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
MIKE’S EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:
Winter Season climbing in the alps 1991 Climbed Island Peak in Nepal (20,500 ft)