Hill-walking and climbing enthusiasts will welcome the recent launch of the history of Irish hill-walking, climbing and mountaineering by Paddy O’Leary, The Way That We Climbed – A History of Irish Hillwalking .
During his mountaineering career, Paddy O’Leary has had to deal with many hazards: on an exposed Alpine ridge, he had a near-death experience when he was knocked unconscious by a lightning strike; in Tibet, he helped to install a solar-powered electrical plant in an extremely remote monastery which had been sacked during the Cultural Revolution. He also co-founded the Association for Adventure Sports, the FMCI (Federation of Mountaineering Clubs of Ireland) and was Director of the Tiglin National Centre.
The Way That We Climbed – A History of Irish Hillwalking, Climbing and Mountaineering by Paddy O’Leary is published by The Collins Press, price €19.99. It is available in all good bookshops and online from www.collinspress.ie