Dublin Simon Community Previous Hikes

Previous Fundraising Hikes

High Atlas 2010

In 2010 our hikers got to climb North Africa’s highest peak Jbel Toubkal and two other peaks in excess of 4,000 metres in a week of exhilarating treks in the High Atlas Mountains. A trek through the spectacular High Atlas Mountains was not just one of the most scenic hikes in the world-it's also an immersion into the culture of the Berber people, Morocco's original inhabitants and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part.

Kilimanjaro 2008.

Despite a grueling last few hundred metres and battling altitude sickness, at 6.45am on March 7th 2008 local time, the entire Dublin Simon team of hikers stood on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Known as the rooftop of Africa and situated high above the Tanzanian savannah, Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Congratulations to everyone involved.

India 2007

Volunteers went on a trip to the magical Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh in Northern India. Bordered by the peaks of the western Himalaya, this 10 day adventure included trekking on the slopes of Stok Kangri (61000 mtrs) in the valley of the Indus river, the spectacular Taj Mahal, a monument to love built by the Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The volunteers also experienced the colourful, varied, bustling Indian bazaars; the mighty, snow capped peaks of the Himalaya and the peaceful, Tibetan influenced Buddhist culture of Ladakh.

Kilimanjaro 2006.

In October 2006, 50 hikers took on one of the toughest challenges on the African continent. From Tanzania’s savannahs to the roof of Africa, trekking up the remote Rongai Trail, the hikers summated the highest free standing mountain in the world. One of the most magnificent sights in Africa, 5896 metres above the surrounding plains, Mount Kilimanjaro is made up of three volcanoes, Kibo (5896m), Mawenzi (5149m) and Shira (3962m), all of which have been dormant for centuries.

Arctic 2005

The Arctic Dog Sledding Challenge took place in February 2005. Participants were surrounded by a frozen landscape 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle with only the sound of the panting of the Alaskan huskies and the crunching of snow under the sled’s runners for company. The volunteers were instructed on how to handle a team of dogs and how to negotiate a sled through some of the most exceptional terrain in the world.

Peru 2005

Away from the hustle and bustle of the main Inca Trail, 132 trekkers ventured into a previously unknown valley where they rediscovered otherwise neglected ruins. The route wound through hidden valleys, mountain passes, along long forgotten Inca trails, and through small villages where little has changed and they still follow traditional methods of farming. The trek ended as hikers reached Machu Picchu by passing through the Sun Gate to view this stunning sacred city.

Arctic Dog Sledding Challenge 2004

10 excited Simon volunteers ventured into the Arctic tundra in the far north of Sweden in February 2004. Staying in log cabins along the way, meeting the Sami people and encountering herds of reindeer en route they had the adventure of a lifetime, celebrating the end of their epic journey in the Ice bar.

Brazil Hike 2003

In April 2003, 53 hikers went to Brazil to discover a hidden paradise, the spectacular high altitude savannah of the Chapada dos Veadeiros, on of the most remote and beautiful parts of Brazil. From the town of Alto Paraiso hikers trekked 96 kilometers. Surrounded by fantastic views and magnificent waterfalls the trails led each evening to a different camp before another amazing sunset. A brief visit to Rio de Janeiro celebrated the success of the trip.

Arctic Dog Sledding Challenge 2003

12 volunteers ventured into the wilds of the Arctic Circle on our most challenging event to date. Quickly learning the art of dog sledding our participants "mushed" their way 150 miles from base camp into one of the most northern European countries in sub zero temperatures. After being dazzled by the Northern Lights our adventurers celebrated their achievement with a party at the Ice Hotel.

Yoplait "Everybody" Hike for the Homeless - Seven Nights in the Sahara 2002

20 Simon hikers, which included some well known faces, tested their survival instincts in the spectacular lunar landscapes of the African Sahara. This multi-disciplinary adventure of a lifetime took place on the edge of the Sahara and challenged participants to navigate their way from point to point using GPS. Our adventurers covered over 250 kilometers in five days by walking, biking and 4x4 driving.

China Challenge 2002

A group of 67 hikers explored China on a unique and groundbreaking adventure. This journey took hikers past restored areas of the Great Wall and onto sections only seen by a handful of people over the last century. The group was among the first people to tread areas of the Wall, which nestle in the most remote and stunning hills and valleys in China. They camped in a remote area of unspoiled wilderness, experienced local villages and the unique solitude of this magnificent structure. Combined with the opportunity to explore the fascinating city of Beijing, this really was a most remarkable experience

2001 Namibia

This 100Km trek through Damaraland in the northern Namib Desert in the shadow of Brandberg Mountain, the country’s highest peak, proved to be one of the most spectacular. Namib means open space and when you arrive you can really see why; this 80 million year old desert is home to some very unusual vegetation. The Skeleton Coast is home to some spectacular flora and fauna including the 1,500 year old welwitchsia plant. Our intrepid adventures encountered a host of wildlife including Mountain Zebra, Baboon, Ostrich, Springbok, Rhinoceros, Elephants and lions.

2000 Sahara

Over 100 volunteers set off on the first ever Dublin Simon Community overseas trek to the Sahara. Setting off from Morocco, traveling along a trade route still used by the nomadic Berber and Toureg tribesmen the group experienced all the vastness and breathtaking views that the Sahara has to offer from the wide open spaces of the Atlas Mountains to the oasis fringed desert with date palms and acacia bushes. This was a really tough challenge which offered its own unique mental and physical rewards.


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