Gear and Equipment

Included here is a list of recommended equipment.

Severe weather can occur at any month and mountain weather will certainly keep you on your toes. It is easy to become separated in bad weather on mountains and hills and a walker must always be capable of acting independently. Many of the trails will be over rough broken hillside where you can easily slip and twist an ankle without the support and grip of good hiking boots.

For a full list of gear, suitable clothing and walking equipment see Trespass website

Easy looped walk in the beautiful Killarney National Park, suitable for beginners, families and anyone! All gear should be lightweight and easy to carry.

  • Comfortable, sturdy walking boots.
  • Trekking socks
  • Lightweight Waterproof Jackets: something that will definitely keep a summer shower off you!
  • Quick dry and/or waterproof pants: comfortable and lightweight trousers that are non-cotton will serve you well on your walk.
  • Bottle of water
  • Camera (optional)
  • Snack/packed lunch (necessary)
Rugged walking, with some ascent and off-road areas and stunning scenery. Footwear is very important on tacks and trails such as these, and can be the difference between a good day and a fantastic day.

  • Light/mid weight walking boots: these should be sturdy and waterproof.
  • Trekking socks: padded, comfortable walking/trekking socks are a must.
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket.
  • Lightweight Quick dry pants Waterproof pants.
  • Base layer T-shirt-non cotton: it is vital not to wear cotton next to the skin on long walks, as cotton holds moisture and can be cold and uncomfortable. A synthetic base layer is preferable. These move moisture away from the skin and often regulate temperature.
  • Small rucksack: to carry all of the above.
  • Packed Lunch
  • Plenty of water/energy drinks
  • Camera
Footwear is the most vital piece of equipment needed here.

  • Walking boots: A studier, strong, 3 seasons, waterproof, aggressive boot is required in this terrain with exceptional grip and ankle support.
  • Trekking socks.
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Lightweight Fleece jacket: ideally you carry a spare fleece/insulated jacket with you to the reeks, remember it is an average 10 degree colder on the top of the Carrauntoohil that it is at the bottom.
  • Lightweight quick dry pants
  • Waterproof pants
  • Base layer non-cotton T-shirt.
  • Small rucksack: to carry all essentials.
  • Packed lunch with plenty high energy foods
  • Plenty of drinks/water/hot drinks
  • Camera
  • Walking Poles: Can certainly help tired legs, just make sure they’re collapsible.
  • Hat: It can get chilly; especially the higher up you go.
  • Gloves: Light and easy to carry they’re a gift if needed.
  • Compass: Always nice to know which direction you’re traveling.
  • Gaiters: If conditions are muddy these really protect the ends of your trousers.
  • Map: OSI no. 78 covers much of the walks covered, OSI Killarney National Park, Harvey McGillycuddy Reeks.
  • Head torch: Unlikely to be needed, yet handy if you come across any caves.
  • Mobile Phones can be very useful for helping Mountain Rescue Units to communicate directly with a party or individual stranded. And no doubt in emergency situations they can save hours in calling for help. However, it is important to note that coverage in mountainous areas can be at best unpredictable and a mobile should not be viewed as essential equipment but more an added bonus.