Thursday, 07 March 2013 11:42

Map Your Own Route

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The Pat Falvey Walking and Adventure Centre is ideally located in The Gap of Dunloe, which separates The Macgillycuddy Reeks from Purple Mountain and Killarney National Park. We have the Kingdom of Kerry at our doorstep and we are more than happy to organise any walk you like. Our guides have vast experience and know of the dangers which come with trekking alone in Irelands highest mountains, we are here to ar to lead you into the heart of this beautiful landscape. So whether it’s your first adventure or your looking for a thrill on one of the amazing ridges, contact us and we will be more than happy to help you organise your outing!

Walk Details

Date: All Year (winter guides for experienced only)

Time: 09.00

Meeting Point: Pat Falveys Walking Adventures at Kate Kearneys Cottage

Walk Duration: 3-6hrs depending on route chosen

Gear

Equipment: 30l Rucksack, Gaitors, Waterproof Trekking Boots, Waterproof Jacket and Trousers, Warm Top,Hat and Gloves.2l of water, Lunch, camera and case, binoculars.

Optional Extras: Any additional clothing to ensure you are comfortable.

Price

Varies depending on route chosen and duration

Private Groups

The most popular option for many of our clients.

We reguraly organise day long excursions,weekend & mid-week breaks and outings for individuals, coporate groups, sports teams, families and friends. The benefits are endless and we can organise all the logistics for you, from transport to accommodation, team building, military bootcamps, walking, trekking, abseiling....the activities are endless. We are your one stop adventure company who pride ourselves on providing the best of adventures in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Please contact our office to further discuss the benefits of a private course or guided walk/expedition you would like to challenge your team, group, family or friends with!

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Thursday, 13 October 2011 12:26

Pepsico group climb Carrauntoohill

On Friday 23rd September, a group of colleagues/friends from Pepsico Carrigaline / Little island arrived down to Kate kearneys to Climb Carrauntoohil. Conditions were fair with some cloud about as we headed to Lisleibane, our start for the day. After a short briefing our pace was set by John heading us into the Hags Glen. Our group were mostly in I.T. dept. at Pepsico and were all well up for the climb.

The Route to the Summit of Carrauntoohil: We climbed up through one of the most beautiful routes on the mountain as we made our way through Coomcallee (The Hags Glen) before going off track passing Lough Gouragh (The Lake of the Goat) Breaking through the cliff barrier over the Step of the Goat, where we learned some scrambling techniques to gain the upper reaches of the mountain as we climbed through the three tiers of Coimin Iochtarach, Lair and Uachtarach (The lower, middle and upper valleys) to Ireland’s highest lake (The Eagles Nest).

We breaked for some lunch in very quiet and peaceful surroundings having some banter awaiting our next stage Brother O Shea’s Gully, a good pull up it is but only 30 mins or so did the trick. We ascended to the summit from the Beenkeragh ridge in breezy misty conditions. On top there was only about 6-8 others besides us and we all gathered elated for our summit photo.

On our decent the clouds lifted as we approached the Devils Ladder. It was still fairly breezy at this stage, we headed down into the shelter of the ladder slowly making our way left, right and mostly left again amongst the large boulders and loose scree which feels like moist gravel. The group were in flying form at this stage seeing the completion of their challenge only an hour or so down the valley realising they were nearly done!!

The track out the glen was still breezy with gusts nearly toppling us on the open ground as we viewed the route we took earlier described by John. Once back at the car, a decision was made to head for Kates, where we finished our day over a coffee/pint.

"Thanks soooo much for last Friday - we had a really great time - and everyone is still raving about it, was such a great experience" Rosie Coffey

Well done to all everyone on the day and especially Rosie for organising, hope to see ye again in the future, all the best!!

Guides: Niall Foley & John Healy

Report by Niall Foley

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

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Friday, 01 July 2011 02:20

Meet Weekend for Mt Kilimanjaro Team

Some of team taking in the views on Meet Day HikeJune 25th Meet Day/ Fitness Assessment Weekend for September Mount Kilimanjaro Team

And what a weekend it was! 14 of the team were able to join us on our Free Meet Day offered to aid their preparation for their trek of Mt Kilimanjaro.

The aim of the day is to allow the team to meet with their guide and fellow trekkers, discuss the trek ahead and any queries that may remain and run through gear required.

We also hit the hills and this weekend, we choose the route over Strickeen down into the Gap and crossed onto the 'Chimneys' to ascend Tomies Mountain. The routes we choose are part of a fitness assessment covering terrains and exerting energy simular to that of a typical days trek.

The benefit of this day has proved very successful over the past years and with most of the team staying to partake in the Night Hike,that together with the earlier hike simulates summit night, the team left the Lodge on Sunday feeling ready to take on the challenge ahead Kilimanjaro prep Night Hime in Reeks

Hi Lorraine,Thanks a million for a fantastic weekend- I can't wait until September! Kind Regards,Lisa

Two days of  trekking in great company with good food and comfortable lodgings. Our Fitness Training Weekend for Trekkers is geared for those wishing to take on a challenging trek or climb like Kilimanjaro, Elbrus or even Aconcagua and is recommended as part of a training plan.

We suggest you complete this course early in your training plan or at least 2-3 months prior to departure. This course is an ideal way to assess your fitness level with a long day on the mountains while simulating the summit day by starting in the dark early on day 2.

This course is designed for people who would like to use a guide to assess their fitness levels and to show them the fitness level required for trekking holidays that involve higher altitudes. (4000-6000+)

African Tour Leader Gerry Walsh enjoying day on Tomies


Pat,
Great credit to yourself, Gene and the organisers for undertaking the responsibility of bringing a large group of novice climbers
like me up Irelands highest mountain. For so long I have wanted to do this and was greatful of the opportunity and being able to raise money for Buil4life made it worthwhile. Kind regards, Peter Browne & Neil Browne (the last two on the bus)

This charity climb of Irelands highest mountain Carrantuohill took place on Saturday 11th June. We facilitated with this worthy cause on the day.

Build4Life Kids Charity Climb Carrauntoohil

Meeting place Kate Kearneys Cottage in the Gap of Dunloe at 08:30- 09:00 for briefing before departure for the starting point at Cronins Yard.

All climbers were advised to ensure that they bring warm clothing, good boots and rain hair at it will be cold with heavy showers during the day.

Build4lifekids/cysticFibrosis need to raise 1.5 million to build a dedicated clinic and isolated rooms for the kids of CF in Munster. It is the only charity fnding these facilities. Joe Brown from Castleisland and co founder of Build4LifeKids said " the children of Cork and beyond are currently being treated in sub-standard conditions which directly effects their chances to remain healthy longer.

Over the last 4 years Build4LifeKids have risen over 2.3 million euros to develop facilities for adults with CF attending Cork University Hospital (CUH)

For further information please call 087 2317722 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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!
Mag

Pat,
Great credit to yourself, Gene and the organisers for undertaking the responsibility of bringing a large group of novice climbers
like me up Irelands highest mountain. For so long I have wanted to do this and was greatful of the opportunity and being able to raise money for Buil4life made it worthwhile. Kind regards, Peter Browne & Neil Browne (the last two on the bus)

This charity climb of Irelands highest mountain Carrantuohill took place on Saturday 11th June. We facilitated with this worthy cause on the day.

Build4Life Kids Charity Climb Carrauntoohil

Meeting place Kate Kearneys Cottage in the Gap of Dunloe at 08:30- 09:00 for briefing before departure for the starting point at Cronins Yard.

All climbers were advised to ensure that they bring warm clothing, good boots and rain hair at it will be cold with heavy showers during the day.

Build4lifekids/cysticFibrosis need to raise 1.5 million to build a dedicated clinic and isolated rooms for the kids of CF in Munster. It is the only charity fnding these facilities. Joe Brown from Castleisland and co founder of Build4LifeKids said " the children of Cork and beyond are currently being treated in sub-standard conditions which directly effects their chances to remain healthy longer.

Over the last 4 years Build4LifeKids have risen over 2.3 million euros to develop facilities for adults with CF attending Cork University Hospital (CUH)

For further information please call 087 2317722 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Friday, 20 May 2011 00:48

Climb Carrauntoohil for Suicide Aware

Join us as we climb Corran Tuathail, Ireland's highest peak (1039m/3414ft) on May 29th 2011 in aid of suicide aware, the Cork based organisation set up to help deal with the issues of depression and suicide in Ireland. The climb will be led by charity patron Pat Falvey and his team of experienced guides.

Meeting Point: Kate Kearney's Cottage, Gap of Dunloe

Meet Time: 10am

Sponsorship cards available from Pat Behan 087 9454202 (Minimum sponsorship €150pp)

This is the third annual climb with Pat and it has proven a most popular event. It will be on a first booked basis as numbers limited to 80 pax for safety reasons.

Many of the last years climbers are interested in making this a weekend event and the local hostel is providing special rates for all interested - pre booking is essential.

Basic walking skills required and walking gear essential - Look forward to meeting you on the day! For more information or to book a place contact us or www.suicideaware.ie

Suicide Aware climbers on Carrauntoohil

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