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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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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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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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Irish team forced to abandon historic expedition to North Pole

The LifeProof Ice Project team announced today with deep regret that they have been forced to abandon their inspiring attempt to walk to the North Pole.

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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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Riding high – the Passportes du Soleil mountain biking festival

The Pass' Portes du Soleil mountain biking festival makes the best use of the skiing regions runs, chair lifts and gondolas.

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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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North of Disko – a Greenland adventure

Filmmaker Claire Riordan wouldn’t consider herself a hardcore adventurer – at least she didn’t until the summer off 2013.

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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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Escapes: Obere FirstAlm, Spitzingsee, Germany

The Outsider crew escaped in early 2013 to this mountain hut in the German Alps as part of our ‘corporate’ team building.

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See the northern lights with Extreme Ireland

The gang at Extreme Ireland could make this a reality.

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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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60 seconds with professional adventurer Leon McCarron

Leon McCarron, 26, is from a tiny town called Articlave in Northern Ireland. He studied film at university and came out of his degree not knowing what he was going to do.

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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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Adrift in the Andaman Sea - Island hopping in Thailand

A menu of idyllic sunsets, dawn swims in bath-like water and delicious food, Roisin Finlay sets sail amidst Thailand’s multitude of islands.

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The pilgrims’ progress – a Dublin to Donegal kayaking expedition

In 2012 Dermot Higgins and his son Fionn decided to do a pilgrimage from Dublin to Donegal.

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Flying solo – learning to paraglide

Who knew it only took 10 days to learn to fly?! Louise Healy heads to New Zealand’s southern Alps to take to the skies on a paragliding course.

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Unforgettable Uganda

Back in November 2012, Teena Gates took on the Tri Uganda Challenge with charity Concern.

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60 seconds with Tony Mangan

In 1997, Tony Mangan read a book that would change his life forever - Full Tilt? Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy. Inspired by the book, Tony made his way around the world by bike in 1998.

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