3 day back Pack

After a late-ish night for some, an early start with all gear required for the 2 nights in the elements. Packing gear is an art in its self, but given practise can reward you with an evenly balanced comfortable ride when walking over long distance. After approaching the glacier on snow shoes we roped up and continued in to an abyss of dense fog. This ideal environment for training was received with a reminder that the shit can hit the fan very quickly and requires expert knowledge to survive and arrive at our next campsite. We exited the fog as we approached the Bear pass where we had a break. Down a steep section of deep snow was a challenge to most of us. With every step down about 2 feet meaning 3-4 kg of snow to lift back up!! We got down and on to more favourable ground, but it seemed the pressure had alredy hit hom e for some. The campsite near to the unoccupied Liervassbu hut was a mix of evening sun and humour as we snuggled into our -25c bags after a ...some braving to stay outside!!
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With the weather on our side we headed for a climb in preparation for our 3 day back pack. We all shuffled out with crampons, snow shoeing, axe, some layers, camera, food, water and loads of sunscreen. The landscape here in Jontunheimen is absolutely stunning, especially when you start to gain height from 1500m to 2000m. We started on foot, then on to show shoes and finally leaving our shoes for crampons to attempt a summit of our first Norwegian 2000m..Brilliant

Niall Foley

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After a busy May, June hit us with a reminder, June 3rd 29 Beyond Endurance expedition team members decend on Dublin airport. Depart 06.30am Oslo.

All the team where in great form, some arriving with family members. We arrived in Oslo later that day and met with Bjorn on the bus. Driving north a few stops later, travelling through changing landscapes, we arrived in Krosbu Lodge near to Jotunheimen National Park and Glacier, our base for the next week.

The next day after a briefing, we covered snow shoes, ice axe arrest and crampons which we practised a mile away in to the snowy hills.

Niall Foley

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Sunday, 07 May 2006 00:00

Ropeskills 6-7th May Day 2

A few ropey heads (pardon the pun), but all ready for action on Sunday morning. We started out by gearing up and heading for the Gap for a brief on crevasse rescue. After this we all headed off in convoy for Rossbeigh beach to put our learning in to action. On arrival the weather was much the same very unpredictable. Donal briefed everyone again on the crampons and the rope techniques of traveling as a group.

Off we went and walked around a bit in crampons up a few dunes. Its amazing how you end up walking like a duck. This was followed by instruction on ice axe arrest which is a technique that needs to be well practiced. After this exercise we then broke up into groups of 2s and 3s and roped together for our finale which simulated a small summit ridge, and down with each lead member simulating a fall to see how the other coped. The exercise was great and gave everyone a feel for what’s to come in Norway and Sth. Georgia. Final briefing from Donal, Katie and Pat about the importance of team work, after which we did a gear check and went back to base. Our luck goes out to Jason who had engine problems forcing him to spend another night in the Kingdom.
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Saturday, 06 May 2006 00:00

Ropeskills 6-7th May

After all meeting up in the lodge on the Friday night, Saturday morning was buzzing with everyone preparing for 2 days of serious training on ropes and glacier techniques. Firstly Con Moriarty went through gear and in particular boots that are required for the likes of Sth. Georgia we headed off to the basement as the otherwise good bright start to the day was to get its first of many wet spells. We went over the tents again for one last time, and then on to stove and fuel safety. Following this we put on our harnesses and tried our crampons for size.

The Gap was beautiful but wet later on which proved difficult for Niall filming. We practiced tie-ing in and abseiling on cronins crag. Katie and Donal were in their element with Katie hanging upside down half way up while still giving instruction. The team had a great first day, with a short rock climb for those who were game to attempt it in the wet with big boots on, go on Liam!!

That evening we all had a lovely meal in Kates where a few drinks and lots of laughs were had.
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Saturday, 15 April 2006 00:00

2nd Back Pack Weekend

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.
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On Sunday morning at 3am the team were awoken and taken to the top of the Gap, where they started out in perfect night climbing conditions. As we approached the frosty top section of Purple Mtn, the wind picked up giving the team the ideal training environment.

This was the first part of the self assessments for South Georgia. Everyone who came along had a great time and really tested their fitness level and enjoyed a very adventurous weekend. We would like to thank all who attended the lecture on Sunday, apologies for the late venue change.
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On Friday night in Killarney there was a buzz in the air as the first meeting of the Beyond Endurance Expedition Team got underway. We started out for Corrán Tuathail via O‘Sheas gully at around 9.30am on Saturday morning.

The Team was also joined by Marie and Brian from Nationwide who are doing a piece for RTE to be aired next Wednesday. The Beyond Endurance Crew was also filming. All the team made it to the cloudy summit, for some it was a first.
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Sunday, 19 March 2006 00:00

3 day backpack Day 2-3

Once we got on to the reeks the cloud started to lift giving outstanding views of the local landscapes. We scrambled on the icy rocks towards Cruach Mhór and celebrated our second summit of the weekend. All the team were elated with their success and had a quick drink and chat.

On Sunday the weather was warmer as we departed for Cnóc na Broca. Some of the more tired people headed toward Strickeen to meet up with them there, again beautiful weather and great moral. Back at Kates there was a debriefing by Pat and the guides Donal, Katie and Nathan on the teams progress overall. Steven O’Reilly and Niall Foley where filming on High definition for the duration of the schedule and thanks to Geraldine for all her help.
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Saturday, 18 March 2006 00:00

3 day backpack Day 2

The team spent a cold night in the Gap and were ready for action at 9.30am. As part of the expedition, DCU sports students are monitoring some of the team as part of there studies, and will be following it through when the team return from the expedition
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