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2010-11-26 16:26:42
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Review of Hill Lists –A hillwalkers companion
A new iPhone App has been launched on the App store called Hill Lists. More precisely it is an update of a previous App that listed all summits in the UK. The updated version now includes all Irish summits too. It is on sale for 79c, and is essentially a full list of all hills and mountains in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man. The developer used data from MountainViews to complete his Irish Lists section, and MountainViews is credited in the information section of the application.

So what does it do? Well it is a database of all hills as mentioned above. There are over 4000 summits in the overall App. However the first thing you can do is choose your country to generate the list for your area. Using Ireland as the example, you will then have the full list of 1055 Irish summits in all their various categories. You can then search by category. The good news is that the term ‘Arderin’ for all summits over 500 metres in Ireland with a 30 metre prominence, and the term Binnion’ for summits over 400 metres in Ireland with a 30 metre prominence is used, which will help standardise these terms in common hillwalking usage. The list of 150 metre hills, researched and created by MountainViews, (all hills between 150 and 399 metres in height with a 150 metre prominence) is also included. This information is available on MountainViews of course, but the App offers some ‘on the go’ features also.

The App has various options, such as ticking off hills climbed, recording dates and notes on hills climbed, as well as viewing all the hills in a particular range or radius of your position. You can view the hills on a satellite photo or hybrid map. This would be handy if you are in an area and wondering ‘what is that mountain called?’ if you have a 3g network you can click on ‘location’ and when the application knows where you are it will tell you what all the local summits are relative to your location, and show you on the satellite image.

The world of hillwalking is full of odd and confusing terms for categories of hills (In the UK terms such as Donald Tops, Corbetts, Deweys, Hewitts, Wainwrights, Munro’s and a host of others abound). MountainViews has tried to avoid this UK plethora of names, which often refer to the same tops with minute differences in prominence. This App brings the simpler Irish system to the iPhone hillwalking public, and is sure to attract more UK walkers to Ireland as they see the vast array of summits here. The good news is that there is a direct link on the App for any Irish hill that will bring them to mountainviews.ie and into our community!

I had the pleasure of reviewing this App and I will buy the finished product. I have already used it to identify Knocknasilloge as I passed it in Connemara. It is an App that peak baggers will particularly enjoy, but that anyone with an interest in Irish hills should consider.
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Scarr ridge from Trooperstown Carpark
simon3 a day ago.
A different place to start from to reach Scarr with a lot of car-parking. Return uses Wicklow Way in part. walk, Len: 14.2km, Climb: 498m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Scarr

  
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Near Ring Hill, Shannon (Ireland)
mlmoroneybb 4 days ago.
Caption walk, Len: 1.3km, Climb: 158m, Area: Ring Hill, Shannon (Ireland) Ring Hill

  
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Topped Mountain: Short & simple
Colin Murphy 4 days ago.
A simple little Minion to climb (the name Topped 'Mountain' is a bit of a stretch). A gravel path & steps from a carpark will see you reach the top in about 15 minutes, and you won't even need you...

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Caora Bhán: Dunkerron ridge run
Dbosonnet 3 days ago.
Coomnacronia taken from the Dunkerron ridge. Track 3488 for details

  
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Crockmulroney: Good summit for Carn-baggers
Colin Murphy 4 days ago.
A fine hill with a well defined summit and great views. Plenty of parking spots along the R254 directly to the south of the summit. From there it's a relatively simple 1km climb to the top.

  
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Near Lough Curra Mtn, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
mlmoroneybb 4 days ago.
Sunday A walk started at Cush carpark taking in the soldier?s hole, Saunder?s Lodge, the grassey Knol, ice road. Lou walk, Len: 13.2km, Climb: 1000m, Area: Lough Curra Mtn, Galty Mountains (Irela

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Oileán Mhuighinse: Galway Island
sandman 4 days ago.
For the walkers who may not wish to visit the summit area a photo of same.

  
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Oileán Mhuighinse: Galway Island
sandman 4 days ago.
The walk from the car parked at L7692629281 on the graveyard road to the high point is short but out from the public road it is entirely on private property . Access via the gate up to the small c...

  
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Slievenashaska: Wild mountain run
Dbosonnet 3 days ago.
Slievenashaska taken from the Dunkerron ridge. Track 3488 for details

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Into The Coum(eragh)'s
GSheehy 4 days ago.
The forecast was for heat, so I said I?d have an early start. Down to the base layer by the time I got to The Gap at ... walk, Len: 27.2km, Climb: 1226m, Area: Coumfea West Top, Comeragh Mountains (I

  
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Eanach Mheáin: Galway Island
sandman 4 days ago.
Connemara Island Golf Course is a nine hole course located on this island and just inside its entrance at L9080830893 is the 11th/17th hole where the natural high point is adjacent to the ladies t...

  
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Lettercallow: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 days ago.
By parking at L8760028966 you can walk on to open hillside with no access issues . A gentle accent to the summit area which unlike its nearest neighbour has no seating arrangements for the visitor...


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