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Carrauntoohil and MacGillycuddy's Reeks: A Walking Guide to Ireland's Highest Mountains [Hardcover]

Jim Ryan
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1 Nov 2006
Over 25,000 walkers visit the Carrauntoohil and Macgillycuddy Reeks region annually and for those not familiar with the area a proper guidebook is essential. After many years of research Jim Ryan has considerable background knowledge and experience of these mountains. For this book he has met and photographed the owners of Carrauntoohil and the Reeks and recorded their history and association with the lands. There is a vivid account of the eviction of a family fifty years ago from their home in the Gap of Dunloe, and how they moved into the Black Valley. Also included is a study of the placenames and the folklore behind them. The geology of the mountains, their structure and fault lines, flora and fauna are also detailed. Most critically, the twenty walks, ranging from easy low-level to strenuous routes, are described in detail and illustrated with fifteen specially-commissioned original colour maps, produced by Ordnance Survey Ireland. In addition, there are nearly two hundred colour photographs. The walk descriptions contain detailed instructions for those not familiar with the area. Each walk is assigned a difficulty rating, its difficulties are spelled out, and there are specific safety instructions, survival tips and escape routes.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The Collins Press (1 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905172338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905172337
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 17.5 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jim Ryan is the author of two books, both of them to do with climbing and hillwalking. His book on Aconcagua and the Southern Andes, published by Cicerone Press, is in its second addition, issued in 2009. His guide to Carrauntoohil and the Magillycuddy Reeks, published by The Collins Press in 2007,was received with acclaim by the mountaineering fraternity and is selling well.

Jim's books are set out to be more than mere directions on climbing. His intent is to provide the climber, the hillwalker, or indeed the reader, with interesting background and side information. The geology of how the mountains were formed is outlined, much of this based on Jim's own field studies and geological expertise. Flora and fauna, the people of the mountains, and the history of the area are other subjects that are covered.

A civil engineer by profession, Jim has included in his books the best maps available. He used Ireland's Ordnance Survey Office to produced maps for Carrauntoohil. His map of Aconcagua, first issued in 2004, was the first detailed map of the mountain and was based on his own GPS surveys.

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'Essential reading for anyone planning to climb these Kerry mountains' The Irish Times 'Probably the best walking guide that I've seen' Irish Mountain Log 'Excellent and very welcome addition to the selection of Irish walking guides' Walking World Ireland 'Take this guide book with you if you are heading to Kerry' Verbal magazine

About the Author

JIM RYAN is a civil engineer living in Cork. A regular mountain walker in Ireland and abroad, he has a particular interest in geology and claims his spiritual home is on the Reeks of Kerry. His first book, Aconcagua The Highest Trek in the World was published by Cicerone in 2004.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase 11 Sep 2010
This book was a very useful buy. Arrived quickly without any problems. It's useful to buy an additional large scale map to complement the book as the maps contained in it are rather small if you are going to do the walks. I would certainly recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good walking guide 5 April 2014
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This book covers all the relevant walks and routes up the various summits in the Reeks. Highly recommended for anyone planning to climb these mountains.
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Greta book with very good descriptions of the walks in the Reeks, if you walk in Kerry you should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable for this area 6 Aug 2013
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A great value guide for hill walkers. This was my first time to the Reeks.
The tips for safe ascent up the devils ladder were invaluable. My only mistake was carrying a 30L rucksack!
I'll keep this treasure for other walks in the future, it contains all the info needed for useful maps, although the
Book itself has almost everything you need, and it's just small enough to fit in a trouser side pocket or in the
The inside pocket of your jacket.

Nicky from Cambridge
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3.0 out of 5 stars Carrauntoohil 16 Jun 2013
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This book is okay, but I found it difficult to navigate the pages in the digital form, when I was using it for reference for routes up Ireland's highest mountain.
When using a book for this I much prefer the good old fashion hard copy, but that's just my preference.
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