The death of Ger McDonnell highlights the courageous, potentially tragic and ultimately inexplicable ambition that drives mountaineers

Ger McDonnell was, by all accounts, a man with a lot of living to do.

9th August, 2008

Ger McDonnell was, by all accounts, a man with a lot of living to do.

The 37-year-old son of a Co Limerick dairy farmer had a passion for music: he sang and played the bodhrán in a band called Last Night’s Fun in his local city of Anchorage, Alaska.

But while he had made Alaska his home, he loved the country of his birth: he often blogged in Irish and was...

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