Mam­moth jour­ney be­gan with a step

Bray People - - MOUNTAIN TRAGEDY THE DEATH OF IAN MCKEEVER -

HUM­BLE TO the core Ian McKeever de­scribed how he faced each chal­lenge on the web­site, On­line Ris­ing.

‘ The jour­ney of 1,000 miles be­gins with a sin­gle step. Aged 29 be­fore I’d even climbed Ire­land’s most fa­mous hill the iconic Sugar loaf, even then it was done re­luc­tantly! 13 years on it’s hard to imag­ine my life with­out such grace­ful plea­sures.

‘Eight years ago I moved down to Lough Dan to train for the chal­lenges, phys­i­cal and metaphor­i­cal that lay ahead

‘ There are two con­tentions that I know now to be true.

1. Learn to climb Ca­maderry hill prop­erly and you can climb any moun­tain in the worl

2. When per­spec­tive leaves you and your mind is clouded be­yond rea­son, sit pa­tiently on the Ca­maderry deer line ridge look around you, breathe and you’ll feel very dif­fer­ently about ev­ery­thing. That ridge-line is where I get my per­spec­tive on all that mat­ters.

‘Ev­ery chal­lenge I face, have ever faced is un­der­taken by train­ing within a 10 mile ra­dius of that very ridge­line.’

Ian in the shadow of the Su­gar­loaf.

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