On December 12th 2017 I will pull my first of over one million oar strokes as I leave La Gomera in the Canaries and attempt to row across the Atlantic ocean solo and unsupported by my own power. The 4800km crossing will be a true test of the mental and physical capacities of a human being, where I will row for up to 18 hours a day, for anywhere between 40 to 90 days. I was born in Galway on the wild West coast of Ireland. The romantic story would be I sat staring into Galway bay and the vast Atlantic ocean dreaming of one day taking on the challenge of crossing her but nothing could be further from the...
On December 12th 2017 I will pull my first of over one million oar strokes as I leave La Gomera in the Canaries and attempt to row across the Atlantic ocean solo and unsupported by my own power. The 4800km crossing will be a true test of the mental and physical capacities of a human being, where I will row for up to 18 hours a day, for anywhere between 40 to 90 days. I was born in Galway on the wild West coast of Ireland. The romantic story would be I sat staring into Galway bay and the vast Atlantic ocean dreaming of one day taking on the challenge of crossing her but nothing could be further from the truth. My first love was rugby where I did manage to complete one boyhood dream by playing professionally, all starting in my local club Galwegians RFC. In fact for 16 years I was lucky enough to live that dream and play in all the major European Leagues with Connacht Rugby and Leinster Rugby in Ireland, Northampton Saints in England and Brive and Oyonnax in France. Grateful would be a understand for this journey, it made me the person I am today and I owe so much to this great sport. Time off and off seasons where often filled with adventure and that passion grew as the adventures became more challenging. As my team mates where sunning it up and recuperating on a beach I was to be found on Kilimanjaro or Mont Blanc, testing my personal limits and delving into something that just felt like the right thing to do. Now I'm retired and working through a list that built up over the years where my number one priority was rugby. 2016 saw the Marathon des Sables, 'the world toughest footrace'. A 257km race set over 6 days in the Sahara desert where you must carry everything you need to survive for the duration of the race on your back. At 6'5'' and 120kgs I stuck out like a sore thumb surrounded by all these Ultra marathoners, however I think I held my own. I am on a mission to live a extra-ordinary life and this epic challenge will surely prove to be a incredible chapter. When my time comes, I want to be able to look back on my life with a genuine contentment having strived to live my life to the best of my ability. I am taking on this challenge in conjunction with another passion of mine, to give a little back. 100% of funds raised here will go to my charity partners Médecins sans Frontières, MADRA (Ireland) and Strong Roots Foundation (Rwanda), all three organisations I have huge admiration for and want to help them continue their invaluable actions in their communities.
Day 15 - Camp 3 to Basecamp - ‘The Death March’, starting at 10pm we pack up camp and reintroduce ourselves to ou… https://t.co/IX45Bo2crL
Day 14 - Homeward bound. High camp to camp 3 - The start of the ‘death march’ as it’s known on Denali. Our plan is… https://t.co/djAnRRIja0
The face of a man who has no idea what the hell just happened - Back at High Camp after our 12 hour successful summ… https://t.co/aSAIHvSFmQ
Day 13 continued..... - No.4! 6194m on top of the North American continent. - There’s so much more to this day tho… https://t.co/rjVG0x2xQP
Two interesting occurrences for @alpineinstitute Team 6 today - Firstly, on our first break today before the fixed… https://t.co/eg7VqsE9D1
Day 11 Rest day The denalinps weather forecast (board in photo 4) and that we receive every evening over the radi… https://t.co/86OLfG66Hq
I could stare at this all day - What a treat to finish day 10 - Makes me think about the shadows and light inside u… https://t.co/fgIONMoBF2
Day 10 Camp 3 to cache A hot coffee was very welcome this morning as we all quickly consumed our breakfast in -… https://t.co/yoH7NJhe4Z
St John Simpson
Some journey. Good man Brownie, you're a baysht of a man.
Well done - keep up the inspiring work
Well done Damo, great achievement
Awesome performance Damian, unbelievably proud and you gave us so much inspiration. Well done big fella
Amazing job Damo. Congrats!
Some man for 1 man 👍💪
Well done Damian on an unbelievable achievement