All things mountain and more!!!

Come on in and browse our Exhibition Zones – where there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

The Killarney Mountain Festival is a celebration of the very best of outdoor adventure, so keep your eyes peeled for information, offers, demonstrations and your opportunity to experience and engage.

Killarney Mountain Festival Exhibition Zones will play host to a number of amazing exhibitions, including Photography, Movie memorabilia, Equipment & Mountaineering history. The photography exhibits by talented amateur outdoor enthusiasts will aim to showcase the many wide and varied aspects of Irish mountain culture from landscape to adventure, its people, its wildlife and its wilderness. Be sure to check out our talented array of exhibiting photographers, who will be displaying their amazing works in the exhibition zones in the ‘KILLARNEY PLAZA HOTEL’ and ‘KILLARNEY HOUSE”.

The Exhibition Zones are open on – Friday 8th, Saturday 9th, and Sunday 10th March 2019.

Opening daily between: 11am – 6pm

For more information, come and visit our team at Basecamp or the Killarney Plaza Hotel.



A fascinating and insightful exhibition & display containing the majority of the featured Climbing props, Memorabilia, High Altitude suits and equipment from the 2015 Epic blockbuster climbing movie – “EVEREST”. The film which had a budget of $55 million and grossed $203 million worldwide is based on the real events of the 1996 Mt Everest disaster, and focuses on the survival attempts of two expedition groups, one led by leading climbers and guides – New Zealander – Rob Hall and American – Scott Fischer.


In 1985, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates set out to ascend the previously unclimbed West Face of Siula Grande in Peru. They reach the summit but a powerful storm develops and Joe suffers a badly broken leg in a fall during the descent. The pair attempt a self-rescue, deciding to lower Joe with ropes down the steep and snowy slope while an enormous storm rages on. Simon cannot see where he is lowering Joe and Joe eventually drops over the edge of a large cliff and is suspended by the rope in mid-air. Simon arrests his fall, but neither sees the predicament his partner is in nor hears him over the howling wind.
Unable to pull Joe back over the cliff and gradually losing traction in the loose snow, Simon realizes after about an hour that there is little chance of recovery from this situation for either of them and he decides to cut the rope connecting him with Joe. Simon descends after surviving a sub-zero and stormy night on the mountain but cannot find his partner. He assumes Joe is dead and returns to the base camp alone, where he stays to recover.
Joe, however, has actually survived the fall and is now trapped in a large crevasse. He manages to lower himself further into the dark abyss and finds an exit leading to the base of the mountain. He then spends days crawling back to base camp across glaciers and rocks, despite his broken leg, frostbite, and severe dehydration. Exhausted and near delirium, Joe reaches camp only a few hours before Simon intends to leave and return to civilization.
Come and view on display the very knife used in this epic event!!!

Without doubt the most famous knife in mountaineering lore and on display at Killarney Mountain Festival!!!



A fascinating and insightful exhibit which showing the evolution, progression and development of standard essential climbing equipment and how the massive strides forward in the technologies and materials used assisted and aided in the pioneering of more difficult and technical routes

Our photographers and artists in residence for the 2019 festival:

Martin Mc Cormack

Martin Mc Cormack has been hiking and Painting since he was a teenager. There has always been a wanderlust for the wild and remote places that has led Martin to explore the many corners of Ireland, and the high places around Europe. He’s hiked and climbed in various countries between the Polish Tatra to the Moroccan Atlas mountains, but has spent most of his time tromping over the hills of Ireland and the UK. Martin finds the great beauty and challenge of the mountain landscape to be inspiring. This has led Martin, the Painter, to be inspired in another way, which is to try and capture the beauty and atmosphere of the mountains in paint. Just as the climber must rely solely on his own skill to achieve his goal, Martin finds a similar challenge in painting. With only your paints and brushes, one is relying on ones own skill to create an image. Each stroke of the brush brings the painter nearer to his goal, just as each move of the climber takes him closer to completing the route.

Martin works in Oil, Acrylic and other media, including the natural material of Irish turf. Originally from Dublin, Martin now is based in the wilds of Mayo, while his paintings are inspired by all the mountain areas that he has been to. Martin has been painting full time since 2015 and exhibits his original work throughout all of Ireland. Like the mountains, Martin feels there is still so much more to discover in Art, and the journey is always just beginning.




Billy took up photography in 2012 after reading a book on the subject and has developed his skill further over the years often while out hiking on the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, a combination that has worked really well together.
Billy’s approach to photography is all about waiting for the right moment, the right light and trying to pick out a unique view that has not been photographed before. It often means an early start so as to capture the best conditions and also working a camera with frozen fingers but the end results can really be worth the effort when everything goes to plan.

Billy tells us that it’s rare that he doesn’t come away with something from the Reeks as it’s always different each and every time you go for a climb up there. On the odd occasion that he doesn’t get anything at least he’s got in a good workout!
Billy tries to capture the scene as he sees it unfolding in front of him. Some of the scenes that he encounters may only last a few minutes and then they are gone forever.

Billy recently came 3rd in his category while participating in a worldwide photography competition where more than 25,500 photographers entered and he came away with a shiny brand new DSLR camera as a result!


“When I was a young boy, a lot of my free time was spent somehow involved in nature. I came to Ireland in 2006 with my wife Ingrid, and in our spare time, we explore the beautiful Irish countryside and enjoy the wildlife.
After a while, I had the urge and desire to immortalize all the beauty around us, so in 2012 I bought my first camera. From this moment on, my love for capturing the nature and animals developed also.
Most of my relaxation time is spent photographing the flora and fauna and magnificent landscape of West Kerry.
Moments spent in nature are the best relaxation for me.”