A group of us from work have signed up a team to take part in the Focus Ireland 2009 Four Peaks challenge.
The challenge involves climbing the highest peaks in the four provinces of Ireland, namely:
- Carrauntoohil (1039m, 3,406ft) in County Kerry, Munster
- Mweelrea (814m, 2,670ft) in County Mayo, Connaught
- Slieve Donard (850m, 2,786ft) in Ulster, Northern Ireland
- Lugnaquilla (925m, 3,035ft) in County Wicklow, Leinster
The catch? We have to do it in three days, and the total distance to get round to them all involves travelling over 800 miles!
The second challenge for me as the token Englishman in the team is to learn how to pronounce them all 🙂
Whilst I’ve done similarly silly things in the past (a three day, 30 mile trek around the Lake District, including Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and High Street) and a 5 day 100 mile walk from Brighton to Watford (ok, not exactly scaling any mountains on that one!) I’ve not done too much walking over the past five years. Therefore I’m itching for the excuse to get out training in the hills surrounding Dublin, which so been pretty much ignored since we moved over here.
The challenge takes place in June, so there’s plenty of time to get the miles in. There’s also plenty of time to get sponsorship in as well…
We aim to raise €4,500 for Focus Ireland – a charity that aims to help the homeless of Ireland. Needless to say, you can choose to give us a donation online (see how easy we make it) just by visiting here to sponsor our imaginatively titled team: Inspired By Mountains (geddit?)