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36-Year-Old Woman from Roscrea Set to Climb Ireland’s Highest Mountain Three Times in Under a Day

Published 09/24/2023, 1:19 PM EDT

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A tale of resilience and hope touched the peaceful town of Roscrea as 36-year-old Nikita Conlon embarked on a remarkable mission. With her climbing venture that went beyond conquering the highest peaks of Ireland, Nikita’s journey was a triumph of compassion and empathy. After battling against her alcohol addiction, the mountaineer found solace and strength in adventures. 

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Using her passion for climbing as a path to recovery, Nikita hatched a story that serves as a testament to the indomitable human spirit. Hiking, coupled with conversations about mental health, soon became her focus and purpose. Despite the demands of her bustling home life, she manages to carve out time for lengthy trips. With her recently planned climb having a charitable cause, the mountaineering enthusiast hopes for the trip to succeed. 

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Commencing her challenge alongside fellow climbers at midnight on Friday, October 6, Nikita aims to complete all three climbs by 5 p.m. on October 7. Organized to help in medical care, the funds raised on her venture will be dedicated to supporting the care of Naoh Quish. A six-year-old from Monaleen, Noah’s journey has been marked by numerous health issues. He has encountered a heart defect, severe sleep apnea, and scoliosis.

The boy has already undergone heart and brain surgery and is due to go under the knife yet again. With more medical procedures on the horizon, Noah will soon have spinal surgery in the next few months. He is also set to continue with additional medical care during his treatment scheduled in Austin, Texas. Using her love for fitness, which propelled her to attain a diploma in personal training, Nikita is ready to help the young boy. 


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The climber’s journey of growth and determination 

With her daughters, Ella and Ashleigh, relying on her, Nikita sought a brighter future for her family. Her youngest daughter, who grapples with ADHD, Level 1 autism, and dyslexia, serves as her constant wellspring of inspiration. She expressed that her thrilling endeavors are focused on highlighting the critical importance of prioritizing mental well-being. 

Nikita added how she firmly believes in the powerful message of optimism, sharing, “It’s OK to not be OK.” Her hope is to instill this mindset in her children, encouraging them to place their mental health at the forefront of their lives. The passionate climber’s journey to recovery has been anything but straightforward. Yet she recently celebrated more than 18 months of sobriety with unwavering pride. 


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Nikita shared her ambitious plans for the upcoming two years, including conquering Kilimanjaro in 2023. She also wishes to embark on a journey to Everest Base Camp, planning to execute it in 2024. Her motivation is clear, as she acknowledges that these challenges propel her into personal growth opportunities. In an expedition through life’s highs and lows, Nikita has portrayed the value of human emotions. 

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Written by:

Sanchari Bhaduri


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Sanchari Bhaduri is a fresh Sports Viral Moments writer at EssentiallySports. Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from IGNOU, she embarked on her content creation career in 2015 with freelance projects. Her previous role involved her serving as a Content Manager for Reddit.
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