THREE 5th year girls from Dundalk Grammar School successfully completed a three day expedition covering 50km to win a Gaisce silver award.
After planning the routes, Esha Abbi, Rachel Helihy and Anu Meshioye embarked on the expedition on the weekend of May 6 last.
Navigating using maps, they decided to follow the Newcastle challenge trail and part of the Ulster way. They completed the longest section of the hike, 25km on the first day.
The students hiked along the coastal paths through public rights of ways and forest and set up camp in the early evening in Donard forest.
On the second day, they were joined by 12 of Dundalk Grammar School Transition Year students who were completing their Bronze award.
The Bronze participants included Mandy Leung, Eadaoin Casey, Ciara Cousins, Helen Peck, Victoria Lewis, Ferdia Hayes, Cillian Kirk, Ciaran Walsh, Sam McKeague, Ferdia Hoare, Chris McGee and David Cronin.
The group hiked from Fofanny dam through Tollymore forest and back to their campsite and covered 16km on the Saturday.
On the third and final day, they set out on the Granite trail, following the Glen River up towards Slieve Donnard and on passing the icehouse they headed over to the old Granite quarry for lunch.
They followed the old bogie trail down the mountain and walked along the coastal path. Ms Ruddle, Ms Byrne, Mr Cullen, Ms Mc Ginnity and Ms O’Sullivan accompanied the students.