Mountaineering Ireland Irish Peaks
Irish Peaks is a large-format book, celebrating Ireland’s highest mountains through an inspiring collection of 71 hillwalking routes, covering all of Ireland’s main mountain areas. The route descriptions, which are illustrated by photographs, were contributed by Mountaineering Ireland members, many from local clubs. Each route is accompanied by a map, the vast majority of these are based on mapping kindly provided by Ordnance Survey Ireland. The book includes a substantial introduction to Ireland’s mountain environment, as well as advice on access and safety in the mountains.
The compilation of Irish Peaks has been led by Alan and Margaret Tees, two long-standing Mountaineering Ireland members based in the northwest, with input from many members across the island of Ireland, and support from the Mountaineering Ireland staff team and Zest Creative (design and printing).
Irish Peaks has been published by Mountaineering Ireland in tribute to the late Joss Lynam, one of Ireland’s foremost mountaineers who passed away in 2011. Over four decades Joss wrote and edited many guidebooks for hillwalkers, including the original Irish Peaks book, published in 1982. Maintaining values that Joss upheld throughout his life, one of Mountaineering Ireland’s aims in producing this book is to promote responsible engagement with Ireland’s mountains, an engagement that is based on understanding and respect.
The Irish Peaks book is based on the MountainViews list of Ireland’s Highest Hundred mountains, (with a drop of at least 100 metres between peaks). The Highest Hundred list and the Vandeleur-Lynam list, both launched by MountainViews in 2009, built on work that Joss Lynam had done in compiling lists of Ireland’s mountains.
Irish Peaks includes the origin and meaning of the names of all mountains included in the book.