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Our series kicked off to an exciting start thanks to Dermot Somers who gave a very insightful and entertaining talk last night on his Alpine adventures and in particular his ascent of The Freney Pillar on Mont Blanc

Dermot Somers with KerryClimbing crew

During his talk he recounted the epic story of Walter Bonatti’s nightmare attempt
to make the first ascent of the iconic Freney Pillar on Mont Blanc in 1961, which resulted in the deaths of 4 climbers in the party. He brilliantly redcounted that horrifiying tale in the context of his own ascent of the
pillar in 1981.

A huge thanks to all of you that came out and supported – there was a fantastic turn out and a highly entertaining and inspiring talk was enjoyed by an adventure loving crowd.

A massive thanks to all the help on the night from UCC Mountaineering Club who also very kindly provided the venue and we are hugely grateful to those that sponsored spot prizes for the raffle: 

Alpine Sports….Online equipment and Gear Store  

DMM…Technical equipment 

Great Outdoors……Outdoor Store, Dublin 

Union Chandlery – HillwalkersEquipment & Gear retailer

 Cascade Designs…. Thermarest/MSR Manufacturers

             All proceeds from this series are going to the Cork Youth Climbing Club…

Also a huge thanks to TheCorkNews for helping so much in the promotion of the series


Can’t wait for the next one….Paul Swails “PARK LIFE” Thurs Dec.13th.

Hear all about the crazy adventures of a pair of Irish climbers who braved the Big Walls of Yosemite National Park in California U.S.A.

During their epic trip, the Irish duo of Andy Marshall and Paul Swail conquered the 3000 ft Nose of El Capitan in a single push, taking just under 17hrs for all 33 pitches.
They failed and succeeded on Astroman, made a speedy ascent of the iconic Half Dome and many other classic climbs in the valley.


Yosemite is billed as ‘an outlet for the energies of the world’s most passionate and adventurous people’. The duo experienced this first hand with high expectations, pain, elatedness and sheer exhaustion in order to realise the dream of a lifetime.