4 Provinces – 4 Peaks…. Focus Ireland Four Peaks Challenge 2010

Calling all hillwalking enthuaists looking for a unique challenge for 2010.

The Focus Ireland Four Peaks Challenge now in its eleventh year invites teams of between 3 and 5 walkers plus a minimum of two drivers per vehicle to climb the highest mountain in each of the four provinces of Ireland over one weekend while at the same time raisinge €4,500 in sponsorship for people who are homeless. This unique challenge provides you with an opportunity to meet five hundred like minded people in some of Ireland most remote and beautiful locations. The Focus Ireland Four Peaks Challenge will take place between Friday 11th and Sunday 13th June 2010 and Focus Ireland promise you a fun and challenging event from start to finish.

The weekend starts out in Killarney on Friday where each team will firstly register before taking a bus to the base of Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. Having climbed to 1,038 metres and stood beside the cross marking the highest point in Ireland, teams will be bused back to the hostel for a meal and shower before making a journey to Galway where Focus Ireland will provide optional hostel accommodation for your team.

Saturday morning sees your team leaving Galway and heading for Mayo to commence the climb of mighty Mweelrea at 11am. Mweelrea stands at 814 metres and offers stunning views of the surrounding area and out to the Atlantic Ocean. After this climb, teams must make their way to Newcastle in County Down in preparation for the final day of the challenge. Teams are expected to arrange their own accommodation in Co. Down.

It’s an early start on Day three with the climb of Slieve Donard commencing at 6am. The climb follows part of the majestic Mourne Wall to a height of 852 metres. There is no time to enjoy the views as teams must then make their way to County Wicklow for the final part of the challenge – the climb of Lugnaquilla starting at 2pm. This is arguably the easiest climb although great care should be taken on Lug in mist or fog due to it’s infamous ‘prisons’, sheer cliffs edging the large summit plateau.

Once all teams have completed the climb, the part can begin with certificates awarded to each participant and a hot meal served at the base of the mountain for all.

Online registration is now open at www.focusireland.ie

Focus Ireland have provided us with a list of Frequently Asked Questions:

What if I have no experience climbing on mountains?
Team members do not have to be mountaineers, but a good level of fitness is required. It is desirable for at least one team member to have some mountain walking and navigation experience. We will be hosting a navigation training day in April, which will provide the opportunity for novices to gain experience and for those who are a little rusty to brush up on their skills.

What about safety?
Information about training, equipment and safety is available on the web site. Please ensure that every member of your team takes time to review this information. The event is fully supported throughout by experienced mountain guides who will be situated at checkpoints along the climbing routes, which you must report to so that we can monitor your position and progress. First aid cover is also provided.

How will we raise the sponsorship?
Sponsorship should be raised by a team effort. Hold your own event like a pub quiz or raffle, ask your friends and family for sponsorship, send an email to colleagues, place a notice on your staff notice board, get the whole company involved or join forces with a neighbouring company or client. You should not be dependant just on your employer to pay your sponsorship money, although having access to a potential corporate sponsor will be a great help.  Remember this is a team event so spread the responsibility, e.g. if you have a team of four climbers and two drivers, that is only about €750 each. We will provide you with, collection buckets and sponsorship forms and posters if required.

When does our minimum sponsorship have to be submitted?
The €4,500 in minimum sponsorship must be submitted 4 weeks prior to the event. There are no exceptions. Failure to comply will forfeit your team’s place in the challenge. If you are unable to collect your minimum sponsorship at this point you will be asked to make the difference up yourselves and refund it when you have collected the balance. We will accept letters of guarantee from corporate sponsors who may not give you the sponsorship money until after the event has taken place.

Is our €300 deposit included in the €4,500 in sponsorship?
Yes, the deposit is included in your total sponsorship. You will need to raise a minimum of €4,200 after the deposit has been paid.