Thursday, 07 March 2013 10:50

Day Tours on the Dingle Peninsula

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The Dingle Peninsula is wolrd renowned for its rugged beauty, colourful towns and villages and ancient history. These walks claim perhaps the finest scenery and richest archaeological heritage of all of Ireland's 32 Waymarked Ways. It combiines wild coasts and cliff-tops with superb uplands and beautiful, peaceful and fertyile countryside. Choose from one of our day tours below or choose to combine your favourites over a number of days,all these great walks are equal in beauty and their description is only a taste of what the Dingle Peninusla Tours have to offer.

Please Note:

Accommodation can be provided at any of the townlands listed below

Minimum Group size: 4 p

Route 1: The Blasket Islands

Route 2: Camp to Annascaul Lough

Route 3:Annascaul to Dingle

Route 4: Dingle to Dunquin

Route 5: Dunquin to Ballycurrane

Route 6: Ballycurrane to Cloghane

Route 7: Cloghane to Castlegregory

Route 8: Castlegregory to Camp

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Private Groups

The most popular option for many of our clients.

We reguraly organise day long excursions,weekend & mid-week breaks and outings for individuals, coporate groups, sports teams, families and friends. The benefits are endless and we can organise all the logistics for you, from transport to accommodation, team building, military bootcamps, walking, trekking, abseiling....the activities are endless. We are your one stop adventure company who pride ourselves on providing the best of adventures in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Please contact our office to further discuss the benefits of a private course or guided walk/expedition you would like to challenge your team, group, family or friends with!

Route 1

The Blasket Islands

The Blaskets lie on the western most edge of Europe, seperated from the mainland by the Blasket Sound - a narrow but treacherous strip of water,and we will travel by boat from either Dingle or Dunquin. On a clear day, the views from our walk to Cro, the modest summit, are glorious and panoramic. In poor weather the vist to the abandoned village is still of great interest, and later we can relax in the cafe, a restored ruin. We visit the sandy beach of White Strand, where seals bask and play offshore. This island is steeped in history and has many wonderful stories just waiting to be told, from its ruins to its fort, from its summit to its sandy beaches, from its spectacular views over the Dingle Peninsula to its beautiful flora, this tour is a real gem and one not to be missed.

Tour Details:

Date: All year-weather dependent

Duration: All Day

Meeting Point: Killarney

Walk Distance: 10km Approx - easy grade

Price: 150 Euro - Inlcudes transport to and from ferry location, ferry to and from the blaskets and Tour Guide with all the stories to tel!!

Route 2

Camp to Annascaul Lough

We walk along an old disused road,across moorland and through small conifer plantations, with the western outline of the Sleive Mish Mountains by our side. We walk by peat bogs, and through river valley's only to find the long sweep of Inch Strand lying before us. Descending on a narrow rocky path with the Iveragh Peninsula in view, we reach the strand withs its shop and cafe close by. After a short rest we continue west to Annascaul, walking past ancient Standing Stones and along rugged coastline we shortly reach the hometown of Tom Crean. We stop at The South Pole Inn and immerse ourselves in the stories left by Tom Crean and his world famous adventures before we leave on our short walk to the picturesque Loch An Scail, or Annascaul Lough.

Tour Details:

Date: All year-weather dependent

Duration: All Day

Meeting Point: Killarney

Walk Distance: 20km Approx - easy grade

Price: 130 euro - includes transport and Tour Guide

Route 3

Annascaul to Dinlge

Quiet country roads lead to a picturesque cove and the ruin iof Minard Castle, sitting prominently on a hill, overlooking a gorgeous liitle bay with views across the Irish Sea to Iveragh Peninsula. It is one of only 3 of the mid 16th century Fitzgerald's Castles on the Dingle Peninisula with substanial remains. After a brief tour, we leave to pass by St. John the Baptists Well and on over country roads and farmland until we reach an old railway viaduct on the right, we then pass through the hamlet of Lispole to the Garlinny and Owenalondrig Rivers where we turn and walk north for a short while. The roadside is dotted in ancient ruins as we walk up some steep ground to open views over the Iveragh Peninsula and Skellig Micheal. Walking over rough pastures and by farmhouses we end up in the colourful fishing and market town of Dingle.Time to explore its world famous streets and harbour.

Tour Details:

Date: All year-weather dependent

Duration: All Day

Meeting Point: Killarney

Walk Distance: 20km Approx - easy grade

Price: 130 euro - includes transport and Tour Guide

Route 4

Dingle to Dunquin

From Dingle to the tranquil Ventry, we walk along undulating roads until we reach its gorgeous beach. We continue on over mixed terrain for some time and on to steep ground on the exposed hillside, behind us the views reach to Ventry and Dingle harbours and as we continue westward we start to see the most southerly outliers of the Blasket Island's, followed by Great Blasket itself. After cresting another ridge, we dip into a wide valley densly filled with archaeological remains, over 500 features including many clochans. We then cross the watercourse via stepping stones and head for the rocky shoulder of Mount Eagle.We then descend over a stile to a craft shop before we aim for Slea Head. Walking directly above Coumeenoole Bay, overlooked by the jagged cliffs of Dumore Head, we pass by old stone cottages to the shingle shore where we cross a stream, walk uphill and then arrive at the Great Blasket Centre. This walk is one of the most beautiful walks on the peninsula and is steeped in history, its description cannot emphasise the beauty to be found.

An option available is to take the ferry to the Blasket Islands from Dingle Harbour and complete the Blasket Island Tour (Route 1), returning by ferry to Dunquin later that evening.

Tour Details:

Date: All year-weather dependent

Duration: All Day

Meeting Point: Killarney

Walk Distance: 20km Approx - easy grade

Price: 130 euro - includes transport and Tour Guide

Route 5

Dunquin to Ballycurrane

Travelling on minor roads and boreens leading to coastal paths, then fine beaches and clifftop pathways, this is an outstandingly scenic day and one of the most memorable you will ever experience. The secluded beach walks, rich history, spectacular views and rugged landscape are so beautiful and rare that it will leave you wondering if you have found heaven. We choose between a number of routes to the town of Ballycurrane, we walk along the sandy shore of Wine Strand after visiting Dun an Oir, an Iron age fort, and then we find ourselves in the fishing port of Ballydavid, and not far from the 2km of breath taking coastal pathways and magnificient views.Our walk then heads inland to Feohanagh and onto Ballycurrane.

Tour Details:

Date: All year-weather dependent

Duration: All Day

Meeting Point: Killarney

Walk Distance: 28km Approx - easy grade coastal walks

Price: 130 euro - includes transport and Tour Guide

Route 6

Ballycurrane to Cloghane

One of the tougher routes, but equal in its beauty and richness. With a steep ascent of 650m and long descent, this route is by far the most dramatic and challenging day. Crossing the shoulder of Brandon Mountain and descending to Brandon Bay, we are rewarded with more magnificient views, all the time stunned at it rugged beauty. When we look back from the lower slopes of Mount Brandon, we can see Ballydavid Head, but we keep walking along an old British military pathway, onto the col near the summit of Masatiompan. We cross a stile and wander to thr Pgham stone on it's far edge and hear its story. We descend some steep ground into the wide valley and head towards the Owennafena River. We continue on tarmac to a Brandon Point overlooking Brandon Bay. We finish with an easy walk to the village of Cloghane, via Cappagh, all the while admiring the stunning views towards Castlegregory.

Tour Details:

Date: All year-weather dependent

Duration: All Day

Meeting Point: Killarney

Walk Distance: 21km Approx - Moderate to strenous

Price: 130 euro - includes transport and Tour Guide

Route 7

Cloghane to Castlegregory

We walk along quiet country roads, the shores of Brandon and Tralee Bay to the town of Castlegregory. We walk along Ireland's longest beach with its fine seascapes including offshore Maharee's, at the start we cross small rivers, flowing down from the surrounding mountains to our right, and find ourselves on this sandy beach heading towards Scraggane Point, some 12km ahead. The beach is full of interest, with seaweed,shells,pebbles drifts,crab skeletons, flotsam, oystercatchers, and perhaps horses. It's lined with sand dunes covered in marram grass and set in the background are superb mountain views. Once we leave this beach, we head for Scraggane Bay, where nearby traditional namhogs are still made, leather boats!We then leave the beach at Kilshannog, where a ruined church holds a 7th century cross with greek engraving's. We continue along Castlegregory's sandy beaches for a number of km until we reach Fitzgerald's shop.Here we rest after an amazing day!

Tour Details:

Date: All year-weather dependent

Duration: All Day

Meeting Point: Killarney

Walk Distance: 21km Approx

Price: 130 euro - includes transport and Tour Guide

Route 8

Castlegregory to Tralee

This walk takes us through Camp and along the lower slopes of the Slieve Mish Mountains, into Blennerville and on to the town of Tralee. We pass through fields and brambles to make our way by the enigmatic Aughacasla standing stone. We continue along a beach  and head eastward around the broad head of Carrigagharoe Point, where we turn right through a gap in the cliff. We walk along varied terrain and landscape until we reach the tall holly and birch around the long-deserted hamlet of Killelton with it's historic church. Then come more streams, gates and stiles, boreens, roadways and paths all the while admiring views over Derrymore Island. After a short climb we come to the valley of Curraheen River, with Blennerville Windmill as a landmark. From some points we might see Mount Brandon as we look back towards Catlegregory, but we keep walking to Blennerville where we rest shortly before finding a canal path which will lead us into the beautiful town of Tralee.

Tour Details:

Date: All year-weather dependent

Duration: All Day

Meeting Point: Killarney

Walk Distance: 27km Approx

Price: 130 euro - includes transport and Tour Guide

Gear

Backpack

Hillwalking boots(waterproof and durable)

waterproof jacket & trousers

warm fleece

warm hat, gloves, spare socks, water, lunch and snacks for the day, camera and case, binoculars

Additional Info: bring any additional clothing you can carry to ensure you are comfortable

 

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012 17:15

Everest Base Camp October 2012 Report

Team Everest Base camp on route from Dublin airport. Everyone is excited. The journey to Nepal has begun. Follow the team below as we send updates on Facebook and web site www.patfalvey.com as we here from the team below. Enjoy the beauty, the culture, the colour, the landscape and how the team feel as they trek through the Himalaya. Share journey with your friends.

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If you are interested in trekking, full details here trek to Everest Base Camp please see our Itineray and options.

October 2012 Group as follows:

Joe and Concepta Lillis; from Quilty. Mick Howe, Milltown Malbay. Mike Corry and Davy Fitz, Six mile Bridge. Locky o Loughlin and Darran Ward. Ennis. Emer McCarthy, Wicklow. Pat kelly; Doonbeg. Pat McGrath ; Quin. Jeff mcInerney ; Newmarket on Fergus. Caroline Langrell and Brian Kavanagh; Gorey. William Shortall; Cashel. Liz Ruth: Wexford. Helen O Donnell; Carrig On Suir. Helene Philion and Jean Maltais: Quebec, Canada.

Pat Falvey Group Leader Reports below, newest 1st

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Jumping for joy. All the team are more relaxed today and had their morning workout which is the highest group fitness class in the world at 14652 feet under the instruction of Darren Ward of Fitness Solutions Ennis County Clare. It was a tough work out with only 60% oxygen. Then they had to do a 7 hour walk. To sign up for Darren's new altitude Fitness class.Www.fitnesssolutions.ie and for a trip of a life time www.patfalvey.com

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Thursday 25th October 2012

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Success 100% to Everest Base Camp 2012

It was a great attempt by all the team. It was hard, lots of the team suffered but all persisted and achieved a dream of going to Everest, following in the footsteps of those early adventures in a landscape where the mountains reach to the shy in every direction you look. Where the sherpa culture is evident at every turn. We are now descending for celebrations and should be in Kathmandu on the 30th October the long walk out now begins. Well done to all the team. People not tagged on Facebook which also reached base camp. The Quebec connection Jon Maltais, then from Clare Davy Fitz who caught a sliotar hit by Cork's own Pat Falvey. Also from Clare pat Kelly as well as Helen o Donnell from Tipperary. If you know other friends of theirs please share.

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Sunday 21st October 2012

Picture: The Buddhist Monks at Tengboche Monastery are an intriguing spectacle as they go about their daily routines.

The trek to Base camp continues as we live amongst the Sherpa people and learn about their culture.

All of the team went to the monastery for afternoon prayers. For all including me it was a spiritual experience that move all of us. The chanting, the drums and horns sent a vibration out throughout the valley. The team were very tired after a strenuous push from Namche Bazar as we weaved our way along the track to our new high point of 3860 meters as we walked along spectacular landscape where the mountains reached to the shy. Everest summit ahead and many more of the highest mountains in the world surrounding us. To the indigenous people who live beneath these it is obvious that the ground and the mountain we are traversing is the abode of their gods.

Some of the team are feeling the effects of the altitude but all are coping well and the experience is overwhelming all of the team as we follow in the footsteps of those early adventures.

Route Description: Easy trekking with a descent then rising through steep forested pathways to Tengboche. A short trek down to Deboche again in forested area.

Also on trek outside names below not on face book. Davy Fitz, Helen O Donnell, Pat Kelly, and Jean Maltais.

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Saturday 20th October 2012

Days three and four - Namche Bazaar (3440m):

We are now three days in and we are having an It is acclimatization rest day in Namche. Yesterday was a hard push for the team and some were suffering from altitude related problems but the rest day has sorted all of that and all the team are feeling great today. Tomorrow we move up to Tengboche and all the team can't wait to start moving again. Namche is no more than a village, this is Sherpa capital and trading post between Tibet and Nepal has two museums, several internet cafes, and two pizza houses and three cafes (locally known as bakeries), so there is much to keep us occupied during our stay here.

Report: Pat Falvey

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Kathmandu to Lukla flight. Classified. Exciting. Wednesday 17th

We are now boarding one of the worlds most interesting and fearful flights. We will make our way through the foothills in a small 20 seater Donnier aircraft. at times you feel the wings are going to touch the mountains at either side, some of the passes are only hundreds of feet below you and the you make a fast turn to the right for Lukla to a runway that goes uphill. It is frightening but thrilling. we are now at the start of the trek. I have done this flight about 40 times and like all of the team I have always been fearful. But the journey is worth doing.

All of the team safely landed in Lukla. From there they will trek to Phakding - then Namche Bazaar (3500m) Thursday.

Monday, 03 September 2012 11:13

Kilimanjaro September Group updates

100%Team Summit kilimanjaro: This is just a fast message to all Family and friends of the team.

At 08:00 Kilimanjaro time all team members reached the summit. As usual it was a hard climb and some team members suffered more then others at Altitude. All however pushed through and made a dream a reality. We did one of the worlds highest Flash mob and sang some songs on the summit.

Everyone is now back at high camp at Barraffu for an hours rest before packing up to descend another 1600 meter. No one is looking forward to the descent. Some of the team are very tired.

Great news Pat and big HURRAY to the rest of the gang, well done and enjoy the elation this evening!! from all at the office

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High camp Barraffu and all the team ready for summit attempt tonight. Sept 7th - 13:00

It's snowing, cold and cloudy on arrival at high camp. We are going to have some lunch before doing an acclimatizing trek to rise another 150 meters before we descent to high cam for early dinner at 17:00 before we retire for a few hours rest to rise at 23:00 for our summit attempt . Tonight and tomorrow is going to hardest day ever for nearly all the team. We rise at 23:00 and get ready to climb at 24:00 . Then it will take between 7 and 9 hours to reach the summit then a three hours descent to our high camp and after an hours rest we descend for another four hours to Mweka camp site. We will be up to 17 hours on the go. Cross fingers for all the team tonight.
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Barranco wall, after all the apprehension this morning every one in the team really enjoyed the climb. A highlight for most. All safe and now making our way to our next camp site at Karangu 4000 meters. Tomorrow we make our way to high camp.

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When we arrived at camp last night the mist was in and no one got a chance to see our obstacle of the 200 meter high Barranco wall.

This morning the team woke to the view ahead of the climb today and it always amazes the comments when people see it.

Karen "we have to climb that, are you serious"

Ronan " I thought it was going to be vertical, I'm relieved"

Gary: I'm staying here with the bags.

James: can't wait, it will be a step closed to the summit.

Mark; big hi to Julie and Luke. It a great climb looking forward to today.

Maura: can't wait to get over today, the summit is within reach.

Greg: looking forward to the climb today and getting closer to the summit.

Lil: O my what a challenge

Paul: I can't wait to scramble up that, it's exciting.

Trevor; A walk in the park!! Big hi and kiss to Anusia and lauryn xxx !!!!!! I'm shitting it !!

Eric: no problem, it's great to just be here.

Pat G. Holy shit!! Everything is great.

All in very positive form and having great fun .

 

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Shira camp September 5th 13000 feet To 15200 feet Lava Towers.

All the team suffering from a little sleep depravation due to altitude, cold, snoring and stomach wind which increases at altitude. All getting use to the camping and getting lots of rest once in camp. The good news is that all the team are doing well. The pace is great and being set by Greg who is being paced by Alfred.

Today it a lot colder with treating clouds sweeping in from the valley below and even though the sun is up there is a biting wind. All the team are geared up with warm wind gear and gloves. It's amazing how fast the weather can change up here. Today will be a hard altitude day as we rise to 4650 meters to lava towers which will test our ability to acclimatize. It's going to be a long day as we ascent to 4650 m before a long descent to our camp at Barranco wall at 3950 m for the night. We rise high and sleep low. Today's walk took all of 8 and a half hours including beaks. All the team are feeling good.

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Tuesday 4th September - Trek day 2 : Machame to Shira camp

Rain Forrest 3rd sept and moorland 4th sept.. this has been one of the finest days I have been in the rain Forrest since I started climbing Kilimanjaro in 1994. Not a cloud in the sky and for the 1st time in 28 ascents I have had the perfect day in the Forrest. Ronan and Mark are excited at the idea of sleeping in a tent as they have never in his 35 years stayed in one.We had a beautiful night with full moon a start studded night and woke to the signing of birds from the Rain Forrest and moore land.

Wake up call 06:30 with James and Amadeus woke all the team to serve tea in the tent. Most of the team got a good night sleep and are ready for the day ahead. We are now at 3000 meters 10000 feet all the team are good with a few slight headaches. Today we push to 3950 meters to Shira camp where the altitude will start to click in. Beautiful morning, weather good and sun is up. Can you believe we are down to t-shirts, sweating, a full moon still in the sky, no clouds and sun high in the sky. All smiles and positive as we make our way across the moore land traverse to our camp site. Keep posted.

We have 22 trips for next year to Kilimanjaro. For further information contact office or Travel webpage. Also trekking and expeditions to all major climbing regions of the world.

 

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Monday 3rd September 2012 - Trek day 1

Kilimanjaro start for our September group. A great day with good weather.

It a fantastic morning with little cloud and the team have their first sight of the full scale of the mountain as we leave Moshi to go through the banana coffee plantation. The are in awe of the height of it from here. It's the first time in a while that we have got it this clear on our approach. Lots of the team are in d
isbelief that in a few days that we will be standing on the summit of which they now see. It an amazing sight pushing skyward from the Africian plains below. Glistening like a polished diamond our team approach the mountain in anticipation of the days ahead. Hopefully we will have a nice day in the rain Forrest. The trek to the top of Africa begin.


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Saturday 1st September 2012

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Kilimanjaro international airport.

All the team for our September climb have arrive safely, excited but tired. I have just met them with my driver Hamis for the hour long journey to our Secure hotel in Moshi. This months team are below.
The energy of the team feels great. All bags have arrived, always a major relief for myself and all the team.

1 Paul Maher
2 James Brodrick 3 Lil rogan
4 Trevor Deady
5 Mark O Connell
6 Eric O Leary
7 Pat O Gorman
8 Mary Stilvern
9 Gary McGullagh
10 Karen Roche
11 Greg Butler
12 Ronan Guilfoyle

Follow the team over the coming week on Facebook and news on www.patfalvey.com for another exciting adventure as we climb to the summit of kilimanjaro.


Saturday 1st September 2012

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Africa Kilimanjaro September: I'm excited Greg Butler has arrive and the rest of the September team is arriving tonight for the Kilimanjaro Climb. is arriving tonight. They are now on route from Amsterdam. All going well we will be leaving for the mountain on Monday. The weather is stable today and great views of it from our hotel in Moshi. This will be my third time climbing the mountain in the last few weeks. It is one of my favourites and I never get tired of working with my teams that come out here to fulfill for them a life long ambition.

Thursday, 16 August 2012 08:43

Kilimanjaro August Group ready to go

August 30th 2012

Today the sunrise as I approach Ngorongoro Crater on the top of the Rift Valley.

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August 30th 2012

Africa, Tanzania crop Maize failure causing huge problem.
For the last two weeks as I traveled around Tanzania it was obvious that the poorer people of the country is about to face a major food crisis because of once again the failure of the Maize crop, The stable diet for most of the country, It is soul destroying to see an 80% crop failure which has risen the cost of Maize by 100%. The poorer people of this country will suffer greatly. Lets hope things get better.

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29th August 2012

Africa: I'm now in Karatu Village at the beautiful Tlimo Lodge on the top of the Rift Valley with 12 of the Kilimanjaro team having a wonderful time. The rest of the team of about to finish their Safari and head home later this evening. This Kilimanjaro trip has been very successful and I'm really looking forward to the team coming out on the 1st of September. Stay tune in to see how our september team gets on. — at Plantation Lodge, Karatu, Tanzania

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AUG 24th -19 on summit, 1 turned before - back in low camp now all in great form - more later pat

Congrats to all the team - hope you all let the hair down after...

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Best of luck to all as they enter their summit push tonight!! From all the team back in Ireland Safe climbing!!

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Karanga Camp 4035 meters - All happy and fed for the night and all in great form for summit attempt tomorrow night. An army marches on its stomach. All team having dinner at the Karanga 4035 meters on Kilimanjaro . All feeling great and ready for summit tomorrow Thursday night, after a 3 hr climb to Barrafu in the morning.

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Scrambling on Barranco wall to Karango camp. 22th August 

Today im going to leave the description to a few of the team to give you a perspective of the Climb through their eyes. 

Ronan Curran.

" never seen anything like it before the word is definitely scrambling and it's not for the faint hearted or those afraid of heights. My respect goes through the roof for the porters that carried our gear over these steep inclines. "

Gerry Gallagher.
"it's the best scrambling I have ever done. I'm glad we have come up this way"

Liam Lynch:

"it's brilliant, it gets ever muscle in your body moving. "

Fiona Kelly.
It's the highlight so far, I've got great photos. 

Everyone has had a thrilling morning on the wall and then slowly we have made our way to Karanga camp site at 4035 meters our staging point for heading for high camp tomorrow. 

All the team are feeling great apart from two slightly twisted ankles, but these are presently in hand and should not deter the team members involved. 

The next 48 hours are going to be testing as we make our way to high camp and then the summit.

 

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Shira camp to Lava Tower to Barranco wall camp.Tuesday 21st August

It was freezing cold last night in the mess tent, but it true irish style a great sing song started. It was joined in by some of our African staff.

All the team had a restless night as high winds shook the all our tents. It had been the worst I have experienced in recent years and had blown down some of the other team tents. The temperatures were not so cold and wind eased by 07:00 and have given way to bright sun and warm conditions.

Most of the team are tired from being awake with the wind but they are all well rested and enthusiastic and ready for the high rise in altitude today to lava towers 4650 meters. The pressure is on today and all the team is just plodding along in a quite pace taking in the spender of being above the cloud. Words from the team to describe their surrounding. Spectacular, fantastic, awesome.

Everyone have done well to get to our high point which will be the same height as out high camp. Now the long descent to our camp for tonight.

A fantastic end to a great day everyone are exhausted so hopefully all will sleep well tonight before tackling the impressive Barranco wall tomorrow.

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Monday August 20th - Shira camp 3950 meters.

It was an interesting day today as we broke loose from the rain Forrest and made our way into the alpine/ moor land region. The temperature fell giving us a temperature that at times fell to 0 degrees. ...The team is going well and no one is suffering from altitude sickness. It took us 7 hours to get to Shira. All the team are relaxing for the afternoon and acclimatizing for tomorrows push which will see us to to Lava towers at 4650 meters before descending to the barranco wall camp site.

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Wet night in the rain Forrest.

After a reasonably dry ascent through the rain Forrest which took 6 hours in a magical setting we arrived to our camp site where it rained for the entire night. Most of the team had a restless night as for most it was there first night ever under canvas. The snoring, the human other sounds both amused and distracted them to enjoying the experience. Early morning call, the rain stopped and the team have risen to a glorious morning to the sound of signing rain forrest birds and the view of Kilimanjaro. Cameras out and now the talk of the days ahead and how we are going to get over the obstacles.

07:00 and breakfast being server. And all ready for the next rise through the moore land. The days begins. We rise today to 3950 meters. The altitude will start to kick in.machameaug2012

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3pm Sunday 19th - Machame Gate, Tanzania

Machame gate 1900 meters to machame camp 3000 meters, this is the region where the altitude begins.

20 irish 1 Chinese, 1 Kiwiang and 66 Africans all now bound together as a team to challenge Africa's highest. The caravan of team members, guides, porters, cooks are ready to march, the objective is the top of Africa. " the snows of Kilimanjaro" The atmosphere is electrifying as the tension rise for the challenge ahead. Thoughts of "will I get to the summit" ponders in the backs of the mind as we enter the 2nd climatic zone of the mountain already we have today driven thought the coffee and banana plantations. It hot and sticky as we gather for a team shot at the Machame Gate. The rain Forrest just ahead of us and we begin the long journey summit bound. Who will or will not get to the summit will be known in the next 7 days. Proper Acclimation is crucial to success.

Gerard Gallagher is like a child at Christmas about to get to visit Santa. Amy Clavin our youngest member only 16 is ready for the challenge, she is here with her father Brian.

The climb to the summit begins 11:30 and we are on the move.

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6pm Saturday 18th - Moshi, Tanzania

The team has landed in Tanzania. It's great to be back in Tanzania as its a place I love. The landscape, the culture, the color and my friends. Fredrick, Nadir, sharrifa, her daughters and all my ground staff. All the team are excited, kili now looms above our heads up somewhere in the clouds. The anticipation for all of the team of what lay ahead is infectious. The smiles, the comments and the sheer joy of getting here is always intriguing to listen to, to look at. It's all part of what I love about coming here, And the good news, all our bags arrived.

A few hours sleep now and the challenge begins. All the team retiring after a long journey.

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9pm Friday 17th - Frankfurt, Germany

Dublin flight delayed by 30 minutes and we had to be taken from one plane to our flight for Addis abba. Fears of our bags missing connecting flight. At least most of the team have enough gear in there travel on to at least do the first day on Kili. Well all part of expedition travelling. Now the guessing game begins. Will all the bags arrive in time — at Frankfurt Airport

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Preparations are now finished!! Pat Falvey & Gerry Walsh are heading out tomorrow friday the 17th to Moshi, Tanzania for our August climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro. With 20 adventerous trekkers undertaking the 5895m challenge to the roof of Africa, they are in good hands with it being Pats 27th time and Gerrys 10th time successfully climbing to its top. We will be updating on their progress over the next few days here and on our Facebook page.

The Group consists of:

Brian Clavin
Liam Lynch
Liam McNally
Fiona Kelly
Laura Wiltshier
Eoin O'Ferrall
Rory O'Ferrall
Noreen O'Halloran
Jessica Ferguson
Jodie Yan
Amy Clavin
Michelle Moore
Siobhan Moloney
Fiona English
Sinead Healy
Carmel O'Brien
Ronan Curran
Sinead Keogh
Gerard Gallagher
Gerard Keogh

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012 11:48

Kilimanjaro June 2012 Update

Summit push

12 midnight all the team left Barrafu and made a slow but steady pace. It took 8 hours to summit we had an amazing team of my African guides. Fredrick my head guide as well as his two sons Godiliven and Emanuel as well as Gasper, Alfred, Oktavian,and Livingston. All highly motivated to have all of the team to the summit. The unsung hero's of the mountain. We had 100% success.

For all the team it was they said the hardest thing they have ever undertaken. We are all down safely angd making our way to Moshi and looking forward to a big party tomorrow night with all of the team. Congratulations to Kathy, Carmel, Phil, Joe, Jim, James, aisling, John, Sean, Louise, Laura, Tony and Colette.  We will post some pictures and video once back to civilization.

Day 6 kili - All team Summit !!
Short sms received at 11.30am Irish time from Pat:
"All team reached the summit 14 Irish and 7 Tanzanian guides, full blog later"
The team should be arriving back down to Barrafu camp around 1pm Irish time for rest and replenish water / food. Fantastic success again for another team on Kilimanjaro. Well done Pat!!

Day 5 kili - pre summit at Barrafu.
Today we rose from Karanga To Barrafu camp site. All the team were in great form and all of the altitude problems of the previous few days are under control. Laura, john, Kathy and James have recovered from there problems of altitude and overheating which cause them some problems. Colette is having some small problems with her back but provide we can keep the weight down she has a great chance.  The atmosphere at breakfast was positive and all now confident of being healthy enough fora good attempt on the summit. I believe we will all reach it if we can keep the team focused and confident. It took up four hours to get to Barrafu which is at 4700 meters. We left at 09:00 and arrived at 13;00. The pace was pole - pole, slowly - slowly. We will have some lunch here before going for acclimatizing trek for an hour after lunch. Dinner will be at 17:00 tonight and the team will try and get a few hours sleep before our ascent at midnight.

Stay posted and I'll update either later tonight or tomorrow early to let you know how all the team gets on. This is it the summit looms overhead and by this time tomorrow we will be on our way down. Cross fingers for Kathy, Carmel, Phil, Joe, Jim, James, Aisling, John, Sean, Louise, Laura, Tony and Colette.
If I summit this will be number 26 for me. I'm really looking forward to the August and September trips also with two more great teams.
Talk again soon. Pat

Weather: The temperature dropped to - 4 degrees over night last night and by 8 am had risen to 1 degree, by the time we climbed the wall the sun was baking down and temperatures rose to 24 degrees and Kathy and Laura suffered from heat exhaustion but once all had lunch all are now acclimatized and now the talk is all positive.The next 48 hours are going to be hard for all the team as we make our way to the Barrafu camp site tomorrow where we rest for a few hours and then leave for the summit.
Cross fingers that all the team will remain healthy and acclimatized. It's still a long way to the summit....


Day 3: 26th June. Early rise 6:30 some of the team have had a restless night while some have complained of slight headaches but all are in good and positive form. Even though apprehensive about going up another 850 meters today before descending. We headed in an easterly direction from camp site to gain the ridge to connect to the upper path under the imposing face of kili to traverse over the mountain. We made our way to lava towers to a height of 4650 meters . The altitude was affecting most of the team today and that is to be expected. We rested for a hour at lava towers to give everyone time to acclimatize while there a few of the team scrambled up on the tower before descending to high camp. It was a long day leaving camp at 08;30 and arriving at Barranco camp Six o clock. It's been a long day for all the team. All now at camp relaxing and recovering from a hard day and looking forward to tomorrow.

The Mountain Lodge says: Great news Pat !! - The team will enjoy a different and interesting day tomorrow as they ascend the Barranco wall for 2-3hrs offering dramatic views of the valley and campsite below. Its a nice break from the meandering pathways and you get to use your hands as you scramble up. Then to Karanga Camp where hopfully they get some clear weather underneath the mighty Kibo. Pat confirms tonight they are getting mixed visibility, cloudy in afternoons, and dry overall today.


meru240
Day 2: 25th June. After an early rise of 06:30 we had breakfast and made our way from from our damp campsite at Machame at 3000 meters at the top of the rain Forrest into a new climatical change of scenery today into the moorland and alpine meadow. This was a hard four hour push to our lunch break through a steel incline through spectacular landscape. All the team were feeling good but a little tired. We were hoping for sights of the upper reaches on route but mother nature cloaked the summit from us. Even through disappointed all the team were over the moon as none were yet suffering any effect of altitude, mainly due to the pace and drinking water. After lunch we  traversed the upper reaches of the moorland and alpine region to arrived tires but excited to have now risen to 3850 meters and all feeling great. We arrive in camp at 15:00 for a well deserved rest before dinner. Tomorrow we head into the lunar landscape as we try to acclimatize to 4650 meters. This will be a hard day and a test of the altitude for the team.

rainforest240Day 1: 24th June. All up for breakfast and the team were in great form excited at the adventure ahead. Then a 45 minute drive to the gate to sign in. Sorted all our porters and guides a total of 39 in total. Porters, cooks, helpers as well as our summit guides. All of whom have worked for me over the last 15 years. We then started our trek through the rain forest which was overcast with our enlarged caravan. After 5 and a half hours we were now wet and sweaty after the journey while we settled in for the first night. The day was warm and humid with temperature reaching 28 degrees with humidity of 86%,  however the night temp dropped to 2 degrees. All the team had a hard but interesting day and settled down to their first nights camping on the mountain. All the team were feeling tired but in good form.

TEAM DETAILS
Louise, Laura, Sean and John Quirke 
Jim, James and Aisling Ronayne 
Joe and Phil Byrne 
Colette and Tony Doonan 
Carmel Hughes
Kathy Killgallon

Team leader: Pat Falvey
Our head local mountain leader: Freddy Tarimo

Local administration office: Nadir
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Post Trip Report from Annie Ryan Here are a small selection of some of my photos. I have taken so many that it was seriously tough just selecting a few. Again I want to thank you for organising such an amazing trip. I also would like to note without our Guide and Cook our trip would not have been as amazing as it was. They deserve as much credit as we can heap upon them.

I won't forget my amazing week in Morocco. Def plan on returning someday.Cheers, Annie

Head Guide: Abdulla (Berber)

Team: Marty Cooke; Emma Perry; Annie Ryan :

Arrived in Morroco: Day 1 Report 5th May All going well We had enjoyable day in Marraketch emaa el-Fna - the main market square in Marrakesh, Morocco. This square hosts the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and is reputedly one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world. It is amazing the husstle and busstle having to deal with all the traders. Give a real scence of Morroco.

Day 2/3 Report Monday 7th May A wonderful few days, amazing scenery and really nice to see the Berber community. Abdulla is a wonderful guide. I think the fact that he is Berber himself is a bonus. He is a fountain of local knowledge.

To see the herds of goats being herded through the mountains was brilliant. I'm running out of adjectives to describe how much I am enjoying myself. The Girls ask me to tell Lorraine all is ok. They are having problems getting texts out...

Day 4/5 Report May 7th

Another great day - weather and views wonderful. Had a slight back spasm today, could barely move for a few minutes. Abdulla carried my pack for half an hour till we got to the spot where we were having lunch, Then let the mule take it to the Gite. Feels alot better now. Will decide in the Morning whether to attempt the high pass over to the Refuge or to do the easier route with the mules. The rest of the team are doing great. Emma has a bit of a cold, but not that bad to cause her real concerns. We will be in place for summit attempt tomorrow. All good!

Day six Report May 8th Mid-morning Report: Sitting eating a moroccon picnic on a mountain pass 3600 meters above sea level- altitude starting to click in but all feeling well. We are excited at the first view of our goal- Mount Toubkal.  Awe inspiring!  God Allah in his heaven and all's right with the world..

Evening Report: Hi base in Ireland, Safely at the refuge, very tired ! All in good form..... Now the challenge starts as we look summit bound.Will keep you updated in the next few days.

Day seven Report May 9th Our staff Mustapha in Morocco get in touch with the wonderful news that 'The team reached the summit this morning. Everbody made it! They are so happy. They are in Imlil village tonight. Tomorrow, they will be transfered to Marrakech'

And from Marty..''Hi Lorraine I have attached a zip file of some of the photos from the Toubkal Trek. Hopefully the file names will be self explanatory.

It has been a wonderful experience - both the ascent of Toubkal itself, and the experience of seeing the way of life of the Berber community. Abdulla, our guide,has been a mine of information.

I will contact you again on my return to Ireland''

And we look forward to hearing from you all on your safe return! Congratulations on a wonderful summit to you all and we look forward to hearing from you all as settle back after what seems to of been an amazing adventure!!

For further information on Morrocon Adventures follow link here..

 

 

Friday, 27 April 2012 13:16

Carrauntoohil to Kilimanjaro

climbing carrauntoohilWith Kilimanjaro in their sights, two families arrived down to Kerry once again for more training on the 12th April as they prepare to travel on our June departure. Following a briefing at the lodge we left for the Hags Glen joined by Wesley and Tom to climb Carrauntoohil. The day was bright and cool, with wintry clouds looming over the peaks around us from 7-800m upwards. We chatted about the upcoming trip to climb Kilimanjaro for the Quirke and Ronayne families, a mountain I had the pleasure to guide back in January. Training and getting gear sorted out were going well for them. With a sense of understanding about how to train achieved from our Meet day they are now focused on strengthening up the team and finalising gear selection.

Our walk in the valley was quiet because we started around midday. We got a taste of winter with a downpour of rain, not far of sleet as we left the main track at the ford and headed toward O'Sheas.Our gradual pull up the path with the 2 scrambles up steep ground proving adventurous for some of the group. After lunch the the pace was and when we started to climb the bottom of O'Shea's gully, we were reminded once more of winter with an intense shower of hard hail stone pounding our faces for 10mins and then stopped.

photo of summit Carrauntoohil

Exhilarated we put on an extra layer before heading toward the summit. There on top also were a few others in cloudy grey cold conditions although dry. After a few photos and congrats we left to descend toward the devils ladder. Half way down the cloud lifted and gave us brief views out to the sea in Kenmare bay. The decent was wet and took some care weaving a way through the loose gravel and rocks before we walked out the valley back to the cars.

Later the lads from Cork departed for home and the two families made for town to eat before getting up again at 2.30am for a night climb.

Starting from the top of the gap at 3.30am the head torches were bouncing around in a line as we started purple mountain. We adjusted our clothing with conditions being good and dry for now. We had 2 small breaks for water and snacks before we caught glimpses of the moons reflections on the upper lakes of killarney. As we crested the col nearing the summit the light was approaching but only just. we wrapped up a little more and slowly got to the summit for 6am. summit of purple mountainThe decent was easy at the start due as you feel good following the summit but then tiredness that feels like youre in autopilot mode. That's when accidents and stumbles happen but luckily everyone was concentrating and we got back to the cars around 8am.

This fitness assessment course is ideal for setting a mark on physical and mental training required for trekking holidays and climbing Kilimanjaro. We recommend all groups to undergo this process and find out about gear selection along the way. Contact us to discuss options and dates for upcoming meet days and courses. The success rate is much better when you prepare well.

I wish the Quirke and Ronayne families the best, keep up the preparations.

Guide report: Niall Foley

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:57

Fredrik Tarimo

Hello my friends. I was born in 1964. My education  is primary school for 7 year and then secondary for 4 year .

In 1986, I started  as a porter until 1988 and from then, I walk as a Chief Guide.

Myself, I never travelled out but I travel by meeting the people, because I meet the people around the world.

I look forward to meeting you - Fredy

Sunday, 22 January 2012 20:55

Mount Kilimanjaro Jan 2012 Trip Reports

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24th Jan Ireland to Africa
25th Jan Rest Day in Moshi
26th Jan Day 1 Machame Gate- Machame Camp
27th Jan Day 2 Machame Camp- Shira Camp
28th Jan Day 3 Shira Camp- Lava Towers- Baranco Camp
29th Jan Day 4 Baranco Camp- Karanga Camp
30th Jan Day 5 Karanga Camp- Barafu Camp
31st Jan Day 6 Barafu Camp- Summit- Millennium Camp

01st Jan Millennium Camp- Mweka Gate- Moshi Now back at Base hotel, showered and enjoying lunch in Moshi, the team are in great spirits.

Niall rang to tell us a bit more about their Summit night. 'The temperture dropped to below -20 and the cross winds were cutting. We progressed well and when the sun rose, we were well on way to Stella Point and the views were amazing. On reaching Stella Point, the crater rim, just 100m from Uhuru, Paddy & Mark decided to wait their for the team as bad coughs had taken toil on their energy. After a tough night, it was great to feel the sun's warmth as we made the last slog to Uhuru.

After a few photo's and celebrations, we began descent- each at their own pace, down the lose scree that often determined our speed! After lunch and a brief rest at Barafu, we made our way to Millennium Camp. At the lower altitude, sleep wasn't long coming to the team, but not after our Mountain Celebratory dinner. Before we left Camp this morning, we shared our thanks to our wonderful support team and they left us with great memories, sending us off on the notes of the Kilimanjaro song!

Tonight, some of our support team will join us for a Celebratory dinner here at the hotel. Looking forward to it' report from Niall Foley

Advice- Have a great night, you guys deserve it!! Congrat's again from all the team here in the office!

31st Jan Barafu Camp- Stella Point- Uhuru Peak(Summit)- Millennium Camp 09:54 Irish time 'We are back at Barafu' uhuru peak mount kilimanjaro jan 30th 2012 300x225

After a challenging night with prevailing high winds, the team are all tired but well and enjoying a rest and lunch before continuing their descent to Millennium Camp later today. As we wait to hear further details, we are delighted and very proud of the teams amazing strenght that saw 10 on Uhuru Peak and 2 at crater rim, Stella Point.

Congratulations to you all on your great success...

30th Jan Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp 10:22 Irish time- the team have made Barafu Camp! After lunch, the team set to their tents at Barafu to rest. After dinner, they will a few more hours to organise their Summit gear and hopefully, rest a little more!

The Team: In a few hours, Niall Foley, Paddy Purcell, Kevin Hannon, Mark Foley, Ita Kirwan, Tom Gallery, Jerry Garvey, Liam O Sullivan, John Carey, Niall Curley, Kieran Foley & Mitch Mellor will leave their Kilimanjaro Base Camp and set off for their through the night Summit attempt. Join us in wishing them all a Safe & Wonderful Climb!!

29th Jan Baranco Camp - Karanga Camp 15:28 Irish time - A text from Niall confirms that all the team are now safely and healthly at Karanga Camp! 'All good. Some headaches and lack of sleep but great form now after a nap, happiest group in Camp by far :)'

Now rest guys, tomorrow's a big day (incase yea forgot...) ''Hongera'' to you all for getting this far!!

Report from Niall Foley 'With a good night sleep, although for some mostly rest, we rose to stunning weather and views. After an afternoon of dusty mist, we arrived to Karanga around 3pm local time. Yesterday our steep climb up from Baranco Wall was exhilirating in the shadow of the mighty Kibo, with some scrambling along the way.

The toilet here wasn't bad considering, but probably due to the cold preventing the smell. Our staff are all fantastic and we were treated to freshly made pizza and chips for lunch. Last night, we were again the soul of the camp with our porters laughing and talking while we ate dinner followed by a sing song started by Mark,which lifted us before bed.

Day 4 trek to Karanga CampCheck out Mark Foleys page on mycharity.ie as he is raising funds for CF, and well done to Liam O Sullivan who is raising for Asthma Society of Ireland.

It's looking very good for this our final trek before we head off tonight for the summit at midnight. A short day today climbing 600m (3-4hrs) to Barafu Camp above the saddle to the right of the photo.

Hi to everyone who is following us we hope you are enjoying this as much as we all are. Tomorrow we summit at 7-8am local time (10-11am Irish time) - bring it on!!

28th Jan Shira Camp - Lava Towers - Barranco Camp 'After a restless sleep at Shira Camp, especially for those who choose to stay up playing cards, we compared dreams at breakfast and headed off toward Kili, which was a few kms to the South.

The morning was stunning and frosty with bright sunshine glaring down on our covered skin, eliminating any chances of sunstroke for our longest day ahead. With Paddy in the lead, we paced slowly up through barren Alpine Meadows, strewn with boulders and various flora. Some sweets were passed around at a water break as we were overtaken again by some of the other teams from Canada, Austria, America, France, Latvia and Israeli. Temperatures were now down due to the breeze and open ground as we approached 4000m. Tents at Barranco Camp

The terrain became more volcanic with formations of porrous rock twice our height at times. Freddy informed us that 37,000 people entered Kilimanjaro National Park last year, most trying for the summit, a stunning stat. Our front guide babu Alfred was steering us now up past the Lemosho Barranco crossroads and our lunch was now on our minds. Chips were gladly devoured by most

The final slog up toward Lava Tower was testing but all 12 pulled it out of themselves for the last 300m. There were shouts of excitement as we gathered under misty tower, our highest point to date 4600m and until the looming Summit day in 3 days time.

The cloud was hampering photos so down the valley we walked, gathering a little pace. We descended through fantastic glacier runoff valleys and moraines and finally large layers of old volcanic flow from the start of the Western Breach.

view from barranco camp day 3

Our energy was low arriving to Baranco Camp but what an amazing location under the towering Kilimanjaro and views down to Moshi, especially as darkness fell. Niall Curley celebrated his birthday and the cook made a cake to celebrate with all porters singing happy birthday. Seamus our waiter was now answereing to his new name, formeley James.

The night was an early one. Paddy versed some poems by Robert Service and only 3 games of cards tonight.

Hakuna Matata as the stunning Western Breach towers over us lit by a quater moon and millions of stars!!

 

27th Jan Team break for Lunch at 3600m (10:46 Irish Time) Picture received from Niall of the team at 3600m stopping for a much deserved lunch, before continuing to todays home for the night- Shira Camp. At 3600m, it is normal to hear that altitude is being felt by some members of the team- slight headaches being the main complaint. Lunch on Day 2 3600m

'A nice start to Day 2, scurrying up the narrow winding track into the Heath of tall heathers, mixed with rock. The pathway was strewn busy with porters moving up ahead of us some with African music blaring out of radios attached to their loads.

The ground was a lot steeper and the pace had to be set nicely after about 15mins to avoid strain. During the morning, around 10.30, we got stunning views of Mt Meru and Kili herself shortly after, to much excitement and photos.

Liam, Mitch and Kieran went looking across toward a stunning view of Kili, off the trail a little. At around noon, our slog was opening up onto Moorlands (with our first rodent spotted on the trail).

Lunch was ready for us- laid out on a table in a bowl like plateau on top of the ridge we followed. There were several other groups there also of mixed size and nationality, although our being the largest. Tea and Pasta for lunch before heading up slowly, across dry river beds and some corners, one toward the end with a little scramble. The stunning views over the plains and Rainforest were breathtaking!!

On arrival to Shira camp (3850m) our tents were up, most of us needing the sit down to rest after a tough but enjoyable day. Later some cards were played in the mess tent before we headed to see the caves used by previous porters before tents. Frederic told us some stories of their history and we all headed back for chicken and rice at dinner. More cards followed but an early night for most.

leaving moshi for machame gate day 126th Jan Moshi- Machame Gate (Let the trek begin..) 'Weather 34c. With a nice last supper last night, the excitement was mounting. We finished our walk and shop in Moshi and were all back for dark, some since after lunch. Ita braved the pool, Kevin chased some butterflies, Mark was reading while the rest were having a rest or prepping gear.

We ate at 8pm and had a good auld laugh before the power went out leaving stunning starry skies above. Night temp was a bit down and power was gone all night.

We all sorted our gear after breakfast, checked out and said 'Assante' to the Keys hotel for 6 nights. The craic at the office was mighty in Moshi with food being loaded to our bus and street sellers not getting an easy sale out of John, Paddy, Jerry & Tom, with the rest looking on.
So Machame gate is our next stop and off through the Rainforest in the afternoon. All can't wait to get walking. Everyone is in great form :)' report from Niall Foley

Machame Camp (15:34 Irish Time) 'Jambo (shouts Niall) All settling into Machame Camp. Everyone's well. Nice pace today. No rain, just a little now as we start our first dinner on Mount Kilimanjaro! Freddy & his son are with us- Great Craic. Talk 2moro' report from Niall Foley

Team Member Mark Foley's blog on Day 1 'The wait is finally over. 12 eager beavers from Ireland arrived at Machame gate at 11.30. The sense of anticipation was palpable as everyone was raring to go. After about 2 hrs at the gate, we took off 'polepole' into the most beautiful Rainforest. The team stuck together with great chat and relief that the real journey had begun. We were passed, time and time again by porters carrying loads of stuff on their backs and, yes their heads!

Ascending 1200m over 13km, the team found it to be a great first day getting used to the mountain and the pace, albeit with no views. Guide Niall saw a black bird with bright blood red wings through an opening later described by local head guide Fredrick as a 'turac'. The sounds amongst the deep heavy growth were intriguing. The cooks put on a fantastic spread at Machame- fresh fish, veggies and home cooked chips. Best food yet in Africa!

Paddy entralled us with his description of drilling and how his company were involved in the Chilean miners rescue. The usual high brow conversation about flatulence and often such vital matters of interest ensued. Animals encountered today were an invasion of moths and a group of other trekkers, intent on reaching the top before us, from the continent no doubt!! Various bouts of sleeping success from 4 hrs to zero, with sounds heard during the night including chronic snoring, flatulence, various animals, pots banging and radio Tanzania.

25th Jan Team enjoy Rest Day in Moshi 'All good. We are just in Union Cafe now for an African brunch. Everyone is good and healthy. Team are buying last few bits and all final arrangments are now in place- Excitement looming for morning. Street of Moshi

Weather is 32c sunny. Mountain has some clouds on it at times so expecting some rain for trek Days 1-3. Airport yesterday was very windy and dust everywhere.

Electricity went in airport for a minute reminding us we are in Africa!! Hope you are all well' report from Niall Foley

24th Jan Ireland - Africa The team departed from Dublin & Cork 6am this morning and now, the 12 are in air set for Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Team Leader: Niall Foley checked in from Amsterdam to let us know 'all good & ready to board' Further updates will be posted as received. Safe travels Guys..

 

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