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.