TYs Complete Gaisce Hike But Are Very Grumpy About It

You can’t really blame them! The Gaisce Hike is an important element of the TY course each year and to be honest we have been riding our luck… it has been eight years since the hike has been conducted under anything but the bluest skies and the balmiest temperatures.  The memories of ‘Black 08’ had just about faded and with intense therapy we had all overcome the sight of teenage boys (and grown men) blubbering on the side of a mountain as they try to suck down a nature bar which is dissolving in their hands.  Enter 2016:  Originally scheduled for the previous Thursday, Mr. Alan ‘Bear’ Trenier decided the forecast was too good for a hike… after all, real male bonding comes from strength under adversity, not when frolicking like Bambi through the woods (an activity with which Gav ‘HOS’ Maguire would have been well satisfied).  No, Trenners consulted with one of his hill-country neighbours in Cavan, a sort of medicine man cum weather forecaster, and the appropriate day was set.  The boys set out in only a light drizzle and spirits were high.  There was the usual consumption of 90% of the provisions in the first 10% of the hike, but no was complaining- yet.  Then Mr. Trenier must have done his Prospero thing, conjuring up a tempest for the ages.  It rained and it rained and it rained.  Moods darkened with the sky.  Even Corey and Paul were getting testy.  But, in the end, they all pulled through… and the craic was mighty back at the hostel in Glendalough.  We guess that is what TY is all about: perseverance and teamwork.  Just tread carefully around the boys for a few days…