Guidebook to Donegal Rock Climbing
A great night was had recently (8th December 2015) at the official launch of the new Mountaineering Ireland guidebook, ‘Rock Climbing in Donegal’, written by Iain Miller. The launch took place in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, and was held in association with Donegal County Council. The new guidebook is a select guide to rock climbing and mountaineering in Donegal and the author, Iain Millar, was on hand on the night to take those in attendance on a whirl-wind tour of the County. The event was attended by a large group of local hikers and climbers, visitors and dignitaries.
Alan Tees, mountaineer and author of the first climbing guide book on Donegal and former president of Mountaineering Ireland, congratulated Iain Miller on the book, on the quality of the images and of the routes described. He noted that pulling together such a guidebook is no easy task and that he was happy to pass on the mantle to Iain Miller. Ursula McPherson, president of Mountaineering Ireland and Director of Gartan Outdoor Education Centre, noted the guidebook was a labour of love and congratulated Iain Miller together with all those who assisted in the production of the book. She then officially launched Mountaineering Ireland’s guidebook, ‘Rock Climbing in Donegal’.
Iain Miller then took to the stage and gave a wonderful presentation on options for rock climbing in Donegal working from South to North as outlined in the guidebook. Rock climbers and mountaineers are spoilt for choice in Donegal. He noted that he has spent the past nine years exploring Donegal making the first ascents of over 400 rock climbs and 50 previously unclimbed sea stacks. He stated that Donegal is unsurpassed in terms of climbing options. The guidebook provides a lifetime, indeed the figure of 150 lifetimes was mentioned, of outstanding world class rock climbing and mountaineering in some of the most beautiful, remote and unspoilt places in Ireland.
Ruairí Ó Conchúir, CEO of Mountaineering Ireland, thanked Iain Miller for his presentation and for all his efforts in bringing the guidebook to completion. He also thanked all others involved in the guidebook. The guidebook is available in all good bookshops and directly from the Mountaineering Ireland online shop: www.mountaineering.ie