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At Earth’s Edge, we believe that as a company we are only as good as our staff. All our guides have current wilderness first aid certificates, are highly experienced and have the relevant qualifications for whatever expedition they lead. Our doctors are chosen not just based on their medical expertise but also for their love of adventure! All of our staff are passionate about what they do and this is reflected in each expedition they are part of.

James McManus (Jam)James Bio Pic small
Jam started kayaking and at the ripe old age of 9 and not much has changed in the last 20 odd years. Personal expeditions, commercial expeditions and competitions have brought him to some of the worlds best rivers in over 25 different
countries. Jam is also a keen mountaineer and more recently he has developed an interest in adventure racing. Jam is passionate about running quality expeditions, exploring new destinations and making his staff and clients happy!

Lauren Flynnlauren staff 100
Lauren has a BA Hons degree in Adventure Tourism Management, after college she went on to work as an outdoor activity instructor in Northern Thailand and travelled in South East Asia and Europe. Lauren has extensive experience in the travel trade here in Ireland. Based in our Dublin office she oversees all expeditions and is on hand to liase with the expedition leaders while they’re away with groups. Lauren loves to travel and when she’s not doing that she likes to create amazing adventures for you. A keen camogie player in a former life, she is now a novice runner & has her first marathon in her sights!

Barbra Nzvaura (Babs) Babs N
Babs hails from Sixmilebridge in Co. Clare and moved up to the big smoke in 2014 to work in the Earth’s Edge office to undertake a multitude of tasks! Babs plays a big part in ensuring all of our expeditions run smoothly from start to finish, all the while answering every enquiry in super fast time! Babs holds a degree in Adventure Tourism from Tralee IT & worked part time as an outdoor instructor throughout college. She is definitely a water baby and can be found chasing the surf on the west coast of Ireland most weekends. Babs loves to travel and is eagerly ticking each of our expeditions off her list year after year!
Micheál PenstonMicheal
Micheál is a Wicklow man who has spent the last eight years working in the engineering sector in the UK. Luckily for us, the homeland lured him back and he joined us at Earth’s Edge HQ. As well as being the friendly voice on the end of the phone helping to answer all your expedition queries, he is a self taught digital marketing magician! Micheál is an avid traveller and once set off on a six month trip to New Zealand which turned into a three year exploration of NZ, Aus, Asia and Europe! He likes to cycle and run but the running has been scaled back since he did his first (and last) marathon which he says nearly killed him! When he’s not in the office you can find him in the boxing ring or in the gym training for his next bout. He is excited about tackling all of our expeditions over the next few years.

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Louise has been working as an outdoor instructor for more than 20 years. Having spent her childhood kayaking and mountaineering she then went on to explore the mountains of Nepal, Chile, New Zealand, South Korea and Europe. She has a BSc in Sports Science and Psychology and is a Mountain Leader, Orienteering Level 2 Coach and PADI Dive Instructor. Louise spends her winters in the French Alps and the rest of the time guiding abroad and running her company Mountain Goat. She is currently training to complete her International Mountain Leader.

Lorcan McDonnell
A childhood spent outdoors has brought Lorcan to where he is today. He has been working in the outdoor industry in Ireland for nearly 25 years and is a qualified International Mountain Leader as well as being an accomplished canoe and kayak instructor and a climber. His travels have taken him to many parts of the world from the Arctic, Peru, Tanzania, Russia, Morocco and beyond, on both personal and group expeditions. He has also spent the past 10 years as a member of Kerry Mountain Rescue Team where he has been the team’s training officer for 5 of those years. Lorcan is passionate about making the most of the expedition experience for all those concerned.

Dr Joe KeenaJoe K
Dr Joe Keena works as a GP in Wicklow Town. Joe has been the expedition doctor on a number of Earth’s Edge expeditions including Mount Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua and most recently Stok Kangri in India. He is an avid runner and triathlete having participated in many triathlons, marathons and adventure races around the world.

Rhys LlywelynRhys (2)
Rhys has been involved in the outdoors since childhood in his native North Wales and has been working in the outdoors for over 25 years. Rhys holds the International Mountain Leader qualification and is currently working towards completing his Mountain Instructor Award. He has worked extensively in Ireland and the UK, and has also led trips to the Alps, South America, the Arctic and Africa. Rhys is based in Kerry where he co-ordinates an Instructor training program for Cappanalea Outdoor Education and Training Centre. 

Mike JonesMike Jones
Mike has been adventuring ever since he bought his first tent with his Holy Communion money. Since then, he has spent three decades travelling the globe exploring rivers mountains and oceans. He summited Mont Banc at 18 and has gone on to row across the Atlantic and sea kayak solo around Ireland. He holds a BA in Outdoor Education and an MA in International Tourism, along with a range of outdoor qualifications. Mike works full time as guide and when he is not having fun travelling the globe with Earths Edge he is in Killaloe running his kayak tour company www.mynextadventure.ie.

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Aaron has been working in the mountains for the past 15 years and led his first expedition for Earth’s Edge in 2012. He is on the last stage of attaining his IML accompagnateur badge and holds the Winter ML award. Aaron has been involved in mountain rescue in Wicklow for many years and has served as Team Leader and Training Officer for the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team. He has travelled to all corners of the globe but his passion for adventure never wains, which you are sure to discover if he is your expedition leader!

Dr David MonksDavid Monks
Dr. David Monks is a Registrar in Emergency Medicine currently based in St. Vincent’s University Hospital. He is an active member of the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and has a special interest in Pre-Hospital and Wilderness Medicine. He has been an expedition doctor to Kilimanjaro and on the Kenya Tri-Adventure expedition. In his spare time he enjoys mountaineering, cycling and going to the gym. He is looking forward to going on many more expeditions with Earth Edge in the future

Dr Barry KelleherBarry Kelleher
Dr. Barry Kelleher hails from Cork and works as a GP in the North West of Ireland. He has been expedition doctor for Earths Edge on Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu expeditions. When not working he prefers to spend his time surfing, drinking coffee, hiking or travelling. Before becoming a doctor he trained as a physiotherapist in UCD. He is looking forward to working on future expeditions with Earths Edge.

Dr David DoranDavid Doran
Having worked with Earth’s Edge for several years, David’s enthusiasm for trekking and meeting new friends grows with every trip! Having travelled to the summit of Kilimanjaro three times and undertaking expeditions to South America and Europe, he hopes to conquer the north face of Mt Elbrus next! With over 10 years medical experience in hospital, general practice and urgent care settings, David has also recently been appointed team physician for the Offaly senior GAA team. A keen fitness enthusiast, in addition to spending many weekends trekking the hills of Dublin, North Leinster and West Kerry, David also enjoys playing tennis and jogging.

Rosie McManusrosie 100
Rosie was one of the few female river guides who has worked in India, starting a new wave of female guides in India. A keen trekking and raft guide she has worked in India, the USA and Europe. Rosie has a degree in Environmental Science and is the driving force behind our strict responsible travel code of conduct. She recently qualified as a vet too, busy bee!

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Johnjoe joined Earth’s Edge in 2013. Johnjoe’s role at the company is flexible and fast paced, a truly dynamic role. He is so busy he sometimes doesn’t know what he is doing himself, but now that he has a few years of mentoring from his big sister Bridie under his collar, he will no doubt be a huge success at Earth’s Edge!!