A few weeks before christmas a member of the expedition team was invited to talk to the students of 'Our Lady of the Wayside' primary school in Kiltiernan in Dublin. The North Pole team were out in Canada training so Niall Foley travelled up to give a short presentation on the Antarctic and South Georgia.

With so many kids in attendence Niall decided to bring some props as follows: Down Sleeping Bag, Thermal Sleeping Mat, Rucksack, Winter Expedition Boots, Crampons, Ice Axe and Harness.

"After a lovely welcome I was thrilled to see that the school had the corridors covered in Antarctic and Ice project work, Sharon Kelly of the PALC had mentioned it was this years theme for the school, brilliant idea!"

Mrs Duckenfield would have been the driving force behind the Antarctica Project in the school.  Also, our Acting Principal is Mrs Burns (while Ms. Corcoran is on maternity leave) and the talk was given to all classes from 2nd class up to 6th class.  The Parents Associations Library Committee, in conjunction with Mrs Duckenfield decorated the School Library / Corridor and each class made something to display during Art.

All the kids entered the hall and were very excited. Niall spoke a bit on History first as a starting point, raising questions to the kids ever so often. With a slideshow behind him he then displayed some fantastic colour images of South Georgia and training for doing the crossing, not to mention the many different types of penguins and seals. The excitment rose further when Niall was speaking about Pat and the South Pole trip, he displayed some great images of Freddy T Bear pulling a sled and skiing. Once he finished up a little later Niall produced freddy out of his rucksack and there was mayhem!! The kids couldn't believe Freddy had also come to their school. A few photos later and there was a big thank you to Niall for coming along with his stories and expedition gear. Each class getting a chance to hold freddy's paw on the way out back to their classes.

Niall mentioned "It was a great day, I was a little nervous when I arrived but when I walked up the hallways to see the great project and artwork on the walls it was like I was back in the Antarctic. The kids were brilliant, and we hope they keep up their interest in the Antarctic and the Arctic especially as Freddy is heading up with the Irish North Pole team soon. Bravo to the Teachers, staff and PALC for keeping the kids minds alive with great activities like these projects, I'm sure the extra effort will go along way... Some of the kids sent me lovely letters, it was really nice to read each one and what they learned from my visit"

Published in Education News
Friday, 29 January 2010 18:06

South Georgia & Antarctica

Trip:Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia
Route:Falklands - South Georgia - South Orkneys Antarctic Peninsula
Date:November 20th - Dec 9th, 2012
Duration:20 Days total  - 15 zodiac landings approx.
Grade:Walking/Trekking – Easy to Moderate - max. 1-3hrs per day
Price:From 9,480 euro - flights can also be arranged


Flying from Dublin to Buenos Aires (or Santiago) and then on to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, we embark on our voyage across the Drake Passage to spend 19 nights/20 days sailing to the Falklands, South Georgia, South Orkneys and around the Antarctic Peninsula witnessing the dramatic scenery and the biggest variety of wildlife in Antarctica

Join us on the adventure of a lifetime to the white continent and be part of this incredible expedition. You will get the chance to do 15 landings (approx.) and also walk the last few kilometers of the famous crossing route of Shackleton & Crean.


Historic Whaling stations, Shackleton's grave, Remote scientific stations and a possible overnight on the Antarctic Peninsula itself. Teeming with wildlife, these waters are a haven for many types of Penguins, Whales, Seals, Albatross, Petrels, Terns, Skua, Sheatbills, Comorants, Shags and lots of icebergs.

Antarctica is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Its gigantic icebergs and ice shelves are found nowhere else on the globe. Its vast mountain ranges and the enormous emptiness of the polar plateau is something to be seen. Travelling there is like visiting no other country. Antarctica is the last vast wilderness on our planet. The sub-zero temperatures, winds and weather literally send shivers down the spine. It's a place of extremes - beautiful and serene, savage and violent - and its scale is almost unfathomable.

Check out our gallery for previous trips like Beyond Endurance 06 & 08

photos by Nina , Niall, Pat and the members of the Beyond Endurance Expedition.

But be warned, weather and ice - not clocks and calendars - set the schedule for a journey here. No matter what the reason for your visit, you'll be at the mercy of the continent's changing moods and weather patterns. This amazing adventure will knock the stuffing out of the costa del sol so start putting away the pennies as you will only need to do this once in a lifetime/bucket list trip.

Published in Antarctica
Friday, 06 November 2009 15:01

A year beyond Expedition to Antarctic..

'Today to the day, tommorrow to the date' (in the words of team member Eugene Furlong)- One year has passed since the Beyond Endurance 2008 team members departed from Dublin Airport to start their adventure to South Georgia, Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. The expedition was led by world renowned expedition leader, Pat Falvey, in what was seen as the ultimate ‘ big adventure’ into the coldest most remote regions on earth. A year later, texts, emails and calls from those who joined the voyage confirm that it was indeed a trip of a lifetime and has left everyone with wonderful memories, pictures, stories and friendships. To look back on this expedition's logs and blogs, click here http://www.beyondendurance.ie />www.beyondendurance.ie. From all here in the Expedition Office, Happy Anniversary teams of 2008 & 2006!
Published in Beyond Endurance 2006
Thursday, 06 November 2008 00:00

Heading South with 60 Antarctic enthusiasts

The Beyond Endurance Voyage 2008 is set to depart Ireland tomorrow! This promises to be an exciting expedition for all involved. Pat and his team of fifteen will be crossing South Georgia in the coming weeks, world class scientists will be carrying out important research, and for the first time ever, eight Irish transitional year students will be participating in an innovative project on global warming and climate change. Follow progress live on beyond endurance.ie
Published in Beyond Endurance 2008
Sunday, 03 August 2008 00:00

Rolf Bae, We are in shock.

0.28 AM 3rd August.
It is with great sadness that I have received the news from Dave Bolger in Norway that our good friend and climbing partner Rolf Bae has been taken in a tragic accident on K2.

One of the worlds top explorers, have been taken from us, Rolf was climbing with his wife Cecilie Skog and died tragically while descending on K2 yesterday. He will be a great loss to the adventure world and as a friend. May he rest in peace.

Picture on a recent trip to South Georgia as guide on our trip across South Georgia in honour of our Irish polar explorers. Shackleton, Tom Crean, Forde, Keohane and the McCarthy brothers.

It’s at time like this that you just cant take in such a loss.

Sympathy to Ceicilie his Family and friends.

The middle of the summer has just passed us and the excitement is gathering momentum. Some of our team members call us on a weekly basis to see if there is any news or maybe just for a friendly chat! We are currently finalising details for our get-together in September and can't wait to meet up with all of the team. That will be a great chance to have you questions answered and view our models in their Antarctic clothing and gear!! Over the next few days we will have an update from our Science & Student project team coordinators.

Final Bookings

We are receiving lots of enquiries interested in this trip of a lifetime to the white continent and South Georgia. We have now only limited berth options available so please contact us immediately on 064 44181 if you are interested or know someone who is.

South Georgia traverse

Our South Georgia traverse team training in Norway was an excellent experience with great conditions and skills learned. The team are strong and great craic, we are now putting forward our submisssion to the SG Governate. They will be training further before they go with one official date coming up in a few weeks.


Our website will be updated on a more regular basis from now on. The latest updates are the "staff team":http://beyondendurance.ie/teams page with the science team and student team to be uploaded very soon. We will be covering our members blog section in the september briefing which will allow team members to update an online diary from september onwards and more importantly of their adventures while away in November. Have a look at the 2006 page 'Who's blogging now' on


to get a feel for it.

Photo: Front cover of a recent Supplement with the Independent.
Published in Beyond Endurance 2008
Bookings are in full swing for our November expedition to South Georgia, Elephant Island and Antarctica. Places are limited, enquire now!

DATES: 7th Nov - 2nd Dec 2008

Expedition Support Cruise
No experience required

South Georgia Traverse
Ordinary people to train in*

064 44181

*More training dates available for those who missed our February session

Further details are available on the official expedition website
Published in Beyond Endurance 2008
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

Freddy remembers heroes on South Georgia

photo: Freddy makes new King penguin friends at Fortuna Bay, 2006.

On the Beyond Endurance expediton we took lots of ordinary people to the island of South Georgia which is 3 days sailing east of Ushuaia, South America in November 2006.

"Freddy was scared when he saw saw the bad weather as we sailed in to King Hakkon Bay, the same place where Tom Crean and his ship mates landed 90 years before us" said Clare O'Leary.

Freddy then gave us his account:

After the weather got sunny and the wind died down a little we set off up the glaciers to find a campsite. We had a tough day carrying our gear and not resting for long.

The Trident towers were very hard to climb and once we had a quick rest we slid down the snow on the other side, that was great fun!!

In our tents we boiled lots of water from snow we collected in the top of the saucepan, opening our food bags we have to put some water in to the bag, and wait for it to cook by itself!! Some tents had fallen over by morning time and Pat had to call the ship on his Satellite phone to get more.

This place is really beautiful with lots of snow capped peaks peeping out of the big glaciers. We had a very long day after the Crean Glacier and finally camped beside the seals on Fortuna bay.

I remember a story i heard of Tom Crean and how he helped Shackleton to rescue his men on this island before. They had only some biscuits to eat and no tents. I really think they are heroes for doing a great job rescuing their men.

When we got back on the ship i got some dry clothes, a big dinner and rested so i would have energy for the next adventure.

After the crossing we saw lots of Penguins, Seals and loads of bird. I got to ride on a RIB, which is a small boat that goes really fast around all those huge icebergs, sometimes the icy water would spray over the edge and get us all wet and cold.

I hope i have enough training for the South Pole, Pat said its going to be a lot colder and windier there so i better get me clothes ready.
Published in Beyond Endurance 2006
Tuesday, 23 October 2007 00:00

Final Phase to be filmed

Phase 1 – Crossing South Georgia will air on RTE from today for the next 4 weeks. We will be shooting the South Pole documentary and are hoping that RTE will continue to support us by commissioning our next phase of fulfilling Shackleton’s dream of reaching the South Pole and Beyond.

Pat and Jonathon will be documenting the expedition in HDV film format.

Niall Foley worked on selecting equipment and supplies from heatpacks, all weather housing, camera setup and a crash course in filming techniques. www.niallfoley.ie
Published in South Pole 2007-08
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

RTE release new season

its finally on our screens, well kinda. 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 review 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 then discussed the expedition with Pat and its grown from there. Thanks especially to Pat and all the team members for having the dream and doing the dream.
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