The pursuits of the Clare Outdoor Club have evolved into predominantly but not exclusively mountain-based activities such as rockclimbing, hillwalking and mountain climbing.
Over the past 3-4 years the Events Calendar for the October to June time period has been dominated by mountain walks/climbs with scheduled outings increasing in level of difficulty during the period.
Weekly rockclimbing in the Burren commences during the summer months (usually once a week on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening) at Ballyryan or other craggy areas and continues on the climbing wall in UL during the winter.
The club encourages members to branch out and organise other activities and some very successful cycling trips have taken place.
There are currently some members who are active in canoeing, sailing and caving as well as other diverse pursuits such as table tennis and pitch and putt!
At the present time, the Clare Outdoor Club is not engaged in trail rambling or walking along way-marked ways as pursued by other clubs e.g. the East Clare Ramblers. It is not the aim of the club to preclude members from walking in areas such as along the Western Way or the East or Mid-Clare Ways or indeed anywhere in the Burren. But, at present the club does not organise or provide leaders for walks in these areas, other than at exceptional times during the year such as on the day of our annual Christmas Party or perhaps prior to our summer barbecue in June. Members who wish to walk or ramble in these areas are free to do so at any time at their own discretion and at their own risk. It is advisable never to walk alone and preferably in a group of three or more people.
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A percentage of each individual membership subscription is sent to the Mountaineering Ireland to cover the cost of membership of this national body to which the COC is affiliated. Civil Liability Insurance and Personal Accident, whilst partaking in Mountaineering Ireland approved activities, is included for club members. Additional details on insurance cover may be obtained from Mountaineering Ireland or on their website at www.mountaineering.ie. Four issues of the Irish Mountain Log, the official publication of the Mountaineering Ireland, which retails at 2.50 per issue, are posted directly to all registered members.