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The Mourne and Cooley Mountains Guidebook - Signed Copy
The author pictured during a shoot in the Maumturks. I would never have embarked on a career as a landscape photographer without first falling in love with the Irish mountains. Yet the Irish mountains have always retained a hold on my imagination. Mountain photography is not easy. Opportunities to capture the Irish mountains at their best tend to be fleeting: like an antisocial recluse, they may spend weeks on end veiled in cloud and rain. There is also the very physical challenge of getting into position at the right time.
If McCormack's photographs are sumptuous then his prose isn't far behind. In his preface he states he has set out to awe the reader. He has succeeded. The Irish hills are celebrated in these vivid pages. No one has done it better, nor seems ever likely to.
A comprehensive guide, now the classic guide, to Ireland's summits of ft or more and to the 12 peaks exceeding ft. The mountains are described clockwise from Wicklow to the Mournes, and offer a choice of 70 walking routes. The guide divides the peaks into 5 groups, and at the start of each is described 'Paddy's Way' - the way the author tackled them - so that anyone who wants to emulate him has full directions. The guide includes summiting Carrauntoohil, Ireland's highest mountain as part of the Coomloughra horseshoe, the twelve Bens of Connemara, the Maum Turks, the Blue Stack mountains and the mountains of Donegal. Back Fiction. Back Cookery.
Walking Guide Book of the Year
Croaghaun on Achill Island, where the rugged cliff face drops into the Atlantic. Walkers climb onto Galtymore, with Galtybeg seen beyond, in the heart of Ireland. The idea with this book was to research, write and illustrate a guidebook that contained walking routes to every distinct mountain summit over ft throughout Ireland. The mountains of Ireland are often broad, bleak, boggy, rocky and pathless. There were summits to visit, with of them being over ft, and the remaining 12 being over ft. Locating them all on maps was the first task, while locating walking routes to each and every summit often seemed like an insurmountable task! The route research required three separate trips to the mountains, with each trip lasting for a month, spread over a period of six months, starting one spring and finishing in the autumn.