Irish Mountain Magic: 12 photos inspiring us to reach new heights
Mountains of Ireland
A collection of images nearly two decades in the making shows the breathtaking beauty of Ireland's mountains.
'The Mountains of Ireland' (Collins Press, RRP€29.99) was shot over a period of almost 20 years by photographer Gareth McCormack.
‘"I clocked up more than 50,000 metres of vertical ascent and descent and several thousand kilometres of walking," he explains.
The results are all the more remarkable given that McCormack was forced to delay his project after developing psoriatic arthritis in his knees.
He persisted with the challenge, however, hauling his gear up and down some of the country's wildest summits in the quest for mountain magic.
Already published in world-class outlets including National Geographic, Lonely Planet and Time, McCormack is today based in Sligo.
More recently he worked on the documentaries Secrets of the Irish Landscape (RTÉ) and 4000-Year-Old Cold Case: The Body in the Bog (BBC4/PBS).
Photos in 'The mountains of Ireland' range from barefooted pilgrims on Croagh Patrick to climbers, wildlife rangers and hill farmers.
On some shoots, he went so far as to bivouac on summits to catch the best light, while one image - of a climber on Lough Belshade - was shot while McCormack hung from an abseil rope 80 metres above the ground.
See collinspress.ie and garethmccormack.com for more.