Paddy O’Leary: ‘I don’t know what motivates people to go up Everest now; climbing over dead bodies, and passing by people who are dying.’ Above, O’Leary in Connemara, with the Twelve Bens in the background. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When you’re out among hills and mountains, you get a different view every time you turn a corner. So it’s appropriate that a newly published history o(...)

Colm Ennis and Peter Britton

Tributes have been paid to the two Irish mountaineers who died on a peak in the Mont Blanc massif range at the weekend.The men, Peter Britton (55) fr(...)

Lorna Siggins and Michael Murphy at their conferral yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Irish Times Western correspondent Lorna Siggins and RTÉ newsreader Michael Murphy were both awarded honorary master of arts degrees by NUI Galway yes(...)

All mountaineers share values to do with self-reliance, judgment, decision-making and resilience. Nowhere are these more sought than at high al(...)

Peter O’Connell reached the top of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, almost 20 years after the first successful Irish ascent by Dawson Stelfox on May 27th, 1993. Photograph: AP Photo/John McConnico

A Galwayman who aimed to climb Mount Everest to raise funds for suicide awareness has become the 33rd Irish person to reach the summit. P(...)

Dawson Stelfox (left) and   Frank Nugent at advance base camp after his successful ascent. Photograph: Brian Hayestaken

“I wandered up the last few yards to the top, the snow untracked and pristine on all sides, absorbing the beauty of the (...)