Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Howth Brownies & Ladybirds wrap up well for North to South Pole trek

On Saturday 16 April 2016 Howth Ladybirds and Brownies set off on a major expedition to trek from the cold and blustery North Pole (Howth Summit) down to the frozen ice-cream shop, Yummie's, at the South Pole (Howth pier).

At 11am 43 brave souls started the journey. Temperatures increased slightly as we stopped off along the way in Greenland and Iceland. We stopped off to say ‘Hi’ to our families in Ireland and then continued on through France and over the Pyrenees mountains into sunny Spain. We headed then to Morocco, where we stopped for a drink and a game of Grumpy Frog.

It was then on through South Africa where we spotted a couple of elephants and zebras and other wild animals! We managed to pass
through the tropic of Capricorn, Cancer and the Equator … Phew!

When we finally reached the South Pole, we set up camp in the playground where more games were played. We debriefed our huge adventure over a delicious ice-cream and then it was home for a well-deserved rest. 

We walked a total of 108.5km (86km on the day and 22.5 was walked later on in the week by those who missed the trek)!

Well done, well done, very well done to all our explorers!

~ Ann Marie, Lisa, Lua and Karen – Howth Brownie and Ladybird Leaders

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Tullow Guides clock up 143km in North to South Pole Trek!

Tullow Guides completed a hike around the Spinc in Glendalough in order to log some kilometres for the North Pole to South Pole Trek challenge. 

Eight girls and three of us Leaders set off, decked out in our raingear for what was to be a tough old hike!

If we thought it was wet and windy by the Upper Lake, it was nothing compared to when we reached the summit of the Spinc!

The girls displayed great teamwork skills as they trekked along making sure to call out “step up, step down!” so that others behind knew what to expect ahead.

The most challenging part of the hike was when we had to go wading in newly-formed streams due to the heavy rain in order to get back onto dry trail. Lucky
we had all our waterproof gear!

We took a few snack breaks to re-energize and were fortunate enough to spot some wild goats.

Overall, we covered a distance of 13km which accumulated to 143km as a group. Hopefully that will put a dent in the 20,000km!

The girls and Leaders had a great time and we were all thankful to head home to hot showers!

~ Alice O'Hare, Tullow Guide Leader