Rock Climbing in Ireland is at the printers

Finally I got Rock Climbing in Ireland to the printers on Wednesday, only a day late. I should have copies ready for sale on the 6th of November, well in advance of the Christmas rush.

Fair Head preliminary route selection

The Prow So the biggest and best is left until last. An probably the most decisive as well. Fair Head  is a great crag and it now has a great,  modern guidebook. It’s probably the only Irish crag that attracts visitors who come solely to climb at it rather than to roadtrip around visiting a […]

Colour blindness and topos

One of the very kind proof readers raised the issue of colour blindness and how it might relate to my topos. Originally I planned to use white lines (with various dots and dashes to distinguish lines that overlapped) but I felt they weren’t clear enough so started using a mix of white and red or […]

Great Gully Ridge,Glenmalure

Was out getting some photos of John and Theo climbing Great Gully Ridge in Glenmalure yesterday. Took hundreds of shots, the weather was perfect, crisp and sunny with mostly clear skies and a little cloud. Taking good topo shots is a bit of  a black art. To get the right light and the perfect angle […]

Mournes preliminary route selection

The Mournes aren’t really a single area more a collection of areas and that’s how I’m planning to treat it in the guide. Each gets their own approach and conditions information. Here is the preliminary list, feedback welcome. Pigeon Virgo Penny Black Playtex Class Distinction Rainbow Warrior Falcon Pantoms Citreon Spellack Spellack Chimney White Walls […]

The Needle, Dún Séanna Head

Had a great day on Saturday in Dún Séanna, finally got to climb the Needle. Conditions were perfect, the sea was flat calm, there was a pleasant breeze and good sun all day. We abbed in down the line of Giraffe and then scrambled around to the south face of the Needle. I then traversed […]

Luggala – Pine Tree Buttress/Clingon/Claigdhmeah Solais

Had a great day in Luggala yesterday. Perfect weather, not too hot, good breeze and the rock was bone dry. Started up Pine Tree Buttress with the intention of cleaning the direct start to the groove but didn’t get around to it, will probably go back and do this on a solo mission. The groove […]

Some thoughts on the cover for ‘Rock Climbing in Ireland’

Just knocking around a few ideas for the cover of the guide. Trying to get a feel for what works, it’s hard, actually impossible, to encapsulate a whole countries climbing in one shot but I would like to use a shot from one of the slightly less popular area, I would like to people to […]

Ailladie preliminary route selection

This is the preliminary route selection for Ailladie, I would welcome people’s thoughts on it. Generally quite a hardcore list. Many of the routes are quite close together so it’s easy to document them on relatively few pages. Ground Control Genesis Bonnan Bui Nutrocker Gallows Pole Marchanded Crack Midnight Summer Dream Desolation Row Sunstone Eliminator […]