On this day last year, Pablo Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" sold for $106.5 million.
Climbing Croagh Patrick is the Irishman's Mecca, you have to do it at least once in your lifetime! My son and I climbed it again recently on a warm but cloudy day. None the less, the experience is always worth it.
Tips for the uninitiated;
- Climb Early - start about 9am, shortly thereafter, it can get congested with climbers, Summer and Winter!
- Rent a stick for €2.00, you'll be glad you did on the descent and you get your €2.00 back when you return the stick. Photographers can use a mono-pod as I do when I climb.
- Wear decent shoes ... and proper socks!! I recommend 'Bridgedale' socks, they're the business for any kind of walking. Also bring a jumper and light rain gear - weather is very changeable.
- You'll need at least one litre of water, climbing is thirsty work. While you're at it, put 2 Mars bars and a banana in the sack as well.
- Allow at least 2.5 hours to get up at a comfortable pace ... unless you are being paid or want to die early, take your time, rest often, admire the view and thank your God you are alive to take in the wonderful view. Try not to sit down until you get to the top.
- At the top, have a decent rest. Look around the site, you've earned it. Spend about 20 minutes there, any longer and you'll be getting cold. Take pictures to brag and prove to friends you made it to the top!
- Allow about an hour and twenty minutes to get down, this is the most difficult part of the climb.
- When you make it down, give back your stick and head for Campbell's for well earned pint's of stout. Call a friend to bring you home.