Irish & 8000m Peaks

This page tracks Irish climbers (defined here as climbers from Ireland or Northern Ireland or Irish Citizens living overseas or other citizens with Ireland or Northern Ireland as their home), who have climbed any of the 8000m peaks as well as Irish climbers who unsuccessfully attempted 8000m peaks. To date, Irish climbers have successfully climbed 7 of the 8000m peaks. The list of 8000m peaks are as follows:

  • Everest (8848m) – Nepal
  • K2 (8611m) – Pakistan
  • Kangchenjunga (8586m) – Nepal
  • Lhotse (8516m) – Nepal
  • Makalu (8485m) – Nepal/Tibet
  • Cho Oyu (8201m) – Nepal
  • Dhaulagiri (8167m) – Nepal
  • Manaslu (8163m) – Nepal
  • Nanga Parbat (8125m) – Pakistan
  • Annapurna I (8091m) – Nepal
  • Gasherbrum I (8068m) – Pakistan/China
  • Broad Peak (8047m) – Pakistan/China
  • Gasherbrum II (8035m) – Pakistan
  • Shishpangma (8013m) – Tibet

Irish Activity on 8000m Peaks

– The 1993 Everest expedition is notable for the first Irish summit of Everest, but also as a non-commercial & unaided expedition.
– The 1998 Cho Oyu summit by Pat Falvey and Gavin Bate was 1st Irish 8000m peak climbed unaided & without bottled oxygen.
– The 1998 Broad Peak summit by Eddie Cooper also stands out as it was part of an unaided Irish team without bottled oxygen.
– Robert Kelso Smith from Tyrone has completed the most 8000m peaks of any Irish climber – 5 peaks in total. 
– Anselm Murphy, Domhnall O’Dohertaigh & Cian O’Brolchain, have each completed 3 of the 8000m peaks.
– Robert Kelso Smith (2019) and Linda Blakely (2018) reached the summit of two 8000m peaks with 24 hours (Everest-Lhotse)
– Noel and Lynne Hanna have climbed Everest (North), Everest (South) and Manaslu as a married couple – surely a world record?

To date there has been 103 successful Irish ascents of 8000m peaks (two-thirds are Everest summits). Click below for details. 

List of Irish Climbers - 8000m Peaks

Irish Summits:

– Dawson Stelfox (1993)
– Pat Falvey (1995)
– Mick Murphy (2003)
– Gerard McDonnell (2003)
– Terence Bannon (2003)
– Pat Falvey (2004)
– Clare O’Leary (2004)
– Samantha O’Carroll (2004)
– Humphrey Murphy (2005)
– Grania Willis (2005)
– Fergal Corrigan (2006)
– Neill Elliot (2006)
– Raymond Hassard (2006)
– Noel Hanna (2006)
– Ian McKeever (2007)
– Tom Lehane (2007)
– Hannah Shields (2007)
– Bill Hanlon (2007)
– Nigel Hart (2007)
– Roger McMorrow (2007)
– Michael O’Dwyer (2007)
– John Dowd (2008)
– Anselm Murphy (2008)
– Ian Taylor (2008)
– Noel Hanna (2009)
– Lynne Hanna (2009)
– Christopher Jones (2009)
– Domhnall O’Dochartaigh (2010)
– James Haydock (2010)
– Noel Hanna (2010)
– Vivian Rigney (2010)
– Fergus White (2010)
– Geoffrey Chambers (2011)
– Basil Geoghegan (2011)
– Gavin Bate (2011)
– Noel Hanna (2011)
– Mark Quinn (2011)
– Martin Byrne (2011)
– Noel Hanna (2012)
– Cian O’Brolchain (2012)
– Albert Connaughton (2012)
– Peter O’Connell (2013)
– Jason Black (2013)
– Noel Hanna (2013)
– Brian Meskell (2013)
– Robert Smith (2013)
– Kieran Lally (2013)
– Noel Hanna (2014)
– Derek Mahon (2014)
– Robert Smith (2014)
– Mary Scannell (2016)
– Noel Hanna (2016)
– Lynne Hanna (2016)
– Robert Mortell (2016)
– John Burke (2017)
– Terry Kelleher (2017)
– Robert Smith (2017)
– Rory McHugh (2017)
– Louise McEvoy (2018)
– Linda Blakely (2018)
– Adrian McNally (2018)
– Robert Smith (2018)
– Kevin Hynes (2018)
– Noel Hanna (2019)
– Seamus Lawless (2019) *
– Jenny Copeland (2019)
– Robert Smith (2019)

Note: 1993 Irish expedition was unaided. All other summits above occurred as part of commercial expeditions. 
* Seamus Lawless successfully climbed Everest in 2019, but disappeared following a fall above Camp 4 on the descent. 


List of all 129 Irish climbers who attempted Everest to date can be found here

Irish Summits:

– Ger McDonnell (2008) *
– Noel Hanna (2018)
– Jason Black (2018)
– Robert Kelso Smith (2018)


Irish Attempts (No Summits):

– Calvin Torrans (1998)
– Eddie Cooper (1998)
– Martin Daly (1998)
– Paul Dunlop (1998)
– Donie O’Sullivan (1998)
– Ian Rea (1998)
– Terence Bannon (2005)
– Ger McDonnell (2006)
– Mick Murphy (2006)
– Terence Bannon (2006)
– Noel Hanna (2015)
– Jason Black (2015)

Note: The 1998 ‘Irish K2 Expedition’ team climbed via the Abruzzi Ridge, alpine style, unaided with no oxygen.
* Ger McDonnell died on K2 in 2008 on the descent, attempting a rescue following an avalanche. His body was not recovered.

Irish Summits:

– Anselm Murphy (2011)


Irish Attempts (No Summits):

– Noel Hanna (2017)
– Noel Hanna (2018)

Irish Summits:

– Domhnall O’Dochartaigh (2009)
– Cian O’Brolchain (2017)
– Linda Blakely (2018)
– Robert Kelso Smith (2019)


Irish Attempts (No Summits):

– Christopher Jones (2011)
– Domhnall O’Dochartaigh (2012)
– Jason Smith (2014)
– Kevin Hynes (2016)
– Robert Kelso Smith (2016)
– Robert Kelso Smith (2017)

Note 1: Linda Blakely summitted both Everest and Lhotse within 24 hours in May 2018. Robert Kelso Smith done the same in May 2019.
Note 2: Kevin Hynes stopped short of the summit by 50m due to one of their climbing team suffering a fatal fall down the Lhotse face. 

Irish Summits:

– None


Irish Attempts (No Summits):

– Terry Mooney (1984)
– Terry Mooney (1988)
– Calvin Torrans (1989)
– Robert Kelso Smith (2010)

Irish Summits:

– Pat Falvey (1998) [No O2]
– Gavin Bate (1998) [No O2]
– Damian Ryan (1998)
– Richard Dougan (2002)
– Humphrey Murphy (2002)
– Grania Willis (2004)
– Roger McMorrow (2005)
– Nigel Hart (2005)
– Michael O’Dwyer (2005)
– Patrick Doyle (2006)
– Anselm Murphy (2007)
– Guy Bond (2009)
– Kieran Lally (2010)
– Fergal Savage (2011)
– Cian O’Brolchain (2011)
– Robert Kelso Smith (2011)
– Kevin Trundle (2013)


Irish Attempts (No Summits):

– Wes Sterritt (1988)
– Josephine Kieran (1996)
– Neil Lindsey (1994)
– Con Collins (1998)
– Eoghan Sheehan (1998)
– John Dowd (2001)
– Patricia McGuirk (2001)
– Adam Cinnamond (2002) *
– Philip Kelly (2002)
– Eamon Hickey (2006)
– Martin Murphy (2006)
– Gavin Bate (2007)
– Patrick McDonagh (2007)
– Michael Wall (2007)
– Adam Sulwinski (2007)
– James Haydock (2007)
– Stewart Barbour (2009)
– James Haydock (2009)
– Barry Griffin (2010)
– Robert Mooney (2011)
– John Jones (2011)
– Paul Greenan (2013)
– Mark Quinn (2016)

Note: In 1998 Pat Falvey and Gavin Bate became the first Irish to summit an 8000m peak without bottled Oxygen and without use of high-altitude porters. 

* Adam Cinnamond (34) was part of a four-person ‘Northern Ireland Cho Oyu Expedition’ team in 2002 when he went missing on the descent after deciding not to summit. Adam’s body was recovered some days later at 6800m. 

Irish Summits:

– None


Irish Attempts (No Summits):

– Robert Mooney (2012)

Irish Summits:

– Domhnall O’Dochartaigh (2012) [No O2]
– Peter O’Connell (2012)
– John Roche (2014)
– Miko Keane (2018)
– Lynne Hanna (2019) [No O2]
– Noel Hanna (2019) [No O2]
– Robert Kelso Smith (2019)

Irish Attempts (No Summits):

– Frank Nugent (1991)
– Dawson Stelfox (1991)
– Mike Barry (1991)
– Martin Daly (1991)
– Robbie Fenlon (1991)
– Philip Holmes (1991)
– Gary Murray (1991)
– Harry O’Brien (1991)
– Dermot Somers (1991)
– Calvin Torrans (1991)
– Gordon Brown (2008)
– Geoffrey Chambers (2008)
– Christopher Jones (2008)
– Jason Smith (2008)
– Paul Howard (2011)
– Kevin Keane (2012)
– Paddy Cave (2012)
– Robert Kelso Smith (2013)
– Gerard Reidy (2019)

Note 1: The 10 climbers listed above for 1991 formed the ‘Irish Manaslu Expedition’ team co-led by Frank Nugent & Dawson Stelfox and accompanied by Leslie Lawrence (BC Manager), Nick Stevenson (BC2 Manager) and Donie O’Sullivan (Expedition Doctor). This was an unaided (non-commercial) expedition team. 

Note 2: In 2012 Domhnall O’Dochertaigh was among the first group to summit the highest point of rock on the peak. The sub peak is typically the highest point due to snow load, however in Spring of 2012 it had 20m of exposed ridge that led to a slightly higher section of rock that was the true rock summit. Guy Cotter led Domhnall and the team across the ridge to that higher point, and may have been the first to have ever stood on that higher point. 

Irish Summits:

– None


Irish Attempts (No Summits):

– None

Irish Summits:

– None


Irish Attempts (No Summits):

– Gavin Hennigan (2015)

Irish Summits:

– None


Irish Attempts (No Summits):

– Mark Quinn (2013)

Irish Summits:

– Eddie Cooper (1998) [No O2]
– John Dowd (2006)
– Mick Murphy (2006)


Irish Attempts (No Summits):

– Calvin Torrans (1998)
– Martin Daly (1998)
– Paul Dunlop (1998)
– Donie O’Sullivan (1998)
– Ian Rea (1998)
– John Lawlor (2001)
– Ger McDonnell (2006)
– John Roche (2006)
– Con Collins (2006)
– Kevin Hynes (2016)

Note1 : Eddie Coopers reached the fore-summit of Broad Peak on 8th July 1998 after an unaided expedition team effort without bottled oxygen.

Note 2: In 2006 while preparing for K2 , Ger McDonnell reached the false summit of K2 but did not have sufficient time to push on to the true summit. 

Irish Summits:

– None


Irish Attempts (No Summits):

– Mark Quinn (2013)
– John Lawlor (2001)

Irish Summits:

– None


Irish Attempts (No Summits):

– None