Over the ensuing years, as well as expanding the business Jamie has found time for other challenges! He led the first Irish Kayak Expedition to circumnavigate Cape Horn in South America and he was a team member of the South Aris expedition which re-enacted Shackleton’s famous adventure in the Antarctic. In 2003 he and one other attempted to traverse from the South Pole to Patriot Hills by kite buggy! In 2012 Jamie took part in the Round Rockall Sailing Race which he helped to instigate. He sailed the Killary Flyer single-handedly and did us all proud once more. In 2013 with a crew of 9 others including kayakers, climbers and film-makers, including his son Shane, Jamie set off on another highly successful Killary Expedition to Greenland for approximately 10 weeks. Read their story on www.northofdisko.com.
Shane has been bitten by the Adventure bug and with a background of Ultra running and long distance Kayaking he has a good base. In 2017 he was part of a Polish/ Irish expedition into the Colombian Amazon. They went into Chiribiqute national park in search of ancient Rock art. 3 weeks living off the land as they searched for rock art which has been lost for 1000's of years.
Always looking to the future and introducing new concepts of adventure to Ireland, in 2006 Jamie developed the concept of Gaelforce West Adventure Race. The race ran for the first time in August 2006 in association with Failte Ireland. Now it sees up to 3,000 competitors take to the Galway and Mayo hills to complete the 65km course.
Since then Killary Gaelforce has been created and is market leader for adventure challenges in Ireland with a total of 12 events now on the calendar, as diverse as a 10km trail run to an open water swimming event and a night cycle sportif. Every year new ideas and events emerge from the ever-active minds of the Killary team! With the next generation constantly seeking out new challenges the race offerings keep evolving. In 2018 we had our first Gaelforce Ultra and our biggest swim ever with over 800 people braving the waters of Killary Fjord. In 2018 we also won the Event Industry awards best event for our Gaelforce Dublin Adventure Race!