We were delighted to have our top staff Pat Falvey and Freddy Tarimo to Lead The Girls Club on their fundraising campaign to the top of Africa.

The Girls Club Cork is a voluntary Cancer Support Group for women who have been directly or indirectly affected by cancer, their families and friends. Founded in 2011, the Club is located at 26 St. Paul's Avenue, Cork City.

The Club is all about fun and a fighting spirit. In keeping with the fighting spirit a group of 12 brave warriors set off this morning from Cork airport to take on a huge challenge by conquering Kilimanjaro, the roof top of Africa. Not only will they be conquering the mountain but also conquering their own battles with cancer. The group are aiming to raise vital funds for the Girls Club so that we can continue to provide our support services including counselling, holistic therapies, a (free) wig & scarf bank and blankets of hope to the women of Cork.

They reached the summit and sang their cancer beating song while waving their flag! It was a sight to behold , there were tears of joy and emotion flowing.

 

Follow their day by day journey below

 

Guides

Walking and trekking guides & tour leaders

Pat Falvey - One of the worlds best expedition leaders, Pat Falvey has led adventures to some of the most remote regions of the world. With over 69 expeditons and 2 succesful summits of Mount Everest, you can be sure you are in the best of care.

Gerry Walsh is one of our senior tour leaders. He is a co-ordinator for those interested in pursuing walks and treks in other countries. Gerry also leads some of our international treks and safari’s to Africa and Nepal. He has a vast experience in Africa and has climbed Kilimanjaro over 10 times.

Tony Nation- Tony's love for nature and adventure has taken him to some amazing places such as Nepal, Africa, Russia and South America. Like many of our adventure guides and trainers his passion is instilling the local culture and traditions of the places we visit to those that join us on our many expeditions.

Fredrik Tarimo (Chief Trekking Guide)

Fredrik Tarimo is our Chief Guide and has travelled with Pat for nearly 20 years. Fredrik has rarely travelled out and this is primarliy because he meets people from all over the world

See also our Travel team page

Info on Porters

We at Irish and Worldwide Adventures ensure that all our staff and agents in every destination value and treat their employees including porters with respect and ensure their working rates and conditions are adhering to the local employment and Health and Safety guidelines. We have also built up a excellent relationship’s with all of our operators to ensure the welfare of their guides and porters is priority and expect the highest standards. For more guidelines and information on porters please contact us.

Itinerary

Here is a sample daily Itinerary, on booking you will be issued a more detailed version as flights times may affect the overall Itinerary. Land only option is from: Arrive afternoon at hotel on Day 2*, Depart morning at hotel on Day 10*.

  • *Day 1: Leave ireland - Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport - Hotel B&B
    *Day 2: Rest & Briefing day - Hotel B&B*
    *Day 3: Start the trek to Machame camp (2980m)
    *Day 4: Shira Camp (3840m)
    *Day 5: Baranco Camp (3950m)
    *Day 6: Acclimatisation Trek Karanga Camp (4100)
    *Day 7: Barafu Camp (4550m)
    *Day 8: Summit (5895m) - descend down to Mweka camp (3100m)
    *Day 9: Mweka Camp to Base Hotel - Hotel B&B
    *Day 10: Departure for Ireland or transfer Safari with overnight - Hotel B&B (transfer 5 hour)*
    *Day 11: Game drive Lake Manyara proceed for Ngorongoro for dinner - Hotel B&B (Game 5 hour)
    *Day 12: Crater tour late noon drive to Arusha for overnight Safari hotel - (Crater 5 hour)
    *Day 13: Departure or Fly to Zanzibar; pick up transfer to Mtoni Marine Beach
    hotel for dinner overnight.
    *Day 14: Excursion in Zanzibar visit Stone town tour dinner overnight
    *Day 15: Leisure at the beach hotel - dinner overnight Mtoni Marine
    *Day 16: Departure for Ireland
    *Day 17: Arrive Ireland

Diary

 

September 8th:

Setting off from Cork airport for the adventure of a lifetime!

Best of luck to the Girls Club who left Cork early this morning to start their journey to #Kilimanjaro, all are in great form and looking forward to the climb!  The Girls Club Cork is a voluntary Cancer Support Group for women who have been directly or indirectly affected by cancer, their families and friends. Founded in 2011, the Club is located at 26 St. Paul's Avenue, Cork City.   The Club is all about fun and a fighting spirit.  In keeping with the fighting spirit a group of 12 brave warriors set off this morning from Cork airport to take on a huge challenge by conquering Kilimanjaro, the roof top of Africa. Not only will they be conquering the mountain but also conquering their own battles with cancer.  The group are aiming to raise vital funds for the Girls Club so that we can continue to provide our support services including counselling, holistic therapies, a (free) wig & scarf bank and blankets of hope to the women of Cork.  Ireland's leading high altitude adventure company. www.patfalvey.com "Making dreams a reality" Ring Pat or Abina +353 646644181

September 11th:

We set off this morning, all aboard the bus to the Machame Gate our starting point in the rain forest at 1900 meters. Nerves of last night made way to excitement as the great mountain that is Kilimanjaro loomed in the distance, majestic and soaring above the cloud line.

At Machame Gate it was time to sign in with our leader Pat Falvey and Freddy our head guide. Once all the logistics where sorted we were off andwalked up through beautiful rainforest. Chat, songs and getting to know our fantastic guides and porters, always smiling and chilled like cool bananas.... hakuna matata... no worries.

Before too long, 3 hours had passed and it was time for lunch of samosas and other yummy snacks. Hit the spot! And off again up to our first camp, climbing up higher all the time and the temperature is starting to dip.

Rumours of strange noises from the bushes. its the wildlife from The People's Republic are the culprits... will say no more haha.

We arrived just as darkness fell and were greeted by our 53 porters and guides to the Kilimanjaro song. It sent a shiver through our bodies. The best of welcomes.

We were then briefed on the use of our chemical toilet , the use of our tents and debriefing for the day. We were delighted when Pat and Freddy informed us we all did well.

Now we are sitting having the chat, the craic and supping on our hot drinks and snacking on popcorn before dinner arrives. Looking forward to Day 2, we will sleep well tonight.

 

September 11th:

Machame camp to Shira camp @ 3950 meters.

This morning started early when at 6:30am we were treated to hot teas and coffees in our tents, we could get used to this!  The chemical toilet aka "the powder room" is a big hit with everyone and given the 'windy' conditions some of the team are experiencing it's an even bigger hit with some more than others!!!

Speaking of windy the weather has been anything but... pretty perfect so far (touch wood) with sun and generally clear skies.

The landscape changed as we hiked higher up the mountain changing from rainforest to beautiful moorland up above cloud level! The views are out if this world!

Altitude has started to make itself known to some of us in the group in different ways. Some mild headaches, low energy at times due to lower oxygen levels and that kind of thing but nothing too dramatic thankfully!

Six hours later we arrived at Shira camp and greeted by our wonderful porters welcoming us to camp Africa style singing and dancing with joyful abandon. This time we joined them in the dancing and spirits were well and truly lifted after a tiring hike acclimatizing.

Now here we are sitting in our mess tent stuffed after a wonderful meal and enjoying the craic as only the Irish know how. Kilimanjaro doesn't know what hit it haha

We will sleep well tonight!

Until next time,

Team Kili for The Girls Club xxxx

 

September 12th:

Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
An early start again today and the team are getting into the rhythm of trek life. The early morning light makes for stunning views every way you turn. We are feeling happy and blessed to be here. And by 8:30am we are off gradually making our way up the mountain trail. The weather again has been perfect. Someone is looking out for us!

Speaking of luck we are also happy to report we are acclimatizing well and today has been much easier in that regard. Barely any symptoms to report and those we are experiencing are mild at that. We are in luck.

The landscape changes as we trek through the day and we enter into another climate zone of moon like terrain. Pole pole and one small step for man, one giant leap for cancer survivors. We are here to show people that life doesn't end upon cancer diagnosis and everyone can go after their dreams no matter how big or small.

Within a few hours we reach Lava Towers our acclimatization destination at 4600m. It is hot there and the sun strong so we are very glad of the shade in our mess tent for our lunch.

Then it is time to continue, downhill to our next campsite so we sleep low as is recommended for acclimatisation. By the time we reach Barranco we are tired but our porters are there to greet us again with their wonderful singing and dancing. We are happy to have arrived and despite the fatigue we are in great spirits.

Tomorrow we do the Barranco Wall and we are looking forward to it!

Until next time,

Team Kili for The Girls Club xxxx

September 14th:

The summit attempt tonight. Messages from the team to friends and family.

Grace: I just want to tell my family and boyfriend I'm doing very well and hope I'm doing ye proud. Think of us tonight as we attempt the summit love ye lots xx

Eimear O'Grady... Ciara Maber we are nearly there a few more hrs and we will b heading for the summit, your inspiring me all the way xxx

Noirin Doyle: Hey all having an amazing time here..summit tonite can't wait.. Lots of love xxxx

Karen - Hey guys all going well here one more big climb and and we'll hit the summit fingers crossed a belated happy birthday to dad xx, see ye all soon love Karen xxx

Sam: To all my family+friends+boyfriend David, doing well here! We summit tonight, keep me in your prayers! Want to make you all proud x

Dee Cullinane : Hi to all my family and friends, I'm doing really great and enjoying every moment, africa is a beautiful country and tonight we attempt the summit, say a prayer for us! See ye all soon xox

Leone Levis:
Ryan,Jess & Jack Keep looking out the window tonight I will wave from the top of Kili. miss u

Hi guys ann and mike here having a ball with amazing people Pat and the porters are so wonderful getting ready for summit we miss you all guys see u soon Ann and Mike xx

Laura: surprisingly still in one piece without falling, bring on summit! X

Eimear O'S: Hi to all the O'Sullivans, CCB and everyone else following me. Doing well and eating my spuds!!

Eilish O'Boyle: Hi to everyone from Barafu our base camp. Our Kili trek has been an amazing experience. I'm delighted to say I'm doing better than expected with the altitude. Summit night tonight and I will give it my all xxx

 

September 13th:

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp 4:
This morning we awoke under the shadow of the imposing rock face that is the Barranco Wall, about 250 metres in height.

Standing facing the wall, we noticed small colorful dots moving at a sharp angle up the rock face.....these were fellow trekkers and porters!!! Wow this looks steep!

There were mixed feelings about The Wall.... from excited to very nervous especially those in the group not good with heights or used to rock scrambling. For many this would be a challenge but a challenge we all met in style with a fierceness of spirit only challenges like Kilimanjaro bring to the fore. Is feidir linn.... We can do it!!!

And within a couple of hours we had made the ascent and celebrated in style with can cans, star jumps and.... chocolate!

And we walked on surrounded by dramatic scenery above the cloud line. Who would have thunk it! Here we are on the tallest free standing mountain in the world feeling like warriors!!!

And we trekked on, altitude being kind to us today! This climb is high, sleep low and the craic really is the business. Pat tells us we are doing exceptionally well in that regard. Good news and great for team morale.

Before long we see Karanga Camp in the distance. Not long now we think. Eh not quite.... a steep descent and steep climb and we have arrived! Woohoo!!! We are doing it people and can hardly believe it. Tomorrow night we do our summit attempt.... The time is fast approaching and we feel very positive. The Gods have been with us so far. Let's see what tomorrow brings.

Team Kili for The Girls Club xxx

September 14th:

The summit attempt tonight. Messages from the team to friends and family.

Grace: I just want to tell my family and boyfriend I'm doing very well and hope I'm doing ye proud. Think of us tonight as we attempt the summit love ye lots xx

Eimear O'Grady... Ciara Maber we are nearly there a few more hrs and we will b heading for the summit, your inspiring me all the way xxx

Noirin Doyle: Hey all having an amazing time here..summit tonite can't wait.. Lots of love xxxx

Karen - Hey guys all going well here one more big climb and and we'll hit the summit fingers crossed a belated happy birthday to dad xx, see ye all soon love Karen xxx

Sam: To all my family+friends+boyfriend David, doing well here! We summit tonight, keep me in your prayers! Want to make you all proud x

Dee Cullinane : Hi to all my family and friends, I'm doing really great and enjoying every moment, africa is a beautiful country and tonight we attempt the summit, say a prayer for us! See ye all soon xox

Leone Levis:
Ryan,Jess & Jack Keep looking out the window tonight I will wave from the top of Kili. miss u

Hi guys ann and mike here having a ball with amazing people Pat and the porters are so wonderful getting ready for summit we miss you all guys see u soon Ann and Mike xx

Laura: surprisingly still in one piece without falling, bring on summit! X

Eimear O'S: Hi to all the O'Sullivans, CCB and everyone else following me. Doing well and eating my spuds!!

Eilish O'Boyle: Hi to everyone from Barafu our base camp. Our Kili trek has been an amazing experience. I'm delighted to say I'm doing better than expected with the altitude. Summit night tonight and I will give it my all xxx

September 15th:

Summit Night report on Kilimanjaro. By Eilish O'Boyle - Kili Blogger for The Girls Club xxx

After just a few hours shut eye we were awoken at 10pm. Well awoken may be an exaggeration as I suspect like me it was more resting than sleep.

After a quick feed of biscuits, popcorn and hot drinks it was time for our summit attempt.

Within minutes we began the relentless slog uphill over rocks and zigzagging up sandy terrain underfoot. Darkness was probably to our benefit as at least this way we could not see how much further we had to go and just how steep the terrain was.

Under the watchful eye of a rising red moon we made progress.... slowly slowly. The temperature dropped dramatically as a bitter wind cut into our faces like icy daggers. It was beyond cold and within the first hour our two most of the team began to feel it. Our many layers were keeping us warm but just about. Freddie our head Sidar/guide and Pats right hand man in Africa told us the conditions were not normal and we believed him.

Ahead we could see caravans of lights from the head torches of other Trekkers marking our path ahead.

Our breaks were short due to the dropping temperatures but vital for sustaining our energy levels. Our little snack pack of biscuits and other goodies kept us going. Our guides always on hand to help us when it was needed.

And we walked on... doing the infamous Kili shuffle, one foot in front of the other.... and the mantra 'Is Feider Linn' on repeat in our minds.

Considering the extreme conditions we were doing remarkably well but Ann our intrepid leader.... Mama Kili, Mama Simba, Ledge (legend) to her friends and founder of The Girls Club was unfortunately feeling the altitude more than anyone. With deteriorating weather conditions Pat Falvey Expedition leader and Freddie made the tough decision and at 5,000 metres it was time for her to go back down for her own safety. Ann decided in the best interest of the team and for safety she would re turn, Ann had given it her all after just been told she was cancer free just 12 week previous she had reached her Everest at 5000 meters. The team were gutted and continued on to bring her wishes to the summit. This is the reality of altitude. It does not discriminate and in this case she drew the short straw.

The sub zero conditions did not allow us much time with Ann and so we trekked on. Mind over matter we kept going. The sky changed from dark to deep orange as dawn progressed to sunrise.

Eventually we caught view of Stella Point and our spirits raised. We were at the first summit of Kilimanjaro and could hardly believe it!!! The relief and joy we felt along with a renewed determination.... we still had further to go and our adventure was not yet over.... Uhuru the true peak of Kilimanjaro was within reach and by God we were going to get there.

And within an hour or so we did!!! The infamous sign was within sight and together we got there. Emotions flowed... joy, relief, exhaustion and others we couldn't quite express.... we had done it.... together.... for The Girls Club, for our loved ones, for those we have loved and lost. This was a special moment and we would never forget it.

A special blog from each of the team to follow on their personal feelings of summit night to follow tomorrow.

Eilish O'Boyle - Kili Blogger for The Girls Club xxx

#kilimanjaro #canceraware Summit Night report on Kilimanjaro.  By Eilish O'Boyle - Kili Blogger for The Girls Club xxx  After just a few hours shut eye we were awoken at 10pm. Well awoken may be an exaggeration as I suspect like me it was more resting than sleep.  After a quick feed of biscuits, popcorn and hot drinks it was time for our summit attempt.  Within minutes we began the relentless slog uphill over rocks and zigzagging up sandy terrain underfoot. Darkness was probably to our benefit as at least this way we could not see how much further we had to go and just how steep the terrain was.  Under the watchful eye of a rising red moon we made progress.... slowly slowly. The temperature dropped  dramatically as a bitter wind cut into our faces like icy daggers. It was beyond cold and within the first hour our two most of the team began to feel it. Our many layers were keeping us warm but just about. Freddie our head Sidar/guide and Pats right hand man in Africa told us the conditions were not normal and we believed him.  Ahead we could see caravans of lights from the head torches of other Trekkers marking our path ahead.  Our breaks were short due to the dropping temperatures but vital for sustaining our energy levels. Our little snack pack of biscuits and other goodies kept us going. Our guides always on hand to help us when it was needed.  And we walked on... doing the infamous Kili shuffle, one foot in front of the other.... and the mantra 'Is Feider Linn' on repeat in our minds.  Considering the extreme conditions we were doing remarkably well but Ann our intrepid leader.... Mama Kili, Mama Simba, Ledge (legend) to her friends and founder of The Girls Club was unfortunately feeling the altitude more than anyone. With deteriorating weather conditions Pat Falvey  Expedition leader and Freddie made the tough decision and at 5,000 metres it was time for her to go back down for her own safety. Ann decided in the best interest of the team and for safety she would re turn, Ann had given it her all after just been told she was cancer free just 12 week previous she had reached her Everest at 5000 meters. The team were gutted and continued on to bring her wishes to the summit.  This is the reality of altitude. It does not discriminate and in this case she drew the short straw.  The sub zero conditions did not allow us much time with Ann and so we trekked on. Mind over matter we kept going. The sky changed from dark to deep orange as dawn  progressed to sunrise.  Eventually we caught view of Stella Point and our spirits raised.  We were at the first summit of Kilimanjaro and could hardly believe it!!! The relief and joy we felt along with a renewed determination.... we still had further to go and our adventure was not yet over.... Uhuru the true peak of Kilimanjaro was within reach and by God we were going to get there.  And within an hour or so we did!!! The infamous sign was within sight and together we got there. Emotions flowed...  joy, relief, exhaustion and others we couldn't quite express.... we had done it.... together.... for The Girls Club, for our loved ones, for those we have loved and lost. This was a special moment and we would never forget it.  A special blog from each of the team to follow on their personal feelings of summit night to follow tomorrow.  www.patfalvey.com Ireland's leading adventure company   Eilish O'Boyle - Kili Blogger for The Girls Club xxx

September 19th:

The Girls Club go wild: After an amazing success on Kilimanjaro the Dream team are taking time out to see the Big Five in Africa on Safari on one of our three day wild life safari. They will be visiting Ngorongoro Crater one of the most impressive conservation areas in the world. They will also visit the Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks. While also gaining an insight into the culture of the local tribes people. I'm delighted that they have taken time to investigate wild africa before returning to Ireland. Best of luck girls and Mike.

 

Pat Falvey's photo.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 11:41

Kilimanjaro September Group 100% Success

We all had a great time on Kilimanjaro with our first of our September team, all of the team reached the summit of Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain.

Bad Weather does not deter team:
We were dogged with bad weather for a few days which made the going tough for the team but when we made a go for the summit and pulled it off. All the team members were elated but tired! You can follow the day by day diary below. Well done to all the team on a great success under bad weather conditions!
September 6th:

100% summit success for our 1st September group. After a tough few days of bad wet weather days I'm glad to report that all the team have reached the summit of Kilimanjaro. A great display of teamwork, patience and persistence has won through. We are not finished yet we are now back at high camp safely and dismantling tents to move down to lower camp at 3000 meters in the Moreland the forecast is rain. All the team delighted with the achievement and looking forward to party. They then leave for safari and zanzibar

Team: Ger Haven Brian Dunne Michael Creed Shauna Gollogly Maria Mc Cabe Jo Treacy Kate O'Donoghue Robert Harrison 
Guides: Expedition Leader: Pat Falvey and Freddy Tarimo as well as our experienced guides, Godliving, Abeal Paschal and Iggy Tarimo.

 

Guides

Walking and trekking guides & tour leaders

Pat Falvey - One of the worlds best expedition leaders, Pat Falvey has led adventures to some of the most remote regions of the world. With over 69 expeditons and 2 succesful summits of Mount Everest, you can be sure you are in the best of care.

Tony Nation- Tony's love for nature and adventure has taken him to some amazing places such as Nepal, Africa, Russia and South America. Like many of our adventure guides and trainers his passion is instilling the local culture and traditions of the places we visit to those that join us on our many expeditions.

Fredrik Tarimo (Chief Trekking Guide)

Fredrik Tarimo is our Chief Guide and has travelled with Pat for nearly 20 years. Fredrik has rarely travelled out and this is primarliy because he meets people from all over the world

See also our Travel team page

Info on Porters

We at Irish and Worldwide Adventures ensure that all our staff and agents in every destination value and treat their employees including porters with respect and ensure their working rates and conditions are adhering to the local employment and Health and Safety guidelines. We have also built up a excellent relationship’s with all of our operators to ensure the welfare of their guides and porters is priority and expect the highest standards. For more guidelines and information on porters please contact us.

Itinerary

Here is a sample daily Itinerary, on booking you will be issued a more detailed version as flights times may affect the overall Itinerary. Land only option is from: Arrive afternoon at hotel on Day 2*, Depart morning at hotel on Day 10*.

  • *Day 1: Leave ireland - Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport - Hotel B&B
    *Day 2: Rest & Briefing day - Hotel B&B*
    *Day 3: Start the trek to Machame camp (2980m)
    *Day 4: Shira Camp (3840m)
    *Day 5: Baranco Camp (3950m)
    *Day 6: Acclimatisation Trek Karanga Camp (4100)
    *Day 7: Barafu Camp (4550m)
    *Day 8: Summit (5895m) - descend down to Mweka camp (3100m)
    *Day 9: Mweka Camp to Base Hotel - Hotel B&B
    *Day 10: Departure for Ireland or transfer Safari with overnight - Hotel B&B (transfer 5 hour)*
    *Day 11: Game drive Lake Manyara proceed for Ngorongoro for dinner - Hotel B&B (Game 5 hour)
    *Day 12: Crater tour late noon drive to Arusha for overnight Safari hotel - (Crater 5 hour)
    *Day 13: Departure or Fly to Zanzibar; pick up transfer to Mtoni Marine Beach
    hotel for dinner overnight.
    *Day 14: Excursion in Zanzibar visit Stone town tour dinner overnight
    *Day 15: Leisure at the beach hotel - dinner overnight Mtoni Marine
    *Day 16: Departure for Ireland
    *Day 17: Arrive Ireland

Diary

September 1st:

The team are all packed and ready to go, everyone is very excited now. We are heading to the Machame Gate to start our adventure. See the team below trying out the tents during the briefing and also a group shot before leaving the hotel.

Pat Falvey's photo.

September 1st:

We are now at 3000 meters at Machame camp and all the team are in great form after singing up through the rain forest. We have gotten intimately familiar with their toilet habits already! Shauna has to go every half hour while Marie has held on all day, while Joanne and Kate will only use the bushes but these will disappear soon, -the mind boggles what they are going to do. While Bobby has become a consultant of the ways of going, squatting is the best way to go. Ger has a bad dose of gas today and Brian made him go to the rear while Brian led from the front. Micheal's reports everything's perfect.

We arrived at camp just before dark and settled down quickly.

We sat down to a lamp light dinner and stories at 19:00. We had tea, coffee and hot chocolate with popcorn but Shauna was looking for a Latte. I had to tell her I left the machine at home!!

Dinner consisted of cucumber soup followed by, what James the head cook, calls Irish chips with fish, followed by fresh fruit.

So far no altitude problems and all in good form.

 

September 2nd:

Team now at Shira camp at 3850 meters after a restless, cold night by most of the team at Machame. We started our day at 6:30 to have morning tea brought to the tents by Freddy's son Godliving, after this the team had a basin of hot water to wash so we can maintain hygiene standards. The banter was lively with complaints of snoring and the smells emanating from some of the tents the night before. Instructions have been given to the porters to have at least 1 tent to be put 100 meters away!!!! We were on the move by 08:30.

Today all the team have acclimatized well as we climbed along the ridge from Machame camp to Shira camp. It was very draining as the temperature rose to 35 degrees during the day and the sun was baking our bodies making it hard for all of us to hydrate and also to avoid the heat of the day.

The team are working well together and have settled into a good pace on the mountain, that is important for us to do well over the next few days.

The team are tired now and looking forward to dinner and a restful night. Some of the team are starting to feel the altitude. Some have headaches and nausea but despite this the singsong has drawn attention from fellow international Trekkers. It's a big altitude day tomorrow.

 

 

September 3rd:

Today's blog is by team member Jo Treacy. Shira to Barranco. After a stunning sunset and fabulous starry night the team had an early night to get sleep and to give the rest of the campsite a break from the rowdy irish tent!;!!) Some had better night sleep than others and some got more than they bargained for with midnight visitors!! (We're putting a sign in Kate's tent ha ha)! 06:30 we rose to a misty overcast day. Pat has picked up a cold en route to africa in the plane but is being treated by scientist Jo Treacy and nurse in hand Shauna Gollogly so should recover soon.!!! Today the trekking is nontechnical, crossing a landscape that looks like the moon. Although it is just about walking today the altitude is definitely being felt by all... especially gasping for breath during the singsong! We rose from 3850 meters to 4650 meters at Lava Tower which gave some of the team wrapping headaches. The going is slow but steady and team are trying to take in as much water as possible to ward off the altitude sickness...this means more pee stops (especially for Puddles and Craic!!)  The temperature dropped significantly at Lava Tower but our cook James had fabulous soup and chips waiting for us and we jammily missed a hail shower during lunch. We had a long decent to Barranco camp at 3900m which tested the dodgy knees, but all have made it no bother..and we were greeted to the amazing smell of popcorn which was waiting for us in the tent! Toilet facilities at this camp are like the Hilton compared to recent days!!! 
The team are still all in mighty form...if starting to look and smell a bit rough !
The super news today was that Bobby and Brian's bags were located and will be with the lads tomorrow evening! Bobby can stop wearing Jo's underwear now!! 
The setting for Barranco camp is incredible with the Summit ridge looming ominously above us. We can see the route for tomorrow along the Barranco wall from here too and it's pretty scary - but we'll be grand  Phone service has been very intermittent so if you haven't heard from us that's why, but know everyone is flying it and sends love home.

 

 

September 4th:

We had a late start today from Barranco camp 7am instead of 06:30 as we would save energy by allowing the sun to hit the camp site first and warm our bodies. But the sun didn't come out. It was an overcast misty ominous morning and the weather just got worst. It rained all day and by the time we reached camp everything was soaked and we are doing our best to dry gear and bags.

Everyone enjoyed the Barranco wall as it focused the mind as we scrambled with 3 points of contact on the difficult sections. We arrived at the Karangu camp at 14:00

The singing has stopped tonight as the looming thoughts of what lay ahead. The Summit looms overhead and all thoughts are focused on the next 48 hours.

The team are working hard and well together, the pace is ideal and the thoughts are positive. We pray for fine weather tomorrow to get a chance to dry our clothes while on the move.

Request from the team. Can you all put out the Child of Prague.!!! It makes such a difference.

Tonight the rain has stopped and we can see the summit. It looks fantastic.

 

September 5th:

The weather is being difficult. All the team have arrived at high camp Barrafu safely but tired. We had two hours of sun before leaving and got most of our gear reasonable dry but then the weather changed. The weather is not being kind to us as it drizzled and rained for most of the day. Luckily we arrived to camp before the heavy rain. We have had to forfeit our acclimatization trek this evening as we opt to try and stay dry and warm as Freddy and I fear the team being wet and damp followed by freezing temperatures on our summit bid at midnight.

The weather at the moment is being unseasonable to us just like lots of other places around the world due to global warming. We will however stay focused on the objective. The Summit.

Update tomorrow cross fingers all goes well and the gods give us favorable conditions to summit. It's going to be hard evening for a summit.

 

An inspirational journey to the top of Africa: Ann Dowley Spillane embracing a life of challenge with a dream team and fighting cancer.

“Heart pounding and lungs screaming - Purple Mountain was the finish of me - but it was also the beginning”… Anne Dowley Spillane couldn’t make it to the top of Purple Mountain when she travelled down to Killarney, County Kerry, for a training weekend with the ‘Dream Team’.  The team of eleven hardy souls were heading to Kilimanjaro later in the year, to raise funds and awareness for The Girls Club, a cancer support group and drop-in-centre, run by volunteers in Cork.

After being diagnosed with inoperable cervical cancer in 2010; Anne had never intended climbing Kilimanjaro with the rest of the team but she was going along as part of the support crew and had turned up to support them during their training in Kerry.  However something happened when she was forced to turn back on the beautiful but steep ‘Purple Mountain’ - named for the lavender hue of its rocky slopes. Hobbling back down into the Gap of Dunloe while the rest of the team pushed ahead up the mountain, Ann decided to walk The Gap.  Striding out past the lakes and through the Black Valley, sweating in the heat of the sun; a stubborn determination kicked in.  She refused help from the passing Jarveys driving their horse-and-traps and kept on walking, right to the end of the valley and back. On this day, the Black Valley was Anne’s Purple Mountain, it was her Kilimanjaro, it was her Everest; and she made it.

Ann has that fighting spirit. Anyone touched by Cancer can imagine what life has become since her diagnosis; Chemo, Radiotherapy and Brachytherapy or ‘internal radiotherapy’. The tumour had affected the nerves in her leg, hip and back and she walked with the help of a stick and morphine.  At one point Ann begged for her leg to be amputated. It wasn’t; and Ann never gave up – the way she tells it? “I got cancer, but cancer never got me”.

Ann talks about the power of the mind and admits to running away from fear by being busy. She set up the Girls Club to offer support, shelter and a place to ‘be’ for other women affected by cancer – knowing intimately the experience of that touch. “Cancer takes everything” says Ann; “It takes your hair, your boobs, your childbearing years, your career, your income, your means to make a living. It violates your body and your mind. It makes you live with fear and it’s not just you. When you are diagnosed with cancer, your whole family gets cancer, it violates the whole family.”

The Girls Club brings joy and laughter, but volunteering to help run it is by no means easy or painless. “You love people, you hold their hand while they suffer and often, you lose them”. Ann talks about former members as ‘flying high on the bravest wings’ and believes they will be flying along with the Dream Team on Kilimanjaro. They are bringing the hopes and dreams and fears and love of many, many people with them.

After walking the ‘Gap of Dunloe’ Ann felt sick and went for a check-up and tests, fearing the worst.  The test results brought a shock – she was cured – there was no trace of cancer. Stunned, Ann struggled to absorb the news. Fear had become a habit and her mind raced. It didn’t take long for her thoughts to turn towards the heavens and Kilimanjaro. In a few months the Dream Team would be making their expedition to Africa and the fighter in Ann decided to launch another battle and go with them, not just as part of the support group, but all the way to the summit.

For those who have climbed mountains and for those who haven’t, the scale of what Ann was embarking on seemed impossible – to fail at climbing Purple Mountain and aspire to climbing Kilimanjaro just a few months later defies physics and reason. But Ann has faced impossible odds before.

March, June and July of this year saw the team in gyms and out on the hills.  “I thought TRX was a dinosaur before I joined the gym” says Ann, as she kicked off a 6 day a week training regime which included spinning sessions and the ‘dinosaur’ TRX. She changed to a healthy diet, went gluten-free, swapped cakes for salad, discovered juicing and lost a whopping 22lb in a remarkably short period of time. She walked everywhere, trained on the Galtee Mountains and went hiking in the hills at night with her dog.  Walking with the rest of the team was stressful at first. “I’m afraid of holding them up and slowing them down” says Ann, with the dread of every ‘newbie’ starting on a new challenge for the first time. Anne is frequently tough on herself and talks about ‘kicking herself in the ass’ and ‘getting on with it’.  Walking at height doesn’t come easy to her either:  “With Morphine patches holding you together, you’re so stoned you fear you could fall” she comments wryly. Ann has a wicked sense of humour and the ability to laugh at cancer appears to be knitted deeply into the fibre of the Girls Club, which is as much about fun as survival.

A trip back to Pat Falvey’s Mountain Lodge in Killarney sees Ann reach the summit of Purple Mountain. Over to Mangerton Mountain and she vomits the whole way up but makes it to the top. Then there’s Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. “Jesus” says Ann, “My worst nightmare right there.  I read about the Devil’s Ladder, I Googled the Devil’s Ladder, I talked about the Devil’s Ladder and I dreamed about the damned Devil’s Ladder.” Finally the day came to meet it. Ann’s cousin took her up. “I thought about my Girls and silently cried ‘guys I need your wings’. It was the toughest thing I’ve ever done. Each step was painful and the pace was fast.  But we made progress; moving higher and higher and I met lovely people along the way. The sun was shining brightly, it was truly an amazing day and finally in the distance, I spotted the cross that marks the summit.  I knew I was going to make it.  The sight of that cross had so many different meanings for me. Reaching the top I kneeled down and kissed the ground and said many things to many people, quietly in my mind.  I rang my mum, my husband and my son in Australia, before galloping down ‘The Devil’s Ladder’.  Cancer down – Devil down – Kilimanjaro ahead”.

“I don’t know” says Ann when you ask her what she thinks of the challenge ahead. “I’ve had nightmares about it.  I keep doubting myself, but I don’t do failing well.  I’m not good at giving in. I’ve done chemo, done sickness, done agony.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to say I’ve done Kili. I don’t know what’s going to happen.  But I’m going, and I’m fighting, and everyone with me has battled to be here too. They’ve all been touched by cancer and they’ve all made massive sacrifices. Their own families have been put on hold while they worked full-time, trained hard and still managed to fundraise. When we get to the summit we will place a plaque with the names of our loved ones who have passed. That will be the hardest moment.” Will they make it? “We’ve already made it” says Ann. “We’ve supported each other, formed new friendships, laughed, cried and raised thousands for the club. The journey to get here was as important as the journey ahead. In my eyes, the Dream Team are already winners, so let the next journey begin.”

See full trip report and see how Ann and the team made a dream a reality.

Kilimanjaro 2014 - The Dream Team: Michael Healy, Leone Levis, Noirin Doyle, Eilish O’Boyle, Laura Murray, Eimear O’Sullivan, Samantha Heaton, Grace Moloney, Karen Cronin, Denise Cullinane, Eimear O Grady,  Anne Dowley Spillane. Raising funds for The Girls Club, Cork (cancer support service).www.thegirlsclubcork.ie

Expedition Leader: Pat Falvey

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Freddy Tarimo (Africa) Chief Guide

Freddy was born in 1964 and has been working on Kilimanjaro since 1986 when his first job was as a porter. He became a fully trained guide on Kilimanjaro in 1988.  He trained initially as a cook and has completed courses on first aid and high altitude medicine.  

Freddy has climbed Kilimanjaro over 315 times and has worked with Pat since 1996. Freddy is recognised as one of the world's leading guides on Kilimanjaro.

Heis married with three sons and two daughters; two of his sons, Goodliving and Emanuel, also work on the mountain with him and Pat.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 14:08

Kilimanjaro over 1250 successful summits.

Kilimanjaro news: We are now one of the world's leading adventure company's working on Kilimanjaro with over 1250 people having reached the summit over the last 12 years. Below is another one of this year's group who had 100% summit success.

July 2014: We laughed our way to the summit. As usual we had all of the trauma of climbing a high altitude mountain but the team weathered them all. Summit night was cold and with the wind chill was -17 degrees. Luckily, all had equipment to weather the conditions. All the team are safely down.

 

Also see another one of our teams success on the August by going to 100% summit August 17th 2014

Expedition Leaders Pat Falvey and Freddy Tarimo

 

Photo: Kilimanjaro news: 100% success with a great team. We laughed our way to the summit. As usual we had all of the trauma of climbing a high altitude mountain but the team weathered them all. Summit night was cold and with the wind chill was -17 degrees. Lucky all had equipment to weather the conditions. All the team are safely down. Sorry about updates but we had difficulty posting from the mountain. I will follow up with further reports and pictures over the coming days.


Our route is one of the most scenic on the mountain and is known as the Machame route. 

There are five different climatical zones as we make our way to the Roof of Africa.

Zone 1: The coffee and banana plantation. This area is full of life and where the locals that work on the mountain mainly live. 

Zone 2: The rain forest. Popular question is - does it rain?! It is humid, beautiful with amazing plantation but has very little wildlife. 

Zone 3: The moorland/alpine region. 

The plantation is more alpine with beautiful flowers and from our entry to this region we will be living above the clouds. Usually warm during the day and cold at night. 

Zone 4: The lunar desert. This is an amazing rocky desert with little or no growth or life. The rock is brownish red and feels as if you are walking through a moon-type landscape. Warm during the day but gets cold if the wind picks up. By night the temperature really drops and at time goes below 0 degrees. 

Zone 5: The depleting Arctic region. The days can be warm and we go through a vast difference in temperatures in this region. It can go from +25 degrees and down to -25 degrees depending on the season. 

All the team are ready to take on this amazing challenge. 

Picture: Our team at our hotel briefing. Checking out their home for the next 7 days
Photo: Now briefing on our climb of Kilimanjaro the team are excited and can't wait to get onto the mountain. We are at the starting blocks and the adventure has begun.  I have included information on our itinerary below.   Today we are settled into our hotel below the mountain, we are making final preparation and packing for the journey ahead.   Our route is one of the most scenic on the mountain and is known as The Machame route.   There are five different climatical zones as we make our way to the Roof of Africa.  Zone 1: The coffee and banana plantation. This area is full of life and were the locals that work on the mountain mainly live.   Zone 2: The rain forest. Popular question is does it rain!!! It is humid, beautiful with amazing plantation but has very little wildlife.   Zone 3: The moore land/ alpine region.   The plantation is more alpine with beautiful flowers and from our entry to this region we will be living above the clouds. Usually warm during the day and cold at night.   Zone 4: the lunar desert. Yes this is an amazing rocky desert with little or no growth or life. The rock is brownish red and feels as if you are walking through a moon type landscape. Warm during the day but gets cold if the win picks up. By night the temperature really drops and at time go below 0 degrees.   Zone 5: The the depleting arctic region. The days can be warm and we go through a vast difference in temperatures in this region. It can go from +25 degrees and down to -25 degrees depending on the season.   All the team are ready to take on this amazing challenge.   Picture: Our Team at our hotel briefing. Checking out their home for the next 7 days

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Kilimanjaro 100% success for our August team. on the 17th August we received a  text  from the summit from our renowned team leader Freddy. "The team are excited and emotional after their long night to the summit."
We are always delighted at basecamp in Ireland when we receive news from our teams from the Summit but we are always aware that reaching the summit is only half way there and realise that the team have a long descend.
Kilimanjaro is one of the most beautiful climbs in the world and a challenge most fit people can achieve.
Pat Falvey and Freddy will be leaving with two more teams on 1st on 30th August, a team of 9 and a they will be leading back-to-back group with 12 team members fromThe Girls Club in Cork on the 8th of September and hoping that September will be as successful as our August teams.
Summit picture below.
Well done to our August team. Emily Grace Dorota Biedron Fiona Nic Charthaigh Patrick Fannon Orla Leydon Alison Gallagher Fionnuala Scullion Also to all our guides and porters on the Mountain. Now Dorota, Fiona, Emily, Fionnuala and Patrick are heading on safari. Enjoy. I'm so delighted as they had a hard start with travel and bags been lost. But all worked out well. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
— with Millie Grace.
Team on Summit August 17th
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Picture of walking in the alpine region to Shira camp on the ridge. Day 2

Photo: Team Kilimanjaro update August 14th . All going well they have moved up through the Alpine meadow to Shira camp on day 2 and had a restful night before having a very hard day on route to Lava towers with some effects of headaches and slight altitude problems before descending to the Barrance camp. Today they will make their way up the 300 meter ascent of the Barranco wall.    Bag news. Alison and Orla hopefully will be re-united with their bag today, as we have a ported despatched specially to get it to them. Airlines an expedition nightmare.  Picture of walking in the Alpine region to Shira camp on the Ridge.   www.patfalvey.com or email <script language='JavaScript' type='text/javascript'>/*<![CDATA[*/
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Team porters moving through the rain forrest. Day 1
Photo: Kilimanjaro update for August team: The team are on the move and making their way to Camp 1 on the Machame Route and back on time for our itinerary. They will reach a height of 3000 meters tonight and this is where people start to get altitude problems.   We are disappointed with Turkish Airlines as they have cocked up, not alone with having three bags missing but they also bunked five of the team members for a day in Istanbul on route to the expedition. They have apologized and say that it was because of unforeseen circumstances!!. Our Nadir our ground staff in Moshi are now on standby to have bags delivered tonight and we will have them follow the team up the mountain.   All the team were lucky that we had recommended to bring trekking gear for two days in their day bags. The balance of what was needed was hired. Cross fingers that bags will come tonight.  We have two team members on the Marangu route who are just going to camp 1 before going on Safari and Zanzibar.   Keep posted. Ireland leading adventure company. www.patfalvey.com or email <script language='JavaScript' type='text/javascript'>/*<![CDATA[*/
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Thursday, 12 June 2014 14:10

Pat Falveys June Newsletter

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News:- Pats Birthday - New Audio Book -Everest Irish Summits- 10th Anniversary - Suicide Aware Challenge - Cancer Research Walk- IAA Summit and lots more

The summer is here , the long days, the warmth of the sun, the flowers are blooming and with all of that brings, new hopes, new adventurers  and a sense of positivity is in the air.

I would encourage everybody to try and get out and about, take a walk, take a challenge, and absorb not only the beauty of the season but also the benefits of being in the outdoors. It is impossible to underestimate the mental and physical benefits of spending time outside, especially when the sun is shining and we have longer evenings.

I just read a report that shows  that those who walk are more positive more mentally alert and it helps people to avoid being depressed.  A walk even for as little as fifteen minutes a day can make you a happier person and clear all the negative thoughts from your mind. Of course if your looking for something more exciting and longer just give me a call. Lots happening here in Ireland and abroad.
Birthday Greetings to Pat!
I'm now 57  years of age on the 2nd of June and my son came to me recently and made me aware that in 13 years time I'm seventy. The body is getting older but the mind is staying young. Next month I'll be writing on what it feels to be getting older and my jest for adventure for the next twenty years. How life isn't a rehearsal it's a performance. I was also made aware that our average life span is 80. Well I intend to live till 100!! see what life has in store as we develop the "forever young club" for those of us between 50 and 90
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New Audio Book on The Summit. You can now enjoy The Summit in audio while you drive, walk, run, trek, relax. Also out in hardback, to follow soon as e-book. Please pass on and share to those you think might like or use Audio books to listen to. The Summit by Pemba Gyalje Sherpa and Pat Falvey, narrated by Pat Falvey.

Thanks to all involved especially our audio director and producer Helen Shaw Editor Amy Millarof Athena Mediato our audio publisher Stuart Morgan Audio-Always for doing a great job to bring this to fruition. Click here to purchase
Carrauntoohil Summit all the team IAA.

We like to congratulate all the team from Irish Aviation Authority who reach the summit of Ireland highest mountain. It was a very rough day and with great determination everyone reach the summit. For most it was their Everest. Well done and a great day with a great team. Www.patfalvey.com
Irish Everest 10th Anniversary today of our summiting at 6:45 am via the Nepal South Side of Everest. It is with great pride that Clare O' LearyPemba Gyalje Sherpa and our sherpa team look back at these great memories of crossing the highest gang plank on earth that was created from the great power of nature and to think one time this was the bottom of the sea.
Everest Base Camp 100% success. Picture of the team Another great trek through the greatest mountain range in the world following in the footsteps of our icons. A land where mountains reach to the Sky. Congratulations to and all the team. Expedition leaders Pat Falvey and Pemba Gyalje Sherpa

Tibet Irish summits 2014 - we would like to congratulate Derek Mahon and Noel Hanna on their summiting of Mt Everest via Tibet and the North side of Everest. Well done, brilliant achievement and adding to the success of the Irish on Everest.


Nepal: Irish Seven Summits team postpone summit attempt.

We were disappointed and sadenned for  Paul Devany and Niall Byrne as they had to postpone their summit attempt on Mt Everest due to the the controversy on Mt Everest. via the South Side and wish them the best on their attempt next year 2015.  We will be continuing to follow their attempt of our Facebook and news items here at www.patfalvey.com

Suicide Aware Challenge Success. Despite dreadful weather conditions 40 brave climbers took an alternative route on Sunday 5th May with Pat Falvey. It was too dangerous to try the summit but all 40 helped and supported by Pat Falvey and Martin Harvey and his crew spent five hours on a safe alternative safe route on the mountain.

Well done to everyone for making the day a great adventure despite the elements and thank you to all from Suicide Aware for your commitment end determination and support for Suicide Aware.  Pat Falvey is a patron of suicide aware and if you need help contact  Pat Beahan @  www.suicideaware.ie

Cancer Research Challange: The 9th annual Kerry Way Cancer Research walk in aid  the Cork Cancer Research Centre was launched by world renowned adventurer Pat Falvey and legendary Kerry footballer and sports pundit Pat Spillane. The pair are inviting you all to don your walking boots and join them in Kerry from the 25th to the 27th of July. This walked has raised over €650,000 over the last 9 years.

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Would you like to stand on the roof of Africa or trek to the heart of Himalayas?

For anyone interested in climbing Kilimanjaro or trekking to Everest Base Camp we have a free meet day. What better way to get your queries answered?

Meetings will take place in our office/shop at Kate Kearney’s Cottage in Gap of Dunloe, Co Kerry on the 23rd of February.

The meeting will consist of the slide show featuring photos from the route we use, our guides and other personnel etc. We will discuss all the health and hygiene issues, training and preparation goals. You will learn what type of gear and clothing you should wear and we show you how to pack your bag. There will be a time to ask the questions and talk to our team.

11am - Kilimanjaro trip.

3pm - Everest Base Camp trek

Optional free walks:

1. We will have an optional short hill walk after the Kilimanjaro talk. Trek is easy to moderate, route is weather dependant, time approx 2 hours. Do not forget your boots and waterproofs!!! Free for everyone attending meetings.

2. We have also organised a longer walk on Sunday which will take you to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Kerry. This walk is free of charge to those who have signed for any of the expeditions. Charge of €65pp applies otherwise. Boots, waterproofs, warm clothing, water and pack lunch are advised.

If you would like to join us for this day, Contact us now to book your place.

We look forward to meeting you on the day

 

Monday, 03 September 2012 11:13

Kilimanjaro September Group updates

100%Team Summit kilimanjaro: This is just a fast message to all Family and friends of the team.

At 08:00 Kilimanjaro time all team members reached the summit. As usual it was a hard climb and some team members suffered more then others at Altitude. All however pushed through and made a dream a reality. We did one of the worlds highest Flash mob and sang some songs on the summit.

Everyone is now back at high camp at Barraffu for an hours rest before packing up to descend another 1600 meter. No one is looking forward to the descent. Some of the team are very tired.

Great news Pat and big HURRAY to the rest of the gang, well done and enjoy the elation this evening!! from all at the office

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High camp Barraffu and all the team ready for summit attempt tonight. Sept 7th - 13:00

It's snowing, cold and cloudy on arrival at high camp. We are going to have some lunch before doing an acclimatizing trek to rise another 150 meters before we descent to high cam for early dinner at 17:00 before we retire for a few hours rest to rise at 23:00 for our summit attempt . Tonight and tomorrow is going to hardest day ever for nearly all the team. We rise at 23:00 and get ready to climb at 24:00 . Then it will take between 7 and 9 hours to reach the summit then a three hours descent to our high camp and after an hours rest we descend for another four hours to Mweka camp site. We will be up to 17 hours on the go. Cross fingers for all the team tonight.
en route to karranga camp
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Barranco wall, after all the apprehension this morning every one in the team really enjoyed the climb. A highlight for most. All safe and now making our way to our next camp site at Karangu 4000 meters. Tomorrow we make our way to high camp.

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When we arrived at camp last night the mist was in and no one got a chance to see our obstacle of the 200 meter high Barranco wall.

This morning the team woke to the view ahead of the climb today and it always amazes the comments when people see it.

Karen "we have to climb that, are you serious"

Ronan " I thought it was going to be vertical, I'm relieved"

Gary: I'm staying here with the bags.

James: can't wait, it will be a step closed to the summit.

Mark; big hi to Julie and Luke. It a great climb looking forward to today.

Maura: can't wait to get over today, the summit is within reach.

Greg: looking forward to the climb today and getting closer to the summit.

Lil: O my what a challenge

Paul: I can't wait to scramble up that, it's exciting.

Trevor; A walk in the park!! Big hi and kiss to Anusia and lauryn xxx !!!!!! I'm shitting it !!

Eric: no problem, it's great to just be here.

Pat G. Holy shit!! Everything is great.

All in very positive form and having great fun .

 

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Shira camp September 5th 13000 feet To 15200 feet Lava Towers.

All the team suffering from a little sleep depravation due to altitude, cold, snoring and stomach wind which increases at altitude. All getting use to the camping and getting lots of rest once in camp. The good news is that all the team are doing well. The pace is great and being set by Greg who is being paced by Alfred.

Today it a lot colder with treating clouds sweeping in from the valley below and even though the sun is up there is a biting wind. All the team are geared up with warm wind gear and gloves. It's amazing how fast the weather can change up here. Today will be a hard altitude day as we rise to 4650 meters to lava towers which will test our ability to acclimatize. It's going to be a long day as we ascent to 4650 m before a long descent to our camp at Barranco wall at 3950 m for the night. We rise high and sleep low. Today's walk took all of 8 and a half hours including beaks. All the team are feeling good.

shiracampsept2012

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Tuesday 4th September - Trek day 2 : Machame to Shira camp

Rain Forrest 3rd sept and moorland 4th sept.. this has been one of the finest days I have been in the rain Forrest since I started climbing Kilimanjaro in 1994. Not a cloud in the sky and for the 1st time in 28 ascents I have had the perfect day in the Forrest. Ronan and Mark are excited at the idea of sleeping in a tent as they have never in his 35 years stayed in one.We had a beautiful night with full moon a start studded night and woke to the signing of birds from the Rain Forrest and moore land.

Wake up call 06:30 with James and Amadeus woke all the team to serve tea in the tent. Most of the team got a good night sleep and are ready for the day ahead. We are now at 3000 meters 10000 feet all the team are good with a few slight headaches. Today we push to 3950 meters to Shira camp where the altitude will start to click in. Beautiful morning, weather good and sun is up. Can you believe we are down to t-shirts, sweating, a full moon still in the sky, no clouds and sun high in the sky. All smiles and positive as we make our way across the moore land traverse to our camp site. Keep posted.

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Monday 3rd September 2012 - Trek day 1

Kilimanjaro start for our September group. A great day with good weather.

It a fantastic morning with little cloud and the team have their first sight of the full scale of the mountain as we leave Moshi to go through the banana coffee plantation. The are in awe of the height of it from here. It's the first time in a while that we have got it this clear on our approach. Lots of the team are in d
isbelief that in a few days that we will be standing on the summit of which they now see. It an amazing sight pushing skyward from the Africian plains below. Glistening like a polished diamond our team approach the mountain in anticipation of the days ahead. Hopefully we will have a nice day in the rain Forrest. The trek to the top of Africa begin.


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Saturday 1st September 2012

MOSHI

Kilimanjaro international airport.

All the team for our September climb have arrive safely, excited but tired. I have just met them with my driver Hamis for the hour long journey to our Secure hotel in Moshi. This months team are below.
The energy of the team feels great. All bags have arrived, always a major relief for myself and all the team.

1 Paul Maher
2 James Brodrick 3 Lil rogan
4 Trevor Deady
5 Mark O Connell
6 Eric O Leary
7 Pat O Gorman
8 Mary Stilvern
9 Gary McGullagh
10 Karen Roche
11 Greg Butler
12 Ronan Guilfoyle

Follow the team over the coming week on Facebook and news on www.patfalvey.com for another exciting adventure as we climb to the summit of kilimanjaro.


Saturday 1st September 2012

MOSHI

Africa Kilimanjaro September: I'm excited Greg Butler has arrive and the rest of the September team is arriving tonight for the Kilimanjaro Climb. is arriving tonight. They are now on route from Amsterdam. All going well we will be leaving for the mountain on Monday. The weather is stable today and great views of it from our hotel in Moshi. This will be my third time climbing the mountain in the last few weeks. It is one of my favourites and I never get tired of working with my teams that come out here to fulfill for them a life long ambition.

Thursday, 16 August 2012 08:43

Kilimanjaro August Group ready to go

August 30th 2012

Today the sunrise as I approach Ngorongoro Crater on the top of the Rift Valley.

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August 30th 2012

Africa, Tanzania crop Maize failure causing huge problem.
For the last two weeks as I traveled around Tanzania it was obvious that the poorer people of the country is about to face a major food crisis because of once again the failure of the Maize crop, The stable diet for most of the country, It is soul destroying to see an 80% crop failure which has risen the cost of Maize by 100%. The poorer people of this country will suffer greatly. Lets hope things get better.

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29th August 2012

Africa: I'm now in Karatu Village at the beautiful Tlimo Lodge on the top of the Rift Valley with 12 of the Kilimanjaro team having a wonderful time. The rest of the team of about to finish their Safari and head home later this evening. This Kilimanjaro trip has been very successful and I'm really looking forward to the team coming out on the 1st of September. Stay tune in to see how our september team gets on. — at Plantation Lodge, Karatu, Tanzania

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AUG 24th -19 on summit, 1 turned before - back in low camp now all in great form - more later pat

Congrats to all the team - hope you all let the hair down after...

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Best of luck to all as they enter their summit push tonight!! From all the team back in Ireland Safe climbing!!

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karanga camp 2012

Karanga Camp 4035 meters - All happy and fed for the night and all in great form for summit attempt tomorrow night. An army marches on its stomach. All team having dinner at the Karanga 4035 meters on Kilimanjaro . All feeling great and ready for summit tomorrow Thursday night, after a 3 hr climb to Barrafu in the morning.

en route to karranga camp

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Scrambling on Barranco wall to Karango camp. 22th August 

Today im going to leave the description to a few of the team to give you a perspective of the Climb through their eyes. 

Ronan Curran.

" never seen anything like it before the word is definitely scrambling and it's not for the faint hearted or those afraid of heights. My respect goes through the roof for the porters that carried our gear over these steep inclines. "

Gerry Gallagher.
"it's the best scrambling I have ever done. I'm glad we have come up this way"

Liam Lynch:

"it's brilliant, it gets ever muscle in your body moving. "

Fiona Kelly.
It's the highlight so far, I've got great photos. 

Everyone has had a thrilling morning on the wall and then slowly we have made our way to Karanga camp site at 4035 meters our staging point for heading for high camp tomorrow. 

All the team are feeling great apart from two slightly twisted ankles, but these are presently in hand and should not deter the team members involved. 

The next 48 hours are going to be testing as we make our way to high camp and then the summit.

 

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Shira camp to Lava Tower to Barranco wall camp.Tuesday 21st August

It was freezing cold last night in the mess tent, but it true irish style a great sing song started. It was joined in by some of our African staff.

All the team had a restless night as high winds shook the all our tents. It had been the worst I have experienced in recent years and had blown down some of the other team tents. The temperatures were not so cold and wind eased by 07:00 and have given way to bright sun and warm conditions.

Most of the team are tired from being awake with the wind but they are all well rested and enthusiastic and ready for the high rise in altitude today to lava towers 4650 meters. The pressure is on today and all the team is just plodding along in a quite pace taking in the spender of being above the cloud. Words from the team to describe their surrounding. Spectacular, fantastic, awesome.

Everyone have done well to get to our high point which will be the same height as out high camp. Now the long descent to our camp for tonight.

A fantastic end to a great day everyone are exhausted so hopefully all will sleep well tonight before tackling the impressive Barranco wall tomorrow.

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Monday August 20th - Shira camp 3950 meters.

It was an interesting day today as we broke loose from the rain Forrest and made our way into the alpine/ moor land region. The temperature fell giving us a temperature that at times fell to 0 degrees. ...The team is going well and no one is suffering from altitude sickness. It took us 7 hours to get to Shira. All the team are relaxing for the afternoon and acclimatizing for tomorrows push which will see us to to Lava towers at 4650 meters before descending to the barranco wall camp site.

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Wet night in the rain Forrest.

After a reasonably dry ascent through the rain Forrest which took 6 hours in a magical setting we arrived to our camp site where it rained for the entire night. Most of the team had a restless night as for most it was there first night ever under canvas. The snoring, the human other sounds both amused and distracted them to enjoying the experience. Early morning call, the rain stopped and the team have risen to a glorious morning to the sound of signing rain forrest birds and the view of Kilimanjaro. Cameras out and now the talk of the days ahead and how we are going to get over the obstacles.

07:00 and breakfast being server. And all ready for the next rise through the moore land. The days begins. We rise today to 3950 meters. The altitude will start to kick in.machameaug2012

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3pm Sunday 19th - Machame Gate, Tanzania

Machame gate 1900 meters to machame camp 3000 meters, this is the region where the altitude begins.

20 irish 1 Chinese, 1 Kiwiang and 66 Africans all now bound together as a team to challenge Africa's highest. The caravan of team members, guides, porters, cooks are ready to march, the objective is the top of Africa. " the snows of Kilimanjaro" The atmosphere is electrifying as the tension rise for the challenge ahead. Thoughts of "will I get to the summit" ponders in the backs of the mind as we enter the 2nd climatic zone of the mountain already we have today driven thought the coffee and banana plantations. It hot and sticky as we gather for a team shot at the Machame Gate. The rain Forrest just ahead of us and we begin the long journey summit bound. Who will or will not get to the summit will be known in the next 7 days. Proper Acclimation is crucial to success.

Gerard Gallagher is like a child at Christmas about to get to visit Santa. Amy Clavin our youngest member only 16 is ready for the challenge, she is here with her father Brian.

The climb to the summit begins 11:30 and we are on the move.

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6pm Saturday 18th - Moshi, Tanzania

The team has landed in Tanzania. It's great to be back in Tanzania as its a place I love. The landscape, the culture, the color and my friends. Fredrick, Nadir, sharrifa, her daughters and all my ground staff. All the team are excited, kili now looms above our heads up somewhere in the clouds. The anticipation for all of the team of what lay ahead is infectious. The smiles, the comments and the sheer joy of getting here is always intriguing to listen to, to look at. It's all part of what I love about coming here, And the good news, all our bags arrived.

A few hours sleep now and the challenge begins. All the team retiring after a long journey.

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9pm Friday 17th - Frankfurt, Germany

Dublin flight delayed by 30 minutes and we had to be taken from one plane to our flight for Addis abba. Fears of our bags missing connecting flight. At least most of the team have enough gear in there travel on to at least do the first day on Kili. Well all part of expedition travelling. Now the guessing game begins. Will all the bags arrive in time — at Frankfurt Airport

kilimanjaro group 2012 august pat falvey

Preparations are now finished!! Pat Falvey & Gerry Walsh are heading out tomorrow friday the 17th to Moshi, Tanzania for our August climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro. With 20 adventerous trekkers undertaking the 5895m challenge to the roof of Africa, they are in good hands with it being Pats 27th time and Gerrys 10th time successfully climbing to its top. We will be updating on their progress over the next few days here and on our Facebook page.

The Group consists of:

Brian Clavin
Liam Lynch
Liam McNally
Fiona Kelly
Laura Wiltshier
Eoin O'Ferrall
Rory O'Ferrall
Noreen O'Halloran
Jessica Ferguson
Jodie Yan
Amy Clavin
Michelle Moore
Siobhan Moloney
Fiona English
Sinead Healy
Carmel O'Brien
Ronan Curran
Sinead Keogh
Gerard Gallagher
Gerard Keogh

Our next group trip out is 1st of September, then last few places available for January 2013. We have options available throughout the year, See our Travel page for more details and prices for Climbing Kilimanjaro.

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