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John John Burke  Founder ELEVATE. Everest summit 16/5/17. Business Owner-Armada Hotel, Hotel Doolin, CrossFit Ennis, Doolin Village lodges

Good luck to Tsering from @ascenthimalayas who is pushing hard for a summit on #k2 now, with John from Iceland. A super combination of Client and Guide. Prayers for safe ascent and descent. 🙏 here @pasangtenzing gives an idea of Tserings capabilities after we arrived at Base Camp. #sherpapower .
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The summit photo, just realised this wasn't posted, raising the Clare flag was a special moment, but raising the Elevate logo is what was most significant for me, raising awareness for this new organisation and the great work to come in supporting the wellness of young people in the banner county. Thanks to everyone who supported and donated and worked on this project so far. This will be the greatest journey of all.... 'It's not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves' Edmund Hillary. Here's to all the young people who are struggling to conquer their own personal mountains.
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Thanks to the for the wonderful coverage today in the weekend section, of the #everest story and #elevate

Just one month since I got home from #everest in one piece, in no small part to all the people who helped me train and prepare my body and mind, firstly @trevorslattery who gave his time selflessly to get my S&C up to speed standing side by side with me on long endurance session, our other partner in crime @braceeli for all help and advice in and out of the gym, and the rushed packing before departure! all the @crossfitennis_ trainers and crew especially @clods123 who did her very best and made progress on my bad mobility! Karen Weeks Kinvara for tuning my brain to keep positive and handle set backs, @excelphysiotherapy for the Pilates and the talented Sean for Physio work, @peterjoconnell for the time on hills and support @soulogav for the advice and equipment, @chefpjackson and all @armadaspanishpoint for all the snacks out there and nutritional prep. All the friends like Duke who got me training and kept me focused and all who kept me company at different stage like the 24hr challenge. Irish climbers like Paul, Mark, @falveypat @mortellrob and especially @cianobrolchain for training and prep advice. Brian Bateson/ climb it for the cold days and great company guiding in Wicklow, @climbingadele @jeffbanksmountainguide For training abroad. And everyone else who kept me working before I left to get me down alive and kicking.

This was the moment I realised it was job done, out of danger on the Icefall after 2 days descent from camp 4 after summiting, probably 8-10kg lighter than I had been 6 days earlier. Meeting Mingma owner of @ascenthimalayas and Tsering who was base camp manager who came in about 45 mins from base camp with a bottle of @cocacola was a moment I won't forget, I was so dehydrated up high and had craved this so much yet it was impossible to get it, in my mind it was the energy and hydration that I so badly needed all in one, at one point I had offered $100 to the Sherpas to see if they knew anyone who could trade one, its crazy how the mind can work up there. When I arrived at this point Mingma greeted me with his usual warmth, I knew he was in contact with home through @aoibhingarrihy when I was up high and it was like my two worlds were back as one again. Tamting, Mingma,Tsering and I sat and chatted for about 30 mins the weight of Everest seemed to be finally lifted off my shoulders and I was heading home, I had worked hard to remain positive all the time up there and not think about the time I would be hitting for the place and people I love most, but deep down it was always a struggle to be away, at this point I knew I was hitting home! #everest #everest17 #mounteverstofficial #mountainclimbing

My celebration face Back at camp 4 where I was sharing a tent once again with the powerful Welsh climber @allanmeek , we were so relieved and happy to have summited and before clocking off for the night we savoured and celebrated our success, even with a few weak high fives! About 5 in the morning we woke to the tent rattling and shaking to the storm that blew outside, it seemed powerful, and I certainly wasn't feeling powerful! At that point I remembered our premature celebrations, and the stark reality that we were still just touching the death zone, sleeping in probably the most dangerous camp site on earth a place out of reach of rescue and supply. We agreed that this climb was far from over. I remembered so many stories I had read of people who's bodies had so much damage done to them up here due to winds and cold, and worse still those who never left here. It was another moment of realisation, just like on the summit, that I needed to be on top form and totally tuned in to my every move and the surroundings , I also felt quiet naive for my celebrations. The winds were far too strong to leave the tent but at the same time It was not a place that would allow our bodies another night there, I still wasn't taking food in and knew that wasn't good either. About 3 hours later the winds died and the zip lifted and Passang said it was time to move! Once again the weather allowed us safe passage and we escaped downwards during a window of calm winds. #everest #everest17 #mountainclimbing #mounteverstofficial #nepal @ascenthimalayas

My final steps into camp 4 on the way back down from summiting, this was the end of an 18 hour day in the death zone, with no sleep between the previous days work, it felt like a long way back down, and with nearly 1000mtrs of height gain it was the biggest day Ascent wise, but equally the mind and body felt strong. The body can't survive in the death zone it slowly disintegrates to generate the energy it needs to keep operating, oxygen supplied by a cylinder in my backpack helps slow this process and extend the time the body can survive up there. Some people really seemed to struggle on the way down and the most stupid things I saw on the mountain was during this part of the descent, descent statistically is when most accidents happen. Camp 4 at 7900 was a welcome rest for the night.
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The view from the top of the World! Just got some images from the @gopro that I used on summit night, I spent 25 mins on the top in all, the first 5/10 mins was the emotional and special part soaking up where I was, then it was time to tune back in. From the top there was quiet a bit of cloud far below, but the great peaks around popped out over the clouds. #everest #everest17 #elevate #mountainclimbing #mounteverstofficial

There's no party like a sherpa party, but we will give it our very best shot at @armadaspanishpoint tonight!! And anyone that's about id love to buy you a few drinks as a thank you for all the support over last few months. Drop in anytime after 9pm.

Just a few hours from the summit, I captured this short clip, generally on the summit night I was focusing on the task at hand, Every ounce of energy mattered so even the process of retrieving the camera, removing a glove and capturing a picture seemed like energy that could be better spent on steps towards the summit. I look back and wish albeit without regret for how I made my choices, that I had more images but the handful I did get will mean something. The man in the blue down suit is Tamting Sherpa, one of the strongest, safest and soundest men on the mountain. We worked together from camp 4 till we got back to camp 4. He was the perfect guide for me, keeping watchful eye over how I worked, minimal conversation if any, and safe as I could hope for. Nobody climbs these mountains with these high altitude workers. Even the 'solo' 'unsupported' climbs are using the work of the Ice Doctors to camp 2 and of course the porters and staff at Base Camp and often above also. I hate the word Hero when it comes to sport, as ultimately it's a choice and it's for oneself, but if there are heroes on the mountains it's these guys. #everest17 #everest #sherpa #mountainclimbing #mounteverstofficial
Ps. Can you spot the people on the side of the ridge just about half way between me and the summit?

Camp 4 Everest, looking up to the route to the summit. So saddened to hear today about the 4 people found in Camp 4 that won't make it back to their homes. This all feels even more surreal as I enjoy and celebrate my home coming. I know how lucky I have been to capitalise on the earliest window of opportunity to summit, and I think of so many that are still there, pursuing their dreams on a mountain and realises dreams and nightmares for so many. Everest has now claimed 10 lives this season which is a number that would exceed most expectations. I pray for the remaining climbers on the mountain. And thank the leadership of Mingma and Passang and all the team of @ascenthimalayas for making good decisions and ensuring their climbing guides had the skills and experience to do likewise. I hope the remaining companies can do the same. RIP to those that won't make it home. 'Getting to the top is optional, getting down is mandatory' Ed Viesturs. #everest17 #everest #elevate

A room with a view! The camp 3 view from its position on the top of the Lhotse face, and looking down the Western Cwm. What a view to close the day on from 7,150mtrs above sea level.
P.s. I haven't used filters to edit pics along the way generally, and this in it's pure and simple form cannot be improved either.
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