News 2021

Title:  Staying Safe on the Mountains
Date:  23/08/2021

Mountaineering Ireland is acutely aware that with staycations and the increase in people hiking in mountain areas, it is more important than ever for all outdoor users to follow some simple guidelines, to ensure that their time on the hills and mountains is fun and positive for everyone involved.

Over the summer months, local Mountain Rescue Teams across the country have seen an increase in callouts to assist lost walkers and to respond to injuries, many of which have been serious. All these situations require a great deal of resources (human and time). In recent weeks some teams have had to deal with back-to-back emergencies, with some exhausting stretcher carries, putting extreme pressure on volunteers.

Mountaineering Ireland’s Chief Executive Officer, Murrough McDonagh notes “When going out on the hills and mountains it’s important that we recognise that our safety is our own responsibility. Knowing our limitations and preparing for our activities will help to reduce the risks and accidents, as well as lowering the number of callouts. In addition to the volunteers that make up our 11 Mountain Rescue Teams, others involved in responding to emergencies on the hills include Coast Guard Volunteer Units and the Community Rescue Service, along with the state services through An Garda Síochána, PSNI and the Coast Guard Helicopter Unit. All involved in Mountaineering Ireland are extremely proud and appreciative of the emergency teams who respond to callouts on the mountains and how vital this service is.”


The key questions that all hikers and hillwalkers should ask themselves before setting off are:

- Have I chosen a route that matches the skills and abilities of the group/family unit?

- Do I have the appropriate footwear and clothing?

- Have I checked the weather forecast and have I adapted my plans accordingly?


Mountaineering Ireland has set out key points for staying safe on the hills and trails. Our Happy Hiking advice is aimed at all walkers, particularly those who are new to the outdoors and visitors to this country. The Happy Hiking material is a useful resource for all and includes advice on planning a walk, what to bring with you, getting a weather forecast, who to call in an emergency and lots more. Please share as widely as possible:


To speak to Mountaineering Ireland, please call 01-6251115 or email


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