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Rocks to Ridges October 2015

Mountaineering Ireland Environmental Workshop, Friday evening 9th & Saturday 10th October 2015, with Gartan Outdoor Education & Training Centre, Co. Donegal

The overall aim of this event is to bring the subject of geomorphology to life, by giving walkers and climbers basic skills in understanding the physical landscape which surrounds us in the mountains. The event complements Mountaineering Ireland’s recently published Rocks to Ridges leaflet on the formation of the mountain landscapes of the North of Ireland.

The event will be based out of Gartan Outdoor Education & Training Centre, which is located on the shore of Lough Gartan, not far from Letterkenny.


Friday evening 9th October (tea and coffee from 7.30pm, starting promptly at 8.00pm) – spaces available, no pre-booking required

8.00 – Welcome from Ursula MacPherson,

Director Gartan OETC & President Mountaineering Ireland

8.05 – Dr. Paul Dunlop – Glaciation (title TBC)

8.45 – Dr. Peter Wilson – After the Ice

Saturday 10th October

Indoor session 9.15am – 10.15am

Overview of Mountaineering Ireland’s current work on access and conservation and discussion about the role of a Club Environmental Officer (Helen Lawless).

Field Trip (10.30am – 4.30pm) – fully booked

Field trip with Paul Dunlop and Peter Wilson to visit a number of sites in the locality. These are likely to include: Muckish Gap where the group will look at features on the slopes of Muckish (ascent of c.200m); the Poisoned Glen involving a short walk up the valley to a moraine where glacial valleys and moraines will be explained; the bridge/causeway between the two Dunlewy lakes to see more glacial and post-glacial features, and if time permits a large rock avalanche feature on the lower slopes of Errigal, immediately behind the Youth Hostel. Minibus transport will be provided and the group will return to Gartan afterwards.


Dr. Peter Wilson has been teaching aspects of physical geography and environmental science at the Ulster University, Coleraine, for over 30 years. He is an individual member of Mountaineering Ireland and has combined his academic and hillwalking interests to focus on understanding how mountain regions have been shaped by glaciers, rivers, frost and gravity. In addition to his series of articles on mountain landforms for the Irish Mountain Log, Peter is author of the highly-acclaimed book Lake District Mountain Landforms (Scotforth Books, 2010).


Dr. Paul Dunlop is a Quaternary scientist who uses remote sensing and GIS to understand ice sheet processes and palaeo ice sheet extent and behaviour. He conducts research on the characteristics of sub-glacial bedforms (e.g. ribbed moraines, drumlins) with the aim of understanding the formative processes of generation and how these in turn influence ice dynamics and ice sheet stability. Paul also has an impressive CV as a rockclimber.


o As we will be outdoors for much of the day, on steep, rough and boggy terrain, participants should have suitable clothing and footwear, including a packed lunch and something to drink.

o A camera and a notebook would also be useful.

o Participants are expected to afterwards share knowledge gained on this event with fellow club members, training course participants and others they walk and climb with.


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