15, 2013
We need you to get involved in The Gathering Ireland 2013! This year of celebration is a public-led
countrywide initiative so it will only be as great as the people who lead it.
The staff of WILD. were photographed at Clifden Connemara pony show by Tourism Ireland
photographer James Fennel. This photo is used in the gathering promotional material showing
two generations coming together.
Posted on: Wednesday, February 06, 2013
They are magnificent birds and they have returned to Connemara – after 100 years. A pair of white tailed eagles
has made the sweeping expanse of mountains and coastline between Roundstone and Ballyconneely their home.
If the eagles decide to stay and have a family they could put added life into tourism in Connemara as well.
They have come west again as a result of a programme started five years ago to restore the majestic species to Ireland.
However, the National Parks and Wildlife Service have kept quiet about the descent of the eagles on Connemara.
The NPWS may be biding time to see if the eagles will nest; they may also be concerned about the safety of the birds
following recent incidents in which eagles were found dead in County Donegal and County Mayo. The eagle found near
Lough Beltra in Co Mayo had a high level of poison in its body and also had pellet wounds.
The eagles that have come to Connemara may have made their way northwards from Kerry. A programme to restore
eagles to Ireland was started up in the National Park in Killarney in 2007. So far up to 100 eagles have been released
in Killarney and let off to fend for themselves in nature’s way. The birds were fitted with electronic devices when the programme
began so that their movement can be traced. The programme is administered by the National Parks and Wildlife Service in
conjunction with the Golden Eagle Trust of Ireland. The white tailed eagles are a magnificent sight with a wingspan of 3
metres or 10 feet when they go into flight.White tailed eagles can be about 3 feet in length and over 15 pounds in weight.
Sources in the NPWS say it is difficult to spot them in the large area of mountain and seashore in west Connemara.