The girls woke up to a full Irish Breakfast (kindly made by Clare, Deirdre and Joe) before they reluctantly surrendered their phones and luxury bags for the week.
Each team was gathered and dropped off at a different mystery location across the Iveragh Peninsula. They were handed a folder containing an introduction letter, list of projects, budget money for the week, emergency instructions, mobile phone, list of base camps and a map. After this they were left on their own to read through their team pack and plan out their route for the day and the entire week to ensure that they reached their 60km mark and the projects that they would complete along the way. One team camped at each of six locations situated at Waterville, Ballinskelligs, Keel, Portmagee, Valentia Island and Cahersiveen. At the end of a long day of walking for the girls, we left our base to head out and check in with them at their campsites, bringing the water for cooking and to fill their water bottles for the following day. When we arrived the girls were setting up to cook their dinner, dinner ranged from group to group. Then we pitched our own tents alongside theirs and settled in for the night.
Campsites Night 1
Team 1 - Emma Barry, Niamh Mcsweeney, Aishling O’Connor – Bru Na Dromoda Hostel
Team 2 - Sarah King, Cliona Woods, Erin McElwee – Waterville GAA
Team 3 – Emer Curtin, Nicole Moore – Keel
Team 4 – Ciara Dineen, Aislinn Porter – Portmagee
Team 5 – Amy Dunne, Sarah Connolly – Valentia Island
Team 6 – Jennifer O’Neill, Ann Kavanagh – Ballinskelligs