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Crossing the Greenland ice cap: Clare O’Leary and Mike O’Shea tell their story

Earlier this June 15 Mike O’Shea and Clare O’Leary became the first Irish team to cross the Greenland ice cap with dogs and skis, outracing an epic approaching storm to complete their mission. The expedition was part of the pair’s ongoing Ice Project. Catherine Murphy catches up with the duo to find out what makes them tick, how they learned to cope with the dogs on their trip and their somewhat climate change sceptic views.

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Cascade Designs: 30 Years in Ireland and Flying High

In the world of outdoor activity and adventure, brand names like MSR, Thermarest, Platypus, Sealline, PackTowl and E-Case are renowned for producing some of the most reliable and well-regarded products and equipment, like camping mats, camping stoves and tents. And with a lifetime guarantee, they represent a refreshing buck in the global trend of throwaway products. But did you know that many of them are made in Midleton and Bantry, Co Cork, by Cascade Designs Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Seattle-based Cascade Designs Inc? Roisin Finlay visits to find out more.

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Meet the Rural Recreation Officers – a behind the scenes hero

The role of the Rural Recreation Officer (RRO) was created in 2008 to look after the Department of the Environment’s Walks Scheme. Since then it has expanded to cover all rural recreation and has become critical to the growth of responsible, sustainable tourism and local development in Ireland. There are just 12 RROs nationwide. Outsider’s Roisin Finlay meets Rosaleen Ní Shúilleabháin and Martin Dillane who work as RROs in Galway and Mayo respectively to find out more about this essential role and the various projects they work on.

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14 tips for doing the Camino de Santiago

Every year thousands of pilgrims and walking enthusiasts walk the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St James, following the many routes to Santiago de Compostela. The Pilgrims Office in Santiago de Compostela has reported that nearly 240,000 pilgrims received their Compostela certificate in 2014 from 140 countries around the world. The Irish are still among the top nationalities on the Camino; more than 5,000 walked to Santiago last year alone. If you are among the pilgrims walking the Camino this year, listen up as Roland Monsegu, director of CaminoWays.com offers you his top 14 Camino de Santiago tips.

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A walk on the wild side: Trekking across the Nephin Beg Range

A chunk of Mayo has just been designated Ireland’s first wilderness area. Declan Cunningham explores the countryside.

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Life through a lens - John Shiels

John Shiels has spent 35 years behind his camera capturing outdoor and adventure photography.

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Kenya is calling

Join Concern for the ultimate life-changing challenge

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On top of the world: Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains

Kris Goodbody heads to Ethiopia and discovers a proud land boasting ancient history and stunning mountains.

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Monday motivation: 3 great upcoming events not to miss

From high-octane mountain bike events to armchair adventures, take your pick form inspiring events this April.

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Competition for Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland

The Irish Times launched its Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland competition on Saturday 29 March 2014 (www.IrishTimes/gowild)

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Irishman on track to complete Seven Summits

Paul Devaney plans to scale Everest in a bid to complete the challenge.

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Kenya Calling

Join Concern for the ultimate life-changing challenge.

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Midges - Some things we’ve learned

It may not feel like it but spring is here which means the midges won't be far behind...

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The long walk north

Cold, snow and ice is what is waiting for Mike O’Shea and Clare O’Leary. They are about to go on one of the hardest expeditions known to man, walking to the North Pole. If they manage it, they will join an exclusive club. More people have gone to space than completed this journey.

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Verbier: Three slices of Swiss

Verbier Saint Bernard is a playground for the rich and famous of Europe, but is there anything there for the adventure seeker?

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Four bothies and an artist

Right now, there are four particularly special bothies across Ireland. However, where they are, nobody knows.

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Outsider People of the Year - the winners

The second annual Outsider People of the Year took place in December 2013. We were spoiled for choice when it came to nominees this year.

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Verbier: Three slices of Swiss

Verbier in the Swiss Alps has a reputation of being the ski resort of choice for minor European royals and the Russian nouveau riche.

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My Way: Turlough Hill to Art’s Cross trail run via Lough Firrib

Thanks to Anthony Finn – and Maggie – for sharing this tough trail run in Wicklow with us. You can look forward to tackling challenging peat hags, staggering views and a cool drink from Lough Firrib.

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Outsider People of the Year 2013

We love this time of year. It’s when the Outsider team gets together and compiles (argues about!) our list.

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How to fit a backpack with 53 Degrees North

Expert Ambrose Flynn from 53 Degrees North, Ireland’s leading outdoor adventure stores, guides you through the most important steps of fitting a backpack correctly.

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A taste of more in the Galtees

Outsider’s man of the mountains Declan Cunningham heads to Tipperary to explore Ireland’s greatest inland mountain range. The Galtees stretch over 20km from Mitchelstown to Caher (also known as Cahir) and offer a myriad of hiking options with fantastic views.

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The loneliest place in Ireland – the Bangor Trail

Lenny Antonelli takes a 10-hour hike in Mayo and revels in one of Ireland’s last true stretches of wilderness.

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