Participant taking part in the Defence Forces Challenge

“From a young age I can remember climbing trees and running around outside and as I’ve grown, so has my love for being active“

Iona Lee Parnell – Gaisce Bronze Awardee

Adventure Journey

The Adventure Journey often proves to be the most memorable aspect of Gaisce for participants. It is an opportunity for you to plan, train for and complete an outdoor activity over a number of days/nights as part of a team. It is a unique, challenging and memorable experience that creates strong bonds between participants as well as the opportunity to develop self-sufficiency and leadership skills. Adventure Journeys can take place on land in the form of hiking or cycling, or on water, by canoeing or sailing. The Adventure Journey can be undertaken as an expedition or an exploration.

Expedition vs. Exploration

An Expedition is a journey with a purpose. In an Expedition, the primary focus is on the journeying. More time is devoted to this with less effort put into research and gathering information.

An Exploration is a purpose with a journey. In an Exploration, the primary focus is to observe and collect information relevant to the purpose. More time and effort is spent on this, and consequently less time is devoted to getting from one place to another. The journeying aspect remains significant, however, with a minimum of one third of the activity hours being spent on journeying.


  • Wicklow Way
  • Burren
  • Slievebloom Mountains
  • Comeragh Mountains

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