Report by Shaun Menzies
The next day was without doubt the hardest day. Up at 7:15 am, we struck camp and set off. Over the course of the next 9 hours we worked our way up and across rough terrain to traverse three 3000ft peaks, eventually arriving at Ireland's highest mountain, Corrán Tuathail. Fortunately, we were lucky to have the company of Gerry as one of our guides and he benefited us all with his mountaineering experience and positive chirpy humour. Descending Corrán Tuathail's "Devil's Ladder" is not easy on the best of days, but descending it in wet conditions after two day's of hard climbing and with a fully laden expedition pack is another thing all together. It was a tough day and we worked hard to get through it but get through it we did, and as a team.
Saturday night's camp craft session took place in a field belonging to O'Sullivan's farm. This was idyllic in comparison to the previous night, with a fresh water stream flowing right next to us and a border of trees for shelter. We were very tired but also very relieved we'd made it through the day. My own personal memory was of hitting a “hunger wall” at 2:30pm, I had expected us to have lunch at 12:00 or 1:00 but it wasn't to be. Instead we drove on. By 2:10pm it felt like someone had opened a tap and drained all the energy out of me, the strength for each step forward had to be summoned from some well deep within. I learned some valuable lessons that day.