I really like this representation of the river catchment basins throughout Ireland & the UK.
Obviously there is an underlying message, if nature needs this amount of space to drain our land effectively, where are houses supposed to go? (that’s rhetorical) We know from the slightest heavy rain storm that we no longer have the natural water attenuation in our land as flooding is more and more evident – this is because of our built environment.
From an adventuring point of view the question is: is it possible to walk the length or breadth of Ireland cross country without getting your feet wet?
I’m thinking initially something diagonal from Derry / Antrim to Kerry /Cork could be the way to do it but then you are dealing with the midland bogs too.
Reading my Irish Mountain Log which just arrived and its great to see we now have an official list of the Arderins which are the Irish version of projects like the Scottish Munros where hills are defined by a set of agreed criteria.
The Arderins is a list of 406 mountains that are 500m or greater in height with a prominence of at least 30m.
One of the chief goals was to redistribute the foot load of our hills from the ‘main’ hiking areas of Wicklow, Mournes and Reeks which are very much over used and encouraging a more proportional approach to hill walking challenges.
So you’ve had a busy year adventure racing and its winter. What do you do now? Feet up in front of the fire and rest?
There’s an old adage “Winter miles = Summer smiles” and its very true. Training and racing is a year on year activity. It’s not about starting in Spring and racing for the summer and relaxing in the cold of winter.
It is a multi-year round process of training cycles and possible multiple peaks for races through the season.
There may also be time in the winter to try more indoor activities that will complement your outdoor training and there is some great advice in the attached article from the Quest Adventure Series –
There are also big adventure running races (Art O’Neill Challenge, SPine Race) and other events (Causeway Coast, North Coast Trailquest) through winter that are more in the spirit of multiday racing for you to participate in or support if you are seeking your next inspirational challenge.
With my own 2020 calendar starting to take shape I’d love to hear what you have planned for winter 2019.
07/06/16 – Post updated to include the ordering link.
So you’re counting down to ITERA in August and you have all your ducks in a row. Training is going well and you might even be thinking of your packing and gear lists.
The one thing you might miss out on, especially the domestic teams, is the need for a bike box. Because we are not flying anywhere and as previous domestic races provided universal bike transport boxes we may not have thought of it.
You may have spotted a post on Facebook from us the other day about the Route to Christmas challenge on the World of O(rienteering ) website??
Well Mike and myself are having a bit of fun on the Daily navigation challenge, we each (along with 100’s of others) plan the route we would take to get between the Control Points (CP’s) and then to compare them afterwards.
We’re leaving a time lag between picking our routes and posting them so you can have fun with the other days too.
Mike – Don’t fancy the leg sapping steep route. Contour around the tree-line and punch through the saddle.
Sean – Working across the contours will be quicker and using fences and streams as handrails to get to the second saddle where a sharp blast uphill will allow a direct drop down to the CP16
Bearing in mind we don’t have route maps or any information on restricted roads etc we are workign off our working knowledge of most likely case scenarios of race rules. No main road, that kind of thing. So either that road is out of play or Mike went for pints 😉
Stay tuned for Day 2 & 3 coming up as a double feature!