Dundalk Dad To Complete Topless Climb on Croagh Patrick on Christmas Day
Louth man John McKeown, a 54 year old Father of three will climb Croagh Patrick in aid of Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Charities 3TS and Lust for Life on this Christmas Day. Wearing only boots and shorts, John who has been practicing for the climb employing the ‘Wim Hof’ breathing technique, will be accompanied by his three sons Michael, John and Jason who will all be fully clothed.
Wim Hof is a specialised breathing technique that allows people to withstand extreme cold temperatures and John completed his advanced trainers instruction in 2017 in Poland where he underwent a regime which involved cold water immersions in rivers at 4 degrees Celsius followed by a 5 hour mountain trek wearing only shorts and boots at a temperature of -8 Celsius.
Speaking about the Challenge, John said “We will start our climb at 10am and depending on the weather hope to complete the climb and be back down in three hours. After a shower we will start the drive home and hopefully be home for 6pm on Christmas Day.
Mental health problems and suicide are an increasing issue in today’s society, with one in four of us experiencing some form of mental health issue at some point in our lives. I have personally encountered these issues among friends and family and in the wider community and would like some way to help. My work colleagues had chosen the charity 3Ts as their chosen charity for the year and so I thought it was a good fit for the challenge. I had been following A Lust for Life on social media as I saw a documentary “Ironmind” about Bressie and how he got some people to train for a half Iron-man and how this had helped relieve their stress, so I decided to include them in my challenge.”
Outside of his ‘day job’ at Prometric in Dundalk, John gives workshops in the Wim Hof technique and would recommend it for people who may need some help in controlling stress in their lives.
Speaking about the Challenge, Noel Smyth, Chairman of 3TS, said “This is certainly one of the most unusual fundraisers that anyone has ever undertaken on our behalf! Naturally, we are delighted to support John in his challenge but would need to point out that it is not a challenge that anyone should ever consider undertaking without the proper training.
Christmas can be a really difficult time for many people and we hope that they can see that people like John are willing to go to great lengths to show them that they are not alone. Our website www.3ts.ie contains a full suite of resources and information that anyone can access in private including signposting to services available 24/7 during and outside of the Christmas period should they need it or if they need to help a friend or relative who is in crisis.”