T.Y Lugnaquilla Hike:The Beginning
The Idea of The Lugnaquilla Hike began in 2010 when employees of HomeLink decided to scale the mountain to a) get a feel for it and b) to see if it was possible to do with students. The results were positive. The next port of call was to drum up interest for it. This was done by going from school to school planting the idea into Transition Year Students heads.
As HomeLink is a charity based organisation, students that were partaking in the Climb were asked to raise money for HomeLink. The schools involved were Loreto Bray, Loreto Dalkey and Presentation College Bray.
Lugnaquilla when translated from Gaelic means "hollow of the wood".
Lugnaquilla is a 3,035ft Mountain. It is situated in Co. Wicklow Ireland. It is the highest peak in Leinster and also the thirteenth highest peak in Ireland.
Lugnaquilla is a bulky mountain, with a large plateau-type summit, which is great for catching the sunrise. It is a 7km hike, which takes about 3 hours to go up (in the dark, mind you), and 2 to come down, after spending 30 minutes in the chilly dawn for the sun to appear.
We went up the mountain 5 times, with a total of about 120 students. Each time the students were accompanied by 5 adults, from HomeLink, the teaching staff, and Lugnaquilla guides. Some groups were lucky and were presented with magnificent vistas of clouds rolling away below their feet. Other groups had to be satisfied with the mere splendour of a magnificent sunrise.
We managed to raise over €7,000, so a very BIG thank you to all involved.
The image below is just one of the magnificent views enjoyed by the students in 2012.
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