The format will allow the viewers to feel as if they are part of the conversation. The setting will be a very warm and easy environment with multiple cameras covering the conversation as it happens.
The conversation would naturally traverse all the human feelings and physical dilemmas possible that adventurers face; from the physical environment to the emotional side of extreme endeavors, the spiritual significance, and the mental fortitude necessary to finish the trip.
Each explorer will tell the stories, anecdotes, jokes?etc. of their adventures. Of course, no one person will dominate the evening. Scientists, camera people, guides, various and sundry who accompany different excursions also have a turn at describing the highlights of their adventure.
The host will masterfully guide the conversation so that it feels like exactly that, a conversation. Informality is the key, IE: the waiter taking food and drink orders may well make it into the final cut of the show.
We have moments where explorers tell us who they are inspired by, who they emulate and why. What their sense of adventure means within the context of their family, friends and colleagues. So we cover the history of other magnificent achievements as well.
In the end, result, we expect the experience to be greater than the sum of its parts. The explorers will give, and also gain from each other. The audience will feel connected and included in the lives of many they will know, and many they will come to know.
Adventurer, explorer, motivational speaker, team trainer, author, photographer and film producer, Pat Falvey is Ireland's leading team trainer and motivational speaker as well as being a world-renowned adventurer and explorer. His achievements to date are an inspiration to all.
Pat has over 62 high adventurers completed around the world to his credit. He is the only person in the world to have completed the Seven Summits challenge twice, including climbing Mount Everest from both Nepal and Tibet as well as walking/skiing to the South Pole and traversing Greenland. He also led the 1st Irish team to complete an oxygen-less ascent on an 8000 meter peak in 1998, into an area know to climbers as The Death Zone, on the sixth highest mountain in the world, Cho-Oyu.
Pat has a charismatic personality and is a natural story teller. His resume of adventure immediately buys the respect of anyone who finds him/herself sitting at the same table. For more on Pat, please go to www.patfalvey.com or www.beyondendurance.ie
The location will be informal, allowing conversation to flow freely. Due to the scope of the series, the same type of location must be available anywhere in the world. We plan on shooting at high-end, quiet restaurants that meet the requirements of the shoot. The restaurant will in return get exposure within the credits and an exterior shot in the opening credits of that particular show.
URBAN BREW STUDIOS- Based in Johannesburg, yet beaming out into the world, Urban Brew has been serving the continent of Africa for more than 10 years, consistently producing over twenty hours of television a week for the national broadcaster. Game Shows, Talk Shows, Kids programming, Documentaries...the works.
With offices in East, West and South Africa, Urban Brew has been able to influence millions of Africans in the production arena of television and film. A major training facility, Urban Brew supports Soweto TV, and is currently training the personnel and setting up the station for South Sudan TV.
SWITCHVERT - is an ideas/production house based in Washington DC and Jo-burg South Africa. We are all about telling the story. Our work literally spans the globe with projects in the last two years crossing 5 continents.
Over the past few years we have focused on commercials, documentaries and television. Our work is as diverse as it sounds. In South Africa we have worked on both sitcom and magazine TV programs, bringing each show to a primetime audience. Our documentaries were shot in Antarctica, Haiti, South America, the US and sub-Saharan Africa. We have shot over 40 commercials with USAID in Nigeria, Zambia, Haiti and Mozambique.
More recently Switchvert has moved into the realm of Feature Film. In mid 2009 we are set to begin principal photography on our very own 'Formula'.
Pat called me on Wednesday evening in great form. He said they were all well except for his sled. "The conditions are the same with snow on the ground its quite soft and sticky as the day progresses, We are approx 80km from DYE 2, Our solar power has been zero over the last few days as there is no sun and little light. We have batteries as backup but it means conserving quite a bit of the use. We are also running low on food and time and we will keep you updated on any decisions made towards the final few days, say hi to everyone..."
From DYE 2 they will have approx 185kms to go before they come off the ice cap, they are expecting to encounter the same as the start, lots of crevasses and streams etc., that may hold them up even more.
It is finally on our screens, well kind of. RTE have just released their upcoming schedule of programming for Autumn/Winter. The new 4 part Beyond Endurance reality documentary leads the way for their factual programmes which should be aired in late October for 4 weeks.
Look out for RTE guide reviews and will feature on RTE previews closer the air date. Further info and video promo's are available here. http://www.rte.ie/tv/newseason/ Thanks to Steve O Reilly and Karen Rodgers from Panache television for delivering the goods after nearly 2 years of production. Well done!! I remember the day I met Steve in Dublin and we discussed the expedition with Pat and it has grown from there. Thanks especially to Pat and all the team members for having the dream and doing the dream.
22 July 2006
The green light is on for the summit attempt:
The hardest section is coming up so we will be all tense for the next 2 to 3 days as the lads make their decision to go or not to go for the summit. After the next camp, which will be camp 4, the lads will move up to 8,000 meters and into a place known to us climbers as "Death Zone".
Despite all the planning and the logistics, the most important aspect of all is the decision making process of taking calculated risks - and calculated is what they have to be. There is now no room for error, positive attitude, self belief and technical ability will be called for.
Over 8,000 meters the mountain becomes a different place. It has no mercy on the weak, or those that don’t take the mountain's changing moods seriously.
All climbers that move into The Death Zone know the risks, as do their families and friends. Our thoughts are with the boys.
For the best of Irish mountaineering news and comments, www.patfalvey.com.
Irish adventurers Pat Falvey and Dr Clare O Leary will navigate, walk, ski and swim on a historical icy voyage of 784km on a 55 day expedition of endurance man-hauling their sleds across the rugged broken melting arctic ocean. Their only means of survival and rest in this hostile arena is a thin skin of manmade material their tent.
UPDATE: North Pole 2011 website page coming soon, stay tuned, check our news page until then.
They will endure cold that can reach up to -60 Celsius as they battle to fend off frost bite and keep themselves warm. Due to Global warming and climate change they will encounter many ice flows that will obstruct their way North and may have to swim across them in sub zero temperatures with the abyss of over 4000 meters of arctic sea below them.
They will negotiate massive pressure ridges with moving tumbling ice blocks the size of houses which are created by moving currents as they grind the weakness’s the ice of the arctic ocean together to explode skywards. .
They will have to carry with them their food of over 7500 calories a day, tent, stoves, fuel, communication system and all equipment to survive was is equated to over 55 consecutive marathons.
Follow them on a journey of endurance, as they plan, train and execute one of mans greatest adventurers as they set out to reach the Geographic North Pole.
“Like all great adventurers, expedition and great challenges in life, this cannot be done alone, it is a team supporting you that help you get through, Our trainers and coaches, family and friends and of course you the people that support and have followed both of us over the years. We look forward to keeping you updated on all aspects of the expedition. The motivation, focus, vision, training, hardships, science, history and educational value of life in a freezer.”
Pat Falvey is a veteran of over 65 exciting adventures while Clare O'Leary is a veteran of 22. Highly motivated and positive they will join forces and their expertise in partnership on yet another thrilling adventure as they take on one of the world’s great challenges. This will also Pat and Clare finish the three Pole Challenges as they have already skied to the South Pole, and climbed Mount Everest.