Touching the sky!

Climbing at altitude is a passion of Creative Director Seán O’Mara. In his endeavours to climb
the seven summits he has met many amazing and inspirational people from all walks of life.
Coincidently whilst climbing several years ago he met Justin Condon on a plane to Argentina.
He had known Justin from his youth and they were both on the same quest.

The Seven Summits are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents. Summiting all
of them is regarded as a mountaineering challenge, first achieved on April 30, 1985 by Richard
Bass.

Justin who is Irish but lives in America is a high achieving athlete and Iron man. On March the
28th this year he will be attempting to summit the highest mountain on earth, Everest at 8848
metres. He has already successfully summited, Kilimanjaro, Kosciuszko, Elbrus, Denali and
Aconcagua, with just Vinson in Antarctica to go after Everest.


Aconcagua: Canaleta – final stretch Jan 2017

We like to help out worthy causes and along with their Aconcagua expedition patch we have designed Justin’s Everest Memorial Expedition patch. Justin is using the expedition to raise funds for The American Kidney Fund in memory of his father who passed away recently. The patch incorporates the best of what the expedition is about. The Moon over Everest (it is safer to climb when the sun is down) is represented by the American Kidney Fund symbol and Everest it self is constructed from the Irish flag, representing Justin.


Denali – Summit 2016


Elbrus – Below the summit 2016

Justin is climbing with International Mountain Guides expedition (IMG) and his training is based at the Surya Yoga & Sky Club USA. He has been training constantly for this goal. This weekend was spent walking a tightrope of aluminium ladders. These ladders in reality are put in place by the Nepalese Ice doctors (extremely experienced Nepalese climbers) and will be suspended over the deep crevasses in the icefall. This is an extremely dangerous and ever changing area due to weather conditions below camp one. You must be able to cross the full extent of the Icefall in under 3 hours.

Most expeditions to Everest take around two months. Climbers start arriving at the mountain’s base camps in late March. Justin will start March 28th. His team will ascend and descend on the south side. Base camp is at around 5,300 metres (higher than Mt Blanc) and sits at the foot of the icefall, the first major obstacle.


Khumbu Icefall on Everest; Photo by Justin Merle. IMG.

We wish Justin every success and will be following his expedition with gritted teeth as he works his way to the summit.

You can follow Justin’s expedition team here:
http://www.mountainguides.com/everest-south17.shtml#top

You can find out more about Justin’s fund raising efforts here:  https://fundraise.kidneyfund.org/condoneverestmemorial