Countdown to Elbrus…


I’m back down from my early morning Wicklow Mountain hill-walk.  elbrus 2It was cold and windy up there, but bracing and totally energising. Walking on a blustery day like today really makes me feel alive.

My leg is properly healed now and I’m training hard for Elbrus.  I’m heading to Russia in July with Pat Falvey Irish and World Wide Adventures, to climb the highest mountain in Europe. Elbrus is a frozen volcanic glacier with a big reputation and one of the ‘Seven Summits’ the highest mountains of each of the seven continents.

The odds are stacked against me, because I need to fit 6 months of training into less than 2 after being injured earlier this year.  It’s a serious challenge and I’ve got an awful lot of work ahead.  It doesn’t help my confidence when I keep finding little details like this on ‘’…..

•Climbers regularly die on Mount Elbrus, as many as 30 a year. In 2004 alone, 48 climbers and skiers died on the mountain. Elbrus is considered one of the world’s most deadly peaks with a high ratio of climber deaths to climbers.

May the force be with me! I’m heading down to Pat’s Kerry Mountain Lodge shortly to begin training on Carrauntoohil. I hope I’ll be ready for climbing Ireland’s highest mountain. It will certainly show me how much work I have to do. Kerry will bring this challenge home.



My Boobs Became a Weapon of Massive Destruction…

Clerys 1I’m a small scrape away from fifty, but today I learned a surprising amount of new stuff about my body – my boobs, to be specific.
I went to a free bra-fitting session at Clerys in Dublin with ‘Stylist to the Stars’ Maureen O’Halloran.  I squeezed in the visit between lunch and gym; and had written it off in advance as a fluffy, fashion thing – but it turned out to be a lot more than that.
I discovered that the bra I had been wearing was far too lose around the rib-cage but far too small in the cup.  I also learned that squeezing my breasts into those small cups can be damaging to the tissue around my lymph glands and restricting drainage of toxins through the lymphatic system. Although I didn’t learn all the science today, I learned enough to go off and do some research.
I also discovered that a good bra can really have a dramatic affect on your shape.
I’ve got big boobs. I don’t really like them. They get in the way when I’m doing my yoga poses, they also make buoyancy jackets uncomfortable and they hurt when I run.  As a result I strap ’em down as much as possible and try to ignore them (difficult).  The thought of actually supporting my breasts, lifting ’em, separating ’em, and thrusting them out there – is actually quite terrifying.  But today they got the treatment and well, wowza.
I’m still not entirely comfortable about the transformation, but I’ve got to say, or announce, or maybe it should be a declaration:  Today Maureen and Clerys created a ‘Weapon of Massive Destruction’…

  • Communicorp
  • Danone
  • Irish Farmers’ Journal
  • Dublin Airport Authority
  • WeightWatchers, Ireland
  • Limerick City & County Enterprise Board
  • ‘Foot In The Door’ Media Trainer for Independent Commercial Radio, Ireland
  • Clare County Enterprise Board
  • Carlow County Enterprise Board
  • Great Outdoors
  • Adrian Hendroff ‘From High Places’
  • Chernobyl Children International
  • Concern Ireland
  • The Hope Foundation
  • LauraLynn Childrens’ Hospice
  • Travel Department
  • Helly Hansen Killarney Adventure Race
  • 98FM Dublin
  • Newstalk
  • TodayFM Radio
  • Learning Waves Skillnet
  • BCFE, Ballyfermot
  • Pat Falvey, 'The Summit Book'