Tuesday, 04 August 2015 09:44
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Welcome to the signup page for the FREE KILIMANJARO WEBINAR  by world renowned expedition leader Pat Falvey.
 
The dates to join are opposite here. Please select a date that suits you.
 
Once you sign in we will email you with the 'Go To Webinar' details for your chosen dates. 
 
The Presentation is colourful, entertaining and informative and well worth listening to if you plan to climb Kilimanjaro in the near future.
 
The Route - The effects of Altitude - Training "how fit you need to be" - Food - Gear required - Packing - Guides and Porters - Types of accommodation - Your Leaders on the Mountain - Motivations - The psychology needed to succeed - The support for you, family and friends from Ireland to the mountain - Rescue and evacuation plans if required. 
 
Enjoy the presentation from world renowned expert on high altitude adventure Pat Falvey.
 
Looking forward to seeing you.
 
Pat
Pat Falvey Expedition Leader.
 
Pat Falvey Irish and Worldwide Adventures; Ireland's leading high altitude Adventure Company;  Over 1500 ascents to the summit of Kilimanjaro.
 
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Monday, 06 April 2015 13:37
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  • Overview

  • About

  • Safari Briefing

With years of experience in planning and leading customised safari expeditions throughout Tanzania, we are passionate about what we do. Whether it is our custom designed safaris, our scheduled departure safaris, or our private guided safaris, we are committed to providing unforgettable experiences for our guests.

We offer a wide range of itineraries to suit anyone's expectations, including luxury lodge safaris, private guides for small groups, camping safaris for the more adventurous and migration safaris to the Serengeti and Masai Mara.

 

Lake Manyara National Park

Covering about 330km², of which about two-thirds is underwater, Lake Manyara National Park is small by African standards. However, it’s also very beautiful and contains a tremendous diversity of habitats and wildlife. Set beneath the spectacular backdrop of the Great Rift Valley’s steep western escarpment, this long, narrow park protects an area between the escarpment and Lake Manyara.

 

Ngorongoro Crater

The  Ngorongoro conservation area covers 2286sq km and encompasses the volcanic area around the Ngorongoro crater including the still active Oldonyo Lengai, and the famous Olduvai Gorge. The Ngorongoro conservation area is quite simply the most spectacular tourist destination in Africa unequalled in its magnificence its wild life and its atmosphere.Added to the beautiful scenery, the archaeological wealth and the wildlife, is a proud people – the massai- a pastoral 
tribe.

 


Day

Location

Safari Briefing

1

Arusha-Lake Manyara

After breakfast leave your hotel at 8.30 am for for L.manyara National park arriving in time for lunch followed by afternoon game drive dinner and overnight in  Lodge.

2

Lake Manyara-Ngorongoro Crater.

After breakfast leave lake Manyara for Ngorongoro crater arriving in good time for lunch at the hippo pool, after lunch descend 2000 ft (670m) into the crater floor for full day crater tour with break for lunch at Ngoitoktok springs picnic site. Black manned lions, rhinos, buffaloes, elephants and other grazing animals abound. Evening game drive, return to Ngorongoro wildlife campsite for dinner and overnight.

3

Ngorongoro Crater-Arusha.

After breakfast and morning game drive, drive to Arusha where your safari ends in the afternoon

 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 11:59
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We were delighted to have our top staff Pat Falvey and Freddy Tarimo to Lead The Girls Club Cork on their fundraising campaign to the top of Africa.

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

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 is 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 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 emotions flowing.

 

Walking and Trekking Guides & Tour Leaders

Pat Falvey is 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 safaris to Africa and Nepal. He has vast experience in Africa and has climbed Kilimanjaro over 10 times.

Tony Nation'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 local culture and traditions of the places we visit to those that join us on our many expeditions.

Fredrik Tarimo (Chief Trekking Guide) has travelled with Pat for nearly 20 years.

See also our Travel Team Page.

Information 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 excellent relationships with all of our operators to ensure the welfare of their guides and porters is a priority and expect the highest standards. For more guidelines and information on porters please contact us.


 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

 

September 8th:

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


 

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 from 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 were 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, three hours had passed and it was time for lunch of samosas and other yummy snacks. Hit the spot! Then off again up to our first camp, climbing 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 who  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 were greeted by our wonderful porters welcoming us to camp, Africa style, by 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 13th:

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 hours and we will be heading for the summit, you're inspiring me all the way xxx

Noirin Doyle: Hey all having an amazing time here..summit tonight 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 14th:

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 that 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 15th:

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

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 Pat's 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 were 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 return, Ann had given it her all after just been told she was cancer free just 12 weeks previously, 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 day  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
Published in Travel & Training News

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 first September group. After a tough few days of bad, wet weather, 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 are 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 McCabe, Jo Treacy, Kate O'Donoghue and Robert Harrison.
Guides: Expedition Leader: Pat Falvey and Freddy Tarimo as well as our experienced guides, Godliving, Abeal Paschal and Iggy Tarimo.

 

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.

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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

 

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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 is 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 a 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 a better nights sleep than others and some got more than they bargained for with midnight visitors! (We're putting a sign in Kate's tent haha!) At 06:30 we rose to a misty overcast day. Pat picked up a cold in the airplane en route to Africa but is being treated by scientist Jo Treacy and nurse 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 is why, but know everyone is flying it and sends love home.


 

September 4th:

We had a late start today from Barranco camp 07.00 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 worse. 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 of 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 reasonably 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 at 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.


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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:16
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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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Sunday, 24 August 2014 16:15
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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.

He is 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
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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 a 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 down safely.

Also see another one of our teams success by going to 100% summit August 17th 2014.
Expedition Leaders Pat Falvey and Freddy Tarimo.

 

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.

 
 
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Monday, 18 August 2014 14:00
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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 descent.
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 the 1st and 30th of August. A team of 9 and they will be leading back-to-back groups with 12 team members from The Girls Club in Cork on the 8th of September, hoping that September will be as successful as our August teams.

Summit picture below.
Well done to our August team. Emily, Grace, Dorot,a Biedron, Fiona Nic Charthaigh, Patrick Fannon, Orla Leydon, Alison Gallagher and 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 email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
— with Millie Grace.
Team on Summit August 17th

 
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 <span id=This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ireland's leading adventure company. Leader August group Freddy Tarimo 314 Kilimanjaro Summits and working with Pat IWA since 1996." height="378" width="504" />
 
 
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 <span id=This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +353 64 6644181. Share for those following our team climbing this August. Our staff expedition leader Freddy Tarimo, Base manager office Abina Falvey. reports from the mountain." height="378" width="504" />

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Thursday, 12 June 2014 14:10
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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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Sunday, 03 February 2013 13:13

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 a packed 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!

 

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