Our Military Bootcamp is specially designed to meet the needs of your individual group. Teams participate in Agility Games and Mental Challenges, designed to put teams and individuals under pressure. The focus is on teamwork and providing an overview of team structure and capability. There is an emphasis on quick thinking, quick pace and problem solving ability. The team dynamic is strengthened by the Start, Stop, Change and Continue guidelines provided.
Teams learn about building strategies, negotiation and identifying the weak links. Support and solutions are provided to help teams reach success both on the day and in the future.
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Tony Nation heads up our corporative events, including teambuilding. Tony has over 35 years experience in the Pharma industry. He is adaptive, flexible, innovative. He enjoys working in a challenging and demanding team situations. Energetic and a strong communicator, Tony has held many rolls in Supervisory/Management and is well versed in Six Sigma, Right First Time, Lean Manufacturing, Human Behavior Safety as well as Leadership Development.
Tony is also a leading trainer within Scouting Ireland and is involved in developing training modules to deliver to new leaders. Tony is a father of four Sean, Damien, Sara and Timothy and from a very early age to instil adventure to his children became involved with his wife Mary in Scouting Ireland, giving of his time voluntary for over 20 years to promote the adventurous spirit in children.
Just wanted to say thank you so much for your help in organising this. We had an amazing day. The weather was fantastic and we all made it to the top - still not quite sure how! Looking forward to the next one!
Report from Tony Nation, Lead Guide:
Saturday started off as a fine fresh day with little or no cloud to be seen as we headed to Kate Kearney’s to meet the 18 staff from Abbot, Cork.
The team started to arrive from 10:00 but not all arrived till 11:00 due to some confusion on directions from Cork to Kate’s.
Once all had gathered and safety briefing completed we headed in convoy to Lisleibane car park for the start of our climb.
Clouds had started to form on the hills and a cold wind had blown up. The trek in the valley to the stream was brisk and everyone was in good form. Just before the stream we headed right and began our climb up. As we made our way up we pointed out points of interest in the area as well as local place names.
The climb up was steady with plenty of opportunities for photographs. There was a biting cold at the top of Brother O’Shea’s but all were doing well. On reaching the top we were in snow for the last 100m this added a new element to the day. Everyone made it to the top in high spirits. After the photos were taken at the cross and lunch digested, it was time to make our way down, visibility was good from the top which added to the day.
On reaching the Devil’s ladder it was agreed that we would opt for the ZIGZAG’S. Due to erosion on the ladder, the zigzag’s is a better option. Everyone got back to the car park without issues. Then it was off to Kate’s for some well deserved food and refreshments.
Well done to all of the Abbot staff hope to see you on the hills again soon!
For all your outdoor team adventures contact us here at www.patfalvey.com
Mountaineer and entrepreneur, Pat Falvey, helped the County and City Enterprise Boards launch the ‘Enterprise Mid-West’ initiative which was designed to help small business owners reach their full potential on the 22nd September..
Speaking at the launch, Eamon Ryan said: “The Enterprise Boards in the Mid-West are collectively staging fourteen different events during the the month of October, which is the largest ever initiative of it’s kind in the region”. It also coincided with the 2011 European Week for SME’s.
The Enterprise focused on Kerry, Limerick, North Tipperary and Clare for the month of October as host counties of ‘Enterprise Mid-West’. Aimed at the small business community and those thinking of setting up a business, highlights of the event included an inspirational talk from Everest mountaineer, Pat Falvey in Co. Clare and the events were all either highly subsidised by Mid-West County and City Enterprise Boards or free of charge.
"Just to say how much I enjoyed your presentation in Woodstock on Wednesday night. It really hit the nail on the head for the audience. Thank you so much and good luck."
Chief Executive Officer - Limerick City Enterprise Board
"Pat recently delivered a most inspiring presentation to a large group of owner/managers of SME’s in Ennis for Clare County Enterprise Board. During his 90 minutes, Pat totally captivated his audience while openly sharing the highs and lows of his own life experiences encompassing many emotions that went from success to fear to despair and again turning a corner in his life to experience hope, self-worth, peace, elation and success once again. I have no doubt those present went away that evening following Pat’s presentation, totally invigorated, with a renewed sense of hope and self belief for both their business and personal lives. Definitely, the best presentation I’ve experienced – Pat continued success, may you go from strength to strength!"
All the best
Lucy Reidy - Asst. Chief Executive - Clare County Enterprise Board
On Friday 23rd September, a group of colleagues/friends from Pepsico Carrigaline/Little island arrived down to Kate Kearney's to climb Carrauntoohil. Conditions were fair with some cloud about as we headed to Lisleibane, our start for the day. After a short briefing our pace was set by John heading us into the Hags Glen. Our group were mostly in I.T. department at Pepsico and were all well up for the climb.
The Route to the Summit of Carrauntoohil: We climbed up through one of the most beautiful routes on the mountain as we made our way through Coomcallee (The Hags Glen) before going off track passing Lough Gouragh (The Lake of the Goat) Breaking through the cliff barrier over the Step of the Goat, where we learned some scrambling techniques to gain the upper reaches of the mountain as we climbed through the three tiers of Coimin Iochtarach, Lair and Uachtarach (The lower, middle and upper valleys) to Ireland’s highest lake (The Eagles Nest).
We breaked for some lunch in very quiet and peaceful surroundings having some banter awaiting our next stage Brother O Shea’s Gully, a good pull up it is but only 30 mins or so did the trick. We ascended to the summit from the Beenkeragh ridge in breezy misty conditions. On top there was only about 6-8 others besides us and we all gathered elated for our summit photo.
On our decent the clouds lifted as we approached the Devils Ladder. It was still fairly breezy at this stage, we headed down into the shelter of the ladder slowly making our way left, right and mostly left again amongst the large boulders and loose scree which feels like moist gravel. The group were in flying form at this stage seeing the completion of their challenge only an hour or so down the valley realising they were nearly done!!
The track out the glen was still breezy with gusts nearly toppling us on the open ground as we viewed the route we took earlier described by John. Once back at the car, a decision was made to head for Kates, where we finished our day over a coffee/pint.
"Thanks soooo much for last Friday - we had a really great time - and everyone is still raving about it, was such a great experience" Rosie Coffey
Well done to all everyone on the day and especially Rosie for organising, hope to see ye again in the future, all the best!!
Guides: Niall Foley & John Healy
Report by Niall Foley
Charity Climb in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Raises €10,200!
Pat Falvey presents a cheque for money raised on the Corran Tuathail climb with the support of Build 4 Life 4 Kids. Over the years The Pat Falvey School of Mountaineering have been involved in walks in Kerry and around the world helping raise over €2,000,000 for different charities to raise money for worthwhile causes.
Commenting on this event Pat said " I am constantly amazed at the generosity that we as a nation have to help our charities to help others. It gives us great pleasure to be involved in such events here and throughout the world."
Crossing the winning line together creates success.
One of the greatest attributes that we have to create success throughout our lives as individuals, as a team, as a community and as a nation, is the ability to work together in creating an environment that allows us as people, in no matter what sphere of life we are operating in, the ability of working and helping each other to succeed and to celebrate when we do. We all will cross the finishing line together and succeed!
Most of us aspire to this ideal, but in recent times we have as a nation, a people, forsaken what at one stage came natural to us. Now this realisation is, throughout the world and within successful companies and organisations, being worked on to help organisations recover from one of the world's greatest recessions. WE as individuals, leaders and managers are realising that working together is far more beneficial than the 'divide and conquer' attributes that pertain to most over recent years.
More and more we are realising the benefit of having a united team with the motto of “all for one and one for all”. As concerned citizans of the world and family people these principles operated equally in the areas of business, country and family as well. The story of which I’d like to tell you this month is heart rendering, It is the story of eight athletes who were running in the 1968 Seattle Special Olympics.
A story of coming across the finishing line together:
Eight athletes, all at the starting line of the 100 yard sprint in what would be their greatest race. The tension, as you can imagine, is high as they wait for the start of their race. Each and every one of them are excited at the challenge of competing for an Olympic medal. They had trained hard for this day and they were competing to win a gold, silver or bronze medal.
The stadium is full with over 50,000 spectators who have come to support the athletes from around the world.
The race is about to begin, all the athletes get down on their knees, preparing for the race to start. On your marks, get set and the gun goes off with a loud bang - and they are off!
All the athletes break loose from the starting blocks, but as they do, one of the girls comes off the starting blocks awkwardly, trips over herself and falls to the ground.
Instantly the spectators, who have been focused on the start of the race, give a huge sigh of total disbelief. As the other athletes are now thundering down the track something unusual happens. The second last girl sees what has just happened and a second sigh goes out from the now amazed spectators. The girl turns to walk back to the athlete that is now crying on the ground, Then even something more unusual happens when all of the other six girls who have realised what has happened to the girl who has fallen, stop and turn and walk back to the girl also. The spectators watched as all eight girls linked hands together and proceeded down the track to the finishing line and crossed it together.
All eight athletes received a medal for what had been an amazing show of unity and by doing so, they all became winners!
If I can ask you to think of how we can take from this lesson of working together - within our families, communities, organisations and countries - help each other do as these special athletes have done. Come across the winning line together as a family, as a team, as an organisation and as a nation.
As part of our courses, we have a number of fun days out that bond teams of people together. As well as being fun, all of our events are geared to bring out the qualities that are required for teams to succeed - Planning; Communication; Listening; Organizing & Implementation.
We cater for all size groups up to 100 on these activity based courses. We also run in-house and conference based training courses for up to 500 people.
Brief on recent Team Day: Heavy showers were forecast as 18 souls from Peter Mark (Wilton) boarded their bus for a secret location, they were informed that they were going to a bootcamp. Alan and Darren (Bootcamp instructors) were waiting. As the team filed out of the bus, they were lined up and so began the induction to their day.
During the session, they were put through their paces doing physical and mental challenges. After each challenge, it was explained to the group why they did it and what they learned from it.
At the end of the day all enjoyed home cooked pizza and light refreshments and left the secret bootcamp location as one happy team.
These one day bootcamps are proving to be very successful with companies that need that extra edge in creating team work within their companies. Let us know your requirements and we will have Pat or Tony contact you to organise your next training day out.
Our studies have shown that in the corporate world companies that have a healthy work force do better!
Because of this Pat Falvey and his team of trainers have developed a new initiative in corporate teambuilding in the workplace, at home and in the great outdoors.
These Programs have grasped the imagination of companies and are going from strength to strength. Companies are realizing both the importance and need to start to rebuild the confidence and bonding of their staff after the huge change of the last few years. We are working with both the companies and their social clubs to encourage a walking fit program within organizations. Creating a healthy environment in fitness which in turn creates a healthy mind to take on the stress of work.
Fitness & Wellness Courses for companies include:
6 week progressive course taking place - 1 session per week with a duration of 60 minutes followed by flexibility improvement session. 2 instructors onsite for each session.
We at Pat Falvey will assist you and your team in setting personal fitness goals. Setting clear fitness goals is one of the fastest and most effective ways of ensuring that you and your team make progress with your workout and gain maximum benifit in results at work.
Many people work out without ever setting themselves fitness goals - beyond the very general one of "I want to get in shape" - and as a result fail to make satisfactory progress. Disappointed, they often quit.
However, if you and your team set themselves clear fitness goals, and regularly update them, Then you and your team are using a powerful tool, proven successful in all kinds of fields. The key is to set fitness goals that are SMART. This means that they should be:
Specific: Can you or your team answer the W questions? Who, what, when, where, why. For example, "getting in shape" is not specific, but "working out three times a week" is.
Measurable: This usually involves numbers - thus "to run faster" is not measurable, but "Walking 5km in under 60 minutes" is.
Attainable: Working out the steps involved in reaching a particular target will help you to figure out if it is attainable.
Realistic: To be realistic, you and your team must be working towards something that you are both willing and able to work for. This can be quite personal - for one person working towards climbing Carrauntoohil might indeed be realistic, whereas for another it might be a fantasy.
Time-limits: Now you've figured out what you're going to do, the last step is to decide when you'll achieve it by. Having a time limit makes everyone much more focused on the end result.
We at Pat Falvey combine the three main areas of physical conditioning - cardio, strength and flexibility. Where as in the past many practitioners focused on just one area - typically aerobic, or cardio training. At Pat Falvey our instructors are constantly updating and designing new programs to incorporate much greater variety into each individual session.
This greater understanding and variety means that you'll get a better workout, with less chance of injury. It also means you're likely to have a more enjoyable time. So if you like group activities, enjoy the motivation of having others around you when you workout, then check www.patfalvey.com. There's bound to be something there that will not only be great fun, but will also get you and your team in shape. For more information why not contact us today. www.patfalvey.com
June 25th 2011: For yet another year, Pat had the pleasure of leading a Cork Branch of AIB Banks Sports & Summit Club on Carrauntoohil.
From a briefing at 09.30 until the descent, the rain stayed with the group as they took on the challenge of attempting the summit. Meeting up with the some of the (very wet) group later that evening in Kate Kearney's Cottage, it was evident that the weather did not dampen spirits and everyone throughly enjoyed their choosen away day climb.
''Thanks again for the support on the day. Always good to be out on the hills with you'' Lar Fant, AIB