Lecture for Trócaire's East Africa Crisis Appeal

24th August 2011

'Mountains, in Ireland?' Yes, 268 of them in fact. In a lecture and audio-visual presentation, Adrian Hendroff, author of From High Places: A Journey Through Ireland's Great Mountains and The Dingle, Iveragh & Beara Peninsulas: A Walking Guide, hopes to promote Ireland's mountain heritage to a wider audience and inspire you to take to the hills!

"I think of our mountains as something in between those of Wales and Scotland: more untrodden than the Welsh mountains, but not as remote as the Scottish Munros. I love the Irish mountains for a variety of reasons; there are distinctive qualities that make them rather unique. Our high places are mostly a trackless wilderness: no signposts, no paths and a landscape both barren and rugged. They form a ring of coastal mountains on the Western fringe of Europe. This intimate blend of mountains and the sea possess an unexplained charm and presence that inexorably draws one back. Each mountain area is also rich with its own local history and folklore", he says.

He goes on saying, "There's so much out there on offer, and for some the mountains are literally at their doorstep, so why wait? There are new worlds to be discovered and explored amongst our mountains. Getting to its summits are optional, what's important is to just get out there. In this rushed and weary world, our high places allows one to reach higher, think deeper, look farther and breathe easier. And in this sense, it's something positive we can take away from the current negative climate."

The lecture is aimed at everyone; not just for hillwalkers and mountaineers. It will also include an introduction to mountain landscape photography. Topics discussed will include:
- Irish mountain photography opportunities & what's unique about it.
- Top tips on how to come back with unique & the best photos from the mountains.
- Composition of mountain images.
- Chasing the light in the mountains & how to work with the weather.
- Gear, camera choice & advanced topics.

Adrian's mountain photography of Ireland's high places is also unique: something very few photographers in Ireland can claim to do on a national level. His are stunning images of Ireland's mountains from its highest summits and remotest valleys; in all seasons, at dawn and at dusk. A sample of images can be found here http://www.adrianhendroff.com/gallery.html. Adrian is also a member of the Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild (www.owpg.org.uk).

The September lecture is also in aid of Trocaire's East Africa Crisis Appeal, of which details may be found on http://www.trocaire.org/emergencies/east-africa. Your support in this event and generosity is much appreciated. Feel free to spread word of the event and hopefully see you at Base Camp, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin at 7pm on Monday 5th September 2011.