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.



2017: 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.






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