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Win­ter is one of Adrian’s favourite sea­sons in the moun­tains, when the ‘white stuff ’ adds char­ac­ter to the Ir­ish hills, giv­ing them a dis­tinc­tive Alpine feel. A keen land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher, he also feels win­ter is a sea­son for unique light­ing con­di­tions, es­pe­cially at sun­rise and sun­set.

One of his most mem­o­rable days out was a win­ter’s day on Car­raun­toohil, top­ping out on the sum­mit af­ter a climb up a snow­filled O’shea’s Gully. He also re­calls a foray ear­lier this year up the north­east spur of Slieve Donard, where snow and ice laced its rocky slopes. On the other hand, Adrian had the sum­mit all to him­self!

When not hit­ting the hills or run­ning Moun­tain Skills cour­ses, Adrian is busy writ­ing — he is cur­rently work­ing on his next book which will join his six other guide­books al­ready pub­lished by Collins Press. Th­ese in­clude Done­gal, Sligo and Leitrim; The Beara and Sheep’s Head Penin­su­las; The Din­gle Penin­sula; The Din­gle, Iver­agh and Beara Penin­su­las; Killarney to Valen­tia Is­land; and the more re­cent Fam­ily Walks Around Dublin. Adrian’s first book, From High Places: A Jour­ney Through Ire­land’s Great Moun­tains, also won the best out­door book in the Out­door Writ­ers and Pho­tog­ra­phers Guild (OWPG) Awards for Ex­cel­lence.

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