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Guide To Ireland's Highest Peaks Wins Award In International Mountain Literature Contest

Published on Oct 27 2021 2:00 PM in General Industry tagged: Irish Peaks / Banff Book Contest / Mountaineering Ireland

Guide To Ireland's Highest Peaks Wins Award In International Mountain Literature Contest

As reported by The Irish Independent, a guide to Ireland's highest mountain peaks has won an award in an international mountain literature contest. Banff Book Contest The international jury for the...

As reported by The Irish Independent, a guide to Ireland's highest mountain peaks has won an award in an international mountain literature contest.

Banff Book Contest

The international jury for the Banff book contest in Canada reportedly selected Irish Peaks - a celebration of Ireland's highest mountains for its guidebook award this year.

The Banff jury reportedly said that the book, which chronicles Ireland’s highest peaks, is a "wonderful showcase of the rugged beauty of the island of Ireland's upland landscapes".

Irish Peaks, which was published by Mountaineering Ireland, the national body for climbers and hillwalkers, reportedly last year secured a $2,000 award sponsored by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.

The 256-page guidebook is reportedly dedicated to the late Joss Lynam, who edited the original Irish Peaks book, published in 1982.

The guide reportedly documents 71 hillwalking routes across all of Ireland's summits and many of its upland areas, taking a sunwise course starting from Ulster and Donegal's quartzite Errigal around the island.

"Irish Peaks made me want to head for these hills," Heather Dawe of the 2021 Banff jury reportedly said, after the winner was announced.

"This book combines detailed route guides to the highest 101 mountains with incredible photography and comprehensive guides to their natural and hill-walking history," she reportedly said, reportedly noting "Ireland is a country where access to the mountains is not a given".

"This is an inspirational guidebook that will surely entice many hill-goers to further explore these mountains," Dawe reportedly said.

Mountaineering Ireland

Individual stories, tips, details and images were reportedly submitted by Mountaineering Ireland members, and co-ordinated by Alan and Margaret Tees.

The Tees couple reportedly described the award as "a reward and acknowledgement for the efforts of the Mountaineering Ireland contributors who stuck with us through the process".

"We are delighted that the high places in Ireland have achieved the international recognition that they so truly deserve," the couple reportedly said.

Mountaineering Ireland chief executive Murrough McDonagh reportedly paid tribute to the project team of Margaret and Alan Tees, Helen Lawless and Michael Byrne of Zest Creative, and the organisation's members.

He reportedly also paid tribute to "the landowners across the island of Ireland, without whose goodwill and tolerance we would be unable to pursue our passion for hillwalking, an activity that is so good for physical and mental wellbeing".

"It is especially fitting to achieve this success in 2021 as Mountaineering Ireland is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year," McDonagh reportedly said.

The internationally recognised Banff mountain book awards are reportedly dedicated to mountain literature in all its forms, with over 20,000 Canadian dollars reportedly being awarded annually in eight categories selected by a jury of writers, adventurers and editors.

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