Visiting Killarney brought me back to our Satmap roots – “Dare to Explore”, getting out there, finding new people and new places. Killarney is definitely a place to have on your bucket list if you like visiting beautiful places. Straightforward to get to, I flew to Dublin and took a hire car across. It all worked easily and the drive, although quite long, with little traffic and places like Adare on route offering medieval history in abundance, it is all rather pleasant.
In Killarney, I met up with the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team who are keen users of Satmap gear and have just purchased a batch of our new Active 20 units. Gaining more insight into how they use our device and stories of recent missions made for a really useful face to face catch up. I was pleased to be able to see the Active 20 being part of their critical kit.
Kerry Mountain Rescue Team along with the local Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA) do amazing work and we are pleased to have their support and support them. This group of volunteers have had an extremely busy winter saving lives. So well done, and we look forward to meeting up again.
Back at the show, there was a full program, but a couple of my highlights I would like to share are:
Cal Major presented her amazing story and video of paddle boarding around the Isle of Skye. The main aim being to raise the awareness of the issue of plastic waste and how it affects the whole planet including the beautiful beaches of Skye. Please have a listen to her story at https://paddleagainstplastic.com. Her video “Skye’s the Limit” is winning numerous awards.
Stephen Venables; mountaineer, explorer, adventurer gave an amazing presentation. To hear in person his account of his so awesome journey up and down Everest was really incredible. No other adventurer had or has completed the climb to the top of Everest in such a remarkable way. Being such a small team, no oxygen, a new route, tough conditions and remaining at altitude beyond what was thought possible, the story was told by a Gent who overcomes with utter determination yet with loving humility and great admiration for the people he journeys with and the places he embraces.
I’ll have to make sure Satmap get me back next year.