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Crossing the Greenland ice cap: Clare O’Leary and Mike O’Shea tell their story

Earlier this June 15 Mike O’Shea and Clare O’Leary became the first Irish team to cross the Greenland ice cap with dogs and skis, outracing an epic approaching storm to complete their mission. The expedition was part of the pair’s ongoing Ice Project. Catherine Murphy catches up with the duo to find out what makes them tick, how they learned to cope with the dogs on their trip and their somewhat climate change sceptic views.

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Cascade Designs: 30 Years in Ireland and Flying High

In the world of outdoor activity and adventure, brand names like MSR, Thermarest, Platypus, Sealline, PackTowl and E-Case are renowned for producing some of the most reliable and well-regarded products and equipment, like camping mats, camping stoves and tents. And with a lifetime guarantee, they represent a refreshing buck in the global trend of throwaway products. But did you know that many of them are made in Midleton and Bantry, Co Cork, by Cascade Designs Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Seattle-based Cascade Designs Inc? Roisin Finlay visits to find out more.

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Meet the Rural Recreation Officers – a behind the scenes hero

The role of the Rural Recreation Officer (RRO) was created in 2008 to look after the Department of the Environment’s Walks Scheme. Since then it has expanded to cover all rural recreation and has become critical to the growth of responsible, sustainable tourism and local development in Ireland. There are just 12 RROs nationwide. Outsider’s Roisin Finlay meets Rosaleen Ní Shúilleabháin and Martin Dillane who work as RROs in Galway and Mayo respectively to find out more about this essential role and the various projects they work on.

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Summer in the city – Waterways Ireland Dublin Dockland’s Summer Festival

“You have the most fantastic amenity in the middle of Dublin for wakeboarding. It’s unique. I can’t wait to come back to it. I think it’s the most accessible city wakeboarding facility I’ve seen.”

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Meet Ireland’s ice milers – the toughest swimmers on the planet

The inaugural World Ice Swimming Championship took place in Murmansk, Russia, on 20 March 2015. According to the International Ice Swimming Association, to qualify as an ice swim, water temperatures must be lower than 5°C. On this occasion however, the water was closer to 0°C. Cian Roche caught up with two of Ireland’s top finishers, Nuala Moore (47) and Ger Kennedy (45), to find out a little more about the sport and the risks involved.

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Here's to Olly O'Neill

27 February 1975 – 18 April 2014. Many of you will not have known Olly O’Neill – but he was the man.

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Monday motivation: 3 great upcoming events not to miss

From high-octane mountain bike events to armchair adventures, take your pick form inspiring events this April.

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Life through a lens - John Shiels

John Shiels has spent 35 years behind his camera capturing outdoor and adventure photography.

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Weekly motivation: 3 great upcoming events not to miss

From high-octane mountain bike events to armchair adventures, take your pick form inspiring events this April.

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Which bike?

If you're getting into road biking or triathlon, Rob Cummins will help you decide on the right bike,

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Monday motivation: 3 great upcoming events not to miss

From high-octane mountain bike events to armchair adventures, take your pick form inspiring events this April.

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Competition for Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland

The Irish Times launched its Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland competition on Saturday 29 March 2014 (www.IrishTimes/gowild)

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Surfer who survived shark attack wins first pro event

Hamilton took top spot at the Surf N Sea Pipeline Women's Pro 2014, at Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii.

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Irishman Ger Kennedy completes ice swimming record challenge

Ireland’s Ger Kennedy has achieved world-class status by completing a distance of 2.1km in a temperature of 3.3 Celsius in 51 minutes.

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Irish team forced to abandon historic expedition to North Pole

The LifeProof Ice Project team announced today with deep regret that they have been forced to abandon their inspiring attempt to walk to the North Pole.

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Midges - Some things we’ve learned

It may not feel like it but spring is here which means the midges won't be far behind...

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Meet Irish winter Olympian Conor Lyne

Ireland’s Conor Lyne takes part in the men’s Giant Slalom on Wednesday (19 February, 11am-1pm and 2.30pm-4.10pm) and the Slalom on Saturday (22 February 4.45pm-9.50pm). Outsider caught up with him in Sochi to find out more about the man and his sport.

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Cyclist, 102, breaks record for the second time

When Robert Marchand retired he didn’t decide that life should give him a break. Instead he took up cycling and at 100 years old set a new record for the most distance covered in one hour. Now aged 102 he’s done it again.

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Free Fitness Apps

This is the time of year when your fitness New Years resolution might be starting to come undone. These app may help you to focus and reach your goals.

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Verbier: Three slices of Swiss

Verbier Saint Bernard is a playground for the rich and famous of Europe, but is there anything there for the adventure seeker?

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Is posting your training online motivating or painful?

Should you be using social media to tell the world how well your training is going, or should you just stay quiet?

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Outsider People of the Year - the winners

The second annual Outsider People of the Year took place in December 2013. We were spoiled for choice when it came to nominees this year.

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Verbier: Three slices of Swiss

Verbier in the Swiss Alps has a reputation of being the ski resort of choice for minor European royals and the Russian nouveau riche.

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Outsider People of the Year 2013

We love this time of year. It’s when the Outsider team gets together and compiles (argues about!) our list.

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Get on your bike - Wales

If you are a keen mountain biker but are growing tired of Irish trails and fancy trying something new then North Wales is well worth a visit.

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Eating Out: Kefta Tagine

Learn to make a Moroccan lamb meatball, tomato and herb stew.

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How to fit a backpack with 53 Degrees North

Expert Ambrose Flynn from 53 Degrees North, Ireland’s leading outdoor adventure stores, guides you through the most important steps of fitting a backpack correctly.

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Fit for fun: with Keith Wood

In this new column for Outsider, Keith Wood tells us about the challenges that face him as a retired professional – and the newfound joy he gets from enjoying the outdoors with his two sons.

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Life through a lens: featuring Kyle Tunney

Photography wasn’t on Kyle Tunney’s radar until 2005

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Life through a lens: featuring David Olsthoorn

David Olsthoorn already has an impressive CV. Here, he talks about photography, weddings and his love of the ocean.

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Flying solo – learning to paraglide

Who knew it only took 10 days to learn to fly?! Louise Healy heads to New Zealand’s southern Alps to take to the skies on a paragliding course.

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Unforgettable Uganda

Back in November 2012, Teena Gates took on the Tri Uganda Challenge with charity Concern.

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The edge of reason: Red Bull Cliff Diving comes to Inis Mór

Like some strange pilgrimage, crowds of people tramp through the vividly green fields and amidst the stone walls of Inis Mór. We are making our way to the site of the fourth round of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2012.

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