Telling the story behind ‘The Summit’

Pat and Pemba will tell the tragic story behind 'The Summit'
One of Ireland’s most well-known adventurers along with an internationally renowned Sherpa will be telling the tragic story behind the award-winning movie “The Summit” in Mullingar in the coming week.

One of Ireland’s most well-known adventurers along with an internationally renowned Sherpa will be telling the tragic story behind the award-winning movie “The Summit” in Mullingar in the coming week.

Organised by Ballymahon businessman and climbing fanatic Des Mulvihill, Pat Falvey and Sherpa Pemba Gyalje will visit Outdoor Sports in Mullingar on Friday, December 6 at 7.30pm.

Pat has more than 65 expeditions up and down the Seven Summits under his belt - including Everest which he climbed twice. Pemba has been hailed as a hero internationally. He saved multiple lives on the tragic expedition in 2008 now known as the worst K2 climbing disaster in history after 11 people died.

The movie The Summit sets the record straight on the tragic expedition and is in cinemas now. At the heart of the story is Irish climber Ger McDonnell, whose circumstances were shrouded in mystery, something Falvey says he wanted to address in both the movie, and with a book which he has co-written with Pemba.

Entitled “The Summit: How Triumph Turned to Tragedy on K2′s Deadliest Days” the book tells the tale of how Ger McDonnell was faced with a heart-wrenching predicament when he came across three climbers tangled up in ropes hanging from the mountain.

Pat and Pemba will deliver a presentation on the tragedy and sign copies of the book. Admission is free and both speakers will be open to questions afterwards.