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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

Once again an epic day on Carrauntouhill, Always the one that means the most to me, being my first mountain and always the one for the long and hard days when I needed them too, after probably 200 climbs of it now the appeal never lessens. This time was even more special, as Aoibhin and the bump made the journey to the top, we had perfect conditions and great fun, and got met some good friends along the way @brian_bateson from Climb it and Piaras from @kerryclimbing.ie along with the best tasting bite of food in the land at Cronins Yard and the chats with John and Esther, and even @patfalveyexplorer Later on. Just last week the mountain was harsh and wild and someone far fitter than I took the right decision to abandon half way up, so whoever you are if your thinking of a go, get good gear on, be fit for it, plan well, start early, make good decisions along the way, and go for it! But never underestimate how hard or hostile it can be on a bad day! I’ve abandoned many attempts but when it comes right it’s spectacular, the best possible medicine for the soul!

This day last year the adventure began with this Mighty crew who I was so lucky to spend time with and who came to base camp and some to Island Peak, sent off by some members of the Nepal Ireland Society in Dublin. This year I sit on the side line and follow the exploits of @unebergtatt and @viridiana_alv as with their sight set on #lhotse just beside Everest with @ascenthimalayas team, And @27jammydodger hitting for Base Camp, along with Simon who I climbed Ama Dablam with before who’s out to tackle Everest and I hope to follow and stay in touch with a powerful cork man Denis O’Brein who is also setting out to stand on top of the world. Safe travel and climbing all, one step at a time and enjoy the Journey! 🙏 if anyone knows any other Irish climbers hitting out there comment below so we can keep an eye on them. Big shout out too to @aoifelynskey @padraigmcgillicuddy and Pat Chawke just returning from successful adventures out in the Himalayas too, great work all 🙌 #lovenepal #visitnepal #Nepal

Thanks to all the incredible people who got stuck in to deliver a wonderful @elevatefoundation Youthfest, in particular all the Hotel Doolin Team, and Elevate Team along with the amazing youth club leaders and hard working Clare Youth Services who we partnered with for the event, great to work with you all, and all the speakers and entertainers today, and great to hang out with the incredible bunch of young people who attended 👍

Thanks @susieconroy for the snaps.

What a St Patrick’s weekend! Wonderful honour to act as Grand Marshal in Ennis and Miltown, great fun, and good to get some more use out of the gear! Thanks to @clarecountycouncil and the great mayor of Clare, Paul Murphy along with the hard working and super organised Fiona Whelan for the great show in Ennis and Johnathan and Shane along with all the crew in Miltown for the hard work and gr ah craic there. It was nice and toasty all day in the gear too 👌
Photos John O’Neill

This day last year, 2 Weeks out from departure I asked myself a lot of questions on St Patrick’s mountain, Croagh Patrick. The day went wrong from start to finish getting a puncture and then lost on route after a very early start I only hit the hill at noon. It was a horrible cold day, I stripped to light clothing little warmth to feel the cold, I performed so crap barely moving up the mountain, aches and pains from a weeks training, mind racing with the pressure of planning for departure, and a total pack weight of 45kg felt like a ton. Coming home I passed the pubs and towns in full flight, I felt low as a worm most that day, thought a lot about family and friends too, and I asked myself so many times what the hell I was at heading for Everest! But every day I suffered I grew stronger physically and mentally. ‘The fight is won or lost far away from Witnesses- behind the lines, in the gym, and our there on the road, long before I dance under those lights’ - #muhammadali

Out and about with these two 👍
#doguedebordeaux #ddbgram #loveclare

Great crew, Great Night. We have passed €100k over 5 years of ‘Battle for the West’ this year we will support Spanish Point Secondary School, Slainte an Chlair and @elevatefoundation. Thanks to all the team and for all the support 🙌 #dreamteam 📷 @paulcooleyphotography

Congrats to this beauty on being crowned the #gossies2018 most stylish woman 🙌

I have always said that I climbed my first mountain about 10 years ago, with Everest in mind. Well in fact I had scaled Mount Teide a long time before that, with my mother carrying me on board. So perhaps she’s to blame for the allure of the mountains! Today we recreated the moment as Aoibhin enjoyed the views, who knows what this will mean for the next generation 😃
#mountainclimbing #everest #mountteide #mountains🗻 #fitmoms

Lama Geshe who granted us safe passage on the trail and on the mountain passed away today. RIP, and thank you for a very special and spiritual ceremony, for the prayers, and permission to Climb Everest.
#Nepal #everest

Getting the miles and the laughs in today with @aoibhingarrihy at John Minogue Memorial Walk today... Well done to Frank, Michael and all the organisers and volunteers for a well run event.

Thanks John O’Neil for the pic

Learning some new skills today with Brian Bateson from Climb It, in the beautiful Burren. With great company form Galway boys @padraigking1 and Vincent Small. No place like the Banner we all agreed! #loveclare
Photo credit; Climb It

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