If your friends aren’t the adventurous type and you’re constantly trying in vain to convince them to spend a morning in the hills or go for a swim in the sea with you, then either you need new friends or else you need to get on the Meet Up website or App and join the awesome adventure tribe known as Kick-Ass Adventures. We caught up with one of the group’s key organisers Shane Rispin to find out what they are all about.

Kick Ass Adventures
Image: Kick Ass Adventures

“Simply put, it is about bringing people together to make meaningful connections and develop their wellbeing,” says Shane. The group has been around since 2015 and focuses mostly on hiking and rock-climbing. However, they do try to mix up the activities from week to week. They cover everything from bushcraft survival courses to surfing to crazy golf and crystal maze type adventures.

“Anyone who has an active interest in trying new things, meeting new people and developing their skills are welcome in our group. It gives people an opportunity to get out of their comfort zone in a controlled, friendly way. Making new friends is always as good a reason as any. I met most of my best friends and my partner through this group. It’s gotten to the stage that our committee meetings are usually in pyjamas. From a new visitors point of view, our club is an outlet to be yourself and enjoy the company of strangers in a non-judgmental way,” says Shane.

Kick Ass Adventures
Image: Kick Ass Adventures

If this sounds like your cup of tea, then consider becoming a member. The perks include bypassing any waitlists for events, getting all of their events at cost price, plus insurance via Mountaineering Ireland for all activities on the hills, rocks, walks and outings. Additional perks include discounts in most outdoor stores and some travel agents, as well as access to specific training schemes such as personal development, mountain skills, first aid and leadership skills.

For more info: Meet Up  Adventures

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By Orla O'Muiri

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