It feels like it has been a short summer with August creeping up on us from nowhere, with August comes a little bit of excitement and the big event of the year Gaelforce West.  Other plans have come and go but it is shaping up to be an exciting month.

Unfortunately my personal challenge of 18summits has had to be cancelled for this year. This is a big blow as I put a lot of time into training and planning this and I had set my heart on achieving it this year.  Due to injury and lack of time for training I just am not able to reach the requisite level of fitness to achieve such a BHAG (Big hairy ambitious goal).  That said I have it in my mind to complete a couple of other challenges this year which I will reveal once a bit more planning has been done.

In other news my new kayak has been taken out for a few spins up and down the Killary and various other parts of the West coast however its first expedition trip will be undertaken on the 17th of August when me and a friend are heading up to Ballycastle to paddle across to Islay and potentially around it depending on tides and weather.  This trip will give me a chance to test out the boat under interesting conditions.

In the centre it has been a lovely couple of weeks as we are having time to spend with each group over an extended period of time.  Rather than being constrained as to what we can teach them we are training up the next generation of adventurers.  It is lovely to see young kids outside enjoying the great Irish summer.   In shorter news there is a new rubber floor going in our Dome, we now offer Kneeboarding, Well done to everyone who completed the Womens Adventure Race in Galway..

Finally Well done to the Irish Women who defeated New Zealand last night