Rules and Guidelines for club members

     1 Introduction
Rathgormack Ramblers Hill Walking Club is totally committed to the safety of its members and
considers it good practice to operate in accordance with the following guidelines.

      2 Club Activities
(A) Club activities are recognised as being those which:
Are published at a club meeting
Are published on the club website
Are funded by the club
Require group transport through the club
(B) Organisers of Club Activities are bound by the conditions of the Club`s Constitution and Rules

      3 MCI Warning
(A)  Mountaineering Ireland recognises that mountaineering and climbing are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants should be aware of and accept this and be responsible for their own actions.
(B) Each club member is insured under the same insurance as all MCI affiliated clubs. If you require further information please contact  Mountaineering Ireland

     4 Club Rules/Guidelines
Car pooling is advised, where this can be achieved safely within family groups. HSE Covid 19 apply in all cases
Respect private property and observe the Country Code
Park carefully and don`t obstruct laneways, gates, traffic etc
Members are responsible for their own actions
Members are advised to select a walk that matches their fitness level
If you are on medication or suffering from any condition that might affect you on the walk, you must inform the walk leader before the walk starts.
Walkers should bring with them the following essential items:
strong walking boots with good ankle support; gaiters; a hooded waterproof coat with waterproof trousers; plenty warm clothing including gloves and a hat (don`t wear jeans); sufficient liquids and food
Walkers should consider the following recommended items:
relevant map; compass; whistle; watch; torch; first aid kit; some form of personal I.D. and the name of someone who can be contacted in the event of an accident
All members must comply with club rules
All members must follow instructions of leader at all times
For everyone`s safety the group should stay together for the duration of the walk. A group should travel no faster than the speed of its slowest member
Accidents should be reported to the leader immediately
The leader has the right to refuse anyone not adequately equipped
The leader may extend, curtail or alter the route. He/she sets the pace and walkers are expected to follow at this pace.
If you walk ahead of the leader you are no longer considered to be part of the group and you are responsible for your actions and for those who follow you
Inform the leader if you are feeling tired or if the pace is too fast for you, or if you wish to stop for whatever reason
The Walk Registration Sheet will be completed by the Walk Leader at the beginning of each walk. Please ensure your name is included
The Committee of Rathgormack Hill Walking Club asserts that no walk leader can be held responsible for the welfare of individuals who ignore these rules
Week-Ends Away: Only members and their families and friends may take part in our club weekends away

     5 Insurance
As a members of Mountaineering Ireland all members of Rathgormack Ramblers have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance in Ireland and Britain and within the European Union. This gives protection to members from being sued for negligence.
Members also have some Personal Accident Insurance :€75.000 euro to cover permanent loss of a limb or an eye, permanent loss of hearing in one ear, permanent loss of speech, permanent and total disablement from employment.
However, members do not have accident and emergency cover under our MI Insurance. We are advised to get this insurance if traveling on a walking holiday. The MI does organize a Travel and Activity Insurance through the British Mountaineering Council. At the very least members should carry their European Health Insurance Card with them on holiday within the E.U.