Bio in brief Ger McDonnell.
Gerard McDonnell 37 is out on K2 for his second attempt. Reached summit on Friday 1 August 1st Irish person to have reached it’s lofty peak. He is climbing with the Dutch team under the leadership of Wilco one of the worlds top expedition leaders. He has also been climbing on the mountain with Pemba Gyalje Sherpa who has been a Sirdar on Numerous Irish expedition with Pat. The Dutch team he is climbing with is called 'Noritk2'.
In 2006 On Ger’s first attempt he got to nearly 8000m on K2 he descended after getting hit by rock fall and pulled out.
Ger summited Everest in 2003 with Mick Murphy, Pemba Gyalje Sherpa and Pemba Rinzee Sherpa as part of the Pat Falvey led Irish Everest expedition to have been the first Irish team to have summit Everest from the original Route on Everst fro Nepal. Ger has climbed Denali 05, Foraker, Broadpeak 06 to name a few amongst many others in Nepal, Scotland, the Alps, Alaska and China.
Ger hails from Limerick, lives in Alaska for the last 10 years having moved there to advance his skills in living in colder climates and to train full time as a mountaineer. He was also a team leader, With Rolf Bae in Antarctic on South Georgia in 06 as part of the Pat’s Irish Beyond Endurance Expedition, that honoured Irish polar hero’s of Shackleton, Tom Crean, Forde, Keohane and the McCarthy brothers.
Living in Limerick are his three sister, brother JJ and mother. His partner Annie lives in Alaska.
Picture with Irish team on Denali.
Left to right. Expedition leader Pat Falvey. John Dowd, Dr Clare O Leary, Ger playing a tune from the Bodhran and John Roche. (Pat Falvey)