Stand on top of Ireland with the Focus Ireland Highest Peak Challenge

Be part of the 2010 Focus Ireland Highest Peak Challenge. This fun weekend invites you to take part in a mountain skills training and navigation day before climbing Irelands highest Peak Carrauntoohil, and raising a minimum of  €450 to help people who are homeless. This year’s event is taking place on August 14th and 15th. Click here to Register Now.

During the Focus Ireland Highest Peak Challenge you will firstly complete a mountain skills training and navigation day on Saturday which will provide you with all the skills you will need for Sundays big climb.

Early on Sunday morning you will begin your climb of Carrauntoohill, Irelands Highest peaks. Carrauntoohill is located in Killarney, Co. Kerry, is 3,414ft or 1,040 meters and promises a tough but exhilarating climb. This is an individual challenge however a great team spirit can be felt throughout the weekend with everyone helping each other to complete this challenge.

Registration for the Highest Peak will open by the end of February 2010, however if you would like to put your name on the pre-registration list please email: events@focusireland.ie. Participants are asked to pay a €100 registration fee and then raise the balance before the challenge weekend.

Itinerary
During the Focus Ireland Highest Peak Challenge you will firstly complete a training and navigation day on Saturday to prepare you for Sunday’s climb. Early on Sunday morning you will begin your climb of Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest peak. Carrauntoohil is located in Killarney, Co. Kerry and is 3,414ft or 1,040 meters. It promises a tough but exhilarating climb with beautiful scenery. The climb will be followed by a celebratory meal and awards ceremony.

Saturday 14th August
The weekend will begin at 11am  on Saturday 14th August at Kate Kearney’s cottage, situated at the beautiful Gap of Dunloe, Co. Kerry where you will register with the Focus Ireland events team before taking part in the mountain skills training and navigation Course. The mountain skills course will take place in the Killarney Hills close to Kate Kearney’s cottage and will teach you the basic skills needed for safe hill walking including map  reading, navigation techniques, timing and compass bearing. Qualified and experienced mountain guides will divide the group into teams of 10 and after a brief talk about equipment and safety will take you through the rugged scenery of the Killarney hills. Groups will be divided according to their experience and fitness levels and the training will be tailored to suit all levels. After the mountain skills course a well deserved and relaxed dinner will be enjoyed in Kate Kearney’s cottage before you drive back to the Killarney Youth Hostel for overnight accommodation and a well deserved rest or a few drinks in the local pub!

Sunday 15th August
You will have a 6am start on Sunday morning 15th August. Following registration, a full equipment check and a safety briefing you will be bussed to the base of Carrauntoohil to start your climb of Ireland’s highest peak. Experienced mountain guides will be positioned at strategic points on the mountain and as you progress up and down the mountain you will be expected to check in at these points. By noon on Sunday all the group will have reached the peak and you will start your descent back to the mountain base. You will then be bussed back to the Killarney Youth Hostel for a celebratory meal, awards ceremony and hot shower.

You should aim to complete the climb within approximately 5.5 hours.

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