About Me

I’m Mark McLoughlin from Waterford, living by the sea in north Dublin, Ireland.

Finishing the Dublin Marathon 2007

This blog is somewhere for me to write about the outdoor/adventure/fitness type stuff that’s taking up more and more of my time these days. Hill walking, road running, mountain running, sailing and skiing is what I’m most into currently, but I’m up for trying anything, really.

I sometimes post photos to my flickr account, as does my wife Catherine to hers.

I’m a software developer and I have another blog where I talk about my work on Linux for Red Hat. Well, that’s where I should talk about my work, but I’ve gotten out of the habit.


8 Responses

  1. Dear Mark,

    I found your blog fascinating. This summer I would like to walk from Courmayeur through the Val Veny to La Visaille. I know that you have done part of this walk in reverse. How long would it take, and how steep is the climb through the Val from Courmayeur?

    Greetings from Scotland,

  2. Hi Lorn,

    Well, actually, that is the same direction we went, but we got the bus 🙂

    Basically, we went south from Planpincieux up onto the mont de la saxe and then west (and down again) into Courmayer. Our campsite was further west of Courmayer in Val Veny and even though a couple of us wanted to walk there following the TMB route between Mont Chetif and Mont Brise, our guide wanted to keep us all together and go via a local bus.

    la Visaille is a bit further west of the campsite we stayed in, so you essentially want do the bit of the TMB we cut out that day … looking at the map, it’s close to a 1000m ascent so depending on your fitness and how much gear you’re carrying, I’d say it could take the best part of 4-6 hours walking.

    There is a cable car from Courmayer which would cut out half of the ascent.

    Beautiful place, though. On a nice summer’s day, I’m sure it would be a magnificent walk …

    Enjoy 🙂


  3. Hey Mark,

    Found you via Aisling on Team Geared Up…

    I’m from Howth myself. Something you might enjoy joining with your outdoor interest: http://howthcoastguard.com/


  4. Hey Robin,

    I follow TGU daily … nice work 🙂

    Thanks for the tip; I did look a good while ago, but:



    “Howth CG are full at present”

    maybe I shouldn’t be put off by that?

  5. Hi Mark,
    Really interesting blog, would you be interested in a guest post from The Adventure Company? We could produce some interesting non sales oriented content that is suitable for your blog. Let me know if you are interested.
    Many thanks,

    • Hi Frank,

      Thanks for your interest, but since it’s a personal blog, I don’t think that would be appropriate.


  6. Hey Mark,
    Found your TMB story. I’m planning to hike the TMB in september. I’ve got 8 days. Do you think it can be done in 8 days? Have you got any advice for me? Btw. check my website, which is in the process of birth. Tia! Henk

    • Hi Henk

      Yes, I’m sure you could do it in 8 days. If you ignore our rest days, we did it in 10 days at a fairly leisurely pace. Plenty of people do it a lot faster.

      Good luck and enjoy, Mark.

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