A letter to Santa from Pat Falvey Printed in the Irish Examiner 24th December. Save Santa's home.

Dear Santa. 

I know all the problems you are having on the North Pole and that soon you, your elves and all the polars bears may not have a place to live anymore or to base yourself from due to global warming and climate change. I'm worried as to what are we going to do for Christmas if you have no home.

Going to see Santa. 
So this year I'm going to visit you on one of the hardest expeditions our team Clare, Mick, Bill Freddy and I has ever undertaken to see at first hand the effects of the melting ice and to eye witness what we in the world are causing and to highlight the problems as we travel.

It's going to be hard to get to you, I know. 60 days equivalent to 120 marathons of man hauling our sleds in the most hostile place on earth walking on thin ice with 14000 feet of water below us. It's scary as we have to endure freezing temperatures of down to - 60 degrees and thin ice that at times we will fall through and have to swim to get to you. I thank you for the invitation to come and see you.

What I want for Christmas.
What I'd like from you this year is to help the adults and children of the world to understand more of how they can preserve your home and the melting ice caps as most don't understand what tis means to the planet at large. 

Millions and millions of people will be affected by the ignorance of man which is causing all our weather systems to go crazy. We now see it every day on our tv. Massive flooding, shrinking ice caps, people dying from the cold in some countries, flooding in others and famine in others. we all need your help to understand.

So for Christmas can you bring to each home a booklet and advice on how to help save your home and the colder regions of the earth to help us save millions of other people's homes and lives.

When I get this information we can use our expedition to the North Pole to see you rin February to help spread the messages though our web sites www.irishnorthpole.com and my own web sitewww.patfalvey.com to help you your elves and the polar bears to help all of us protect the melting ice caps. We also you might like to know have freddy T bear coming with us and freddy and Dr Clare O Leary will be keeping all the young people posted of their journey to you.

We hope to see you soon all of the Irish north pole team on the ice, heading to see you in February dr Clare o Leary, Mike Shea, Bill Hanlon, Freddy t bear and of course my self.

Ps if you have any influence on the movement of the ice, can you please also sent us a map with a safe passage to the North Pole and we will see you around the 26th April 2012. So Please have a bottle of champagne ready for us and you might get rudolph to drop us back to Norway as we'll be very tired.

Pat Falvey
Motivation speaker, entrepreneur, adventurer, expedition leader

Also www.patfalvey.com for more information for all of Pats adventures throughout the world that you can join in on next year.

Published in Expedition News
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 09:25

Weather & Conditions not good

The team are yet again delayed and this time it looks like they may be waiting a while!! Two Weather cylclones pouring in from northern Greenland westerly across cape discovery and northern ellesmere. Pilots will not fly due to high winds. Ice conditions are looking bad with lots of breakup off the coast. Assessing everyday with the excellent weather team and pilots in Resolute. Transcription shortly.

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Published in North Pole 2011

Pat falvey spoke with the today with Pat Kenny show on RTE radio 1 last friday the 28th. He also featured on 98fms news spot with Teena gates. Below is the podcasts of both.

RÓISÍN INGLE visited the the Expedition Office recently to interview Pat for a piece in the Irish Times Saturday Travel Interview on the 29th January. Check it out on the times website here. You will find a PDF copy of the article on the download attachment link at bottom on this page also.

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Published in Awards & Appearances

Great news to hear that our friend Charlie Paton has reached the North Pole as part of the Catlin Arctic Survey 2010. The Survey was led by Pen Hadow last year and has been continued this season by Ann Daniels, Charlie Paton and Martin Hartley. The unique survey will establish realistic data of the ice thickness from over 700km and 60 days of sampling. Charlie was a leader on our crossing of South Georgia in Nov. 2008. Below is their latest news report which is taken from the Catlin Arctic Survey 2010 website. Hope to see some footage from the expedition soon on the Telly probably BBC documentary at some stage - keep an eye out for that later this year or maybe 2011.


Explorers Reach North Pole After 60 Day Survey Trek


Described as three of 'the world's toughest' explorers, Ann Daniels, Charlie Paton and Martin Hartley reached the Geographic North Pole at on 12th May, ending a grueling 60-day trek across the floating sea ice of the Arctic Ocean.

The Catlin Arctic Survey expedition's headquarters in London were contacted at 20:05 hours (BST) to confirm the team had completed their final scientific data capture on the very top of the world.

The explorers have been collecting water and marine life samples from beneath the floating sea ice as part of the expedition's leading edge science programme which is assessing the impact of carbon dioxide on the ocean and its marine life.

Their celebrations could not begin until they had taken the last samples through a hole drilled manually through the ice at the North Pole.

"We called it our Hole at the Pole," said Ann Daniels. "Getting the science work done has always been our top priority, but it is absolutely fantastic to reach the Pole as well. We’re ecstatic."

Speaking from Catlin Arctic Survey's headquarters in London, the Survey Director and explorer Pen Hadow described the achievement as extraordinary."It's not possible to imagine what this team has had to do to pull off this extreme survey. Together they’re the face of modern exploration helping to advance the understanding of scientists and public alike about how the natural world works.“

The three explorers have travelled over 483 miles (777 kilometres) in total since March 14th, but to reach the Pole have had to increase the amount of trekking time each day. They made it with only hours to spare before a Twin Otter plane was scheduled to land on the ice to collect them.

Commenting on the harsh conditions Ann Daniels said: "It has been an unbelievably hard journey over the ice. Conditions have been unusually tough and at times very frustrating with a frequent southerly drift pushing us backwards every time we camped for the night. On top of that we've had to battle into head-winds and swim across large areas of dangerously thin ice and open water."

The second phase of the survey will see the samples the team have collected, along with the data captured at the Scientific Ice Base that formed the other part of this survey, undergo analysis by the participating institutes. Results are expected in September.

Monday, 08 February 2010 17:10

Yellowknife, Canada the journey begins

8th Feb. 2010

We have arrived to our training camp in the diamond capital of Canada, a bit disappointing with the weather, a cool -12 degrees.  I know at home in Ireland that would nearly close the country but we are here training to go to the North Pole, we were expecting -32 degrees Celsius. This is not what it is suppose to be here now.

As we drive to our new home for the next 17 days at our new base camp at the blue raven B&B on the old part of the city the taxi driver is delighted that we should be in Yellowknife in the coolest it has been in 30 years, not realising how disappointed that we were to hear that.  “It must be climate change” the world’s weather is gone crazy” But very good for tourist now.

As he is saying that, we are concerned that the ice condition up North will be bad for us.

Base Camp On Otto Drive;
Our Base camp,  is situated right at the edge of the Slave Lake which will be our test ground for our gear checks and training over the coming days.

yellowknife from plane

From here we will make switch back journeys up and down the lake tweaking any final adjustments that we need to make to our gear. Once we are out of here that’s it.

Our lovely host Tessa Macintosh, is a professional Photographer and has been involved in a number of cultural publications she has worked with “Native Press and the NWT government  and has a great insight to native culture, which is also a keen interest of mine.

Well as I said the journey begins  for Clare, John and I. Tomorrow the work and the worry about our gear clearing customs begins.

Question in our head going to bed tonight .
•    Will we have all our gear sent from Ireland. 18 large duffle bags.
•    Will customs look for extra money and hold the consignment.
•    Will we have any damaged equipment.

Published in North Pole 2010
Friday, 29 January 2010 18:06

South Georgia & Antarctica

Trip:Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia
Route:Falklands - South Georgia - South Orkneys Antarctic Peninsula
Date:November 20th - Dec 9th, 2012
Duration:20 Days total  - 15 zodiac landings approx.
Grade:Walking/Trekking – Easy to Moderate - max. 1-3hrs per day
Price:From 9,480 euro - flights can also be arranged


Flying from Dublin to Buenos Aires (or Santiago) and then on to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, we embark on our voyage across the Drake Passage to spend 19 nights/20 days sailing to the Falklands, South Georgia, South Orkneys and around the Antarctic Peninsula witnessing the dramatic scenery and the biggest variety of wildlife in Antarctica

Join us on the adventure of a lifetime to the white continent and be part of this incredible expedition. You will get the chance to do 15 landings (approx.) and also walk the last few kilometers of the famous crossing route of Shackleton & Crean.


Historic Whaling stations, Shackleton's grave, Remote scientific stations and a possible overnight on the Antarctic Peninsula itself. Teeming with wildlife, these waters are a haven for many types of Penguins, Whales, Seals, Albatross, Petrels, Terns, Skua, Sheatbills, Comorants, Shags and lots of icebergs.

Antarctica is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Its gigantic icebergs and ice shelves are found nowhere else on the globe. Its vast mountain ranges and the enormous emptiness of the polar plateau is something to be seen. Travelling there is like visiting no other country. Antarctica is the last vast wilderness on our planet. The sub-zero temperatures, winds and weather literally send shivers down the spine. It's a place of extremes - beautiful and serene, savage and violent - and its scale is almost unfathomable.

Check out our gallery for previous trips like Beyond Endurance 06 & 08

photos by Nina , Niall, Pat and the members of the Beyond Endurance Expedition.

But be warned, weather and ice - not clocks and calendars - set the schedule for a journey here. No matter what the reason for your visit, you'll be at the mercy of the continent's changing moods and weather patterns. This amazing adventure will knock the stuffing out of the costa del sol so start putting away the pennies as you will only need to do this once in a lifetime/bucket list trip.

Published in Antarctica

Hannah Devlin
The snows of Mount Kilimanjaro will be gone within two decades, according to scientists who say that the rapid melting of its glacier cap over the past century provides dramatic physical evidence of global climate change. If the forecast — based on 95 years of data tracking the retreat of the Kilimanjaro ice — proves correct it will be the first time in about 12,000 years that the slopes of Africa’s highest mountain have been ice-free. Since 1912, 85 per cent of the glacier has disappeared and the melting does not appear to be slowing down. Twenty-six per cent of the ice has disappeared since 2000. The study, published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, concludes that the primary cause of the ice loss is the increase in global temperatures. Although changes in cloudiness and snowfall may also play a role, these factors appear to be less important. Even intense droughts, including one lasting about 300 years, did not cause the present degree of melting. Related Links: Battle hots up over Kilimanjaro's melt; The Arctic 'will be ice-free within 20 years; A balmy Copenhagen summit might focus minds.

The study, based on terrestrial and satellite photographs, shows the shrinking contours of ice at points between 1912 and 2007. The 12 sq km (4.6 sq miles) of ice coverage in 1912 contracted to 1.9 sq km by 2007, going from two large ice fields to a collection of several smaller, isolated patches. In a second part of the study, scientists from the Ohio State University drilled down to the rock beneath the ice and extracted cylindrical crosssections, known as ice cores, at six different sites on the glacier. The cores, which were up to 49m (160ft) long, provided a record of the freezing, melting and precipitation patterns of the past 11,700 years. Elongated bubbles in the surface layer of one of the cores indicated that extensive melting and refreezing had taken place in the past 40 years. In the past even extreme climate events had not led to substantial melting. A severe drought 4,200 years ago lasting three centuries left a 1in dust layer but no evidence of significant melting. Radioactive dating techniques also showed that the ice was quickly thinning, as well as contracting in area. The Southern Ice Field had thinned by 5.1m between 2000 and 2007, and the smaller Furtwängler Glacier had thinned by 4.8m — 50 per cent of its total depth. “There will be a year when Furtwängler is present, and, by the next year, it will have disappeared,” Lonnie Thompson, a paleoclimatologist at Ohio State University who led the study, said.

The melting of Kilimanjaro is part of a trend of glacial retreat throughout Africa, India and South America. Melting is occurring on Mount Kenya, the Rwenzori Mountains in central Africa, as well as on tropical glaciers high in the Andes andHimalayas. “The fact that so many glaciers throughout the tropics and subtropics are showing similar responses suggests an underlying common cause,” Professor Thompson said. He attributed the changes to increases in the Earth’s surface temperatures, which are exaggerated at high altitudes. Scientists predict that, even if no further significant warming occurs, all but the very highest of summits will eventually melt. The melting of glaciers can be devastating for species who rely on snowy environments for survival. It can also have consequences for agriculture. Much of the river flow in glacial regions comes from melt water and glacial retreat is predicted to increase water scarcity. The Met Office predicted this month that glacial retreats could lead to a 20 per cent decline in global agricultural productivity.

Thursday, 06 November 2008 00:00

Heading South with 60 Antarctic enthusiasts

The Beyond Endurance Voyage 2008 is set to depart Ireland tomorrow! This promises to be an exciting expedition for all involved. Pat and his team of fifteen will be crossing South Georgia in the coming weeks, world class scientists will be carrying out important research, and for the first time ever, eight Irish transitional year students will be participating in an innovative project on global warming and climate change. Follow progress live on beyond endurance.ie
Published in Beyond Endurance 2008
Wednesday, 04 June 2008 00:00

Freddy T. Bears New Antarctica Adventure

This week Freddy T. Bear has announced that he will be traveling to Antarctica in November with students to help them complete a project on Global Warming and Climate Change. He is really excited! You can read Freddy's daily blog on the website. Stay tuned for more information!
Climate change is "significantly amplifying" the threats facing the world's bird species, a key study concludes.

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