Friday, 18 November 2011 12:48

My Private Everest - TV Series on Setanta

After a year in the making, Helen Shaw and here team at Athena Media handed over their latest film series to Setanta Sports Ireland in December 2010. This three part series, which was funded by the BAI, was shot over the last 15 months here in Kerry, Cork and Dublin. Helen weaves a compelling story of Pats personal endeavour and sacrifice through the years from childhood to the present day, with contributions from his family, friends and mountaineering colleagues. The story is full of archive footage from Pats many exciting expeditions & features amazing photos from the Pat Falvey collection.

Speaking to Pat via Satelite phone about the project, he had this to say:

'Its been an amazing journey for me personally making this documentary and also my team for filming and preparing the archive footage from my earlier life, sifting through the tens of thousands of images which I have in my collection. Even just talking to some of my old colleagues and friends has bought back so many memories to the forefront of my mind. I would like to take this oppurtunity to thank those involved including all contributors, my family, my friends and my own team in helping me on this film. A very special thanks has to go to Helen Shaw and her team who have created a great biography documentary, well done, its been a fantastic journey working with Athena Media. Even though I am in a very remote location in Canada at present, we have arranged a location to see Setanta on Sunday. Its funny as already many locals here want to see it also!!'

You can see more trailers on vimeo.com/channels/falvey

Press release from Athena media:

3 x 24min – documentary series is an Athena Media production for Setanta Sports funded through the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound and Vision funding scheme. The series is due to air on 6th February 2011. It will begin with episode one on 6th February, followed by episode two on 7th February and episode three on 8th February. All episodes will be broadcasted at 10pm on Setanta Sports.

‘Some people say I’m a self publicist, some people say that I can be very arrogant, immediately I think of something, I say it. I’m going to climb Mount Everest, I’m going to become a millionaire. I’m going to be the best motivational speaker in the world. People think, how can he actually say that?. There’s no harm in dreaming and dreaming big,’ Pat Falvey.

Pat Falvey’s life story is the stuff of fiction. The teenage boy who left school at fifteen determined to be a millionaire and built a multi-million property business by his twenties. The serial entrepreneur who lost everything by twenty-nine and nearly took his own life in despair. But a chance encounter took him hill-walking and his first venture to Kerry’s Carrauntoohil made him vow to climb Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. By thirty-four he stood on Everest and soon became one of Ireland’s most celebrated, and controversial adventurers. He has been to Everest four times, reached the summit from both its north and south face and is the only man in the world to have climbed the highest peaks in every continent twice. He has trekked to the South Pole and now planned one last great adventure, this time to the North Pole.

This documentary and biographical series takes us into the psychology of Pat Falvey and finds out what drives him to follow dreams bigger and bolder than anyone else. Production Company, Athena Media, with producer/director Helen Shaw, filmed Pat across a year and interviewed those close to him throughout his life, both in Cork City where he was born and reared and in Beaufort, Co Kerry where he now lives and works at the foothills of McGillycuddy Reeks.

Pat’s journey starts in north Cork where he was born the eldest son of Tim and Abina Falvey. His father Tim was a bricklayer and Pat followed his father’s trade but says his maternal grandmother, Mary B. O’Callaghan, a street trader, was a central influence on shaping him and his life. His grandmother encouraged him to think big and had him running little businesses when he was still a small boy. Her sense of confidence and will-power is what fuelled him to be a millionaire. His property business was worth in excess of €70 million in today’s value but the recession in the mid 1980s hit him hard and his empire began to crumble. By 29 he was broke, bankrupt and he even thought of killing himself. His own marriage suffered. But when a friend took him to the mountains he began to see life anew and mountains became his obsession. It was an obsession which eventually brought him to Mount Everest and to the honour of being the second Irishman to stand on the summit.

This series tracks Pat Falvey’s life and tells his story. We hear from friends like Con Moriarty and Mick Murphy who have known Pat from the early days in Co Kerry when he joined Kerry Mountain rescue to mountaineers like Dawson Stelfox, the Belfast architect who became the first Irishman to summit Everest in May 1993. We hear from his family from his sisters Majella and Abina and his brother Barry Falvey. His son, Patrick Falvey, shares insights along with those who have journeyed with Falvey through many expeditions including Dr Clare O’Leary. Clare went to Mount Everest with Pat in 2003 and 2004 and her successful summit in 2004 made her the first Irishwoman to climb Everest and since then she has trekked with Pat to the South Pole and now joins him on what he describes as his last great adventure – the North Pole. Pat’s ambition has been to journey to the highest and most extremes points on earth, from Everest to the South and North Pole and this final expedition, in Spring 2011, will complete what he calls the ‘three Poles’.

Pat Falvey: My Private Everest is a series which promises dramatic footage as well as unique revelations including how Pat Falvey’s determination to bring the tricolour to the summit of Everest provoked debate and even animosity with some accusing him of detracting from Dawson Stelfox’s own summit. Pat’s philosophy ‘that everyone has their own private Everest’ has brought him into motivational leadership and mentoring and he now makes a living from motivational speaking both in Ireland and abroad. Contact Athena Media -01 4885851 for more details including press photographs or stills from the documentary series.

Athena Media would like to thank everyone who helped us and supported us during the production particularly the Falvey family, Niall Foley and all the crew who have worked on it in Athena Media particularly Anita Walsh, Paula Cunniffe and Niall Brew. Our cameraman Barry MacNeill has been with us throughout the shoot and we have had excellent support from Lotus Media in post production. John E. Turner did the offline edit while Scott Smith was online and Simon Flanagan did the audio mix. A special thank you to Ella McSweeney who did the voice-over on the series and to the wonderful folk in Seneca, the band who produced instrumental tracks for the documentary mix and who have been great supporters of the project.

Further Information:

www.athenamedia.ie

www.setanta.com/ie

www.bai.ie

 

Thursday, 09 June 2011 21:58

Lar Fant's successful summit of Denali

Lar Fant, a good friend of Pat and the team here at the Mountain Lodge, who has climbed and trained at our school of mountaineering with us over the years, rang to fill us in on his recent successful summit of Mt Denali.

''I flew onto Denali on the morning of May 17th (a few days after Jerry O'Sullivans accident)

It was my second trip to Denali having failed to summit in 2009 due to horrible weather. However, this year we got lucky with the weather and for the most part, the weather was kind to us with our attempt on the summit beginning at 8am on May 30th.

There were lots of teams and individuals attempting the summit that day, as the weather forecast was not good for the following few days. Progress was therefore slow but eventually, we got to the summit at c.18.30 and although cold, we had amazing views from the top.

After the photos, we headed back down and got back to camp (17,200) at 2am in the morning. Tired but thrilled to having made the summit of Denali at last - my 4th of the seven summits (having previously being on Kilimanjaro, Elbrus and Aconcagua with yourselves/Pat)

Denali was by far the hardest challenge so far but the experience of 2 years ago was invaluable and greatly added to my enjoyment of the mountain.

As we saw with Jerry's accident, there seems to be a lot of accidents on Denali this year and before we got into High Camp at 17,200 there was a serious accident with a guide and 3 clients falling on the Autobahn which resulted in the death of the guide and one of the climbers, with the remaining 2 climbers suffering serious injuries so as you can imagine our approach & descent of the Autobahn was one of caution as we had seen the 2 bodies being lifted off the mountain by helicopter before we started our summit attempt. 

Only back in Ireland with a few days and already thinking of what next, with Everest a possibility if I can arrange the time and the finance!'' Lar

We all at the Pat Falvey Mountain Lodge and training center want to congratulate Lar on his success and wish him the best on his future plans.

Friday, 28 January 2011 16:15

Radio Kerry interview with Frank Lewis

Pat recently featured on Radio Kerry's popular Saturday Supplement with Frank Lewis. The show had many of Pats friends and family on the phone as guests. Frank discusses many topics with Pat including the North Pole expedition, coming to Kerry many years ago and his active role with promoting education while running a travel and training company. Thanks to Mary in Franks office and Radio Kerry for sending on the recordings. You can also find our full databse of podcasts in our gallery page.

Below is a selection of podcasts from the show:

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Frank Lewis runs a PR company and Art Gallery in Killarney. Frank also runs a weekly show with Radio Kerry.

Radio Kerry was voted ppi local station andwas alos awarded a ppi award for a programme featuring Pat following his South Pole expedition, titled 'Ask the Explorer'

More Podcasts see our gallery

Published in Awards & Appearances

After a year in the making, Helen Shaw and here team at Athena Media handed over their latest film series to Setanta Sports Ireland in December 2010. This three part series, which was funded by the BAI, was shot over the last 15 months here in Kerry, Cork and Dublin. Helen weaves a compelling story of Pats personal endeavour and sacrifice through the years from childhood to the present day, with contributions from his family, friends and mountaineering colleagues. The story is full of archive footage from Pats many exciting expeditions & features amazing photos from the Pat Falvey collection.

Speaking to Pat via Satelite phone about the project, he had this to say:

'Its been an amazing journey for me personally making this documentary and also my team for filming and preparing the archive footage from my earlier life, sifting through the tens of thousands of images which I have in my collection. Even just talking to some of my old colleagues and friends has bought back so many memories to the forefront of my mind. I would like to take this oppurtunity to thank those involved including all contributors, my family, my friends and my own team in helping me on this film. A very special thanks has to go to Helen Shaw and her team who have created a great biography documentary, well done, its been a fantastic journey working with Athena Media. Even though I am in a very remote location in Canada at present, we have arranged a location to see Setanta on Sunday. Its funny as already many locals here want to see it also!!'

You can see more trailers on vimeo.com/channels/falvey

Press release from Athena media:

3 x 24min – documentary series is an Athena Media production for Setanta Sports funded through the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound and Vision funding scheme. The series is due to air on 6th February 2011. It will begin with episode one on 6th February, followed by episode two on 7th February and episode three on 8th February. All episodes will be broadcasted at 10pm on Setanta Sports.

‘Some people say I’m a self publicist, some people say that I can be very arrogant, immediately I think of something, I say it. I’m going to climb Mount Everest, I’m going to become a millionaire. I’m going to be the best motivational speaker in the world. People think, how can he actually say that?. There’s no harm in dreaming and dreaming big,’ Pat Falvey.

Pat Falvey’s life story is the stuff of fiction. The teenage boy who left school at fifteen determined to be a millionaire and built a multi-million property business by his twenties. The serial entrepreneur who lost everything by twenty-nine and nearly took his own life in despair. But a chance encounter took him hill-walking and his first venture to Kerry’s Carrauntoohil made him vow to climb Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. By thirty-four he stood on Everest and soon became one of Ireland’s most celebrated, and controversial adventurers. He has been to Everest four times, reached the summit from both its north and south face and is the only man in the world to have climbed the highest peaks in every continent twice. He has trekked to the South Pole and now planned one last great adventure, this time to the North Pole.

This documentary and biographical series takes us into the psychology of Pat Falvey and finds out what drives him to follow dreams bigger and bolder than anyone else. Production Company, Athena Media, with producer/director Helen Shaw, filmed Pat across a year and interviewed those close to him throughout his life, both in Cork City where he was born and reared and in Beaufort, Co Kerry where he now lives and works at the foothills of McGillycuddy Reeks.

Pat’s journey starts in north Cork where he was born the eldest son of Tim and Abina Falvey. His father Tim was a bricklayer and Pat followed his father’s trade but says his maternal grandmother, Mary B. O’Callaghan, a street trader, was a central influence on shaping him and his life. His grandmother encouraged him to think big and had him running little businesses when he was still a small boy. Her sense of confidence and will-power is what fuelled him to be a millionaire. His property business was worth in excess of €70 million in today’s value but the recession in the mid 1980s hit him hard and his empire began to crumble. By 29 he was broke, bankrupt and he even thought of killing himself. His own marriage suffered. But when a friend took him to the mountains he began to see life anew and mountains became his obsession. It was an obsession which eventually brought him to Mount Everest and to the honour of being the second Irishman to stand on the summit.

This series tracks Pat Falvey’s life and tells his story. We hear from friends like Con Moriarty and Mick Murphy who have known Pat from the early days in Co Kerry when he joined Kerry Mountain rescue to mountaineers like Dawson Stelfox, the Belfast architect who became the first Irishman to summit Everest in May 1993. We hear from his family from his sisters Majella and Abina and his brother Barry Falvey. His son, Patrick Falvey, shares insights along with those who have journeyed with Falvey through many expeditions including Dr Clare O’Leary. Clare went to Mount Everest with Pat in 2003 and 2004 and her successful summit in 2004 made her the first Irishwoman to climb Everest and since then she has trekked with Pat to the South Pole and now joins him on what he describes as his last great adventure – the North Pole. Pat’s ambition has been to journey to the highest and most extremes points on earth, from Everest to the South and North Pole and this final expedition, in Spring 2011, will complete what he calls the ‘three Poles’.

Pat Falvey: My Private Everest is a series which promises dramatic footage as well as unique revelations including how Pat Falvey’s determination to bring the tricolour to the summit of Everest provoked debate and even animosity with some accusing him of detracting from Dawson Stelfox’s own summit. Pat’s philosophy ‘that everyone has their own private Everest’ has brought him into motivational leadership and mentoring and he now makes a living from motivational speaking both in Ireland and abroad. Contact Athena Media -01 4885851 for more details including press photographs or stills from the documentary series.

Athena Media would like to thank everyone who helped us and supported us during the production particularly the Falvey family, Niall Foley and all the crew who have worked on it in Athena Media particularly Anita Walsh, Paula Cunniffe and Niall Brew. Our cameraman Barry MacNeill has been with us throughout the shoot and we have had excellent support from Lotus Media in post production. John E. Turner did the offline edit while Scott Smith was online and Simon Flanagan did the audio mix. A special thank you to Ella McSweeney who did the voice-over on the series and to the wonderful folk in Seneca, the band who produced instrumental tracks for the documentary mix and who have been great supporters of the project.

Further Information:

www.athenamedia.ie

www.setanta.com/ie

www.bai.ie

 

Published in Current Projects
Friday, 23 October 2009 13:09

Elbrus

 

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Trip: Mt. Elbrus, Caucasus range, Russia,  Highest Mountain in Europe

Altitude: 5633m / 18,510ft,  a contintental High Point and 7 summit challenge

Route: Adylsu Valley - Priut Hut - Summit - Terskol

Dates: June & August - See our expedition leader Group June 2013 and 2014 (Irish Leader June 2013 Pat Falvey Groups 6+)

Duration: 13/14 Days total

Expedition Leader: Pat Falvey

Grade:Trekking – Strenuous,

Prices: €2250 Land Only

Flight: €880 Ireland-Moscow-Mineral Ni Vody Central Caucasus & return.

Mount Elbrus

A superb climb, and suitable for a beginner moving on from trekking the likes of Kilimanjaro into climbing and moving on snow and ice. It brings you to a volitile region of Russia, just miles from the border with Georgia, in the central Caucasus's and to the peaceful region of Kabardino-Balkaria were we climb Europe’s highest mountain.

The Caucasus Mountains stretch for 550 miles (880Kms), from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. They form the physical barrier dividing Europe and Asia, and the whole range lies entirely within the former Soviet Union. This region is home to 50 different Ethnic groups which all seek independence and recognition for their customs, beliefs and their freedom from repressive regimes.

This area is one of the most interesting places on earth and this expedition gives us a chance to explore the wonders of this otherwise war-torn region by visiting the peaceful region of Kabardino-Balkaria, which is situated in the Central Caucasus and is our destination for our attempt on Mt. Elbrus.

The highest and most glaciated part of the Caucasus is the central region,where Mount Elbrus stands, the highest mountain in Europe. Elbrus is a popular mountain, being a straightforward glacier climb. The main hazards are the high altitude (which we prepare for as fully as possible, with training climbs and walks in the Baksan valley), and poor weather, for which we have built in a few spare days to give more flexibility.

Climbers will need to be familiar with the use of crampons and ice axes, although ski poles will generally used. We have scheduled in to our itinerary specific acclimatisation days to allow our bodies to adjust accordingly for our summit attempt. We have designed a course, Snow and Ice Skills, specifically for those travelling to a region and landscape like that found on Mount Elbrus. We recommend you complete this prior to travelling with us.

Our expedition begins in Moscow. We only have a very brief stop off here before catching our flight to Mineral Nye Vody and then on to our base, Terskol which is situated in the Balksen valley. Before our attempt on Elbrus, we spend a few days in the spectacular valleys surrounding Elbrus, acclimatising, training, resting and looking for a break in the weather. Mount Elbrus is notorius for storms!

Overview

Undoubtedly, the best known and most alluring mountain in Russia, and the largest in Europe, Mount Elbrus is a dormant volcano, one of the 'Seven Summits'. The fact that it is the highest in Europe suffices for many to go and climb it.

Elbrus belongs to a handful of mountains with a very special and irresistible kind of beauty which lies in their shape and setting. It stands 11km north from the main range and exceeds its neighbours in height by 1200-2000m. The views from both summits are breathtaking: to the north is a rolling carpet of pastures and all other sides there is a sea of snowy peaks.

The Elbrus Region/ Prielbrusie- Located in the Central Caucasus, the highest part of the entire mountain range is an area where many valleys converge into the Baksan Valley.It's glaciers give rise to the Baksan, Kuban and Malkan Rivers. In this region we will see many famous peaks such as Mt.Shkhelda (4,320m), Mt. Chatin (4,369m), Mt. Ushba (4,710) and Mt. Elbrus itself (5,642m).

Mount Elbrus dominates the Central Caucasus and has two seperate volcano vents: the western peak, Zapadnaya 5,642m, is the higher peak and the eastern peak, Vostochnaya, at 5,621m. The eastern peak has a crater 250m in diameter. The mountain is covered in a huge sheet of ice which covers some 145sq KM and is up to 400m thick. Often horrific weather surrounds the mountain and it is notorius for storms. From the col that divides the two peaks the snow slopes descend to the many tongues of ice and crevasses lying in the valleys.

The ancients knew the mountain as Strobilus , Latin for ' pine cone', a direct loan from the ancient Greek Strobilos, meaning ' a twisted object' - a long established botanical term that describes the shape of the volcano's summit. A myth that is held here claims Zues had chained Prometheus, the Titan who had stolen fire from the Gods and given it to ancient man- likely a reference to historic volcanic activity.

Route

By the normal route it is a long climb over a medium incline that requires good acclimatisation but has no real technical difficulty. By this stage we will have spent many days in the surrounding hills and valleys acclimatising and preparing for our climb. The simplicity of this climb is not to be under estimated, it is a dangerous route. Apart from the altitude , the highly variable weather and freqeunt violent storms combined with low tempatures, as low as -25 degrees, means that this ascent is a real high altitude adventure!

The average time to summit is approx 9hrs and approx 4 hrs for our descent. Crampons and ski poles are necessary for this climb and ice axes are useful for extra safety. Like all big mountains, the peaks of the Caucasus generate and attract thier own weather, making conditions unpredictable and ferocious at times. To be prepared for a wide range of tempatures it is important to bring everything on the recommended equipment list.

Grade

Trekking - Moderate to Strenuous:

This trek is suitable to those moving on from high altitude peaks like Kilimanjaro and wishing to start progressing to mountains which require additional skills such as moving on snow and ice. A good level of fitness is required prior to departure.

A good level of fitness is required for this climb and if you have not been training prior to this climb you will lower your chances of a successful summit. It is a demanding trek and includes an average of 6 hrs walking per day, with exception to summit night which is between 12 and 15hrs.This is a technical climb and is very steep in places. For many people it will be a very hard physical challenge. We strongly recommend that you seek advice on fitness from a professional instructor.

Prices

Prices & Inclusions

Land Only €2250 Flights €880  All inclusive €3130,

Inclusions

Fuly escorted with experienced guides and on site training

All transfers

Hotel Accommodation

Park Fee's

Accommodation while trekking

Communal Equipment

Exclusions

* Visa fees

* Meals on route

* Travel Insurance

* Tips, bar bills, laundry, room service etc.

* Extra baggage costs

* Personal gear - Medication

Optional Extra's Moscow City Guided Tour - 1 Day - Extra night B&B Please contact us for more details on Moscow City tour

Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin- Moscow-overnight flight

Day 2: Moscow - Mineralnye Vody - Tereskol, night hotel or similiar

Day 3: Hike to Cheget,3,600m- Night at hotel

Day 4: Hike to Observatory-Night at hotel

Day 5: Hike to Adysul Valley

Day 6: Cable car to Mir station, Hike to Barrel,Night at the Barrels.

Day 7: Hike to Priut hut or higher- Night at the Barrels

Day 8: Technical Training/weather/acclimatisation day

Day 9: Technical Training/weather/acclimatisation day

Day 10: Summit Attempt- last potential summit night -Night at Priut Hut

Day 11: Descend to Terskol Night at hotel

Day 12: Tereskol - MRV- Moscow Night at Hotel

Day 13: Moscow- Dublin-Arrive home/ unless you have opted for the Moscow City Tour Extension

City Tour Extension

Day 14: Moscow free day, B&B

Day 15: Moscow - Ireland

Day 16: Arrive Ireland

Cancellation:
Full refund applies if cancellation is received and acknowledged more than 20 weeks prior to event.
Desposits will not be refunded for cancellations received within 20 weeks.

For bookings made where flights have to be paid for in advance, the flight cost is non- refundable once paid

 

Preparation

Climbing Mount Elbrus is, among other things, a big personal and team achievement. Therefore, it needs to be enjoyed as much as possible, and to do it, it is necessary to bear in mind some recommendations when starting to prepare for your ascent. Your experience will depend on your training. The chances of summiting successfully are greater when you train specifically for the challenge ahead. We have designed a number of courses and walks to help you achieve your goal.

Recommended Training Program

Your daily routine must include some exercising that will contribute to achieve fitness. As nowadays most of us have many obligations, sometimes it is hard to find the time to train everyday. When you have a goal such as to summit Elbrus, the challenge is worth it and all the effort may become a pleasure, which is another goal in itself.

Although Hillwalking is best and specific to the challenge, please remember any type of cardiovascular training will help you prepare for this expedition. Focus your training on building endurance by completing long, slow and low - mid intensity training session along with a few fast and short sessions to build up your anaerobic capacity. Build the distance and duration of your training sessions slowly as over training often leads to injury. Contact us for more information regarding our training courses to help you be in the best shape possible.

Meet & Greet

Our Pre-expedition meetings are designed as part of the preparation process. All team members are invited to partake; it is a good idea to have these meetings once you have made up your mind to take on an expedition. The meetings include a thorough briefing on all aspects of the trip and provide an ideal opportunity to clear up any final questions you may have. We may include this in our skills course. *A date will be confirmed for meet with your Tour Leader once you have signed up.

Passport / Visas- For your application

You will need a full valid passport- please ensure your passport is valid for 6 months after we return home.

For you Visa application:

4 passport photos-signed on reverse side.

Tourist Voucher-available from us on request.

Travel Insurance Certificate.

Applications are made by post to your nearest Russian Embassy

For more info please contact our office.

Gear

# We have all you need at our new store located in the Gap of Dunloe, View our products online @ http://shop.patfalvey.com/

Clothing

Light weight long underwear - Tops & Bottoms

Expedition weight long underwear - Tops & Bottoms

Briefs - For everyday wear while trekking

Short Sleeved T-Shirts/Shirts - 2 x trekking

Long Sleeved T-Shirts/Shirt - 2 x trekking

Sofshell/Fleece x 2

Trekking Pants x 2/3 - one insulated pants is recommended

Parka Jacket - Down or synthetic with hood- Expedition Type and needs to fit over all insulation layers (it can get as cold as -25 degrees celsius)

Jacket - Waterproof & breatheable- storm proof mountaineering jacket

Over Trousers - Waterproof & breatheable- storm proof mountaineering pants

Footwear

Shoes for travel and easy walking

Sandals

Lightweight Hiking Boots

Climbing Boots - Plastic double boot-available for hire

Gaitors - short simple gaitors are best

Booties - optional luxury, down/synthetic

Lightweight socks - 2/3 pairs

Sock Liners

Warm trekking socks - 2/3 pairs

Foot Powder

Head & Hand Wear

Liner Gloves

Windstopper fleece gloves

Waterproof Mittens

Bandana/Buff

Sun Hat

Warm Hat

Balaclava/Face mask

Accessories

Sunglasses x 2 - Specific to High Altitude Mountaineering, UV & IR protection

Ski Goggles

Headtorch

Spare batteries

Climbing Equipment

Ice Axe - Available for hire

Crampons - Available for hire

Ski Poles - 1 pair collapsible spring bound ski poles

Harness - lightweight web waist with all leg loops opening

Carabiners- 2 x screw gates, 2 x snapgates

Backpack - at least 75 litre with ice axe haul loops and crampon attachment point

Daypack - 25 - 35 litre

Waterproof pack cover

Sleeping Equipment

Sleeping Bag - Expedition quality to at least -25, down preferred and must pack small

Sleeping Mat - Thermorest preferred for extra warmth

Pocket-Knife - leatherman or similar

Water Bottles - 1/ 2

Pee Bottle/Funnel for women

Travel Items

Large Duffel Bag

Travel clothes for days in we are in transit

Travel towel

Swim shorts/suit

Padlocks for bags while in transport

Toiletrie bag

Camera

Book/Journal

Miscellaneous Items

Travel Insurance Certificate

Passport, Visa and document copies

Money in US Dollars / Euros

Sun Block - important

Towel and wash kit

Spare batteries for all electronic equipment

Medical & Personal

Lip Screen

Personal First Aid Kit

Personal Medication - seek advice from your doctor

Babywipes/handwipes

Hand Gel

Ear Plugs

Water Purification Tablets

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