Documentary series Pat Falvey: My Private Everest for Setanta Sports, and supported by the BAI Sound & Vision Scheme. The series is about the life of Irish explorer, Pat Falvey. It is produced and directed by Helen Shaw.
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The deadliest day on the worlds most dangerous mountain. Trailer for the feature documentary 'The Summit'
In August 2008, twenty-four climbers from several international expeditions converged on High Camp of K2, the last stop before the summit of the most dangerous mountain on earth. Forty-eight hours later, eleven had been killed or had vanished, making it the worst K2 climbing disaster in history.
In a century of assaults on K2, only about 300 people have ever seen the view from the planet’s second highest peak. More than a quarter of those who made it didn't live long enough to share the glory, or to tell the tale.
At the heart of The Summit lies a mystery about one extraordinary man, Ger McDonnell. By all accounts, he was faced with a heart-breaking dilemma— at the very limit of his mortal resources, he encountered a disastrous scene and a moral dilemma: three climbers tangled up in ropes and running out of time. In the death zone, above 8,000 metres, the body is literally dying with each passing second. Morality is skewed 180 degrees from the rest of life. When a climber falls or wanders off the trail, the unwritten code of the mountain is to leave them for dead. Had Ger McDonnell stuck to the climbers’ code, he might still be alive. The Summit is about the very nature of modern adventure. Those who survive carry with them a commodity to sell— The Story. This one remains contentious and fiercely debated.
Image Now Films & Pat Falvey Productions in association with
Passion Pictures, Diamond Docs, Fantastic Films, BBC & RTE
Produced and Directed by Nick Ryan
Written by Mark Monroe
Edited by Ben Stark
Music by Nick Seymour
Director of Photography Robbie Ryan & Stephen O'Reilly
Executive Producer John Battsek, Pat Falvey, Darrell Kavanagh, John McDonnell
1st of 7 Attributes of Success - You must WANT it badly enough and go-for-it! Pat Falvey
When I first started my own business at the age of 15 I was hungry, angry, ambitious and I had a dream. My father who had a business of his own and had worked his ass off for over 15 years had gone broke and I was angry at the position it left our family in. He lost direction for a while because a creditor who owed him a lot of money had decided not to pay as the economy was going into a recession and dad took the brunt of this by this creditor defaulting on his commitment. For a while he got depressed and he saw no way out to salvage his self esteem and his pride. He was faced with a terrible dilemma, in turn he could not pay those he owed money to. As he would say it was the worst period of his life, he had worked hard, done everything right and was a honourable man. I did not see the trauma my own father was going through and it caused a lack of respect. As a young peson I could not understand the pain and the anguish that this proud man was going through. I left school to become a millionaire. I had literacy problems and began my trade as a bricklayer but my every walking moment was filled my thought of "I'm going to be a millionaire" I didn't know how I would do it, but that did not stop me believing it and wanting it. I wanted it so badly I was consumed by the thought process. With a few years I achieved what I set out to do.
Later my mother gave me advise in the form of a verse that I have abided with throughout my career. The verse was simply called
"Want and go for it" I use the thought process in this verse now in all I try to achieve, I have developed the though process to follow the advise in this verse for my goals and for the team of people I pick to work with me in making my dreams a reality.
'If you want a thing badly enough, then you must go and fight for it, give up your time, your peace and sleep for it. If your life seems so lonely and pointless without it and all that you do is you dream and you plan it.
If gladly you fret and sweat for it, then you should go-for-it. But you go-for-it with all of your capacity, your strength and tenacity.
If you simply go after the things in life you want, though tired, gaunt and lonely and if day after day you besiege and beset it, then you will get it. Your dreams and goals will become a reality. (Anon)
When I have a goal I wish to achieve in my own business and adventurers or with my team members I insist that we all have the qualities above to ensure success.
Fitness Tourism at patfalvey.com . Teena Gate was 23 stone (322 lbs) and to reach her challenge of Everest Base camp with 7 other Celebrities she had to lost 10 stone. She and Pat Falvey one of her mentors talk with Collette Fitspatrick host of Mid Week about her long journey of loosing 140 lbs to be able to achieve her goal of reaching her personal Everest. Follow Teena and the other Irish celebrities progress on patfalvey.com as they try to achieve their goals.