October has crept up on us out of nowhere. September has been a bit of a busy month and this has meant I have lapsed a bit on the old blog but back with a vengeance today. It has been an exciting couple of weeks as we went to Dublin to organise the inaugural Women's Adventure Race in Roundwood in Wicklow. Then there was a business trip to Madrid which finished with a 3 day skydiving course, something I have dreamed of doing for years. In the adventure centre we have been working on some cool new parts to our Turf Warrior course and also a redesign of our Zip wire to make it easier for our clients to use.
First off the Women's race in Roundwood was a great opportunity to try something different as we had to move up to Roundwood for a couple of days. As they say a change is better than a holiday and we spent a couple of lovely days setting up around Vartry reservoir. Wicklow is nice to visit but not quite as impressive as the West of Ireland in my opinion. Great day was had though and we had almost 250 women come and try their hand at the race, we think they all enjoyed themselves and have discovered the delights of Adventure Racing.
Madrid was okay I start to get itchy feet in a big city after a few days . Good to meet some of our partners over there and to see what is happening in the adventure scene in a different country. After two days of meetings in Madrid it was time to head off for a bit of R&R, my idea of this was to go and do an AFF course, essentially learn how to jump out of plane and fly your own parachute. Something I have dreamed of doing for years it was great to finally get out there and try it. I went to a little place called Ocana where i signed up with skydive Madrid and got to do my jumps. Unfortunately due to weather I was only able to do 3 out of my 7 jumps but they were amazing and now I have to go back and finish of the rest of my jumps.
Next week is another busy one as we welcome Butler University to the adventure centre for the weekend. It is always a good weekend as we get to show our American visitors a true Irish experience. Following on from this we will be attending the Adventure Trade Travel World Summit in Killarney where we will be learning about international business and showing off the adventure scene to some of the biggest players in the market.
Finally in really good news the Bundorragha river is open for kayaking again. It is a short season from October to February and although there is no water in the river at the moment as soon as it rains you can find us there.