Cronin trail run to Devil's Ladder.
Went up Devil's Ladder. Returned over Cnoc na Toinne and down the Zig Zag. Misted in on the summits. Be sure to watch for the cairn marking the top of the Zig Zag.
What a beautiful mountain! We enjoyed the ambling walk through the fields to the lakes, and then the easy scamper up Devils Ladder. We had OK weather to / at the summit, then hell broke loose. Classic North Atlantic freezing mist and winds.
Scenery was fantastic. Of course we planked at the summit. With Laraine and Peter.
I climbed the devil ladder. Weather was so so, alas no view from the top (don't forget it is said there are on average +/- 300 days of rain on this peak / year!).
The devil ladder is not so bad as some say, and stonefall danger very limited (probably exagerated by some, whihc doesn't mean one should not take care of it of course). The hike is not so short as some say since there's quite a nice distance to approach the base of the ladder (approx 250 m to climb). Top of the ladder is about 730m, which means there are still 308 m left to climb from up there.
very nice peak in my view
Climbed it first when I was 13, been up it innumerable times since then, from Caher side, Hag's Tooth, Devil's Ladder, Howling Ridge, Curved Gully Ridge, O'Sheas, Central Gully. Spectacular mountain. Wish we had more like it.
Not successful; probably made it half way up, but was unable to locate any cairns. Thickest fog I have ever experienced.
I climbed the Hourseshoe trail, many peaks in 5 hours with fantastic views. Great views in the Caher Crest, what a wonderful mountains, love it! Even the wheater was peftect that day.
Made the summit in rain, very strong wind, and almost zero visibility via the Devil's Staircase route- a typical Carrauntoohl experience I am told. I intended to descend to the south towards Black Valley but I did not make it. I encountered an 80ish year old hiker at the summit, a woman from Devonshire. As the wet made returning on the staircase a challenge for her and I was concerned for her safety, we teamed up and slowly descended a ridge between Carrauntoohl and The Bone towards the road near Lough Callee. This intrepid survivor of the London Blitz proved to be a delightful companion and she had no trouble managing the alternate route. The local Irish S+R was on the road when we arrived prepping their gear as her hostel warden had called them out of worry for her. The leader, Con Moriarty, offered us tea and a ride back to Agadoe YH. Sometimes the people you meet outshines the climb.
A nice little mountain, this. Said to be plagued by 300 rainy days per annum. We got sunburned.
Nice mountain and a cracking day out but it was a long time ago and I've got a lot more mountaineering experience under my belt since then so the next time I climb Carauntoohil I think I'll try Howling Ridge.
Nice walk up the devil's ladder, descent by heavenly gates. The summit was covered by snow and weather was ugly - fog, rain mixed with snow, lot of wind. Lovely :)
Up via the horseshoe this time dropping off a few geocaches along the way.
After my two longer stays in Belfast and Dublin in the previous years, in August 1999 I took my girlfriend (now wife) to the Emerald Isle for our first long car journey together, all the way from Poland and back. A hike to Carrauntoohil was one of the points of our trip.
We started from the north, hiked Beenkeragh and scrambled the ridge to Carrauntoohil in dense fog, high wind and rain. At the summit we met a nice party of Irish and English hikers who advised that in those conditions we better not descend via Caher as we planned. We descended together via Devil's Ladder as they kindly offered us a lift in their car to the place where our car was parked at the other side of the mountain. Afterwards we went to a pub together where we bought them a round of Guinness and whiskey :)
Because I'm living in Kerry a had ocassions to do it few times.In different condition including heavy snow and blizzard.
Highly recomended from high lake through the Curved Gully.
Not sure about the date actually, sometime around then, what self respecting Irish citizen wouldn't do it before setting his sights on higher pastures? No view, no luck with weather. I'm used to it, I lived there for 19years.
Perfect weather, making for a fantastic hike. Loved the Ladder! Actually the hardest part was finding the trailhead---I somehow took a wrong turn on those narrow, windy Irish roads!
Day was dumpy (what a surprise :). Nothing but the clouds on the summit.
Climbed before dawn most of the way sinking to my knees in the bogs as I was trying to find the route in the dark. I had to be back at the B&B by 9:00 AM to continue our road trip with my family. A very fun mountain!
Chris, Dad, and I again.
Having admired Macgillycuddy's Reeks as my first intimate exposure to mountains as a wee tacker visiting the motherland, I eventually climbed Carrauntoohil (although I'm sure it was spelled differently then) from the north in July 1995 with my ex. I remember strong winds, a cross, and a sheep. (Jeez, for somebody who loves mountains and maps, I'm really drawing a bank on this one.)