My Private Everest, the extraordinary story of one of Ireland’s most celebrated and controversial adventurers Pat Falvey is set to be broadcast on Irish TV starting on Thursday, October 16.
Pat Falvey has been to Everest four times, reached the summit from both its north and south face and is the only man in the world to have climbed the highest peaks in every continent twice.
The three-part series will air on Thursday October 16, 23 and 30 at 8.30pm on Sky Channel 191, Freesat 400, Eircom’s eVision, free-to-air boxes and online at Irishtv.ie
This vividly photographed series reveals what has driven the mountaineer and serial entrepreneur to follow dreams that are bigger and bolder than anyone else’s.
The documentary covers a life story that is almost the stuff of fiction.
Pat left school aged 15 vowing to become a millionaire, only to see the multi-million property business he had built up crash when he was 29.
Broke and bankrupt in the middle of the 1980s recession, a despairing Pat considered taking his own life.
A chance encounter took him hill walking and on his first venture to Ireland’s highest peak Carrauntoohil, Pat decided he was going to the top of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest.
By 34 Pat had stood on Everest and had become one of Ireland’s most acclaimed adventurers.
Apart from his Everest adventures, he has trekked to the South Pole in honour of explorers Ernest Shackleton and Tom Crean and followed that up with a trek to the North Pole.
The three-part documentary takes the viewer into the psychology of Pat Falvey and shows how he brings back what he has learnt at the extremes of nature to the boardrooms that made him and almost broke him.
Production Company Athena Media, with producer/director Helen Shaw, filmed Pat across a year and interviewed those close to him throughout his life, both in Cork city where he was born and reared and in Beaufort, Co Kerry where he now lives and works at the foothills of McGillycuddy Reeks.