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)

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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. He 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!

Barbra Nzvaura (Babs) Babs N

Babs hails from Sixmilebridge in Co. Clare and moved up to the big smoke in 2014 to undertake a multitude of tasks! She ensures all 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!

Joyce Bartley 

Joyce (JB) is originally from the rebel county and moved to Dublin in 2017 to work for Earth’s Edge after an incredible experience on Kilimanjaro. She is the voice at the end of the phone and the keyboard at the end of the e-mail responding to your enquiries.

JB studied Psychology in UCC before falling in love with the outdoors. After 18 months prep on the Irish Hills she set off for Tanzania and hasn’t looked back since. Since joining the company she has undertaken her first 5km run and 29km Gaelforce adventure race. She’s now busy lining up more challenges for the year to come!

Eleanor McAree 

Eleanor moved home to Ireland in 2017 after 5 years of travelling in Australia and New Zealand. She has a BA Hons in Communications and worked in sales and marketing before joining us. Passionate about the outdoors and adventure, Ele works in the Operation side of Earth’s Edge ensuring our trips run as smoothly as possible. When not working, Ele likes to explore new places, travel, loves an adrenaline rush, and is happiest when outdoors.

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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 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 running her company Mountain Goat. She is currently training to complete her International Mountain Leader.

Brian Bateson

brian picBrian originally comes from Kildare, but being landlocked and flat, he decided to move to the West for the great waves and dramatic mountains. He’s extremely passionate and enthusiastic about working outdoors and loves travelling abroad, which makes his job with Earth’s Edge a dream come true. When not guiding for Earth’s Edge, Brian runs Climb it, teaching rock climbing and guiding hikes around Ireland. He is currently a Mountaineering Award trainee.

Mary Gunning

maryMary is an adventure sports instructor, yoga teacher, meditation practitioner, passionate about nature and lover of life. She grew up being surrounded by nature which lead her to explore the Irish mountains as a teenager. She hasn’t looked back since & has travelled to Europe, South America, New Zealand, and the Himalayas, Torn between the mountains and the sea, she loves all things outdoors- scuba diving & skiing amongst them. She has been working as an outdoor instructor for over 20 years. When not working on expeditions for Earth’s Edge, Mary runs her Yoga company holisticlife. She believes that every day is a learning day, whether you’re on the yoga mat, the water or on the mountain. Teaching is her passion, and to watch others learn a skill and grow into their potential is very rewarding.

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 that, he’s 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 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.

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Dr Joe Keena works as a GP in Wicklow Town. Joe has been the expedition doctor on a number of trips, including Mount Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua and Stok Kangri. He is an avid runner and triathlete having participated in many triathlons, marathons and adventure races. As well as undertaking expeditions to South America and Europe, he hopes to conquer the north face of Mt Elbrus next!

As well as 10 years of medical experience, David has also recently been appointed team physician for the Offaly senior GAA team. A keen fitness enthusiast, he spends many weekends trekking the hills of Dublin, North Leinster and West Kerry, as well as playing tennis and jogging.

Rhys Llywelyn

Rhys (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 Jones

Mike JonesMike 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

Aaron Byrne

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!

John Healy

John Healy.docxJohn began his affair with the outdoors in the cub-scouts, and ever since he has been climbing, trekking and mountaineering across the globe from Alaska to New Zealand and many places in between. He is a qualified Mountain Instructor (MIA) and mountain biking guide and has been working in the mountains for over 15 years, with a particular passion for snow and ice and an irrational love of camping!

Dr Niamh O’Brien

IMG_0216Niamh has been an expedition doctor with Earth’s Edge on several trips, including Machu Picchu, Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp. She has an interest in tropical and humanitarian medicine and has previously worked with Médicins Sans Frontiérs (MSF) in Nigeria and Yemen. She is happiest when exploring the outdoors and is looking forward to working with Earth’s Edge on future trips!

Dr David Monks

David MonksDr 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 Kelleher

Barry KelleherDr 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 Colm Power

As a doctor with a great interest in sports medicine, and as a G.P., Colm is enthusiastic and offers great support on Earths Edge expeditions. Apart from the opportunity to see some of the most amazing parts of the world, and meet fantastic people who take on these challenges, he really enjoys giving medical backup when needed.
He looks forward to each trip and gets great satisfaction in seeing clients enjoy these wonderful expeditions and lifelong memories being made.

Dr Nicola Cochrane

IMG_0321Nicola is a Belfast GP based in Wicklow with several years working in Acute Injuries Clinic in Dublin. She is an enthusiastic road and trail runner with many miles, marathons and ultras. She loves hiking over the Wicklow hills with her husband and dogs, as well as further afield with Earth’s Edge to Kilimanjaro, Machu Pichu, and Everest Basecamp. Not a fan of cold, she embraces merino wool, Under armour and hot chocolate. Strongly believes prevention is better than cure and enjoys the challenges of expedition medicine to bring her flock home healthy and happy.

Dr David Doran

David DoranHaving 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.