Staff Adventures: Sarah - Mountain Skills 2 - Wales

I headed to Snowdonia with two friends I met doing Everest Base Camp last October to complete our Mountain Skills 2 course together. We drove over and got the ferry to Holyhead as it was the easiest option with all our gear! We went with @fiamountaineering who I did my MS1 in the Comeraghs with, and I couldn’t recommend Cormac enough! MS2 involves night navigation and difficult terrain navigation.
Day 1 we navigated up Snowdon. We were treated to magnificent views thanks to the weather and got to capture the most beautiful sunset.
There was snowfall on the mountain when we went up and it was a bit slippy in parts. We then continued navigating through the dark on our decent, with the use of our compasses and maps. This was overall about 10 hours of hiking 😅 which I throughly enjoyed.

There is a cafe and bathrooms on top of Snowdon which were shut when we were up there due to snow. You can access Snowdon via train (all weather dependent). The tracks where originally built for the mines but now gets used by tourists bringing people up. Half of the train was operating the day we hiked up and as it was a bank holiday weekend, it was quite busy!

Day 2 was traversing hard terrain. We hiked up Tryfan, a scramblely, hard hike. A popular one for rock climbing! This includes routes that have grade 1 scrambling, which we ended up deciding not to take due to high winds. Looking up at it was a bit intimidating but I throughly enjoyed the light scrambling over rocks. The descent down was in definite need of walking poles due to scree and rocks. We were out on the mountain for approximately 6 hours.

Tips and tricks
-Hand warmers: it got cold with the wind and during night nav these were essential!
-Pack spare batteries for your head torch.
-Careful where you park in Snowdonia! A lot of these locations don’t have service and they tow your car away if you park in a non designated spot!
-Full support hiking boots are essential for these hikes.

Products used
-Meindl Bhutans GTX
-Expedition 4 compass
-Lowe Alpine 35/45L bag
-Rab Cirrus Flex 2.0 Insulated Hooded Jacket
-Led Lensor MH4 headtorch
-Rab Capacitor Hoody - Orion Blue
-Eco stretch buff
-H/H lifa merino midweight crew baselayer
-Icebreaker 200 Oasis crew baselayer

Staff Adventures: Lucy's Kayaking Trip to East Skeam Island in Aug 2022

Staff Adventures: Happy St. Brigid's Day! As we celebrate the shift from Winter to Spring, our minds are drifting towards summer adventures. For inspiration, take a peek at Lucy's amazing photos from her kayaking and camping trip to East Skeam Island in Roaringwater Bay during the scorching August 2022 heatwave.
East Skeam Island (Irish: Inis Céime Thoir) is an island in Roaringwater Bay, County Cork, Munster, Ireland, that forms part of Carbery's Hundred Isles. It is situated at 51°30′30″N 9°26′48″W, North from Heir Island, East from West Skeam Island, West from Cunnamore Pier.
It's hard not to feel the urge to start plotting your next excursion, isn't it?
Some products Lucy used on her trip included:
elixir 2 tent
All are available to view on our website. 🙂

Staff Adventures: Climbing Mount Kinabalu, Borneo

In 2018, Edith and her family embarked on the adventure of scaling Mount Kinabalu in Borneo. Positioned within the esteemed Kinabalu Park, the mountain boasts a rich biodiversity, hosting a multitude of plant species from various origins including the Himalayas, Australasia, and Indo-Malaya. Recent botanical surveys have revealed an astonishing diversity, estimating between 5,000 to 6,000 plant species, surpassing the combined count of Europe and North America, not including tropical regions of Mexico. 

Rising to 4,095 meters (13,435 feet) above sea level, Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak between the Himalayas and New Guinea. Its name, derived from the Kadazan term ‘Aki Nabalu,’ translates to ‘the revered place of the dead.’ Despite its lofty elevation, Mount Kinabalu is renowned for its safety and accessibility, granted one possesses reasonable health and fitness.

To adhere to national park regulations, climbers must be accompanied by certified guides at all times and should be prepared for potential altitude sickness.

Sharing her experience, Edith said, "The trek takes two days, with an overnight stay in a hut. We set off for the summit at 1:30 am on day two, so having a good head torch was key. Despite the 33°C temperatures at sea level, it gets freezing at the top, so warm thermals were a must. We packed dioralyte to tackle altitude sickness and brought along two walking poles, which made a huge difference on the descent, especially for my dodgy knees."

Staff Adventures: Gougane Barra

Sarah and Lucy, both keen hikers, recently headed out to Gougane Barra to check out the trails.

Within the park itself, there are six Coillte walking trails to suit all levels of fitness.

Picture of Gougane Barra church

The Slí an Ghaorthaidh (0.5kms, 30mins, multi-access) is a nature trail with 10 stops; Sli na Laoi (1.3kms, 1hr, moderate) is a delightful trek along the floor of Coomroe following the course of the infant Lee to the head of the valley; Slí Dhoire na Coise (1.8kms, 45mins, easy) is a gentle walk along the Lee to the lake and back; the more energetic can tackle the Slí an Easa (1.8kms, 1.5hrs, strenuous); Slí na Sléibhe (2.5kms, 2hrs, strenuous) is the most majestic of all the trails in the park – high into the mountains with spectacular views; for those pressed for time, Slí an Choim Rua (0.5kms, 30mins, moderate) gives a glimpse into the wonder of the park at the back of the forest valley.

Outside of the park there is the 11.5km Gougane Barra Loop which is a beautiful more challenging hike (boots, maps, poles, etc required). Will share details of that again soon. Posted it way back when 🙂
Remember to bring coins for the carpark (€5) and make sure to stop into the fab Gougane Barra Hotel afterward.

Christmas Delivery

Last day for pre-Christmas delivery within Ireland is Wednesday Dec 13th 2023

We're recommending that all web orders are placed by the 13th of December for pre Christmas delivery. We will continue to ship after that, and our staff make every effort to get web orders out on the same day they are placed (the couriers pick up at about lunchtime so if it's after that you roll into the next day) but we can't promise anything. 

We also offer click and collect if you'd prefer to err on the side of caution. 

In summary, the 13th of December was the last day for guaranteed delivery before Christmas but we will continue shipping daily. However, we won't be able to do too much chasing of the couriers for any order placed after the 13th that doesn't make it in time. 

If you have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch!


Green Friday 2023 - Shop local this Black Friday and support Pieta House

Black Friday is not for us! Whilst there are lots of great bargains to be had in our shop at the moment, we don't agree with the Black Friday madness. And frankly, we're much more about encouraging people to make the right purchase that suits their needs as opposed to buying stuff they don't need at an artificially deflated price. Rant over!  

Instead (and for the seventh year in a row) we are picking a charity to donate a percentage of the days sales towards. This year the charity we've picked is Pieta House.
So this year,  shop small, shop local and buy stuff that lasts. 

It's great to see so many Irish businesses thinking this way and getting behind @championgreen and #greenfriday this year. #supportlocal #pietahouse #greenfridayireland

Thinking about getting new soles on your Meindl boots, find out more here...

Resoling your old Meindl boots is a great way to extend their life but it is an expensive process, with prices going up again on May 1st. It's important your boots are in good enough condition to go through the process so here is some useful information and costings. 

  • Boots are sent back to Germany to be re-soled. This can take up to 8 weeks and longer during holiday periods. 
  • Please note that if your footwear is leaking, we cannot guarantee any repairs carried out will rectify this.
  • IMPORTANT: Clean your boots before dropping them in

Excessive grease/wax may prevent the adhesive from bonding correctly, we therefore kindly request that you remove as much as possible before sending your boots to us.​​

  • Please remove footbed/insole and laces before dropping them in. 

Costings are below. We now charge a €20 service fee for processing the boots, filling out the paperwork and liasing with Meindl. 

The first step of the process is that we take pictures of the boots and send them to Meindl to ask their opinion on whether they can handle the re-sole process. If they say they're okay they then get shipped to Germany and are resoled. This can take up to 8 weeks. They come back with new insoles and new laces. 

If you have any questions about the process please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

Resoling Fees for Meindl Boots

A, AB, B Grade

C Grade

Shipping to Germany from WSS



Resoling incl. Shipping from Germany





Vat @ 13.5%





WSS Service Fee (incl VAT at 23%)







YETI was founded by Roy and Ryan Seiders in 2006. The brothers grew up in Driftwood, Texas, and spent a large portion of their childhood outdoors. Their father Roger Seiders was an entrepreneur that designed a fishing rod epoxy.

Growing up, the brothers always had a passion for the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, traveling to outdoor industry trade shows with their teacher-turned-entrepreneur-father. They were raised with an appreciation for wild game, unfamiliar territory, and high-quality gear.
They found that the coolers available at the time just weren’t up to the task – the handles would break, the latches would snap off, and the lids would cave in. Not only was it a hassle to replace coolers after each season, but also these cheaply built, ordinary ice chests were limiting their good times. And that frustration led them to a solution.

In 2006, they founded YETI Coolers with a simple mission: build the cooler they'd use every day if it existed. One that was built for the serious outdoor enthusiast. One that could take the abuse they knew they'd put it through out in the field and on the water. One that simply wouldn’t break. They decided early on that product innovation would come from necessity and firsthand experience – not from market research and data analysis. Today, YETI products perform when it matters most - whether that be an excursion into the remote Alaskan wilderness, chasing redfish on the Gulf coast, or just getting together with friends in the backyard.

What makes a Yeti Cooler stand out?

Camino Information Talk - Thursday 23rd March

The Camino Society of Ireland is holding a free Camino Information Talk in Wild Side Sports on Thursday 23rd March from 6pm -7pm. 

  • How to plan and prepare for your Camino
  • Maps, guidebooks and Irish Pilgrim passports will be available to purchase

The Camino Society Ireland is a voluntary organisation, founded in 1992 by returned pilgrims to ‘give something back’ to the Camino and to future pilgrims.

If attending please phone 023 8829706 or email to register.

For further information please visit

Product Recall of Alp Trainer 2 Mid GTX

Salewa is conducting a voluntary recall of the product Alp Trainer 2 Mid GTX (Item Code men’s version: 61382 – Item Code women’s version: 61383).

Why are they doing this? If these boots are laced loosely or untied, unlaced at the ankle support section, not laced through the eyelet, or lace hooks are left unlaced, etc., it is unlikely, but possible that the lace hook on the inside of one boot can catch on a loose cable on the inside of the other boot, posing a tripping and/or fall hazard and risk of injury to the consumer.


Recalled ALP TRAINER 2 Boots can be identified by the production date on the inside of the tongue label of the boot. The production date on the label starts with an “FS”. The numbers on the label indicate year and month of production as follows: the first number is the last number of the year of production and the second number designates the month of production. For example, FS 2-01 designates a production date of January 2022.

All AT2 Boots with the following production dates are subject to recall: FS 0-XX, FS 1-xx, FS 2-01, FS 2-02, FS 2-03, and FS 2-04 (only for Men’s Alp Trainer 2 Mid GTX Boots 61382 in Black/Black 0971). Production dates starting with FS 2-04 (apart the one cited before – 61382-0971) and later (e.g., FS 2-05, FS 2-06, etc.) are not subject to the recall (the “Fall 22 AT2 Boot"). 

Men’s Alp Trainer 2 Mid GTX Boots, Item Code 61382, were manufactured in three color options: Black/Black (0971), Raw green/Pale frog (5322), and Walnut/Fluo orange (7512). The recalled Women’s Alp Trainer 2 Mid GTX Boots, Item Code 61383, were manufactured in two color options: Black/Black (0971), and Duck green/Rhododendron (5085).

The Fall 22 AT2 Boots can be distinguished from the Recalled AT2 Boots by examining the sides of the boots: the Fall 22 AT2 Boots have a covered steel cable and different lacing point (15mm or 1.5 cm closer to the tongue) than the Recalled AT2 Boots.

If you feel your boots may be affected by this recall or are unsure please get in touch with us immediately. 023-8829706 or email 


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