Contributor Guidelines

  • We welcome well-illustrated articles about hillwalking and rock climbing in Ireland, about new or first Irish ascents of peaks or climbs at home and abroad, and about significant Irish achievements whilst trekking and climbing in the Alps and the other greater ranges of the world.
  • We also welcome articles on hill and mountain related issues such as environment and access, “how to do it” articles on mountain photography, climbing techniques and tips, getting ready for expeditions, flora and fauna, health and safety, history/geography, archaeology/geology, etc. The list is almost endless, as long as the topic is related to some aspect of our sport.
  • Please limit your articles to an absolute maximum of 2,000 words and aim for about 1,500. Brief “footnotes” information about location, transport, logistics, costs, etc., and a clear map are all very helpful. Please also include 8 - 10 photos and a very brief biography (approx. 40 words) stating if you are a Mountaineering Ireland member, in a club, what type of mountaineering activities you do, etc. A portrait photo of the author is also required!
  • We welcome club profiles and reports of club trips of note, to new areas, etc. These can be up to 1,000 words in length and should be accompanied by 6 – 8 photos.
  • We also welcome “News” items (max 350 words), snippets of news (max 100 words), gossip, useful and relevant information, all with suitable photos, if possible. News items accompanied by a relevant photograph are more likely to be printed.
  • Please submit all contributions in Word by e-mail as an attachment or by CD. If you do not have your article in electronic format please supply a clean copy, typed on one side of the page only, so that can we can scan it into Word.
  • Hard copies of text or photographs should be sent to: Irish Mountain Log, c/o Mountaineering Ireland, Irish Sport HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Material and photos in an electronic format should be sent by e mail to: iml-editor@mountaineering.ie.
  • NB – Relevant photographs should always accompany articles. Ideally a selection of about 8 to 10 shots should be sent electronically with captions and credits please, from which 4 or 5 can be chosen. We can also use good quality prints, slides or transparencies, when necessary, but prefer digital images. Always label them with your name and address, and a caption. One or two photos of the author against a relevant backdrop are useful, but in general we are looking for good shots of the peak/s or route/s referred to in the article.
  • To print photos received electronically, we need them as reasonable sized files of at least 6-700 KB. Digital files can be accepted by email, if below 5MB in size, or on a CD. Our artwork is sent to print at 300 dpi and this should ideally be the resolution of any digital images submitted for inclusion.
  • Slides, transparencies and prints submitted to our office will be handled with the greatest care and returned in protective packaging. CDs will not be returned unless specified. Whilst every precaution is put in place for the secure delivery of material sent to us, it is ultimately submitted at the owner’s risk. It usually takes several weeks, from receipt of photos to publication, so please bear with us. They will be returned as soon as possible following the issue of the Log in which they appear.
  • We do not pay for contributions to the magazine and the Irish Mountain Log editorial staff are all volunteers.
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