Friday, 18 November 2011 13:07

The Secret Of The Stone Documentary

The secret of the stone. (film/tv) documentary

Patrick Morell international film maker, French director  living in the US for the last 35 years and his assistant Archie Linval were over with me this week doing a film piece on the Reeks and looking for the secret of the stone.

I thought this was a crazy notion and yet I was interested in the project. There were times I felt that we were looking for some lost treasure or power like in the film Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Patrick of course being Indiana Jones.

With camera in hand we investigated some ancient pre-historic sites around Ireland's highest mountains "the Reeks" for a preparation of a treatment for a 4 part series on ancient Ireland. We recruited one of my best friends Con Moriarty who has an incredible knowledge of these sites around Kerry as well as a incredible passion for Irish history and culture and folklore.

Before moving onto The second half of the weeks filming which was based at the  Kildreelig Artist Village an old stone village dating back to the 6th or seventh century, situated near Waterville, Ireland.

At Kildreelig a number of houses have been rebuilt and refurbished and are used by well known artists as an artist retreat throughout the year.

Among the local attractions filmed by patrick with local historian and archaeologist Dan O Meara. Where the McCarthy Castle & Abbey (built on the Isthmus to defend the place from pirates), Kilrellig (early Christian monastic settlement ruins located beside the road to Bolus Head), the Kildreelig Alignment (an alignment of four standing stones which is the reputed burial place of the Milesian leader Erannan), Wedge Grave (situated at Coom, Ballinskelligs) and the Irish Romanesque structure Killemlagh Church, built on the site of Saint Finan's original settlement. The majority of the ruins are inside a stout circular rampart which has all the massive appearance of the local circular stone forts. South of this church is the "Pagan's Grave", an enclosure of standing stones.

Before filming on one of the world's most famous monastic sites  on the windswept Skellig Rock.

Interesting
In search of the secret of the stone, nuts I thought but what a week of interesting learning about our Irish past.

Patrick Morell  has done cultural documentaries in Nepal, Tibet, Russia, Alaska and many more interesting places around the world. I'm really looking forward to his preparation of his vision on our Irish past and we are look forward to the edit of his filming and his interpretation of our Irish landscape, history and culture. I'm looking forward to further working with Patrick in the future through our Tv and film production division.

Special thanks to Noelle Campbell-Sharp for her encouragement towards the project, To Kildreelig Artist retreat centre, to Con Moriarty local historian on the Reeks and Dan O Meara archaeologist on the Iveragh peninsula.

Sunday, 24 July 2011 14:49

Hidden Kerry Tours

Ballinskelligs

Discover the hidden treasures that Kerry’s wild and windswept landscape has to offer, from remote valleys and soaring peaks to tranquil lakes and rugged coastal cliffs. Explore some 5000 years of history, archaeology and culture set amidst some of the most spectacular and inspiring scenery in the Ireland. Experience a magical and memorable time in a truly unforgettable land and leave, with a sense of the real Kerry, refreshed, relaxed, renewed.

Where is the latter to be achieved? Off the beaten track...On the remote mountain passes of Ballaghisheen and Ballaghabeama...along the windswept coastal cliffs at Culloo and Dromgour...by the tranquil shores of Lough Cloon and Derriana...in valleys nestled beneath the McGillycuddy Reeks and in sheltered coves and sandy beaches, that all hide a myriad of secrets.

It was with this in mind that Hidden Kerry Tours was established, to introduce and provide the discerning tourist, traveller, trekker and rambler alike, with an intimate appreciation and understanding of the landscape, its flora, fauna and numerous archaeological and historical monuments.

Tours are conducted at a leisurely and relaxed pace, enabling the guest to savour all this wonderful region has to offer. Come and join us for an unforgettable experience. You won’t be disappointed.

Archaeological Walk

McCarthy_Mor_Castle Altitude/Distance: 350m/14km
Route: Ballinskelligs-Boolakeel-Kildreelig-Bolus-Canuig-Coom
Date: All Year
Duration: 7-8 hours
Grade: Easy
Price: €50pp (min 6) Group rates available

 

The Ballinskelligs to Bolus walk offers the visitor the perfect introduction to this beautiful area. Beginning on the golden sands of Ballinskelligs beach, then following the coast to the signalling tower on the summit of Bolus Head and culminating at the wedge tomb in Coom, there is something for everyone on this tour. Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a archaeology or history buff, a photographer or simply a keen rambler with a passion for the outdoors, you will not be disappointed.

What makes it special? Along the way we will visit a number of fascinating archaeological monuments, including the McCarthy Mor Tower House,  a 12th century Augustinian abbey, a Bronze Age stone alignment, an Early Medieval monastic settlement and many other sites of interest.  Photographic opportunities abound with some of the most spectacular coastal and island scenery the west of Ireland has to offer.

Nature lovers can marvel at the diversity of birdlife, with countless species visible, including gannets, storm petrels, manx shearwaters, fulmars and puffins to name but a few. Wild goats, the mountain hare and an occasional fox are also to be found in the area, while from the clifftops, dolphins and basking sharks are sometimes seen. While the landscape itself is undoubtedly the high point of this walk, along the way we will discuss the myth, legend and folklore associated with the region, visit the remains of a famine village, now a thriving artists retreat and ultimately experience a sense of the true Kerry and all it has to offer. Cloon Lough

Meeting Point: Ballinskelligs Beach Carpark (10 am)
Note: This route is also offered as part of a larger package. Please refer to ‘The Skellig Ring Tour’ which can done as either a three day walking tour of single day drive/walk combination tour.

Inclusions: Guide and Information
Exclusions: Lunch, Refreshments, Transport

Gear Required: Due to the variable nature of the Irish climate, it is not unusual for the weather to change quite suddenly, particularly along the coast or in the mountains. It is therefore advisable to prepare for any possibility and check the weather forecast prior to the commencing the walk.
•    Waterproof/ windproof outer layer
•    Warm inner and mid-layer
•    Suitable footwear, preferably waterproof hiking or mountaineering boots
•    Change of socks
•    Hat and gloves
•    Walking poles (optional)
•    Small Rucksack
•    Insect repellent (for midges in summer)
•    Packed Lunch (once we depart Ballinskelligs, there is no place along the way to purchase refreshments)
•    1-2 litres of water
•    Camera (to capture all that fantastic scenery)

A Sacred Mountain

Cashels Castles and a sacred Mountain

Altitude/Distance: 690/14km  
Route: Cahersiveen-Ballycarbery-Cooscrom-Coonana-Knocknatobar-Cahersiveen
Note climbing Knocknatobar is optional and requires an earlier departure time
Date: All Year       
Duration: 7-8 Hours or 8-10 Hours       
Grade: Moderate       
Price: €50pp (min 6) Group rates available


As the name suggests, there is something for everyone on this walk. Discover the rarely visited rugged coastline from Cooscrom to Coonana with its abundance of birdlife, hidden coves, dramatic sea stacks and an impressive blow-hole. Explore the remains of ancient forts and scale Knocknatobar, along the centuries old pilgrims route.
A great geographical and cultural introduction to the area, with stunning scenery from start to finish.  

What makes it special? We begin our walk at the Cahersiveen Heritage centre and continue to the idyllically situated Ballycarbery Castle.
From here we will visit two fine ringforts, Cahergal and Leacanabuaile, both displaying some exceptionally well preserved features of Early Medieval domestic settlement.
Next port of call is Cooscrom Harbour, where we follow the coast to Coonana, encountering along the way an impressive sea stack and a coastal blow-hole in addition to outstanding views of the Blasket Islands and Dingle Peninsula.
For those taking the Knocknatobar option, we follow the Pilgrims route to the summit where there are unparalleled 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside.

Meeting Point: Cahersiveen Heritage Centre (10 am) Leacanabuaile

Inclusions: Guide and Information
Exclusions: Lunch, Refreshments, Transport

Gear required: Due to the variable nature of the Irish climate, it is not unusual for the weather to change quite suddenly, particularly along the coast or in the mountains. It is therefore advisable to prepare for any possibility and check the weather forecast prior to the commencing the walk.
•    Waterproof/ windproof outer layer
•    Warm inner and mid-layer
•    Suitable footwear, preferably waterproof hiking or mountaineering boots
•    Change of socks
•    Hat and gloves
•    Walking poles (optional)
•    Small Rucksack
•    Insect repellent (for midges in summer)
•    Packed Lunch and energy snacks(once we depart Cahersiveen, there is no place along the way to purchase refreshments)
•    2 litres of water (more if one chooses the Knocknatobar Option)
•    Camera (to capture all that fantastic scenery)

Valentia Island Experience

Valentia Experience

Altitude/Distance: 266m/14km       
Route: Portmagee-Bray Head-Culloo-Geokaun-Dohilla-Glanleam-Knightstown       
Date: All Year
Duration: 7-8 hours
Grade: Easy
Price: €50pp (min 6) Group rates available

 

A truely beautiful walk that offers the visitor the chance to discover a wide variety of landscapes in a relatively small geographical area. Dramatic coastal cliffs, rolling hills, desolate windswept boglands, and semi-tropical gardens are just some of highlights encountered on Irelands second largest Island.
Along the way we will visit a number of well preserved archaeological sites, experience the islands diverse flora and fauna and see some of the oldest footprints known on the planet. All this set against a backdrop of some of the most awe inspiring scenery the south west of Ireland has to offer.

What makes it special? Crossing from the mainland to Valentia Island, we will first visit the Skellig Experience, a heritage centre providing a detailed cinematic, pictorial and literal account of the archaeology and natural environment on the Skelligs.

From here we will continue to Bray Head, and follow the pathway to the 18th century signal tower, along the way stopping to explore the remains of some booleying huts and the remnants of a prehistoric trackway and field system.

From the signal tower we will continue along the cliffs to the north, with stunning views of the Blasket Islands and Dingle Peninsula, until we reach
Culloo and its wonderful rockscape,where  again we explore some prehistoric sites, a holy well dedicated to St Brendan and some enigmatic stone crosses.

Following the coast to Fogher cliffs, we will begin the ascent to Geokaun viewing point,the highest point on the island, which provides unrivalled 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside, with Dingle to the north, the Skelligs to the west, the MacGillycuddy's Reeks to east  and the Portmagee channel to the south.

From Geokaun, we decend to the Valentia slate quarries and grotto, then to the Dohilla to view the world renowned tetrapod footprints believed to be in excess of 350 million years old, followed by a short jouney through lush vegatation to Glanleam and its famed tropical gardens and finally Knightown the principle village on the island, where one will have the opportunity to browse some of artesania shops and cafe's and relax before our return to Portmagee.
Other sites of interest may also be included in the itenerary, but are dependant on time and weather constraints.

Meeting Point: Carpark at bridge in Portmagee (10 am) Dromgour Cliffs from Bray Head

Note: This route is also offered as part of a larger package. ‘The Skellig Ring Tour’ can done as either a three day walking tour of single day drive/walk combination tour. Contact us for more details

Inclusions: Guide and Information
Exclusions: Lunch, Refreshments, Transport

Gear required: Due to the variable nature of the Irish climate, it is not unusual for the weather to change quite suddenly, particularly along the coast or in the mountains. It is therefore advisable to prepare for any possibility and check the weather forecast prior to the commencing the walk.
•    Waterproof/ windproof outer layer
•    Warm inner and mid-layer
•    Suitable footwear, preferably waterproof hiking or mountaineering boots
•    Change of socks
•    Hat and gloves
•    Walking poles (optional)
•    Small Rucksack
•    Insect repellent (for midges in summer)
•    Packed Lunch (once we depart Portmagee, there is no place along the way to purchase refreshments)
•    1-2 litres of water
•    Camera (to capture all that fantastic scenery)

Your Guide


Dan O Meara

 

Dan O’ Meara, an archaeologist, has worked and travelled extensively in Asia, North
Africa, South America and Europe.

Now settled in Ballinskelligs, but describing himself as the consummate wanderer, he has taken to guiding visitors to the lesser
seen but equally beautiful attractions his adoptive county has to offer.

Outside of travel, his other passions include kayaking, photography, anything prehistoric and a few pints of the black stuff after a good days hiking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in Tours & Attractions
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 17:25

Merck Sharp & Dohme Pharmaceutical

Company Away Day & Teambuilding in Killarney

 

50 Staff from the Merck Sharp and Dohme OPS1 Manufacturing plant in Cork assembled at Kate Kearney’s Cottage in Killarney at 10:00 on Friday morning 17 June 2011 for a team building and bonding active day out in the beautiful surrounding of Ireland most spectacular landscapes of mountains, lakes and valleys. The day included a variety of activities the stimulated the mind and body. Incorporating Get up, get out, get fit with team building activities that was incorporated throughout the day to include  communication, process, listening and thrust skills all with the goal in mind of an enjoyable team day. 

Brief on day:

The weather forecast was not good but luckily several hours of downpour had passed before the company arrived, maybe the gods are looking down on us today. After tea and coffee in Kate’,s Pat Falvey Ireland's leading team building facilitators gave an introduction to his team and the schedule for the day before a brief presentation on his life as an Entrepreneur- Adventurer- Explorer and the challenges that faced him throughout his life of success, failure, learning and the challenge of change. Following this the group got their first challenge which divided them up into teams.

merck2011_01

Outside Kate's the fun begins as the next challenge was to subdivide the groups into two and then to do a challenge game called Traffic Jam. This involved team members getting across steeping stones and exchanging their side for the other side starting the day learning communication & cooperation and process with an element of frustration built in.

All teams then started their walk through the majestical Gap of Dunloe to Lord Brandon’s Cottage. The day was glorious and the pace just fine as we weaved our way through one of Irelands best examples of a glaciated valley. Apart from meeting local horsemen, sheep and the odd tourist they had to find locations on their map which gave clues to a Murder Mystery. This is to introduce the group into the concept of “Why, What, Where, When, Who”. On reaching Lord Brandon’s lunch was served just as the 1st rain shower of the day approached.

merck2011_02After lunch the group had to complete four more challenges. One was to get people to walk around a rope which was supported by team members. The object of this game is all about trust and how we as a team support we can each other. The stick game was next on the agenda and the object of this is to get the team working together. A Navigating game was used to introduce people to problem solving and if an answer was wrong to direct them back to the last correct known answer. Using a printed image, another game was to introduce the group to the concept that as individuals we all have some of the picture but together we can see the big picture. Throughout the tasks there was confusion, discussion, frustration, laughing and plenty of fun.

When all had completed their tasks, Pat gave a talk on following your dreams and that its not enough just to want something but you have to do something to make your dreams come through.

merck2011_04

To end the day we all got into boats and travelled down through the high water of the Lakes of Killarney passing Derrycunnihy, Eagles Nest, Old Weir Bridge, Meeting of the waters, Dinis Cottage, Bricin Bridge and Innifallen island to Ross Castle where the solution to the murder mystery was explained and Pat announced the winners which was the group in total.

Many thanks to the boatmen, staff at Kates & Lord Brandons and especially to the Merck team who travelled down for the day to participate, it was a great day throughout!!

Report: Tony Nation & Niall Foley

If you are interested in a company away day, teambuilding activities or personal development be sure to contact us.

View some photos from the day in our gallery

Published in Teambuilding
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

Company Away Day & Teambuilding in Killarney

 

50 Staff from the Merck Sharp and Dohme OPS1 Manufacturing plant in Cork assembled at Kate Kearney’s Cottage in Killarney at 10:00 on Friday morning 17 June 2011 for a team building and bonding active day out in the beautiful surrounding of Ireland most spectacular landscapes of mountains, lakes and valleys. The day included a variety of activities the stimulated the mind and body. Incorporating Get up, get out, get fit with team building activities that was incorporated throughout the day to include  communication, process, listening and thrust skills all with the goal in mind of an enjoyable team day. 

Brief on day:

The weather forecast was not good but luckily several hours of downpour had passed before the company arrived, maybe the gods are looking down on us today. After tea and coffee in Kate’,s Pat Falvey Ireland's leading team building facilitators gave an introduction to his team and the schedule for the day before a brief presentation on his life as an Entrepreneur- Adventurer- Explorer and the challenges that faced him throughout his life of success, failure, learning and the challenge of change. Following this the group got their first challenge which divided them up into teams.

merck2011_01

Outside Kate's the fun begins as the next challenge was to subdivide the groups into two and then to do a challenge game called Traffic Jam. This involved team members getting across steeping stones and exchanging their side for the other side starting the day learning communication & cooperation and process with an element of frustration built in.

All teams then started their walk through the majestical Gap of Dunloe to Lord Brandon’s Cottage. The day was glorious and the pace just fine as we weaved our way through one of Irelands best examples of a glaciated valley. Apart from meeting local horsemen, sheep and the odd tourist they had to find locations on their map which gave clues to a Murder Mystery. This is to introduce the group into the concept of “Why, What, Where, When, Who”. On reaching Lord Brandon’s lunch was served just as the 1st rain shower of the day approached.

merck2011_02After lunch the group had to complete four more challenges. One was to get people to walk around a rope which was supported by team members. The object of this game is all about trust and how we as a team support we can each other. The stick game was next on the agenda and the object of this is to get the team working together. A Navigating game was used to introduce people to problem solving and if an answer was wrong to direct them back to the last correct known answer. Using a printed image, another game was to introduce the group to the concept that as individuals we all have some of the picture but together we can see the big picture. Throughout the tasks there was confusion, discussion, frustration, laughing and plenty of fun.

When all had completed their tasks, Pat gave a talk on following your dreams and that its not enough just to want something but you have to do something to make your dreams come through.

merck2011_04

To end the day we all got into boats and travelled down through the high water of the Lakes of Killarney passing Derrycunnihy, Eagles Nest, Old Weir Bridge, Meeting of the waters, Dinis Cottage, Bricin Bridge and Innifallen island to Ross Castle where the solution to the murder mystery was explained and Pat announced the winners which was the group in total.

Many thanks to the boatmen, staff at Kates & Lord Brandons and especially to the Merck team who travelled down for the day to participate, it was a great day throughout!!

Report: Tony Nation & Niall Foley

If you are interested in a company away day, teambuilding activities or personal development be sure to contact us.

View some photos from the day in our gallery

Published in Corporate News
Friday, 10 June 2011 14:24

The Secret Of The Stone Documentary

The secret of the stone. (film/tv) documentary

Patrick Morell international film maker, French director  living in the US for the last 35 years and his assistant Archie Linval were over with me this week doing a film piece on the Reeks and looking for the secret of the stone.

I thought this was a crazy notion and yet I was interested in the project. There were times I felt that we were looking for some lost treasure or power like in the film Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Patrick of course being Indiana Jones.

With camera in hand we investigated some ancient pre-historic sites around Ireland's highest mountains "the Reeks" for a preparation of a treatment for a 4 part series on ancient Ireland. We recruited one of my best friends Con Moriarty who has an incredible knowledge of these sites around Kerry as well as a incredible passion for Irish history and culture and folklore.

Before moving onto The second half of the weeks filming which was based at the  Kildreelig Artist Village an old stone village dating back to the 6th or seventh century, situated near Waterville, Ireland.

At Kildreelig a number of houses have been rebuilt and refurbished and are used by well known artists as an artist retreat throughout the year.

Among the local attractions filmed by patrick with local historian and archaeologist Dan O Meara. Where the McCarthy Castle & Abbey (built on the Isthmus to defend the place from pirates), Kilrellig (early Christian monastic settlement ruins located beside the road to Bolus Head), the Kildreelig Alignment (an alignment of four standing stones which is the reputed burial place of the Milesian leader Erannan), Wedge Grave (situated at Coom, Ballinskelligs) and the Irish Romanesque structure Killemlagh Church, built on the site of Saint Finan's original settlement. The majority of the ruins are inside a stout circular rampart which has all the massive appearance of the local circular stone forts. South of this church is the "Pagan's Grave", an enclosure of standing stones.

Before filming on one of the world's most famous monastic sites  on the windswept Skellig Rock.

Interesting
In search of the secret of the stone, nuts I thought but what a week of interesting learning about our Irish past.

Patrick Morell  has done cultural documentaries in Nepal, Tibet, Russia, Alaska and many more interesting places around the world. I'm really looking forward to his preparation of his vision on our Irish past and we are look forward to the edit of his filming and his interpretation of our Irish landscape, history and culture. I'm looking forward to further working with Patrick in the future through our Tv and film production division.

Special thanks to Noelle Campbell-Sharp for her encouragement towards the project, To Kildreelig Artist retreat centre, to Con Moriarty local historian on the Reeks and Dan O Meara archaeologist on the Iveragh peninsula.

Published in TV & Video News

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.

 

And what an adventure weekend it's going to be!

We are just back from setting up our stand (No 19 & 20) - Having been given a sneak preview of what's instore, We can only say if you can come along, Do!

Find new ways to spend your time or develop your hobbies. Test the gear, try the activities and find out how to get involved in new adventure sports and holidays. We will be available throughout the weekend to meet with you and discuss your next adventure with Irish & Worldwide Adventures. We also have some giveaways at the stand so please visit us at 19 & 20 : See a floor plan PDF on download attachment link  at the bottom of this article.

We have 2 tickets to give away enabling free entry on Saturday or Sunday, just text 'adventure' to 087 2594090 and a winner will be announced at 9pm friday evening. Competition Now Closed

Congratulation's Eddie Kavanagh of D24- See you over the weekend! We will be in touch to arrange for you to collect your tickets

Lorraine Gordon will be at the stand over the weekend to discuss Travel, Training & Expeditions

Tony Nation will be at the stand on Saturday & Sunday to discuss Bootcamps, Get Fit Programs & Teambuilding

Pat Falvey will be also be visiting the stand over the weekend and will speak at the 'Think Tank' supported by Outsider Magazine on Sunday at 13.30. See the Sunday Schedule below:

12.30 – Mark Flagler on tackling the International Appalachian Trails

13.30 – Irish explorer, Pat Falvey

14.30 – Adventure athlete, Mark Pollock, Geaorid Towey & Roisin Finlay

15.30 – The first Irish man to visit the deck of the Titanic, diver Rory Golden

16.30 – Ireland’s answer to Bear Grylls, Aebhric O’Kelly will speak about the psychology behind survival in the great outdoors

Have a look at Adventure weekend website for more details

Opening Times

Friday 20th May – 2pm-9pm

Saturday 21st May – 10am-9pm

Sunday 22nd May – 10am-7pm

Entrance prices

Adults: €15.00

Students & Seniors: €12.00

Children under 13 years: €6.00

Children under 3 years go free

Family Ticket: €40.00 (2 adults and 3 children)

Visit us at 19 & 20 : See a floor plan PDF on download attachment link below

 

Monday, 28 February 2011 21:13

The Reeks Challenge

Trip:                           The Reeks Challenge
Altitude/Distance:    750m/19kms approx
Route:                        MacGillycuddys Reeks
Date:                          All Year
Duration:                   9-12hrs (Early start required)
Grade:                       Trek- Moderate/ Strenuous
Price:                         € 230 pp Residential

Join us on our Reeks Challenge - Nine to Twelve of Ireland's highest mountains in one day

With the Macgillycuddys Reeks encompassing eleven of Ireland's fourteen +900f peaks, can you imagine a more picturesque way of spending a day than traversing across many of the Reek's 27 peaks?

Breathtaking scenery will be an ongoing reward as you cross Irelands roof top with our experienced, local guides whose tales of the lands you cross will bring you closer to the remote, landscape you will encounter. And as if that wasn't enough, completing this challenge will also take you through some of the best Grade 1 scrambling you will find within the country

Price includes:
Experienced Guides
Transfers to/ from start point
2xNgts Accommodation in the Mountain Lodges
1 evening meal

Gear

Below is a recommended basic hillwalking gear list. If you can have some or most of the items great. If you cannot please contact us and there is no problems arranging some options from the guide on the day. You will find the more you do hillwalking, the more you will like to spend on gear, there are very good reasons why people purchase expensive gear and that is to keep them dry, warm and comforatble even in the most extreme conditions. This is very important during colder conditions. You do not have to buy all of the below unless you are going to do more in near future, but if possible try to borrow some of it and we can give you some advice on the day before you buy your own. Also most Ski-wear is suitable, although the heavier items, more so in winter.

  • One pair of good walking/mountaineering boots.
    Socks
  • Thermal top base
  • Good fleece or softshell.
  • Trekking pants in summer,
  • Thermal fleece pants in winter
  • Wind and water proofs (Gore-Tex or similar): Jacket and Trousers.
  • Head gear: thermal hat and/or sunhat (Buff, neck gaiter, optional) or balaclava in winter
  • Adjustable ski poles, Leki or similar
  • *Optional.Gloves:
  • 1/2 Lt Waterbottles or platypus in its own plastic bag
  • Lunch consisting of sandwich/snack and sweets, seeds, oatbars or fruit (keep in plastic bag) - Extra Snacks!!
    Small Rucksack big enough to carry your spares and Lunch. (Line this with strong black bag)
  • Spare Top mid layer, socks and gloves
  • Camera with good battery and memory capacity
  • 1 x Flask with hot drink *Optional

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!

Published in Hillwalking
Monday, 28 February 2011 21:07

Climb Fit Cork & Kerry

Trip:         10 Week Walking Camp (Introduction to the Hills of Ireland)   
Route:      Kerry Mountains - Cork Mountains
Date:        Summer - Autumn
Duration: 10 Weeks (9 half days 1 full day)
Grade:     Easy building to Moderate   
Price:       €200 pp
FULL DETAILS COMING SOON

Overview


Get fit and enjoy an introduction to the wilds of Cork and Kerry.

This 10 week fitness and appreciation course with the Pat Falvey School of Mountaineering is not only aimed at improving your fitness. This course will also provide you with an introduction to navigation, safety and appreciation of the wild and wonderful outdoors.

Grade


Beginners - Intermediate

Date


Summer & Autumn dates available

Price


Price: €200 pp Minimum No. 8 Maximum No. 20
Price includes: Guides
Price does not include: Transport , Food , Gear

Itinerary

Location to be decided with your team

9 x half day guided walks in various terrains
1 x full day expedition

Gear


Gear supplied: Maps, Compass, First Aid Kit

Gear Required:
Equipment:
Walking stick
Day sack/backpack
Headtorch / headlamp
Basic First Aid Kit ( NOT REQUIRED)
Water bottle

Clothing:
Good walking boots and socks
Trekking pants
Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants 
T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper
Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket
Hat
Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves

Other:
Personal items (e.g. towel, sunscreen, wipes, toilet tissues, antibacterial handwash)
Small First Aid Kit including insect repellent, plasters, meds
Small rubbish bag to carry out what you carry in
Matches e.g. burn toilet paper
Trail snacks
Zip-Up bags for camera

Published in Skills Training
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