Mike O'Shea (adventurer)

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Mike O'Shea
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Mike O'Shea : Irish Adventurer skiing at Cape Discovery
Micheal O'Shea

(1969-12-02) 2 December 1969 (age 49)
Watford, England
OccupationAdventurer, heights safety and rescue consultant
Home townDingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Mike O'Shea FRGS (born 2 December 1969) is an Irish adventurer and safety consultant.



O'Shea's climbing career began at the age of 13 when he started climbing in the MacGillycuddy's 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 – The President's Award.[1] 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.

In 1991 O'Shea was part of an Irish Team who attempted the southwest ridge of Ama Dablam, one of whom ( Mick Murphy ) summited.[2]

O'Shea was part of the 1993 K2 West Ridge expedition ( also known as the Three Cups of Tea Expedition )[3]

O'Shea has also climbed Mount Cook in New Zealand, spent 6 summers climbing in the Alps and climbed extensively in Papua.[citation needed]

Powered paragliding[edit]

Having flown traditional paragliders for many years he took up Powered paragliding in 2009 and in the same year was one of the first people to fly cross the Irish Sea with one.[4] He also became the first person to fly the length of Ireland from Mizen Head to Malin Head in June 2014[5]


In 2012, O'Shea began a series of expeditions called The Ice Project aiming to cross all of the worlds major ice caps with fellow adventurer Clare O'Leary.[citation needed]

O'Shea and O'Leary made an unsuccessful attempt to be the first Irish Team to walk to the North Pole in early 2012 . Logistics difficulties have been stated as the reason for the team aborting their attempt.[6]

In November 2013, the pair completed a 19-day crossing of the Northern Patagonian Ice Field, becoming the first Irish team to do so.[7] In March 2013, O'Shea and O'Leary walked the length of frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia – a 640 km trek, spending over 26 days on the ice.[8]

Also in 2013, O'Shea crossed the Southern Kilimanjaro Icecap while guiding a number of groups up the mountain for Irish organisation Kilimanjaro Achievers following the death of Irish mountaineer Ian McKeever[9]

In 2014, the team of O'Shea and O'Leary attempted to walk to the North Pole on an expedition dubbed the LifeProof Ice Project:[10] this time the attempt was thwarted by injury to both adventurers.[11]


O Shea is credited as Mountain Safety Team Leader for Star Wars: The Force Awakens[12] ,Safety Supervisor and Expedition Leader for Star_Wars:_The_Last_Jedi[13] and Work At Height Supervisor for Mission: Impossible – Fallout[14]


  1. ^ "Home". GAISCE. Archived from the original on 6 April 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Ama Dablam" (PDF). American Alpine Journal. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Against the Odds : The 1993 K2 West Ridge Expedition" (PDF). Alpine Journal. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  4. ^ "First ever crossing of the Irish Sea by Paramotor : Ireland to Scotland and back". Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  5. ^ Hickey, Donal. "Flying from Mizen to Malin by paramotor makes history". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Irish North Pole duo forced to turn back after facing €120k bill". TheJournal.ie. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Cork Explorer Makes History in Chile". The Cork News. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  8. ^ Siggins, Lorna. "Irish adventurers trek 640km along Siberian frozen lake". The Irish Times. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Plaque tribute to tragic Ian McKeever". Irish Daily Star. Archived from the original on 10 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  10. ^ "The LifeProof Ice Project". Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Injuries force Irish pair to abandon North Pole ice attempt". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Mike O Shea IMDB". IMDb. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Mike O Shea IMDB". IMDb. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Mike O Shea IMDB". IMDb. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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