On arrival we went for a short hike in the Wicklow Mountains and summited Mt. Seefin, where there was a Megalithic Tomb. Here we had lunch and took in our surroundings before returning to the estate to take part in a number of camp craft activities, such as pitching tents and learning how to start a fire using flint, and how to filter water using charcoal, fine stones and moss.
That evening we participated in an orienteering course, where we followed a set of instructions to source the food that would be used in preparing our dinner. In groups we worked together and used the skills that we learned earlier that day, in order to cook the food sourced.
During the evening we went for a night-hike and, on return, we sat by a large campfire and roasted marshmallows. Following this we went to sleep in our tents.
The next morning we ate breakfast and dismantled our tents before packing them away. We also cleaned the campsite to ensure that we left no rubbish behind.
We spent the rest of the morning participating in a number of fun adventure activities, such as a high/low-ropes course, wall-climbing, abseiling and archery. It was a great start to Transition Year. Thanks to Mr Sullivan, for organising the trip and to Mr Malin and Mr Walker for participating, and to everyone who made the overnight stay possible.
C. Barry Corr
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