After the unprecedented success of last year’s inaugural Summer Solstice “Walk the Line” Challenge the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT) is pleased to announce the date of the 2012 Summer Solstice “Walk the Line” Challenge, www.walktheline.ie.
The Walk the Line challenge is the DWMRT’s most significant fundraising event of the year. Last year it raised over ?38,000 for the team with the money being used to purchase a new Land Rover, call sign MR4, which proudly displays the Walk the Line logo.
Our team members come from a wide variety of backgrounds but have one objective in common – to save lives in wild and remote places. All proceeds from this year’s event will be used to provide vital equipment to support the work of the 40 volunteers on the team. An urgent task ahead of the team is to ensure the new vehicle is kitted out with all the necessary equipment to make it ready for its specialized role. The team is also in the process of modifying its other Land Rover, known as MR3, to make it capable of carrying a stretcher. This will greatly enhance the team?s capability to
extract injured people from remote areas quickly and safely. The success of the 2012 Walk the Line Challenge will ensure that these objectives can be achieved.
Taking place on the 23rd of June 2012 the event is a walk/run along the county boundary of the Dublin & Wicklow Mountains, starting near the Sally Gap and finishing at Larch Hill Scout Centre overlooking Dublin city. To fit in with the summer solstice the plan is that each participant would find themselves on a peak at sunrise.
The final route has been selected and confirmed (subject to permits from the National Park and Coillte). There are two options, a 20km
excursion for the novice walker who would like to support the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team while experiencing the mountains at night
and a 30km hike for the more experienced folk who want to challenge themselves.
The registration fee is EUR25 per participant to secure a place on the event. Participants are also being asked to raise a further minimum of EUR75 sponsorship in order to participate bringing the total minimum sponsorship to EUR100. Both the 2011 and 2012 events have been proudly supported by the team’s main sponsor The Great Outdoors.