THE recent cold spell probably meant curling up in front a TV while the central heating ticked over.
But for Dundalk Venture Section however, it involved putting on the hiking boots and heading for the snow capped Cooley Mountains!
The snow added that something extra to an already busy programme for the local scouts and was an opportunity not to be missed.
Seven Venture Scouts and leaders ascended Slieve Foy, Louth's highest peak. Having left Carlingford, the temperatures were not too bad. This changed as they climbed higher and the biting wind took hold.
The promise of snow at the top however was enough motivation to brave the icy winds and reach the top of Slieve Foy.
The snow was quite deep near the top and of course resulted in a snowball fight.
The lads also had great fun as ice had formed to produce a natural slide.
Despite the coldness and the early start, it was definitely worth while to get out and experience the snowy mountains.
It also helped to shed a few of those Christmas pounds!
Now that the snow is gone we are currently working our yearly programme with a trip to Brownsea Island, England being next on the agenda.
The Venturers have also recently created a website and all details about the section can be found at www.dundalkventuresection.
Their scout group, St Patrick's Scout Group, caters for boys between the age of seven and 20.
For further information contact group leader Fintan on 0879538410.