Aim for Peak Performance at the Connaught
Five Peaks Challenge
and raise funds for Special Olympics Sport heroes

 

Rise to the challenge and take part in the first Five Peaks Challenge
along Connaught’s Wild Atlantic Way on

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September 2017

 

Each participant needs to raise a minimum of €500 which includes:

  • All transfers from hotels to and from peaks
  • Professional hiking guides
  • Overnight stay in a hostel in Connemara
  • Packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday
  • Healthy Snacks kindly sponsored by Iswari
  • Celebratory meal at the end of the trip
  • Special Olympics technical T-Shirt

60% of the funds raised will support Special Olympics sports and training programme

 Not included:
  • Transfers to and from the pick up and drop off point.
  • Any items of personal nature i.e. room service charges, drinks, phone calls.

What’s involved…

Day 1

  • 6.15 -6.45 am: Registration, safety briefing and guide assigned
  • 7.00: Short bus journey along the Wild Atlantic Way to base of Truskmore
  • 7.30: Climb Truskmore and descend into Gleniff Horseshoe (2-3 Hours)
  • 10.30: Transfer to Benbulben
  • 11.00: Climb Benbulben ( 2-3 Hours)
  • LUNCH
  • 14.00: transfer to Nephin ( 1.5 hours)
  • 15.30: Climb Nephin (3 hours)
  • SNACK BREAK
  • 18.30 Transfer to accommodation in LETTERFRACK (1.5 hours)

Day 2

  • 7.30am: Breakfast
  • 8.00: Climb Diamond Mountain (2-3 hours)
  • LUNCH
  • 12.00: Transfer to Croagh Patrick (1 hour)
  • 13.00: Climb Croagh Patrick (3-4 hours)
  • 17.00 Transfer home (2 hours)
  • Arrive in Sligo at 7
  • Celebratory Dinner in Riverside Hotel, Sligo.  Shower and Leisure facilities available to all participants.
Note
All Food, Water, Accommodation (Sat night), Guides, Transport are supplied by Special Olympics.
 

Truskmore

Truskmore (2,123ft) is on the border of County Sligo and County Leitrim. It is the highest peak of the Dartry Mountain range and the highest in the county. It is the highest point on a large plateau stretching across north east Sligo and north west Leitrim. The edges of this plateau are marked by high cliffs. The RTE transmitter is located on the top of this mountain.

 

Benbulben

Benbulben (1,725ft) is a large rock formation in County Sligo. It is also part of the Dartry Mountain range and is located in an area called Yeats Country. Benbulben is a protected site, designated as a geological site by Sligo County Council. This famous landmark is immortalised in the poetry of W.B. Yeats.

 

Nephin

Nephin (2,644ft) Among the most interesting of Connaught's mountains is Nephin, which has been climbed and revered for generations. Nephin is a majestic mountain, which dominates the landscape for miles around. It is a conical shaped quartzite mountain standing alone overlooking Lough Conn. It is the second highest mountain in Connaught, second only to Mweelrea also in County Mayo.

 

Diamond

Diamond (1,450ft) The ridge is a narrow fin of quartzite roughly half a kilometer long, which culminates in a cairn that marks the summit. From here, you can see, Inisbofin, Inishturk and Inishshark. To the north and east, the Twelve Bens are nothing short of sensational. Kylemore Abbey’s gothic turrets stand out from neighbouring Kylemore Lough. Directly north, the summit of Mweelrea can be seen.

 

Croagh Patrick

Croagh Patrick (2,507ft) Nicknamed the Reek, as it is climbed by pilgirms each year on Reek Sunday, this is the third highest mountain in Co. Mayo. Sitting 8 kilometres from Westport above the villages of Murrisk and Lecanvey, it forms the southern part of a u shaped valley flowing in to Clew Bay.