On Sunday we went to the Featherbeds with Cliona’s dad John. The trip took longer than expected due to the countless roadworks but we made it nonetheless. It was the border between Wicklow and Dublin and the view, just like the weather was spectacular. We were surrounded by the vast Wicklow hills as we waited for James to show up with the SI cards. After 20 minutes or so our excitement couldn’t let us wait any longer and we finally registered without James. We chose the orange route which was 3.3 km long and had 15 controls. It was the right choice as the terrain proved quite challenging. We fell into numerous holes hidden by the tall heather, but did in the end finish the race after 64 minutes. Needless to say, our shoes barely survived. James did the brown course which was a lot longer, approximately 9.2km long. When we saw him he looked exhausted but he kept going! Overall it was a great day, it was a lot different than the other trips we’ve been to. After surviving the dangerous landscape of the Featherbeds we feel like we can do anything orienteering can throw at us.