Waterford and Tipperary boys conquer mountainous challenge

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Odhran O’Súilleabháin from the Ballymacarbry Scout Group in County Waterford and Conor Egan from 22nd Clonmel Scout Group in County Tipperary recently completed their fourth Mountain Pursuit Challenge on the Slieve Liag mountain in Donegal.

Mountain Pursuit Challenges (MPCs) are Scouting Ireland organised weekends of adventurous backpacking in the mountains.

They are designed to be tough and challenging and aim to improve hiking, lightweight camping and navigation skills in the hills.

Odhran and Conor previously completed MPCs in April on the Knockmealdown Mountains, in May on the Dublin Wicklow Mountains and in September on the mountains of Achill.

Over the course of the four mountain weekends the scouts endured every type of weather, from howling winds and driving rain on the Knockmealdowns to glorious sunshine on Achill.

The boys covered approximately 80 kilometres and 4,000m of climbing or in other terms approximately two marathons and half the height of Everest while carrying all their gear on their backs. They were responsible for navigating the route, frequently in very poor visibility, and preparing and cooking their own meals.