The Great Sugar Loaf, a distinctive hill that towers above the small village of Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow commands fine views, especially across the coast and even the mountains of Wales are easily visible to the naked eye on a clear day. The relatively easy ascent, combined with its close proximity to Dublin, means that the Great Sugar Loaf is climbed by thousands of people a year, but on Sunday14th November 2011 hill walkers on their approach to the peak were graced with a rare sighting. None other than a group of pole enthusiasts dancing on the top of the Sugarloaf. This echoed scenes seen in October 2011 when a similar group of pole enthusiasts gathered from all over Ireland to climb Slieve Donard, the highest mountain in Northern Ireland.
The group are the first known to have pole danced on a mountain in Ireland and rather than making their mark and planting a traditional flag, instead they performed the ‘human flag’ on a pole and many other moves!
The adventures treks are organised by El Fegan, Co.Down lady and owner of the pole fitness studio Polercise Ltd in order to help raise money and in preparation for her Charity climb of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, next March in aid of the Pole Sports Benevolent Fund , when a group of 30 pole enthusiasts from all over the world will meet to pole dance on its peak! See Pole Sport Benevolent Fund for more information.
“The mountains we have climbed so far are normally a relatively easy climb although braving the extreme weather conditions as we did on the day of the Donard Climb and carrying up an 11’ pole to dance on at the top prove a little more challenging”.
Caroline (pictured above, front right) from PoleKix in Bray who joined the climb on Sunday said “this was a fun and original way to raise money for charity. I hope we gave the hillwalkers something to smile about”.
If you wish to donate, support or take part in any of Els future charity climbs you can get in touch via email
For more information on pole fitness classes in Bray you can email PoleKix here