Mountaineering Ireland Environmental Workshop
Friday evening 20th & Saturday 21st May 2016 at
Tollymore National Outdoor Centre
The overall aim of this ‘Rock to Ridges Workshop ‘ event is to bring the subject of geomorphology to life, by giving walkers and climbers basic skills in understanding the physical landscape which surrounds us in the mountains. The event complements Mountaineering Ireland’s recently published Rocks to Ridges leaflet on the formation of the mountain landscapes of the North of Ireland. Rocks to Ridges
The Rock to Ridges Workshop will be based out of Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, which is located on the edge of the Mourne Mountains, not far from Newcastle, Co. Down.
Friday evening 20th May (tea and coffee from 7.30pm, starting promptly at 8.00pm) – spaces available, no pre-booking required
8.00pm – Dr. Paul Dunlop – Ice ages and Glacial Landscapes
8.45pm – Dr. Peter Wilson – After the Ice
Saturday 21st May
Indoor session 9.15am – 10.15am
Overview of Mountaineering Ireland’s current work on access and conservation including how members can contribute to this work (Helen Lawless).
Field Trip (10.30am – 4.30pm) – spaces limited, must be pre-booked, cost £15/€20
Field trip with Paul Dunlop and Peter Wilson to the Meelmore, Trassey, Luke’s Mountain area. Participants will spend the day outdoors as ‘landscape detectives’, gleaning evidence from the glacial features, rivers, rocks and soils to piece together the story of the Mourne landscape. Aspects of interest in the area include glacial, periglacial and fluvial features, blanket peat and podzolic soils. We will also see evidence of the Mourne’s industrial heritage in the disused granite quarries.
The number of people active in this part of the Mournes and the evidence of recreation impacts will likely prompt some discussion as to how we can achieve a balance between conservation and enjoyment of the areas where we walk and climb.
Minibus transport will be provided to Meelmore Lodge and the group will return to Tollymore afterwards for a brief wrap-up.
Dr. Peter Wilson has been teaching aspects of physical geography and environmental science at the Ulster University, Coleraine, for over 30 years. He is an individual member of Mountaineering Ireland and has combined his academic and hillwalking interests to focus on understanding how mountain regions have been shaped by glaciers, rivers, frost and gravity. In addition to his series of articles on mountain landforms for the Irish Mountain Log, Peter is author of the highly-acclaimed book Lake District Mountain Landforms (Scotforth Books, 2010).
Dr. Paul Dunlop is a Quaternary scientist who uses remote sensing and GIS to understand ice sheet processes and palaeo ice sheet extent and behaviour. He conducts research on the characteristics of sub-glacial bedforms (e.g. ribbed moraines, drumlins) with the aim of understanding the formative processes of generation and how these in turn influence ice dynamics and ice sheet stability. Paul also has an impressive CV as a rockclimber.
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