Twenty brave and ambitious men who work in Tara Mines, Navan – Europe’s largest lead and zinc mine- are busy training for a unique and adventurous climb that will see them walk from Ireland’s lowest point below sea level to the country’s highest point – that’s the bottom of the Tara Mines, Co. Meath to the peak of Carrauntoohil, Co. Kerry to you and I!
What started as a canteen conversation has now evolved into a serious fitness challenge that will allow the men to begin at ‘The Oven’ of Tara Mines – the average temperature is 35 degrees and 100% humidity. There they will begin a 1,000-metre climb over 8km, at an average angle of 20 degrees elevation to reach the surface. They will then scale Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohil. A total climb of over 2,000 metres.
The event begins at 19.30 on Friday 26th October in Navan and will finish on Saturday 27th October in Kerry.
All funds raised will be donated towards Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.
“We are aware that these are challenging times but we hope that because of the uniqueness of our challenge and this very important charity, that people will really get behind us and help us to raise a substantial amount of money for this National Children’s Hospital,” said Joe McParland (Event Organiser).
Susan Bradley, Community Fundraiser at Temple Street Hospital says “We were delighted when we were approached with this unique fundraising challenge. We wish everyone the best of luck with the event. All funds raised will go towards purchasing a piece of vital life saving equipment at the Hospital. This will help over 133,000 babies and children who come to Temple Street Hospital every year from all over Ireland”.
The men will be accompanied by two experienced mountaineers, Sean Philips, Founder of the ‘Gap O’ The North’ walking club, who has over 20 years of experience leading groups on varying difficulties of walks and ‘Everest Hero’, Terence ‘Banjo’ Bannon – the first person from Northern Ireland to climb Mount Everest (2003).
Anyone wishing to donate to the Tarauntoohil Climbers can visit: http://www.mycharity.ie/event/miners_for_minors_-_the_tarauntoohil_challenge