Newsletter 1950-1979

The IMC Newsletter is produced twice a year and sent to all IMC members. It contains articles written by members about their climbing and mountaineering experiences as well as club notices and other useful information. Members can opt to receive a digital edition or have a paper version posted out to them.

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Publications from the Past

The IMC has regularly published Journals, Newsletters and occasionally other material throughout its history. Some of which can be viewed here.

Irish Mountaineering 1978,Irish Mountaineering 1978 (pdf)
One Upon a Time(Wicklow Early days),Noel Brown
Back Off Boulder,Phil Gribbon
The Mountain Log,Dave Walsh et al.
From Glen Head to Slievetooey,Uinseann Mac Eoin
Alam Kuh (2000ft), Joe Rotherham
Miboy(Fair Head),Mark Henry
A Climb in the Southern Alps(NZ),Stanley Mulvany
There and Back(Lug Walk),Noel Masterson
Further Afield(Julian Alps),John Murray
Impressions(Photography),Derek Howard
Cilo Dag 1977(Turkey),Alister McQuoid
Western Cwm Direct(Poem),Alan Tees
Tom Quinn: Obituary,Uinseann Mac Eoin
Plain Tales from on High(Nepal),John Kerr
The Best Climb in Ireland?,Ray Finlay Khel Parbat Joss Lynam
Thoughts on an (N)Ice Climb(Mournes),Norman Smith
An Paiste ‘s Faide ‘Steach(Brandon),Bairbre Sheridan
Book Review: Irish Walk Guides 1 & 2
Belfast Section Notes 1976/78
Dublin Section Notes
Dublin Section Alpine Notes
North-West Mountaineering Club
Obituaries (Joey Glover; Sé Billane; M.N. Clarke; M Murray)



Dublin Section March 1977,Dublin Section March 1977 (pdf)
Access: At Any Price?(Mournes),Robin Merrick
Mountain Rescue,Martin Mulhall
Wicklow Mts by bus,Barry O’Flynn
Letters to the Editor
Irish Himalayan Expedition ’77
Irish Kishtiwar Himalayan Expedition

Irish Mountaineering 1976 (pdf)
A Trek in the Hindu Kush,Noel Maguire
Welcome to Farewell(Greenland),Phil Gribbon
The Old Brenva(Mt Blanc),John Kerr
Greenland 1975,David Walsh
Bingorm,Des Agnew
Walker Spur’76(Grandes Jorasses,Richard Dean
Climbs in the Afternoon(Dauphine),Joss Lynam
The Forbes Arête(Aiguille du Chardonnet),Noel Brown
Traverse of the Meije(Dauphine),Ingrid Masterson
S.W. Ridge of the Pelerins(Chamonix),Mick Curran
Obituaries:Desmond Agnew; Bill Carroll; J.W. Healy


Dublin Section Summer 1975,Dublin Section Summer 1975 (pdf)
A Winter Week in Glencoe and Ben Nevis,Benny Kinsella
A Day in Urner Granite ’73 (Switzerland),Ingrid Masterson
A Climb in the Dauphiné,Paul Donnelly

Silver Jubilee 1948-1973 (part 1),Silver Jubilee 1948-1973 (part 1) (pdf)
How it all Started
25 Years Presidents
Rock Climbing In Ireland 1948-1973
Oberland Ski Traverse,Noel Masterson
Tasermiut 1971(Greenland),Joss Lynam
Scotland,L R carew
Silver Jubilee 1948-1973 (part 2),Silver Jubilee 1948-1973 (part 2) (pdf)
Retrospect,J W Healy
East Ridge of the Plan,Peter Kenny
Five Days in Cedarberg(South Africa),Leslie Richardson
A Figment Of Time(Mournes-Fiction),Philip Gribbon
Ulster Afghanistan Expedition 1971,William Annett Teddy Hawkins
Brandon,Claude Wall
Winthrop Young & Mallory on Brandon,Brendan O’Brien
Guided Ascent of Lugnaquilla(Excerpt)(1827),G N Wright
Obituary: Noel Lynch,W J Smith
Secretary’s Report
Belfast Section
Alpine Notes
Club Notes

IMC Dublin Section Newsletter No. 7 1972,IMC Dublin Section Newsletter No. 7 1972 (pdf)
Mountain Hazard(Safety),Barry O’Flynn
Irish Greenland Expedition 1971,Joss Lynam
Guide Books(UIAA Guidelines),Barry O’Flynn
Grading System of the UIAA
New Climbs Lugala; Irelands Eye; Fair Head; Glendo
MC Dublin Section Newsletter No. 8 October 1972,IMC Dublin Section Newsletter No. 8 October 1972 (pdf)
Secretary’s Report October 1972
New Climbs Dalkey; Irelands Eye; Luggala; The Bishop; Lambs Head

Irish Mountaineering 1971,Irish Mountaineering 1971 (pdf)
The West Ridge of Qioqe Qioqe(Greenland),Phil Gribbon
The Gear Game,Seán Rothery
The Call of the Comparatively Wild(Training),Charlie Boyd
A Week-end in the Alps(Saas Fee),Robin Merrick
A Pacific North-West Classic(Mt Shuksan WA),Norah Moorhead
The Flying Dutchman(Sail Rock – Donegal)Phil Blake
Expedition Notes (Greenland; Andes; Turkey)
Guide Books and New Climbs 1971
Fair Head
Clive Wray
Strange Day Reflections(Chamonix),Lindsay Griffin
Club Notes
Obituaries: Charles Brim; Alan Walsh; Paul McDermott; Bruce Rogers; Arthur Little; Jack Coleman

IMC Dublin Section Newsletter No. 4, 1970,IMC Dublin Section Newsletter No. 4 1970 (pdf)
AFAS – 1,Joss Lynam
AFAS – 2,Barry O’Flynn
IMC Dublin Section Newsletter No. 5 1970,IMC Dublin Section Newsletter No. 5 1970 (pdf)
Letters (re: AFAS)
Climbing in the 60’s(History),Paddy O’Leary
The Future of Wicklow(Planning),Barry O’Flynn

IMC Dublin Section Newsletter No. 2 May 1969,IMC Dublin Section Newsletter No. 2 May 1969 (pdf)
Club News
Army Curfew at Bloat House
Irish Andean Expedition,Paddy O’Leary
holiday guide to the Alps,Peter Shorrt
New Climbs
Hut Finance Report,Barry O’Flynn
Irish Greenland Expedition Report
IMC Dublin Section Newsletter No. 3 October 1969,IMC Dublin Section Newsletter No. 3 October 1969 (pdf)
New Routes

IMC Dublin Section Newsletter No. 1 December 1968,IMC Dublin Section Newsletter No. 1 December 1968 (pdf)
1968 AGM Report
First Aid for Climbers
Irish Greenland Expedition 1968: Preliminary Report
New Climbs
Mountain Rescue Association: Report 67/68
Irish Mountaineering 1968,Irish Mountaineering 1968 (pdf)
Night over the Gorgon(Greenland),Phil Gribbon
The Snow Scene(Ski Touring),Noel Masterson
The Great Corner(Mournes),W. Jenkins
Alpine Accident,Seán Rothery
Diary of a Hard(Caving),Gareth Jones
The Newton Club
Glendasan Log Book,(Rescue)
Guide Books and New Climbs 1967
Welsh Week End?,Joss Lynam
A Bonny Bunch of Roses(Connemara Island Hopping),Uinseann Mac Eoin
Irish Mountain Rescue Reports
Alpine Notes,Peter Shortt
Obituary: Harold Johnson
Mountain Rescue Association Report 66/67
Club Notes
Cave Exploration in County Monaghan

Irish Mountaineering 1966 (part 1),Irish Mountaineering 1966 (part 1)(pdf)
North West Ridge of Rakaposhi(Himalaya),Paddy O’Leary Joss Lynam
A Route In The Mournes (Pigeon Rock),Robin Merrick
Petit Piton (St. Lucia),SB Moorehead
the Scott-Kilvert memorial Hut(Tasmania),David Armstrong
Poetic Justice(Sliabh beg – Mournes),Calvert Moore
Biancograt ’66 (Switzerland),Ingrid Masterson
Irish Mountaineering 1966 (part 2),Irish Mountaineering 1966 (part 2)(pdf)
New Climbs 1965-1966
The Tower Ridge (Ben Nevis),Norah Moorehead
Retreat to Ikamiut(Greenland),Phil Gribbon
Some Early Clerical climbers,J McLachlan

Irish Mountaineering 1965,Irish Mountaineering 1965 (pdf)
1964 Ulster Expedition to Taurus Mountains(Turkey),Bert Slader and John Wheatley
Dot’s Delight(Lower Cove),Pat Kavanagh
Time Out of Mind(Donegal),Charlie Boyd
Buachaille Etive Mor,Des Agnew
A Journey to Happiness(Zermatt),Liam Smith
Well – Where’s the Body?(Mournes Rescue Team History),Phil Wood
Expedition to Arctic Norway,Calvert Moore
Alpine Notes 1965
New Climbs 1964/65
Club Notes
The Knife Ridges of Ireland,Joe Glover
A Climb with a Difference(Skelligs),Tom Finn
Gaudeamus Igitur(Greenland),Phil Gribbon
Babes in the Alps(Stubai-Austria),Norah Marshall
Obituaries: Harry Jacques, C.R.P. Vandeleur

Irish Mountaineering 1964,Irish Mountaineering 1964 (pdf)
The Himalayas,John Murray
Glenreemore or Glenmalure – Where Does The Fugitive Prince Lie? (Art & Neil),Tomás Ó Cuinn
Origin Of The Hart Walk(from “The Way I Went”),R.L. Praeger
The Taringrator is a Machine(Fiction),Michael Quinn
Mountains of the Moon,John Morrison
The High Atlas,Geoffrey Earnshaw
How It Came To Be Written(RE: “Mountaineering In Ireland”),Claude Wall
The Dauphiné 1963,David Rowe
What The Pyrenees Have That The Alps Haven’t,Brian Farrington
New Climbs 1963
Club Notes
Obituary: Charles Bury; C.J. Tipping; C.B. McWeeney

Irish Mountaineering 1963,Irish Mountaineering 1963 (pdf)
The Fearless Alopex(baffin Island),Phil Gribbon
Ariel(Lough Barra),Pádraic O’Halpin
Impromptu(Interview: F Winder, E Goulding; T Ingram)
Ski (In Wicklow),Hilary Quinlan
Comb Gully – Green Gully (Ben Nevis),Paddy O’Leary
High Atlas: Jebel Toubkal,Geoffrey Earnshaw
Irish Himalayan Expedition 1964
New Climbs 1962
Climbing Abroad
Club Notes
Obituary: Robert Lawlor

Irish Mountaineering 1962,Irish Mountaineering 1962 (pdf)
The Accursed Mountains(Pyrenees Walking),John Challoner
The Black Stairs,Phil Gribbon
West Face of the Dru,Emmet Goulding
Eleventh Hour Conquest(TCD+Whillans in Andes),George Narramore
Aiguille de Bionnassay,Barry O’Flynn
Week-end in Ardgour(Scotland),Avid Naylor
A Lahul Diary 1961,Joss Lynam
Club News
New Climbs – 1961
Book Reviews

Irish Mountaineering 1961,Irish Mountaineering 1961 (pdf)
Via Fehrmann(Dolomites),Peter Grindley
The Awesome Cauldron(Mournes),Phil Gribbon
Climbing the Devil’s Tower(Wyoming),Mona Monahan
The Dom by the Festigrat(Switzerland),Lionel Carew
Weekend in Bon Echo(Canada),Brian Rothery
Some Old-time Reminiscences(Alps in 1920’s),Eoghan O’Brien
Memories(Ireland),L. Cuthbertson
Looking Back in Amazement(History),J. Butler
Climbing in the Canadian Northland,Phil Gribbon
Outsider(Menlove Edwards),Frank Winder
Obituaries: Mary Healy, Desmond Haughey
Random Harvest(Iran & Mexico),John Morrison
New Climbs 1960
Foreign Affairs
Club Notes

Irish Mountaineering 1960,Irish Mountaineering 1960 (pdf)
Bedsores, John Morrison
A Neglected Giant(Dent Blanche),George Narramore
Sherborne Kulu-Spiti Expedition 1958,Joss Lynam
Some Early Mountaineers(irish in 19’th Century),Liam Ó Réagáin
Ski Mountaineering,Euphen Stephenson
Across the Nephin Beg Range,Joe Glover
Trifthorn,Sylvia Yates
Imagit(Uganda),Seán Rothery
Tour de Baker(Washington State),Phil Gribbon
The Wearin’ o’ the Green(Royal Marines Irish Holiday),Vivian Stephenson
Pushing Up Standards of Alpinism,Brian McCall and Paddy O’Leary
The Abominable Cowman(History),Ciarán Mac An Fhailí
New Routes 1959,Club Notes
Alpine Notes Canada 1959

Irish Mountaineering 1958/59,Irish Mountaineering 1958/59 (pdf)
Western Interlude(Glenn Inagh),Brighid Hardiman
The Newton Club(Humour),”C.H. Freud”
In the Land of the Spitoons(Himalaya),Joss Lynam
Red Ridge(Alphubel – Zermatt),Brian McCall
The Club in 1968(Fiction,Harold Johnson
The Barrow Valley(Walking),Claude Wall
In the Spitsbergen Dolomites,Peter Robson
Obituary: John Ling
New Routes
Up (and Down) the Pennine Alps,George Narramore
Three Seconds in Skye,Hilary Quinlan and Aleck Crichton
East Face(Grand Capucin),Ronnie Wathen
On Not Taking Tomatoes(Humour),Ciarán Mac An Fhailí
Journey into the Bugaboos(USA),John Morrison
Book Reviews
Club Notes

IMC Journal Vol. 4 No. 3 1956/57,IMC Journal Vol. 4 No. 3 1956/57 (pdf)
Ruwenzori 1957,Seán Rothery
On Organized Expeditions,Ronnie Wathen
Route 542(Nadelhorn – Zermatt),Gwynn Stephenson
A Traverse of Monte Rosa, Noel Brown
Excelsior(Humour),Seán de Courcy
Climbing and Hill-walking in the Scottish Highlands,Cecil McWeeney
New Routes,Ronnie Wathen
Glen Inagh,Peter Kenny
Ulysses(Poisoned Glen),Frank Winder
The Black Hole of Beara
The Bluestack and Tawnawully Mountains,Joe Glover

IMC Journal Vol. 4 No. 2 1955/5,IMC Journal Vol. 4 No. 2 1955/5 (pdf)
Early Days(Ulster),P Montagnard
Spillikin Ridge,Peter Kenny
In Memoriam: S.C. Porter
Rothorngrat(Zermatt),Joss Lynam
Rock-climbing in the Donegal Highlands,Phil Gribbon
Mullaghcleevaun Story,Moira Laracy
Snow Camp on Mweelrea,Ciarán Mac an Fhailí
The Sandstone Mountains of Cork and Kerry,Betty Healy and Frank Winder
Climbing in Norway,Ronnie Wathen

IMC Journal Vol. 4 No. 1 1953/54,IMC Journal Vol. 4 No. 1 1953/54 (pdf)
Rock Climbing in Ireland 1948-53,Joss Lynam
In Memoriam: Dr. R. Lloyd Praeger
Early Mountaineering in Ireland,E.C. Pyatt and P. Robson
Subterranean Sojourn(Caving Leitrim),J.D. Shortell
The East Ridge of the Plan(Chamonix),Peter Kenny
The Chamois who went up the Hard Way
The Devil’s Bit and Slieve Bloom,Claude Wall
Rock Climbs Around Belfast,Maurice McMurray
Mountain Bathing,Millie Drought
New Rock Climbs,Peter Kenny and Phil Gribbon

IMC Journal Vol. 3 No. 1 Summer 1952,IMC Journal Vol. 3 No. 1 Summer 1952 (pdf)
Rock-climbing in the Mournes,R.R. Johnston
Review: Alpine Glaciers,Joss Lynam
Moonquest(Night Walks),Jim Millar
Moods of Carrauntoohil,Joss Lynam
Bivouac Routes over the Wicklow Mountains,Ciarán Mac an Fhaillí
Review: Undiscovered Scotland,J.M.
Recent Rock-climbs,John Morrison
Midnight Ventures(Lug),Bill Carroll
Ascent of the Riffelberg(Zermatt)
IMC Journal Vol. 3 No. 2 Winter 1952,IMC Journal Vol. 3 No. 2 Winter 1952 (pdf)

Harold Johnson
We Got Off with a Warning(Aiguille de Peigne – Chamonix),Frank Winder
A Day Out on the Reichen(Austria),Seán Rothery
A Summer in Mid-Wales,Joss Lynam
Twenty Years Ago(Great Gulley Baravore 1933)
Kindred Activities(Ski in Wicklow),Jim Millar
Exploring the Bluestacks,M.McM.
New Rock-climbs,Seán Rothery
The Lauteraarhorn and Strahlegg(Bernese Oberland),Nora Lynam
In Memoriam: Fred Maguire, Joe Madill

IMC Journal Vol. 2 No. 1 March 1951,IMC Journal Vol. 2 No. 1 March 1951 (pdf)
Rock-Climbing in Connemara,Joss Lynam
The Nomenclature of the Reeks,Claude Wall
now on the Hills,J.W. Millar
Cúchulainn Groove,Peter Kenny
The Croaghanmoira Meet,Millie Drought
Introduction to Skye,J.S.M.
Skiing at Zermatt,S.A.G.
The Gentle Art of Camping,Tent Peg
Anthony Adams Reilly 1836-1885,Liam Ó Réagáin
A Biological Urge,Joss Lynam
IMC Journal Vol. 2 No. 2 October 1951,IMC Journal Vol. 2 No. 2 October 1951 (pdf)
The Dartry Mountains and Glens,Jack Coleman
A Climb on the Egginer(Saas Fee,E.O’Brien
The Hills of Clare Island, Claude Wall
St. Patrick’s Day on Snowdon,Bill Carroll and Peter Kenny
Innocents in the Austrian Alps,Brendan Moss
Rock-climbing in Connemara,Joss Lynam
Snow on the Mournes,J.D. Shortell
The Reek(Croagh Patrick),Seán de Courcy
Those Midwinter Meets,Kaspar
New Rock Climbs 1951,Peter Kenny

IMC Journal Vol. 1 No. 1 August 1950,IMC Journal Vol. 1 No. 1 August 1950 (pdf)
The Club,Easter Sunday on the Maum Turks
Jim Millar,To Fight Another Day(Luggala)
Joss Lynam,Public Relations(Humour)
Séamas Ó Flaithbheartaigh,Alpine Apprenticeship