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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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Summit Summary
Scarr: Three ridges, many routes and good views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 less than an hour ago.
Scarr has three useable ridges off it, to the north, south and east. The easiest perhaps is the Glenmacnass Waterfall carpark O11380 03009 (notorious for break-ins). From here head for the north ...

  
Track
Near Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
ewen an hour ago.
Note this will take considerably less time in my opinion. I take too many photos so it adds about an hour to the trip.... walk, Len: 12.7km, Climb: 469m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Corrigasleggau

  
Track
Omey Island
Onzy a day ago.
A circuit of Omey ... cut short by my fear that may car wouldn't make it back across the sound... walk, Len: 5.6km, Climb: 60m, Area: Galway Islands (Ireland)

Track
Short Loop north of Omey
Onzy a day ago.
walk, Len: 2.1km, Climb: 33m, Area: Galway Coast (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
Camaderry South East Top: Glenealo Valley and Miners Village
sev 3 days ago.
Glenealo Valley and Miners Village - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

  
Summit Comment
Scarr: A walk in the clouds.
TommyV 2 days ago.
This route starts on an old forest road at Oldbridge, there is room for parking 5 or 6 cars near the top at O15162 01916. From here follow the road West until you reach a gate at O14832 01892. Go ...

Summit Comment
Camaderry South East Top: Glendalough Upper Lake
sev 3 days ago.
Glendalough Upper Lake and the valley - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

  
Summit Comment
Seefin: "Megalithic Fallout Shelter"
sev 3 days ago.
Wicklow Mountains - Megalithic tomb on Seefin Mt.http://youtu.be/u--BKEqB-JM

  
Track
Coastal Walk noth of Cleggan
Onzy a day ago.
A spectacular walk circling the peninsula immediately north of Cleggan ... a detour to Olivers for lunch and a fast coun walk, Len: 22.5km, Climb: 386m, Area: Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland)

Summit Summary
Skregmore: Incidental summit in the Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 3 days ago.
Much climbed but little remembered, Skregmore is a victim of its location. One of the highest summits in Ireland but adjacent to still higher tops, impressively rocky but still far less dramatic t...

  
Summit Summary
Cnoc an Bhráca: The last hurrah of the high Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 5 days ago.
Cnoc an Bhráca, together with its near neighbour Cnoc na DTarbh, are the last (relatively) high summits along the great ridge of the Eastern Reeks; beyond here the ground gradually declines to the...

  
Track
Near Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullion (Ireland)
Gus 5 days ago.
Tough ascent from the carpark, but once on the ridge is reasonably easy with an identifiable track. On the return kee... walk, Len: 8.7km, Climb: 413m, Area: Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullio


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