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Carrauntoohil

Carrauntoohil


Postby JohnJoe » Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:13 pm

Date walked: 19/02/2012

Time taken: 5

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 989m

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After a surprisingly good night's sleep in a tent, we were up and walking by 9am. The third miracle that day was that it hardly rained.

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The Emerald Isle


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Highest peak in Ireland


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Pretty easy going for most of the way, until you hit the Devil's Ladder (left), when it starts to get very steep.


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Not best done in Oasics running shoes, as my ill prepared friend discovered.


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We could see a fair bit when we first got to the ridge, but the cloud soon moved in from the Atlantic.


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A bit of a slog to the top, but still a lot easier than Ben Nevis (and probably Snowdon).


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We met a mountain rescue local guy at the top who offered to show us another way down, off the beaten tourist route. He is training his dog to carry his stuff for him in a little dog rucksac.


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This route down was a lot easier, more interesting and had better views. Our guide pointed out places where various rescues, tragedies and incidents had occurred over the years.


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In the end he had to leave us behind because, despite being almost half his age, we were slowing him down. He guided us back to the main path and sped off into the hills, having recommended a good place to get a Guiness and a toastie. Definitely back on the tourist track.
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Re: Carrauntoohil

Postby ciderpeter » Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:42 pm

Nice pictures - doesn't look like a bad day for it either :) That looks like it could be a well steep climb to the summit!!
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Re: Carrauntoohil

Postby ChrisW » Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:03 am

lovely pics of the emerald isle JJ, that looks a cracking hike ...........not in running shoes though eh :roll: :lol:
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Re: Carrauntoohil

Postby gaffr » Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:59 am

NIce to see some reporting from Ireland. Some years ago, on a wet summer's day, we traversed the MacGillycuddies Reeks from the summit with the very large cross, it seemed to be much taller then, to reach the pass of Dunloe and the restaurant. The connecting ridges on the traverse had rock that was very slippery under the prevailing conditions. :( Must go back on a dry day with sunshine. :lol: The Dunloe area seemed to busy with folks on holiday and also with wee pony drawn buggies carrying folks higher up into Pass. :)
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Re: Carrauntoohil

Postby garyhortop » Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:54 am

Really enjjoyed the report and the pics.....never been to Ireland for the walking and this looks really special! Thanks for showing me a part of the world I have never seen before!! :)
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Re: Carrauntoohil

Postby JohnJoe » Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:32 pm

It was my first time in Ireland and I loved it. I think there are loads of good walks in the Killarney National Park and in the Macgillycuddy's Reeks. You can drive round the outside of the whole area on a route called the Ring of Kerry, which we did, although we managed to miss one of the best parts - the Gap of Dunloe. So we'll have to go back for that, and for the full ridge walk. There's a lot of climbing and scrambling too. And nice people. Highly recommended! :D
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