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wicklore
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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