The 3rd ‘Nature and Sport Euro’meet’, a conference on outdoor sports, is this year being hosted in Northern Ireland welcoming delegates from across Europe to Newcastle, Co Down.

The conference is open to all outdoor enthusiasts, policy makers and organisations; offering a selection of specially tailored workshops, expert speakers, networking opportunities and site visits to local successful outdoor attractions.

Two renowned adventurers have been secured to speak at the conference and these talks are open to the public, costing £5 for one evening or £7 for both.

On Wednesday 30 September at 7.30pm in the Slieve Donard Hotel Northern Irish adventurer Leon McCarron presents “The long walk home”; a talk on his long distance, human-powered expeditions.

Among his many feats of human strength and endurance, Leon has crossed 1000 miles of the Empty Quarter desert pulling a cart loaded with supplies and spent 6 months on a 3000 mile expedition walking the length of China, from the Gobi desert in Mongolia to South China Sea in Hong Kong.

Leon’s quality of film making and photography along with his excellent communication skills will make this a fantastic, not to be missed, evening.

The following evening, Thursday 1 October at 8.30pm in the Slieve Donard Hotel, James Ogilvie presents “Getting High – a world at my feet”.

James is one of an exclusive band of about 40 mountaineers in the UK who have ascended the seven highest summits in the seven continents. He has a passion for wild places and is by profession a forester working for Forestry Commission Scotland.

James has written a great book on his exploits and will share his experiences of the mountains but also of the characters and his experiences in what will be a really stimulating and enjoyable presentation.

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