Tuesday, 08 May 2012 21:44
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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 spirits. After the photos were 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 hills again soon!

For all your outdoor team adventures contact us here at www.patfalvey.com


Thursday, 12 April 2012 22:35

''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 Awareness.

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.

Contact us or see our events blog for more details.

Thursday, 12 April 2012 22:11
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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 Awareness.

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.

Contact us or see our events blog for more details. 

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 17:23


Charity Climb in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Raises €10,200!


Pat Falvey presents a cheque for money raised on the Corran Tuathail climb with the support 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 €2,000,000 for different charities to raise money for worthwhile causes.


Commenting on this event Pat said " I am constantly amazed at the generosity that we as a nation have to help our charities to help others.  It gives us great pleasure to be involved in such events here and throughout the world."






Monday, 15 August 2011 14:21
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Kerry Mountain Rescue busy 14th August 2011. Corran Tuathail.

The Kerry Mountain Rescue 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 ascents to the summit of Ireland's highest mountain over 20 years.





Tuesday, 02 August 2011 00:33
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Rise In Rescues On The Reeks.

More and more people are taking to the hills and are ignoring the fundamental basic requirements that are necessary for safe journeys on Ireland's highest mountains, i.e. 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, much 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 with 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 assistance en route, after finding walkers and climbers had been misplaced on the mountain and they required navigational help to get off the Reeks.

Lots of people are not taking the dangers of the Reeks into consideration and are 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 experienced 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 inexperienced people on the team should only be 1:6 and over six 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 assist those requiring our services. 

Contact us here at www.patfalvey.com for all your climbing needs.








Monday, 04 July 2011 14:08
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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 a briefing at 09.30 until the descent, the rain stayed with the group as they took on the challenge of attempting the 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


Friday, 01 July 2011 00:43

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

Thanks again!

Goat on the edge - Carrauntoohil










To arrange your ascent of Corrantouhil or any of Ireland's Highest Mountains - contact us here at www.patfalvey.com


Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:08
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We were delighted to be invited to the offical opening of the fantastic Lisleibane carpark facility at the base of Carrauntoohil and the two footbridges that allow safe access onto the foothills of the Reeks. 25 years work has seen it's fruition and Anne Lucey's article from the Cork Examiner covers the events of the day

Footbridges provide vital access to Ireland’s highest mountain
By Anne Lucey
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

TWO footbridges providing access to Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohil, along with a car park for hillwalkers, were officially opened yesterday in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. The mountain hosts tens of thousands of climbers each year.
The €150,000 project, sponsored by Kerry County Council and Fáilte Ireland, also saw generous support form the local community, including the donation of land at Lislebby by Donal O’Connor.
The steel footbridges were made and donated by the Killarney-based German crane company Liebherr Ireland.

"This project provides a much needed carpark at Lisleibane, Beaufort, serving Carrauntoohil, and two footbridges in the Hags Glen area of Carrauntoohil, allowing hillwalkers to safely enjoy the experience of walking Ireland’s highest mountain," said Minister Jimmy Deenihan who performed the official opening.
"The designation of the Reeks as a candidate special area of conservation is important to protect the intrinsic heritage of the county and the development of walks allows locals and visitors to the county the opportunity to take in the peace and tranquillity of our highest mountain," he said.

The footbridges were named in honour of a local community activist, the late Patie O’Shea and the late Angela Kenny, a young woman who drowned a number of years ago in that area.
Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Pat Leahy said: "The safety of hillwalkers is very important and the carpark— which serves Carrauntoohil — allows for ample parking for tourists and hillwalkers," he said.

Lisleibane is one of two carparks now serving the Reeks area.

This appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Tuesday, June 14, 2011 

Wednesday, 01 June 2011 00:33
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Congratulation's Megan..we will be in contact in the coming days to arrange delivery of your €200 voucher for use against any of Irish & Worldwide walks, treks, climbs or expeditions!

We know you have a keen interest in 'travel' and look forward to planning with you your adventure!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our stand and filled out our questionnaire. We are delighted to see so much interest in the outdoors and it was great to put faces to so many of you with whom we have spoken with in the past..and look forward to meeting again in coming months.


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