Mike O’ Shea ( Adventurer, Public Speaker and Motivator )
Mike O Sheas climbing career began at the age of 13 when he started climbing in the McGillicuddy Reeks near his home-place in County Kerry, Ireland. His adventurous spirit led him to be one of the first people in Ireland to gain the Gold Gaisce Presidents Award. From here he went on to climb extensively in the European Alps and internationally. He then went on to volunteer in Kerry Mountain Rescue for 10 years.
Mike hasn’t reserved his enthusiasm for just climbing and mountaineering, he is a keen paraglider and paramotorist, and was one of the first people to paramotor across the Irish Sea. He is also a keen skier, and has recently moved on to SpeedFlying to further add to the adventure.
As part of The Ice Project Mike O’ Shea has crossed Lake Baikal in Northern Russia, Chiles North Patagonian Icecap and the Southern Icecap on Kilimanjaro. The summer of 2013 also saw Mike guide seven Irish groups up Kilimanjaro. While in Africa Mike also successfully managed to raise funds for and build an orphanage for local children whose parents died of HIV.
- Gold Gaisce Award
- Outsider Awards : Trailblazer of the Year Award 2014
- Funded & Built Home Of Hope in Chernobyl
- K2 Attempt : 1993 ( 3 Cups of Tea expedition )
- Mt Aconcagua
- 1st Irish Paramotorist to cross the Irish Sea
- Deajeon Invitational Open : Paramotoring
- 25 Years as Specialist Access & Safety Consultant
- 1st Person to fly the length of Ireland by paramotor
Clare O’ Leary
Is an accomplished adventurer with many seasons on the world’s great mountain ranges and polar regions. Clare manages to fit her busy training schedule and expeditions alongside a career as a consultant Gastroenterologist. She is a patron of Cork University Hospital Charity, and in December was honoured in her native Bandon, County Cork by having a walkway named after her. In 2012 Clare was named as one of Ireland’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women and awarded the Trailblazer Award by the Women’s Executive Network.
Clare is the first Irish female to :
- Climb Mt Everest (2004)
- Climb the Seven summits (highest mountain on each Continent)
- Climb Ama Dablam’ in the Himalayas
- Ski across the Greenland iceland cap
- Ski to the South Pole
As part of the Ice Project she has crossed the North Patagonia Ice Cap and Lake Baikal in Siberia.