Mountaineering is fun

January has been very mixed here in Ireland, weather wise, we have had everything from frost and cold days, to strong winds, rain and milder weather. And some conditions makes it a bit rougher being up in the mountains. But, if you are well prepared before heading you, you should be fairly safe. It can be mild and warm at the lower grounds, but once you get up higher, the temperature drops and sometimes depending on the heights you’re at, you’ll notice a big difference. The temperature drops 1 degree per/100 m you are ascending.

So if you for example are going to challenge walking up to the summit of Lugnaquilla, Wicklow which is 925 m. The temperature on lower grounds are lets say +9 degrees C then the temperature at the summit of Lugnaquilla would be zero degrees, and add the wind chill on top of that. It can be really nasty up there if you’re not prepared wearing the proper clothing and having the proper gear with you.

During the past three weeks of January I have had a fairly busy schedule being out in the mountains, where two of the weekends I were undergoing training in Mountain Skills.

If you are getting out on a hill walk in the mountains, it is essential to know how to use your compass and map, those are on of the most important skills you will need, to be safe if you get caught in bad weather or fog/mist. The visibility can be as little as 20 m and in those conditions you really need to trust your compass and stick to your bearing. This is important! During these courses this was practiced in day light as well as during night time. We were lucky to have good visibility during both weekends, but things looks very different when you’re out there when it is dark. But knowing and trusting your navigation skills will keep you safe out there, and to be careful is essential. And of course wearing the right clothing and equipment, I cannot stress this well enough!

I never get tired of being out in the mountains, and I guess when you have found your passion for it, that is the way it is! That’s why I chose to join the mountain rescue team to do what I love and at the same time something meaningful as helping others in need out there. It’s a win-win situation in my opinion.

What draws me to the mountains? Well, since I grew up on the countryside of Sweden, I have always loved being out in the nature. There is nothing like getting out walking in the forest, on the hills or just being outdoors, it always gives me a sense of freedom while I am out there and it keeps me sane, sort of. Having an office job as I do, being outdoors takes the edge of the stressful tasks I undergo on a daily basis at work. So yet again it’s a win-win situation. And not only that, being out in the nature is very therapeutic, whether you’re out riding, hill walking, running, cycling or simply just being. Nature will often have a calming effect on most of us. And to be out hill walking, you come across easy forest tracks, paths, rougher grounds, man made tracks and that makes it exiting in itself, because the terrain are changing depending on where you are.  Walking up a hill, it may feel tough, but the reward is the view you’re getting once you are up there. Take a look at the pictures i have posted above. They may not look like much, as they are very dull and showing gray and misty weather, but to me that is absolutely gorgeous. No matter the weather the mountains are fantastic!

This weekend there is resting on the agenda since I have a slight cold, and it is a good opportunity to let the body rest after all the physical hard work during the past weeks. I’ll be back at it soon enough since we have more training lined up. But so far so good and am grateful that I have the healthy and physique, so will keep at it as long as it allows me to.

February is knocking at the door, and a new month with new adventures.


10 thoughts on “Mountaineering is fun

  1. Dearest Eva,
    Oh, you write so well about your passion and I fully agree with you in all aspects.
    Yes, a lot of people never consider the change of climate at high altitude.
    When we both worked in central Java, Indonesia we had frost high in the mountains where the mushroom houses were located! Oh, you need to dress for it and also for walking and climbing. It is different from walking on even terrain.
    Happy for you!
    Enjoy the month of February. We’re looking at our blooming Japanese Magnolia tree, the beginning of spring.

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    1. Hi Mariette,
      Thank you for stopping by and I envy you that has the spring coming along already. We have very windy and rainy weather here at the moment. I have a view out at the sea from my office space and it is really rough out there, and the wind is roaring. Hopefully it will calm down before the weekend, I have a walk lined up. Enjoy the rest of your week. Eva


  2. You are amazing, Eva. I really admire your interest in climbing those HUGE mountains… WOW… We love mountains around here too —and I agree that it’s hard when the temperature changes so drastically.

    Take care of your body –and continue taking days off when needed, to let your body rest and to stay healthy…. We always take one or two days off from exercise every week. Of course, we are much older than you –and I’ll admit that our bodies are causing us to slow down some when it comes to heavy exercise.. We just try to walk alot.


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    1. Thank you so much Betsy, the hills has become my passion and even more so being involved in the mountain rescue. I am out on the hills at least once per week and on Saturday I will have a full day climbing a few summits and at the same time practicing guiding people. And it is good for your soul too. For me it is a sense of freedom being out there.
      You guys are pretty cool to still going at it, that is admirable at your age. Enjoy your week and future hikes. Eva


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