AN Ennis man will walk the length of Iceland and trek along the French Pyrenees by himself to raise funds for Irish Dogs for the Disabled.
Dermot Cosgrove from Ennis, embarks on his latest adventure ‘Walk for the Dogs 2’, following on from the success of his Greenland trek last year which raised €11,000 for the chosen charity.
With preparations underway, Dermot will first travel to France in June which involves 10 days trekking along the GR10 hiking route in the French Pyrenees.
The famous mountain route will help Mr Cosgrove with preparations and conditioning for the second part of his charity challenge, a 400km crossing of Iceland which he will undertake in July 2019.
The second challenge will see the adventurer walk from the town of Husavik on the North coast of Iceland to Vik on the South coast.
The entire trek should take 18 days, 16 walks and two days of rest, crossing the arid highlands and then skirting the Vatnajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers.
Hoping to cover at least 25 kilometres per day, Dermot said the major challenges of the trek will be the lack of water during the crossing of the highlands as well as several river crossings.
With raised funds going directly to the assistance dog charity, the Ennis native has decided to leave a longer time in between the two parts of the challenge, allowing for further time to raise vital funds, in the hope of exceeding the amount raised last year.
Dermot has recently acquired sponsorship for the food requirements for the expeditions with Outdoorfood who make specialised ration packs for adventure sports and Remote Adventure Support Trust who have donated medical kits for the trips.
The average cost of training an assistance dog is in the region of €15,000, which includes training space for the charity and the cost of looking after the highly trained dogs.
Dogs for the Disabled is the only charity of its kind in Europe and trains dogs to assist the physically disabled, with the majority of its clients children under the age of 12.
Above: Dermot Cosgrove