28 February 2011

Nearly Ready To Go

I did a training hike with Lucy the goat, Cara the dog and a couple of friends yesterday, from Reeks Lodge across to Cronin's Yard for hot chocolate and porter cake! It's a fabulous, easy going hike, that takes about 45 mins each way; must do it more often... Lucy did well, although she was a little out of breath!

We're all off the the All Care Vet Clinic in Killarney today for check-ups and then we start on Wed.

Mountain Skills 2 This Weekend

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26 February 2011

Intern / Apprentice Wanted!

My Outdoors Ireland Team & I are planning to run an apprentice type program towards the end of this spring.

We are looking for someone to join Outdoors Ireland in Kerry as an intern/apprentice.

This person will be integrated fully into my adventure training company, working outdoors with Dave, Tadhg and Barry; working in the office with Ruth; and developing business/marketing concepts with myself, Nathan.

Our intern/apprentice will receive a wide range of specifically tailored training, nationally recognised adventure training courses and behind-the-scenes business training.

Our new Outdoors Ireland team member will be chosen from a group of interested participants, who will undertake a series of tasks and challenges; from assisting with leading groups outdoors, to developing a mock marketing plan for specific products we provide, to team work and communication skills.

The work contract will be fixed for a set period, such as six months, with the potential for full-time work...

Our intern/apprentice would need to have an interest in outdoor adventure, business, marketing and admin; although no previous experience is necessarily needed. They would need to be a hard worker and have a passion to excel!

Right now; I am looking for feedback and ideas from you in relation to how we should run our program, what we should offer our new apprentice and what challenges we should run to select this person...

Thanks, Nathan

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Tourist Board Presentation

I was invited to deliver a presentation in Belfast last week, to the Northern tourist trade, in association with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. Here's some of the images from my presentation.
Any ideas what the presentation topic was!?

Sunset Kayak Trip In Killarney

Irish Golf Open Kayaking On Behalf Of Failte Ireland

Picnic On Our Yoga Adventure Weekend

Music On A Company Incentive Day In The Gap Of Dunloe

Outdoors Ireland Team For Carrauntoohil Safety Cover

Blogging On The Blackwater Way Last Year

Hiking The Blackwater Way With Bob & Cara

Fishing Kerry Style!


Roisin & Vanessa From Outsider Magazine

23 February 2011

Across Ireland With Goat & Dog


Hiking Across Ireland With A Goat And Dog
This March - Kerry adventurer Nathan Kingerlee is continuing his journey, hiking across Ireland with a goat and dog. Kingerlee’s journey, in search of the famous Irish welcome, began last January when, together with his companions, he hiked the 168km Blackwater Way from Kerry to Tipperary.

Now Kingerlee, along with Lucy the Goat and Cara the Dog, are facing into a 304km trek across country from Tipperary to Dublin. Their journey will follow way-marked trails, including the Mid Leinster Way and Wicklow Way and is expected to take just over two weeks.

Kingerlee, who runs an outdoor adventure company in Killarney – Outdoors Ireland – explains that he was originally inspired to start walking after reading books like ‘Around Ireland With A Fridge’ and ‘McCarthy’s Bar’. The final push came after reading an online report – which stated that the Irish welcome, renown throughout the world, was slightly disappearing in places.

‘We hope to do 20-25km per day carrying all we need with us’ states Kingerlee. ‘At night we’ll find B&Bs to stay in. I’m not going to organise too much in advance of the trip as I’d like to put myself in the shoes of a visitor and rediscover the Ireland that we sell to tourists. The days will be long and quite slow as Lucy the goat isn’t a particularly fast walker and I’ll also be carrying a two-week supply of rolled barley and dog biscuits!’

Kingerlee will be blogging daily about the people they meet and incidents that befall them on www.outdoorsireland.com.


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Daily Blog Starting Here Next Week!

22 February 2011

Kerry Mountain Skills 2

We have 3 places left for a Mountain Skills 2 in Kerry this weekend, run by Dave Roche. (Compass, Map Reading, Night Navigation, Steep Ground Skills, Emergency Procedures)

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Past Few Days

Lunch Break

Looking For 'Tick Offs' & 'Cut Offs'

Kayak Trip On Lough Leane

Day 2 Of Wicklow Mountain Skills 1

17 February 2011

Snow Report Kerry

Light Snow Covering. Certainly No Freezing.
Great Weekend To Hit The MacGillycuddy Reeks!

Places Available This Weekend

We have a couple of places still available this weekend on both Mountain Skills 1 (19th & 20th Feb) and Mountain Map (20th Feb). These courses are being run by Dave, Barry and Nathan.
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16 February 2011

Outdoor Proposal

Photos From A Recent Proposal We Had On Carrauntoohil

If you're thinking of asking your girlfriend or boyfriend to marry you, either from the summit of Carrauntoohil or on a Kayak Trip on the Killarney Lakes we'd love to help! If they say yes; your trip is free of charge and if they say no; we'll give you a voucher to return with someone else! Contact Us To Book

15 February 2011

MacGillycuddy Reeks At It's Best

Scrambling Rope Work Training - The Bone

Body Belaying - The Bone - In Force 6 Gusts

Carrauntoohil, With Primroses Ridge & Howling Ridge Clearly Defined

Beginning Our Climb At Heavenly Gates

Enjoying The View At Pitch 7

Cold Hands!

This Image Sums Up The Best Of Irish Mountaineering

12 February 2011

More Snow & Ice Climbing In Kerry?

Things are beginning to look promising again for more snow and ice conditions in the MacGillycuddy Reeks... Hopefully from part-way through next week we will be able to run Snow & Ice Climbing / Winter Mountaineering again...

We have a contact list of interested people, but do contact us to double check we have your details, or to put your name on our list.

Here's some of our media articles from the last cold spell

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11 February 2011

Devil's Ladder Recent Erosion

Recent Landslide At Top Of Devil's Ladder

Fresh Mini Landslide Debris

Large Boulder Slipped 2/3 Inches Over Past Days

Thanks To Barry Coscoran For Posing

9 February 2011

Mountain Map & Mountain Skills - Wicklow

Mountain Map Course - Wicklow
We have several places available on our one-day Mountain Map Course in Wicklow on Sun 20th Feb, run by Barry. The day will run from 10am - 4pm in the Wicklow Mountains, designed for complete beginners upwards and will cover map reading, feature recognition and navigation techniques. The price is €65 per person.
Hiking boots can be provided.

Mountain Skills 1 - Wicklow
We have three places available on our two-day Mountain Skills 1 Course in Wicklow on Sat 19th & Sun 20th Feb, run by Dave and Nathan. Saturday will run from 930am - 630pm and Sunday will run from 930am - 430pm, in the Wicklow Mountains. Designed for all abilities this course will cover map reading, contour features, navigation techniques, mountain hazards, personal equipment, timing and pacing. The price is €165 per person.
Hiking boots can be provided.

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7 February 2011

Devil's Ladder Gone To Hell

I've never seen the Devil's Ladder as dangerous and unstable as it is at the moment. There's a week-old mini landslide/rockslide 5m down from the top and about 30/40m down from the top of The Ladder is a huge boulder (the size of a small home heating oil tank) which has slipped several inches in the past weeks and is ready to slip a lot more.

I remember a year or two ago there was a time when it was very unstable, but this is the most dangerous I've seen it yet.

Hopefully this will be an opportunity for Mountaineering Ireland to step up to the mark and finally resolve issues for once and for all. Click Here To Read Their Recent Document

Recent Landslide At Top Of Devil's Ladder

Fresh Mini Landslide Debris

Large Boulder Slipped 2/3 Inches Over Past Days

Carrauntoohil - Wildest Day

Saturday was the wildest day we've had a guided group on Carrauntoohil in the past 12 months or so. After a blustery hike in the Hag's Glen we had fabulous shelter from the gale-force winds as we ascended The Levels and O Shea's Gully, although we could hear the wind howling overhead. The summit ridge to Carrauntoohil had us on our hands and knees at stages, followed by a battle against the elements down towards Christ's Saddle. It certainly blew away any cobwebs and freshened us up!

2 February 2011

Feedback To Improve For 2011

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1 February 2011

Upcoming Places

Mountain Skills 2 - Kerry
2nd & 3rd Feb
26th & 27th Feb

Carrauntoohil Guided Climb

5th Feb

Killarney Lakes Kayaking
12th Feb

Mountain Skills 1 - Wicklow
19th & 20th Feb

Howling Ridge - Carrauntoohil
26th & 27th Feb

Learn to Rock Climb - Gap of Dunloe
12th & 13th Mar
19th & 20th Mar

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