2018 was Cúrtrekkers first year of existence. We didn’t really know what to expect or what would happen and we lived with the fear that we would stand forlornly by and not see anyone join us for a walk.
Fortunately, that did not happen. We enjoyed the company of people of all ages, from all over the world and from all backgrounds. We hiked in sunshine, wind and rain and loved (nearly) all of it.
Overall, we raised €3,000 for Focus Ireland but, come September, like the mountains themselves, we disappeared into hibernation.
And so, we take stock. We breath and we re-evaluate why we do what we do.
We do what we do because we like to be outside. We enjoy the smell of fresh coffee on a cold spring morning. We enjoy the view of a descending sun over a green valley. We enjoy the noise of a fast rushing or slow riding river. We enjoy the fresh air flowing through us as our heart beats a little faster on the crest of a hill.
We do what we do because we see the tiny role we can play in trying to fix some of the problems around us. We see an imperfect world, where some have had less opportunities than others, fallen on misfortune or played a bad hand. We see the lucky and the luckless and wonder what we can do to help.
That is what we do. Our aims our simple: be outside, and help others while we do it.
As we begin our 2019, we remain as steadfast as ever in that aim.
Cormac, founder of Cúrtrekkers