Tuesday, 21 September 2010 16:23

Today in the Cork Examiner -  The team claims they have reached their Everest after been swept from their goal on many occasions in rescent years!  Just as they were about to reach their summit beaten by the Green and Gold avalanche of their neighbours Kerry. (insert smile here) 

In reaching their summit today they contribute one of the elements to their success was their miliarty boot camp training in Bear Island last Easter on the 2nd of April.

The squad’s training camp in Bere Island off West Cork earlier this year – details of which were revealed in his All-Ireland diary in yesterday’s Irish Examiner by John Hayes – has been identified as a pivotal moment in their season.

Read more: http://www.examiner.ie/sport/counihan-ponders-future-131390.html#ixzz10BPCVCA2

This contributed to their belief of never giving up until the final whistle and that getting to the top was like eating an elephant that it was to take each stage of the game like eating the elephant and that was to take each stage bite by bite and to never give up until they had the elephant eaten.

Pat Falvey Boot camps for your next training session.

Contact us today - www.patfalvey.com



Wednesday, 07 July 2010 16:09
Published in Travel & Training blog

Find out more how you can challenge your group, team or company on one of our new range of Bootcamps and visit the new outdoor training facility in Cork.

Contact us for more details or go to out Irish training section for more details.

Thursday, 01 July 2010 15:34
Published in Travel & Training Team

Name: Ian O Neill

Role: Trainer

Experience: Ian is an avid climber with over 20 years experience behind him. He is a frequent visitor to the Scottish highlands. As a lead trainer in Scouting Ireland he has written several courses for their adult leaders including their only internal mountain navigation course. After nearly twenty years in sales, he is now dedicating his time to the activities he most enjoys - walking and training.




Thursday, 01 July 2010 15:18
Published in Travel & Training Team

Tony Nation, Trekking Guide & Trainer

Tony's love for adventure has taken him to many regions of our planet, he enjoys leading groups in Africa, Russia, Nepal and South America. Like many of our adventure guides and trainers his passion is that of communication and instilling the culture of the places we visit to those that join in our adventures and courses. He is also one of our leading Irish guides with special knowledge in the Cork and Kerry hills and mountains.

He is a father of four; Sean, Damien, Sara and Timothy.  From a very early age, to instill adventure to his children, he became involved, with his wife Mary, as a leading light in Scouting Ireland.  He has volunteererd for over twenty years to promote the adventurous spirit in children.

He is a County Commissioner for Cork south and heavily involved in training new leaders and delivering Mountain Skills Training to all leaders and scouts. Tony is a good story teller, has a passion for the outdoors, enjoys good food and after a hard day on the hills a few pints in a good atmosphere. Tony is also a manager/trainer in our Health, Safety and team-building Corporate division

Let us introduce you to Tony in a short video






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

Navigation Weekends

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  • Dates

  • Prices

  • Grade

  • Itinerary

  • Testimonials

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


Thursday, 24 June 2010 10:54

Just a quick word of thanks for a very well organised weekend of scrambling in Kerry. John was very good at explaining how to use the ropes and deciding what path to take when climbing. It was obvious he really enjoys being out on the hills and this enthusiasm rubs off on the rest of us.  The weather was also lovely but I don't think I will be able to credit ye with this. Many thanks again, it's a nice change to go on a training course that was well orgainised and the guide knows exactly what he is doing, has all the equipment and it is in good order.

Kind Regards,


Just a quick note to say what a great weekend we had. John was an excellent instructor- we learned loads and would now feel confident doing a bit of scrambling ourselves. I would recommend this course highly and would recommend John as an instructor.

All the Best,



Just a quick note to say how much I (we all!) enjoyed the scrambling course at the weekend. Thankfully we got great weather which made it even better. I can't speak highly enough of John. We all found him to be an excellent instructor for the weekend. His teaching technique is second to none as is his knowledge and patience! What we wanted from the course were the skills to attempt more difficult scrambling routes by ourselves and I feel we definitely achieved our objective.
On the Saturday, we climbed Stumpa and onto Benkeeragh. All the time being introduced to different scenarios and new techniques. On Sunday, we were given 2 options - 1. Howling Ridge (with John as guide) or 2. Knocknapeasta and the Big Gun (for more instruction). Although it was a tough decision the deciding vote of the 3 was to get more instruction on the Big Gun. At the end of the day, however,we all agreed the further instruction had given us more confidence. We'll be back for Howling Ridge next time! I have attached afew photos if you want to use.

Thanks again,

Friday, 02 October 2009 15:53

''The weekend scrambling went very well. Unfortunately Stephen was not feeling great so he decided to sit out the Sunday scramble. I certainly gained experience and confidence in dealing with steeper ground which is what I wanted from the course. John was a very patient and helpful instructor and pretty good with a camera too. Thanks for all your help''- Jude Whelehan, Feedback on Introduction to Scrambling Course

''Just like to pass on my compliments, we had a fantastic two days on the hills, really fantastic, John is an excellent guide and teacher. The course was excellent ''- Richard, Feedback on Advanced Scrambling Course


For mroe information on our scrambling courses and training programmes - contact us today at www.patfalvey.com


Saturday, 19 September 2009 15:26
Published in Travel & Training blog

Mountain Skills 1:

Grade: Beginner- Intermediate

Prices - TBD for 2015 - price will include - 2x B&B + 2x Packed Lunch + 1xDinner (Non Residential Option also available) contact us today for 2015 prices and available dates.

Introduction to Mountain Skills-Navigation-Feature Recognition-Pacing and Timing-Hazards-Equipment. Completion of this BOS course + logged walks enables you to go for MS2.


Mountain Skills 2:

Grade: Intermediate
Prices - TBD for 2015 - price will include - 2x B&B + 2xPacked Lunch + 1xDinner (Non Residential Optionalso available) contact us today for 2015 prices and available dates.

Follow on includes practicing MS1 skills - Compass Work - Rescue Procedures - Route Planning - Night Navigation - Scrambling. Completion of this BOS course + logged walks enables you to go for MSA (Assessment)


Dates for following weekends arranged on demand:


Expedition skills 

Grade: Beginner- Intermediate

Price - TBD - contact us today for 2015 prices - all prices include - 2 x Nights in Tents & 2 x Packed Lunch & Expedition Food

This course is designed for people heading off on any kind of expedition, which will require the skills, involved in tent placement/pitching, camp-craft & includes a night walk simulation. The course also looks at some of the more technical skills that are used on these expeditions.



Scrambling Weekends:

Grade: Introductory:

Prices - - TBD - contact us today for 2015 prices - all prices include -  2 x B&B + 2 x Packed Lunch + 1 x Dinner (Non Residential Option also available)
At introductory level we would look at some of the more straightforward scrambles with the intention of giving people an idea of the kind of terrain that scramblers seek, what to expect, what risks and hazards to look out for, what equipment is appropriate & how to use it.


Grade: Advanced:

Price:  TBD - contact us today for 2015 prices - all prices include -  2 x B&B + 2 x Packed Lunch + 1 x Dinner (Non Residential Option also available)

The advanced scrambling course would look at steeper more committing scrambles, including use of a rope in scrambling. The aim would be to include an ascent of Howling Ridge on Corran Tuathail during the weekend which is regarded as the best scramble in the country. Minimum of 2 people required.


Fitness Assessment:

Grade: Beginner- Intermediate

Price - TBD - contact us today for 2015 prices - all prices include 2 x B&B + 2 x Packed Lunch + 1 x Dinner (Non Residential Option also available)
Aimed at people who want to gauge their hillwalking fitness, some of these people will be going on to do Kilimanjaro or similar treks. It consists of an intermediate trek, general fitness assessment on the reeks and gear information.


Contact us today for al your training and fitnes needs - we can custom design a weekend just for you!  www.patfalvey.com


Friday, 25 September 2009 12:50
Published in Skills Training

Fitness Assessment

  • Course Description

  • Aims

  • Dates and Details

  • Prices

  • Itinerary

  • Gear

Dates: TBD - contact us for details 


Location: Co. Kerry- MacGillycuddy's Reeks/Purple/Tomies/Dingle Peninsula

Duration: The Fitness Assesment is over two days.


Starting: 09:00 Saturday. Night Climb Sunday morning - starts 02:00 am.


Hours: Day 1: Corran Tuathail (Carrauntoohil) - 6 to 7 hours: Plus Night Climb - 5 to 6 hours.


Grade: Trekking – Moderate to Strenuous.  Suitable for some beginners.

Price: €150 or €190 with accommodation - details below


Exciting Fitness Assesment Weekend: Ideal for Kilimanjaro, Mt. Elbrus, Morroco, The Alps... The aim of this weekend is to simulate the physical and mental requirements you will need leading up to and including summit day/night and it will test all your new equipment and clothing. Whether it is Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Russia or Aconcagua in South America.


Night Hike in the Eastern Reeks




Aim of Assessment:

You will experience a typical summit day on one of our treks worldwide that are over 10 hours and simulate typical conditions. It will be a good test of stamina, of the gear you have AND of the gear you may require. The assesment is also ideal for people who just want an exciting weekend on the Irish mountains even if you are not going on expedition (yet!) and will set a bench mark for those who may want to go on trek in the future.


Your Challenge:

Carrauntoohill followed by a night climb over Purple Mountain. This will prove a highly valuable experience when the time comes to summit on trekking peaks. We highly recommend our Fittness Assesment if you plan to complete a trek abroad. You will also gain an insight to the typical schedule, mental and physical requirements and this will also highlight the importance of teamwork. Please see the itinerary.



2015: Contact us


Days: Saturday and Sunday


Begins Time: 09:00hrs


Meeting Point: Pat Falvey's Walking and Adventure Centre, The Mountain Lodge, Beaufort, Co. Kerry.

Walk Duration: Approx 6-7 hours Saturday: Night Hike - 5 to 6 hours.

Distance: Varied – Approximately 10 to 13km per day

Equipment: Check Gear Tab



Experienced guides, demonstrations and presentations.


1 x Accommodation, camping option available at the Mountain Lodge


Price: €150 or €195 per person with accommodation - Group discounts available


Day 1:

  • 09:00: Arrive at the Pat Falvey's Walking and Adventure Centre, The Mountain Lodge, Gap of Dunloe, Co.Kerry.

  • 09:15: Brief

  • 09:30: Begin Climbing 5-6 hours

  • 17:30: Optional Dinner at Kate Kearney's Cottage


Day 2:

  • Outside your comfort zone: You will be awoken from your slumber at a time unusual to you - 02:00am

  • We will depart from our base in darkness, on a moderate 5/6 hour return climb where we will watch the sunrise over Killarney National Park.


Personal Equipment:

  • 35/45 litre rucksack

  • Gaitors

  • Trekking boots

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Warm top

  • Hat and gloves

  • Head torch

  • Spare batteries

  • Hot drink

  • Water

  • Lunch

  • Snacks

  • A small first aid kit.


Optional Extras: Camera and case, any additional clothing to ensure that you are comfortable.


Head Guides: Pat Falvey, Tony Nation, John Higgs.






Wednesday, 23 September 2009 10:40
Published in Skills Training
 Scrambling Advanced
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Course: Scrambling - Advanced


Altitude/Distance: 700m/12km approx.

Route: Hags Glen or other Reeks locations

Date: March - October

Duration: 2 days 6-7 hrs

Grade/Ratio: Climbing - Moderate, GCR 1:2

Price: €250 per person or 2x B&B + 1x Dinner + packed lunches = Total Package €415 per person.


At Advanced Level we tackle more difficult terrain, often at the upper end of what is considered scrambling. At this level use of a rope is customary and is run with a Guide Client Ratio of 1:2. Ofcourse, where clients have a particular itinerary or route in mind, this can usually be incorporated.


Some experience of scrambling and proper equipment are essential prior to embarking on more committing routes, and we are always subject to having suitable weather conditions. From a skill and progresssion point of view, the 2 day courses are best, however one or more than 2 days can be arranged. Usually courses are run in the McGillycuddy Reeks as this is where the best range and variety of scrambles can be found, but other options can be considered. Completion of this course prepares you for moderate to difficult scrambling and attempts Howling Ridge or similar as a finale. Please check our Dates & Prices for upcoming dates or simply enquire or book from the options on the righthand side.


*Complimentary Tea & Coffee with use of Hot Shower Facilities available following the climb*


Definition of Scrambling (also known as alpine scrambling) is a method of ascending rocky faces and ridges. It is an ambiguous term that lies somewhere between hillwalking and rock climbing. It is often distinguished from hillwalking by defining a scramble as a route where hands must be used in the ascent. There is less to distinguish it from climbing, with many easy climbs sometimes referred to as difficult scrambles. A distinction can be made in defining any ascent where hands are used to hold body weight, rather than just for balance, as a climb.


Gear required:
  • Hillwalking Clothes

  • Packed Lunch,

  • 30-40 Litre Rucksack

  • Stiffer/Rugged Boots are better but not essential.


Poles are not required. All technical equipment, ropes, harnesses etc will be provided.


Below is a recommended basic hillwalking gear list. If you can have some or most of the items - great! If you have not, please contact us as there is no problems arranging some options from the guide on the day. You will find the more you do hillwalking, the more likely you will spend money on gear. There are very good reasons why people purchase good gear and that is to keep them dry, warm and comfortable even in the most extreme conditions. This is very important during colder conditions. You do not have to buy all of the below unless you are going to do more in near future, but if possible try to borrow some of it. We can give you some advice on the day before you buy your own. Also most Ski-wear is suitable, although the heavier items, more so in winter.


  • One pair of good walking/mountaineering boots. Waterproof for wet and/or cold.

  • Socks. (Thorlo, Thermolite or similar)

  • Thermal top base (dryflo, capilene or sports top) and mid layers (In winter several layers may be needed)

  • 1 good fleece or softshell. I use a wind stop fleece.

  • Trekking pants in summer, Thermal fleece pants in winter. (Softshell pants are quite common also)

  • Wind and water proofs (Gore-Tex or similar): Jacket and Trousers.

  • Head gear: thermal hat and/or sunhat. (Buff, neck gaiter, optional) or balaclava in winter.

  • Adjustable ski poles, Leki or similar: these take a lot of pressure off the body and makes walking less tiring. I usually use two Leki spring loaded as it takes 36 ton of pressure off your knees per day as well as allowing you to have a crutch to lean on when your tired. *Optional.

  • Gloves: 1 pair of thermal and 1 pair of over gloves or mitts (optional), no harm in bringing spare sets. I always bring a pair of fleece and buffalo mitts for high on the mountain as it can get very cold and by having your fingers together keeps them warm.

  • 1–2 Litres of water in bottles, or platypus in its own plastic bag

  • Lunch consisting of sandwich/snack and sweets, seeds, oatbars or fruit (keep in plastic bag)

  • Small Rucksack big enough to carry your spares and Lunch. (Line this with strong black bag)

  • Spare Top mid layer, socks and gloves

  • Headtorch with spare batteries and bulb *Optional, required for Oct - Mar

  • Camera with good battery and memory capacity

  • 1 x Flask with hot drink *Optional

  • Map OSI 78 and Compass (silva type 4) *Optional


For more information - please contact us 



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