Carrauntoohil Challenge - Abbot reach the summit

Hi Lorraine, Just wanted to say thank you so much for your help in organising this.  We had an amazing day.  The weather was fantastic and we all made it to the top - still not quite sure how!!! Looking forward to the next one!

Report from Tony Nation, Lead Guide

Saturday started off as a fine fresh day with little or no cloud to be seen as we headed to Kate Kearney’s to meet the 18 staff from Abbot, Cork.

The team started to arrive from 10:00 but not all arrived till 11:00 due to some confusion on directions from Cork to Kate’s.

Once all had gathered and safety briefing completed we headed in convoy to Lisleibane car park for the start of our climb.

Clouds had started to form on the hills and a cold wind had blown up. The trek in the valley to the stream was brisk and everyone was in good form. Just before the stream we headed right and began our climb up. As we made our way up we pointed out points of interest in the area as well as local place names.

The climb up was steady with plenty of opportunities for photographs. There was a biting cold at the top of Brother O’Shea’s but all were doing well. On reaching the top we were in snow for the last 100m this added a new element to the day. Everyone made it to the top in high sprites. After the photos taken at the cross and lunch digested it was time to make our way down, visibility was good from the top which added to the day.

On reaching the Devil’s ladder it was agreed that we would opt for the ZIGZAG’S. Due to erosion on the ladder, the zigzag’s is a better option.Everyone got back to the car park without issues. Then it was off to Kate’s for some well deserved food and refreshments.

Well done to all of the Abbot staff hope to see you on the hill’s again soon!

For all you outdoor team adventures contact us here

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Carrauntoohil Challenge - Abbot reach the summit

Hi Lorraine, Just wanted to say thank you so much for your help in organising this.  We had an amazing day.  The weather was fantastic and we all made it to the top - still not quite sure how!!! Looking forward to the next one!

Report from Tony Nation, Lead Guide

Saturday started off as a fine fresh day with little or no cloud to be seen as we headed to Kate Kearney’s to meet the 18 staff from Abbot, Cork.

The team started to arrive from 10:00 but not all arrived till 11:00 due to some confusion on directions from Cork to Kate’s.

Once all had gathered and safety briefing completed we headed in convoy to Lisleibane car park for the start of our climb.

Clouds had started to form on the hills and a cold wind had blown up. The trek in the valley to the stream was brisk and everyone was in good form. Just before the stream we headed right and began our climb up. As we made our way up we pointed out points of interest in the area as well as local place names.

The climb up was steady with plenty of opportunities for photographs. There was a biting cold at the top of Brother O’Shea’s but all were doing well. On reaching the top we were in snow for the last 100m this added a new element to the day. Everyone made it to the top in high sprites. After the photos taken at the cross and lunch digested it was time to make our way down, visibility was good from the top which added to the day.

On reaching the Devil’s ladder it was agreed that we would opt for the ZIGZAG’S. Due to erosion on the ladder, the zigzag’s is a better option.Everyone got back to the car park without issues. Then it was off to Kate’s for some well deserved food and refreshments.

Well done to all of the Abbot staff hope to see you on the hill’s again soon!

For all you outdoor team adventures contact us here

''Life is full of mountains to climb and obstacles that seem insurmountable at first sight. The best way to tackle these challenges is together!
We are lucky to have Pat Falvey ready to take on Corrán Tuathail with us in order to raise funds for Suicide Aware.
At 1039m/ 3414ft it’s Ireland's highest peak. This event is happening on 20 May and there are only 50 places available.
Our aim is for every person who partakes to raise €200 in sponsorship.
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''Life is full of mountains to climb and obstacles that seem insurmountable at first sight. The best way to tackle these challenges is together!
We are lucky to have Pat Falvey ready to take on Corrán Tuathail with us in order to raise funds for Suicide Aware.
At 1039m/ 3414ft it’s Ireland's highest peak. This event is happening on 20 May and there are only 50 places available.
Our aim is for every person who partakes to raise €200 in sponsorship.
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see our events blog for more details''
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

 

Charity Climb Cystic Fibrosis raise €10,200

Pat Falvey presents a cheque for money raised on Corran Tuathail climb from the supports of  Build 4  Life 4 Kids.

Over the years the Pat Falvey School of mountaineering have been involved in walks in Kerry and around the world helping raise over 2 million euros for different charities to raise money for worthwhile causes.

Commenting on this event Pat said " It constantly surprises me the generosity that we have as an Irish nation to help our charities to help others and it gives us a great pleasure in being involved in such events here and throughout the world."

Kerry Mountain busy 14th August 2011. Corran Tuathail. Rescue.

The Team were alerted after a 12 year old boy sustained a knee injury at the ‘first level’. The Team made their way to the scene and administered first aid to the casualty before stretchering him a short distance to a point from where he could be winched to the Shannon Coast Guard helicopter.

14th August 2011. Corran Tuathail. Assistance.

Whilst en-route to the location of the previous callout, Team members encountered three walkers who were unsure of the correct descent route after abandoning their climb of the mountain. They were assisted over a rocky step and shown the correct route down.

The team do a great job. Well done.

 

Guides of Ireland's highest mountains:

If you wish to have a guiding services for climbing Ireland highest mountains why not contact us. For further information on web site or phone +353 (0) 64 6644181

We have catered for nearly 10,000 ascent's to the summit of Ireland's highest mountain over 20 years.

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 00:33

Rise in rescues on the Reeks

Rise in rescues on the Reeks.

More and more people are taking to the hills and are ignoring the fundamental basic requirements that is necessary for a safe journey on Ireland's highest mountains. Proper gear, navigational skills for leaders and bad route finding decisions.

Over the coming months we at the Pat Falvey School of mountaineering will be giving free advice on our monthly newsletters on proper procedures on how to look after yourself and your team mates on the mountains.

Every year we see unnecessary accidents on mountains and we hope these educational pieces starting next month will help you to make your trekking, climbing and walking on the hills here at home in Ireland and abroad safer.

A very famous mountaineer coined a quote:

"Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and that momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste, look well to each step, and from the beginning think what may be the end".

Edward Whymper, first ascensionist of the Matterhorn, 1865.

 

Be prepared, plan your journeys and be logical on your chooses.

Kerry Mountain Rescue reported 4 rescues for July. While we at the Pat Falvey school of mountaineering and kerry guides have had three contacts from different groups on the mountains for assistants on route finding after walkers and climbers have been misplaces on the mountain and required assistants with navigational help to get off the Reeks.

Lots of people are not taking the dangers of the Reeks into consideration and are going ill prepared for what is potentially a dangerous activity on very tricky steep mountains.

Mountaineering is a dangerous sport/ pastime. People must ultimately take responsibility for their own safety and due diligence is required from walkers, trekkers, leaders and guides.

No experience is no excuse to put yourself in danger.

People who have no experience should ensure that leaders they are going with have adequate experience before climbing into dangerous situations.

Also they should take responsibility for proper clothing, to have adequate boots and to ensure they have enough food and water for a hard days climb or walk on the hills..

Most accidents are caused due to lack of proper planning and the mistakes are simple.

If people are not experiences they should go with a leader/ guide when they are outside their comfort Zone. They should not go in groups unless the ratio of guide to inexperience people on the team should only be 1:6 and over 6 two leaders are required in the event of an accident.

Here at the Pat Falvey School of mountaineering we provide Leaders- guides- and courses in Kerry and throughout the world to make efficient those requiring our services. Contact ?????????

Next month we discuss the importance of navigation........

 

 

 

 

 

June 25th 2011 For yet another year, Pat had the pleasure of leading a Cork Branch of AIB Banks Sports & Summit Club on Carrauntoohil.

From briefing at 0930 until descend, the rain stayed with the group as they took on the challenge of attempting summit. Meeting up with the some of the (very wet) group later that evening in Kate Kearney's Cottage, it was evident that the weather did not dampen spirits and everyone throughly enjoyed their choosen away day climb.

''Thanks again for the support on the day. Always good to be out on the hills with you'' Lar Fant, AIB

Published in Corporate News
Friday, 01 July 2011 00:43

Carrauntoohill Climb June 25th

Goat on the edge - CarrauntoohilHi Lorraine,
Just wanted to say a big Thank You for arranging our Carrauntoohil Climb last Saturday.

It was a brilliant experience and we really enjoyed it despite the weather! (It just means we may come back again to see the scenery!!) Heavy Rainfall on Carrauntoohil

Ian and Tony were great and kept us going along the way and I was thrilled to get the chance to meet Pat.
Thanks again!
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