Thursday, 01 July 2010 09:20
Published in Skills Training

Navigation Weekends

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Course: Navigation & Rope Skills Weekend

Altitude: 832m/2730f approx

Route: Weather dependent

Date: TBD - Contact us


Duration: 2 days - 18hrs

Grade: Easy to Moderate

Price: €150per person - Residential options available

Fed up of walking on the beaten track? Want to explore off the trail? Try our Navigation and Rope Skills Course.


Instructors at the Pat Falvey School of Mountaineering have developed a weekend course to provide you with the skills required to be confident and self-sufficient in navigating on the hills and mountains here in Ireland. Along with these skills, you will be introduced to certain Rope Techniques such as coiling, belaying, confidence roping, knots and abseiling.


Over this two day course you will learn all the basic skills you need to navigate here at home. This course is set for those who wish to increase their skill level and would like to feel confident that they can enjoy the hills and mountains and return safely.



  • Map Reading

  • Feature Recognition

  • Grid Referencing

  • Basic Compass Skills

  • Clothing and Equipment

  • Practical Application


  • Review of Day 1

  • Route Planning

  • Compass Skills

  • Movement on Steep Ground

  • Group Control

  • Rope Skills


We at the The Pat Falvey School of Mountaineering encourage and train in all aspects of the great outdoors to allow walkers, climbers and expedition members to become self reliant, whether it is on your local hills or on extreme adventure expeditions around the world. Contact us for further training courses!

 Be Safe, be Self-Reliant and Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Next Date: Contact us


**Trainers can travel throughout Ireland to provide course to groups or clubs.**

Price: €150 per person - excluding accomodation.


**Accomodation can be arranged on request.**



Saturday: Moderate - 5-6 hours


Sunday: Moderate - 5-6 hours



  • 08:00 - 08:30: Meet & greet briefing and gear check

  • 08:30 - 10:30: Map reading and navigation

  • 10:30 - 10:45: Break

  • 10:45 - 11:00: Transfer to hills/mountains

  • 11:00 - 16:00: Practical application on hills (including lunch) with further on-site training

  • 16:00 - 16:30: Return to base

  • 16:30 - 17:30: De-briefing




  • 09:00 - 09:15: Meet & Greet and Gear Check

  • 09:15 - 09:45: Review of Day 1

  • 09:45 - 10:30: Introduction to Rope Skills & Equipment

  • 10:30 - 10:45: Break

  • 10:45 - 11:00: Transfer to Hills/ Mountains

  • 11:00 - 16:00: Navigate to Rock Climb & Introduction to Rope Skills

  • 16:00 - 16:30: Final De-Briefing


" For me personally, there is no point in climbing the Alps or the Himalayas, if you can't competently navigate around the mountains at home!!  So this is a course I had wanted to undertake for some time.  It completely exceeded my expectations in the amount of ground that was covered over the weekend, was extremely comprehensive and went over and beyond what you expect from a typical navigation skills weekend."

Suzanne Stroker


Monday, 28 June 2010 17:36
Published in Corporate Blog

Pat Falvey was a guest speaker at the launch of the new discovery series of maps for Ireland brought out by the Ordinance Survey of Ireland.

Covering the whole island of Ireland, the series includes 92 individual maps and are specifically designed for tourist and leisure activities. Seventy-five are published by Ordinance Survey Ireland and seventeen by Ordinance Survey Northern Ireland.

Pat Falvey, gave a 60 minute inspirational pre-lunch talk entitled ‘From Carrantuohill to Everest.’ He underlined how important accurate and high quality mapping is to ensure safe navigation in wilderness areas. Pat spoke to a packed audience of groups and associations representing outdoor pursuits, including the Irish Mountain Rescue Association, the Irish Ramblers Club, the Walkers Association of Ireland, Scouting Ireland, Failte Ireland, and the National Parks & Wildlife Service as well as many corporate companies from the public and private sector.

Also speaking at the launch, Minister Hanafin said: “I am delighted that Ordnance Survey Ireland produces these superb maps – both for our tourists and for the general public. The Discovery Series reflects the rich natural heritage we have in Ireland. I would encourage everyone to use these maps to explore our unique and world renowned landscape.”

Ms Geraldine Ruane, Chief Executive of OSI said: “We wanted to ensure that our Discovery Series included every feature and detail that these organisations would need in our maps. Our commitment to quality and accuracy is regarded as a benchmark by all mapping agencies in the world. The Discovery Series is our most popular map series and we are always pleased with the fantastic feedback we receive from our customers. Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland tell us that the Discovery Series plays an important role in attracting tourists to visit Ireland”.

At the launch, OSI also showcased their extensive range of digital mapping technology which is available to a wide range of Corporate, Government and SME customers. Details of OSI mapping technology can be seen on the OSI website at


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Monday, 28 June 2010 16:45

Moving Mountains - Carrauntoohil 3414 feet- With Teena Gates 98 fm Also listen to podcast Moving Mountains

Pushing over the top of the ridge I gasped in surprise "you kept this a secret" as the grey slatted rocks that I'd been climbing up like stairs fell away to a ridge that slipped over the edge of the world - with green and grey and golden waves rolling off into the clouds below to crash on rocks as old as the world itself.

Arriving at the Mountain Lodge of adventurer Pat Falvey, I wear my enthusiasm for the climb ahead like a badge, or a sheet of armour; as quaking in my climbing boots I wonder whether I can really make it to the top of Carrauntoohil, 3,500 feet and Ireland's highest mountain. I dread the thought of slowing down the group going out. Was walking in the Wicklow hills enough preparation, or will I be hopelessly outpaced, and mortified in front of strangers? Listening carefully to the briefing, I spot the change of tone as the larger than life Pat switches gear from wise-cracks and fun, to sober comment, host turned leader, as he talks about the need to keep up when push comes to shove. There are only so many hours of daylight to climb a mountain. Another snatched, silent conversation with myself and what now seems like the lunacy of being here; I breathe deeply, commit myself, and we're off.

Walking past the memorials in the carpark at the foot of Carrauntoohil, I'm reminded that we're approaching a sleeping giant sweeping calmly up in front, glowing green and purple, serene in the sun but ready with a fickle flick to change the odds in a heartbeat. Crossing the first of a number of bridges on the way up, our guides explain about flash floods that came off the mountain snatching the life from one young woman within sight of the very carpark we'd just left. It's sobering, but we push ahead and despite being nervous, my spirits soar as my muscles warm and I break into a light sweat, learning more about the other climbers in the group, and feeling relief as I discover I'm not the only one here for the first time. There is huge reassurance in that, company for the challenge ahead. Approaching the first of 3 lakes, we stop to catch our breath, and catch up on more from the guides about the history and folklore of the hills around us.

Shortly afterwards we came to a halt at what, to me, seemed to be an impenetrable sheet of rock. "3 points of contact - up" announced Pat, and he was up and climbing - no ropes, no carabinos, no clips, no dress-rehearsal... no way. "Are you mad?" I scream silently, as I toy with the thought of running as fast as my walking boots will take me in the opposite direction. Breathing deeply, another silent conversation with myself as I call on my personal mantra for tough times, 'one foot in front of another & breathe'. I focus, find the foothold Pat points to and looking up, the rocks above begin to take on new images of hand-holds and potential grips. Swinging up to my 'three-points of contact' I look again and see and find, and reach and stretch and find my feet. Confidence growing I move again, switching weight, muscles engaging, responding, reacting. My breath deepens and I find a rhythm; I'm 'scrambling' and a smile bursts across my face as I realise I'm loving it.

A couple of hours later, after climbing over rocks, picking through moss and heather, and the trudge of putting 'one foot in front of another' on tired legs, the seasons change again and bright sunshine gives way to biting icy rain and a piercing wind. As the elements kick off, I rip out fleece and coat, and hat and gloves. How quickly a warm body can turn to deathly chill on a mountain, a chilling nudge from the idle giant. Measured breathing and a steady pace allows for conversation with my colleagues, it's nice; they're good people and we exchange tips about breathing and walking and I learn small, subtle things, that make sense on a mountain.

The mist closes in as we close on the summit. The light is creamy, silver and unusual. With the dark rocks below my feet and hands, and the rain dripping from my nose and hair and stinging my eyes, I feel like I'm walking in a plastic bubble, that I can reach up and punch through to the daylight outside. Conscious again of the flow of my breath, of keeping a rhythm, of putting one foot in front of another. Then a cross looms out of the mist and the wind whips my face, as I recognise the scene from photos poured over in recent days. We've made it, I've made it.

Standing at the top, hugging, laughing sharing smiles and joy with other climbers coming over the edge, I'm humbled and proud, conflicted; torn between the contradiction of the power of the mountain beneath me, and the power of the body that brought me to stand on top of the highest peak in Ireland. Without warning the mist clears, I'm bathed in sunlight and a sudden movement pulls my eye down off the peak to the rocks below. Clouds are flying past at speed below me, and I wonder in amazement as I watch, feeling slightly dizzy, as if someone put the world on 'fast forward'.

The descent is tough, weight thrown down on my haunches, but knees and ankles bear up, and nothing can wipe the smile from my face. Buzzing, hooked, knowing it's the start of new adventures and challenges. Carrauntoohil has not seen the last of me, and I have not seen the last of it. In the weeks ahead working in the gym, grappling with the final few minutes on the treadmill, or groaning over floor exercises and stretches, this Kerry mountain will be flashing through my mind, a reward and a promise and a lure to pull the extra mile from the rowing machine. That peak, that feeling of reaching the summit has left Kerry and travels back to Dublin with me on my journey. Today, I have moved mountains.

Friday, 11 June 2010 13:06
Published in Corporate Blog


International company GSK, David Pulman's Presidents forum, (Global Manufacturing And Supply. GSK) gathered it's international team in Cork for a three day team meeting. It was an event showing, once again, that Ireland is a great destination for international conferences. Team members came from America, Canada, Brazil, India, Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and France.

Pat Falvey addressed the President's Forum at a pre-dinner presentation at the historical Aula Maxima dining room at University College Cork. Over 65 key personnel from around the world flew into Cork for a three day conference which was held in the beautiful Hayfield Manor, 5 * hotel.

Pat's key note address was on Leadership, our ability to succeed in a changing world and how with belief, focus and desire, a team can all conquer their mountains and achieve their own Everest.



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Monday, 31 May 2010 15:37
Published in Corporate Blog

Suicide Aware's Corrán Tuathail Challenge May 30th.

A damp, misty morning did not in any way dissuade the enthusiasm of 61 highly motivated walkers fundraising for Suicide Aware.  Their climb of Corran Tuathail, which stands at 3,414 feet, Irelands highest mountain.  Pat Falvey and his guides under the leadership of Martin Harvey led the way. 

This is the second year of the challenge and it is growing in numbers from year to year. Next year we may have to do two separate days if the numbers keep growing! 

Funding from the event will be used to train counsellors in how to deal with people and families who require assistance in dealing with depression themselves, or to seek help in how best to deal with problems they may encounter with family and friends. Depression is now Ireland's fastest growing illness.

For further information on Suicide Aware and how you can help or how they can help you, contact Pat Beahan 087 945 4202 or online at

Other services available to those seeking help:

Samaritans Confidential line 1850 60 90 90

Aware Helpline 1890 303 302

Suicide Prevention Helpline 1800 742 745


General information on Pat Falvey's Worldwide Services.

For further information on walks, climbs, conferences, training and courses by Pat Falvey sign into our newsletter section on our home page or fonline at or contact our office +353 (0) 64 6644181.  We look forward to hearing from you. 

Saturday, 10 May 2008 00:00
Published in TV & Video News

Pat Falvey, Jane Quilligan and Keith O' Connor, talk on the importance of adult literacy in Ireland with Pat Kenny and the launching of the new 8 part television series "Written Off?"


Thursday, 24 April 2008 00:00
Published in Conferences & Speaking

Head Space was hosted by Limerick Institute of Technology. 

Pat Falvey spoke on issues very close to his heart on the need to tackle the issues of depression in our over stressed society. He talked on the importance of self esteem, respect, confidence, belief in one's self, how we have lost a sense of spirituality in the western world and the effect it has on us as individuals, communities and families. How he himself coped with the stresses of having succeeded and failed in his own life and fought the curse of depression by changing his aspirations and goals.  He rebuilt himself to face the challenges that life has thrown at him. His presentation dealt with how not to be afraid of failure and to see one's set backs as lessons to be learnt from and to use them as tools for a successful life. Another great presentation was given by Dr. Terry Lynch, Medical Practitioner, Psychotherapist and Author. His presentation complimented Pat’s on dealing with the ‘Positive Approaches to Mental Health’


Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
Published in Corporate Team
Catherine McGeachy - Personal and team Development



Catherine is our specialist in the development of the mind to adopt a positive attitude towards life and work. She has been working with Pat now for over 14 years on building peak performance,

Catherine is a native of Scotland, now living in Co. Limerick, Ireland for over 19 years. For a number of years Catherine worked with the University of Limerick lecturing on administrative systems, systems analysis, management information systems, software applications, strategic implications of technology and human communications. She specialises in the areas of communications, personal development, teamwork, total quality management, customer care, time management and empowerment. She was counsellor for the Open University's Open Business School for five years and a tutor on it's management and personnel selection programmes.

Catherine is also the author of 'Spiritual Intelligence in the Workplace', which focuses on the importance of finding motivation and meaning in life in the face of long working hours, company down-sizing and closures. According to Catherine, attitude change, personal empowerment, stress management and team development are the cornerstones of a successful relationship between employer and employee.
Catherine has worked on various projects and conferences with Pat and his team. Check out 'The Mind Climb with Wyeth" (link) case study in the conferences section, where she and Pat ran a full days seminar for Wyeth Pharma in The Mansion House in Dublin.



Saturday, 08 August 2009 00:00
Published in Presentations

Business Experience. Lessons Learned from Struggle and Success. Principals Proven in Practice


Pat Falvey is one of Ireland’s leading motivational and business presenters. His lectures, conferences, seminars, courses and team training events have motivated people, companies and teams throughout the world to achieve their full potential and to always look on the bright side of life. Audiences are absolutely enthralled and inspired by his stories of life as a leader, business man, explorer, adventurer, father and family man.  

Bringing Your Audience on Expedition!

With incredible photography and video footage from some of the most exotic and difficult-to-visit places on earth, Pat engages audiences with stories of shocking setbacks while on expedition, life-threatening conditions and tear-jerking victories. He expertly applies these directly, and specifically to the everyday goals and problems we all face, by drawing upon his extensive business and life experience.

His presentations and courses deal with the attributes of leadership, teamwork and teambuilding, success and failure, ignorance, acceptance of change, the challenge of calculated risk, the importance of positive attitude, self-belief, integrity, commitment and taking personal responsibility. Stimulating, encouraging and giving practical advice on how to make dreams a reality, Pat helps others to identify their goals and to achieve them, even in changing and challenging times. 

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