Mike O’Shea – Bio

Mike O Shea’s climbing career began at the age of 13 when he started climbing in the McGillicuddy Reeks near his home-place in County Kerry, Ireland. His adventurous spirit led him to be one of the first people in Ireland to gain the Gold Gaisce Presidents Award. From here he went on to climb extensively in the European Alps and internationally. He then went on to volunteer in Kerry Mountain Rescue for 10 years. Mike hasn’t reserved his enthusiasm for just climbing and mountaineering, he is a keen para-glider and para-motorist, and was one of the first people to para-motor across the Irish Sea and to fly the length of Ireland. He is also a keen skier, and has recently moved on to Speed-flying to further add to the adventure. As part of The Ice Project Mike O’ Shea has crossed Lake Baikal in Northern Russia, Chiles North Patagonian Icecap and the Southern Icecap on Kilimanjaro. The summer of 2013 also saw Mike guide seven Irish groups up Kilimanjaro. While in Africa Mike also successfully managed to raise funds for and build an orphanage for local children whose parents died of HIV.


Gold Gaisce Award Outsider Awards : Trailblazer of the Year Award 2014 Funded & Built Home Of Hope in Chernobyl K2 Attempt : 1993 ( 3 Cups of Tea expedition ) Mt Aconcagua 1st Irish Para-motorist to cross the Irish Sea Deajeon Invitational Open : Para-motoring 25 Years as Specialist Access & Safety Consultant 1st Person to fly the length of Ireland by para-motor


Winter Season climbing in the alps 1991 Climbed Island Peak in Nepal (20,500 ft)

  • 1991

    On first successful Irish Himalayan Expedition on Ama Dablam

  • 1993

    Climbed Aconacagua in South America (23,000ft) 1993 Participated in the successful
    K2 expedition (as featured in the book “3 Cups of Tea”)

  • 1995

    6 weeks climbing in Africa ( Mt Kenya & Kilimanjaro)

  • 1997

    Climbed Mt Cook in New Zealand
    Climbed in Iran Jaya for 4 weeks 2010 First ever flight across the Irish Sea on Para-motor

  • 2012

    Floating Ice Base camp manager on the Arctic ocean for three months, coordinating resupplies for theCatlin Arctic Survey Explorer ice team.

    Became a Commando Spirit Ambassador,Helping raise funds for the RMCTF through once in a lifetime opportunities.

  • 2013

    Full length crossing of worlds largest freshwater lake , Lake Baikal 30 days on the ice
    Crossing of Kilimanjaro Southern Icecap Kilimanjaro 2013 Lead 7 group expeditions on Kilimanjaro 2014 Attempt to walk to the North Pole : 15 days on the ice

  • 2014

    Attempt to cross largest icecap in Europe Vatnajokull Iceland : 10 days on the ice in extreme blizzard conditions
    1st ever flight the length of Ireland on Para-motor
    Guided group to Everest base camp 30 years Rope Access Experience 10 Years Mountain Rescue 15 Year Coast Guard Rescue Powerboat Trained Occupational First Aid Search Rescue Management Bronze medalist : SarScene (Search & Rescue Competition : Canada 2009) International Technical Speaker : Rope Rescue (America , Canada , Russia, UK , Ireland )