As a world-renowned adventurer… Pat has lead multi-lingual, multi-cultural teams into the highest, coldest, harshest, most remote and beautiful places on planet earth. Places where even a small mistake in planning, communication or teamwork and decision-making may cost the ultimate price: DEATH. As a concerned citizen of the world… He has seen firsthand a changing planet. These changes hold frightening consequences for us as humans: the effects of global warming, climate change, population explosion and the destruction of ethnic cultures by colonizing forces. Pat’s life has been a roller coaster: colourful, unique and definitely varied right from the start.
Pat also lived with and studied over 20 tribes world-wide, from western man, to nomadic tribes in Africa, to the stone-age tribes in the jungles of West Papua New Guinea. From them, he has discovered fascinating similarities and traits in all of mankind: to challenge, to change, set goals, and to achieve them. Among these various tribes and cultures he has studied what exactly has driven man to succeed since the evolution of our species.
George Kotov is one of Russia's leading climbers and has climbed extensively around the world, on all of the great ranges. He lives in St Petersburg.
His hobbies include paragliding, microlighting and is a avid fan of off road rally, having personally driven from Russia to Tibet. He was formally one of Russia top speed climbers. He was the first to make winter ascents of two 7000m peaks in the Pamirs. He has also climbed Mt. Everest.
At a recent function held in Dublin, Pat Falvey and team mates Dr Clare O Leary, Mike Murphy and Basil Geoghegan were made Ambassadors of Goodwill to Nepal by H.E. The Ambassador of Nepal to the UK & Ireland, Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise.
The honor has been bestowed on them by the Nepalese Government through the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. Khadga Bahadur Bishwakarma.
The honour of awarding them “Ambassador Of Goodwill” has been recognized by the government for their work as luminaries in the development, promotion and marketing of tourism in Nepal and in appreciation for the promotion of positive feelings about Nepal’s natural and cultural treasures and of promoting Nepal’s image throughout the world.
Pat Falvey as one of the keynote speakers reflected on his love of Nepal, it’s people, culture and traditions, and how that anyone who visited this amazing country will be forever affected by their experiences there. These experiences have seen them return again and again to the land where the mountain reach for the sky. Pat also reflected on his four Mount Everest experiences and gave a gripping account of what if feels like and means to climb to the highest point on planet earth.
Also in attendence was the newly elected Dublin City Lord Mayor, Andrew Montague. Other distinguished guests where Joanna Tuffy TD, Fingal County Council Mayor Mr. Gerry McGuire, H.E. the Ambassador of India to Ireland Mr. P.S. Raghavan, Cllr. Emer Costello and Cllr. Eamon Tuffy.
Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise, Ambassador of Nepal, gave the key note speech. He spoke about Nepal as one of the only exotic tourist destinations in the world that incorporates rich cultural heritage, The Himalayas, paradise, adventure and wildlife safari.
H.E. Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise honored the Mt. Everest summiteers by presenting them with a certificate of "Good will Ambassador" on behalf of the Government of Nepal.
Mr. Ganga Ram Kandel, the General Secretary of NIS welcomed the guests and Mr. Deepesh Man Shakya, President of NIS delivered a vote of thanks to all the participants of the event. Ms. Emma Lynch hosted the ceremony while Mr. Prashant Kunwar presented "Sights and Sounds of Nepal", a video clip that captures different aspects of tourism in Nepal.
The award is unique and the first ever organized by the Embassy of Nepal and Nepalese diaspora in Ireland. The guests were served a delicious Nepalese dinner after the presentations.
Interested in a trip to Nepal? Contact us today at www.patfalvey.com
Wednesday May 25 2011
Article by "Pat Falvey"
We don't do it to die, we do it to live. Since the evolution of man, people have set out to explore and to conquer mountains.
People love standing on the highest point in their county or country.
And once you take up the sport of adventure climbing, Mount Everest is earmarked for you as the highest point in the world. It is within our human psyche to challenge ourselves and be the best that we can.When you come to Everest, you can stand on a place that's no bigger than your kitchen, at the height that jet-liners cruise. The satisfaction of that feeling is hard to put in words: you're crossing one of the most powerful places on Earth.
At one time the mountain would have been at the deepest seabed, and the fossils of sea creatures are encrusted on the rock. To be in such a powerful place through the nature of aeons gives you that extra bit of satisfaction. High-altitude mountains are the nearest that you can be to heaven. From a spiritual point of view, Everest itself is known as 'Chomolungma' -- Goddess Mother of the Earth. When mountaineers cross there, they feel like they're with the goddess herself. But you have to be very strong in the power of the mind.
Most people who go on these endeavours will know that there are risks involved, that the challenges are varied and many.They are physical, psychological and spiritual, but for a short period in the history of mankind you will be standing on the highest place on Earth.
People ask "Is it hard?" Firstly, when it comes to the aspect of altitude, it is very, very dangerous. Everybody who steps into the inner sanctum of her womb knows this. Secondly, you could argue it's a selfish endeavour. In the early days when I started, one in every 10 people who would climb to the summit would die, and we were asked if we were mad. But by the time you are 50, one in 10 people that you know will be dead, so when you look at someone following their dream, having looked at the statistics of life, anyone at 50 has beaten the odds of Everest. You could also not follow your dream and get knocked down by a bus or get some illness that could take you. Mountaineers don't do this for the risk of dying, they do it for the risk of living. I don't think anybody who attempts to do this feels they are doing it to die, even though they know the calculated risks involved.
It is a very selfish pursuit. I now have 14 of my own friends who are encrusted on to the rock above 8,000 metres on the high altitude mountains of this world. Sometimes we feel like it is going to war. But I feel really sorry at times for the people staying at home. When you're in the battlefield you are out there fighting the war, whereas those that are at home are worried about you. The people at home usually give their full support because they know what it means to the people who are doing this. In reality we must accept as climbers it is a very selfish pursuit, but in nearly all cases we have the support of our family because they know this is what we love doing. John Delaney had a dream. He fulfilled it with a conviction and a passion. Sadly, for whatever reason, his body gave up. Maybe it was his time to go where he has gone.
The death zone on Everest is an imaginary line at about 8,000 metres. Once you go into this area, the heart, lungs and body have to expand, so you have to give acclimatisation time for it to expand to its right level. The death zone is a place where a lot of people are affected with pulmonary edema and cerebral edema -- a flooding of the lungs or a swelling of the brain due to the altitude and the deprivation of oxygen. You're up in the jet stream. You have avalanches, rock falls and landslides.
The death zone is known to mountaineers as a place where you go and if anything goes wrong with you, your body does not recover. John loved mountains, he loved the challenge and he was a very competent climber. In 2006 he started his high altitude climbing on South America's highest point. I had the privilege of working with him to climb the 7,000m peak on Aconcagua in South America.
He loved his family very much. John lost his life in fulfilling his passion and what he loved doing. We must support Orla and her three kids now and indeed his mother. He has left a lot of people behind who loved him very, very much.
Pat Falvey is a world-renowned Irish adventurer, corporate speaker and team trainer. He has climbed Everest four times, reaching the summit twice
- Pat Falvey
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:
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 and was also awarded a ppi award for a programme featuring Pat following his South Pole expedition, titled 'Ask the Explorer'
More Podcasts see our gallery
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 Pat's 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.
Skills weekend for Island Peak at Pat Falvey's Mountain Lodge in Kerry.
This weekend has seen all of the Hope Foundation team do their final preparation for their Everest Challenge and their climb beyond base camp to the beautiful 20,000 foot peak of Island Peak right in the heart of the Himalaya.
The weekend presented them with the final skills training required for the glaciers, head wall and narrow ridges that they will have to negoatiate to reach their objective of summiting Island Peak.
They went through, gear, cramponing with 12 spikes attached to their boots, ice axe training, including the art of falling, ice axe arrest, fixed rope techniques for dummaring up a 600 foot head wall and crossing the mountains narrow ridge. They also learnt the skill of abseiling for descending the exposed head wall as they retreat to base camp.
Their course was carried out at Pat Falvey school of Mountaineering at The Mountain Lodge based in the foothills of Ireland's highest mountains in Kerry and practised their skills on the steep head walls of the Gap of Dunloe as well as climbing along the narrow ridges of Coimin Na Peiste Ridge, the Big Gun and Cruach Mhor in what was demanding weather conditions.
Their was also gear review and the importance of team work on challenging mountain.
This weekend was attended by. Teena Gates head of news 98fm : Jenni Kavanagh actress in Fair City, Rob Ross RTE presenter: George McMahon actor: Philip Grey extreme artist: Rosaleen Thomas hope foundation: Ed O Donnell support team: David Walsh Support team.
The weekend was facilitated by worlded renowned adventurer Pat Falvey with his technical guides Con Moriarty and trekking guide Tony Nation.
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Lots of new adventures are coming up in the next twelve months as we expand our programs throughout the world. Contact us today at www.patfalvey.com
157,000 viewers tuned in to TV3’s Midweek programme to watch adventurer and explorer Pat Falvey and Teena Gates, Head of News at Dublin’s 98FM discuss the forthcoming Hope Challenge 2010 when Pat leads a group of celebrities to Everest Base Camp, and maybe beyond. The program was hosted by Collette Fitzpatrick.
Teena joins Jenny Kavanagh who plays Cleo in Fair City, RTE TV Presenter Rob Ross, Extreme Artist Philip Graye, actor George McMahon and a support team, to battle it out against the elements and walk to the highest frontiers of the planet.
The added challenge of Island Peak beckons for some members of the team who make it beyond Base Camp and the ever present risk of altitude sickness to tackle an ice-wall and a difficult ridge climb.
TV3 viewers were astounded to hear that perhaps the most unlikely member of the team, Teena, had lost 10 stone in the past year as part of a battle back to fitness and tough preparations for the challenge ahead. The radio journalist got a similar reaction when she returned to her desk at 98FM, with the top Dublin station inundated with phone calls and texts from listeners offering support and donations for the challenge. The team head off on September 30th and they are passionately appealing for support for their campaign to raise funds for the Hope Foundation and street children in Calcutta. You can follow the team’s progress and make a donation on the Hope Foundation website www.hopechallenge2010.com
The TV3 programme link is here: http://www.tv3.ie/shows.php?request=midweek
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TV3 8-9-10 Pat Falvey & Teena Gates HOPE Foundation
Jordan Romero, the 13-year-old American who became the youngest climber to reach the top of Mount Everest, said “standing on top of the world is just the best feeling you could ever imagine”.
Speaking via satellite phone, he said: “I'm doing this to inspire other kids, hopefully across the world, to get outdoors and to set goals in life.” He is just one climb from his goal of reaching the highest peaks on all seven continents. The last is the 16,076-foot Vinson Massif in Antarctica, which he hopes to tackle at the end of the year. Despite the debate of should he/ shouldn't he, it is an amazing feat and we wish him the best in his attempt on the Seven Summits. To Safe Climbs...