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.)
Climbed three times in a week: Reeks Ridge; Stumpa-Beenkeragh horseshoe and Howling Ridge. All superb routes.
Amazing walks on unbelievably clear sky. One day we walked from Cronin's Yard through Hag's Glen via O'Sheas Gully, little bit steeper walk, back via Heaven's Gate. Second day we made The Coomloughra Horseshoe which is giving amazing views on both sides.
Hiked up late on Saturday night, overnighted and then hiked up via Heaven's Gate , before doing the ridge route back over toward Kate Kearney's for dinner and a narrow Kerry escape from Monaghan.
A perfect hiking day with unusual perfect weather conditions. Devil´s ladder in perfect - dry - conditions.
Final moment of my 3-day trip to Ireland's highest mountain range of Macgillycuddy's Reeks in Kerry. The successfull climb was made in absolutely gorgeous weather conditions unlikely for local standards(3/4 of the year peak sinks in rain and mist!).
The most popular summit trail leading from Cronin's Yard through Hag's Glen and Devil's Ladder was just for me that day, I haven't met anybody for about 7 hours of hiking besides sheep, sheep and sheep, they were simply everywhere!
Breathtaking summit panorama in all directions, dream blue Atlantic Ocean with its bays and islands, Dingle Peninsula, green fields of Kerry, postglacial lakes in valleys under my feet, lakes of Killarney and "moon" Reeks all around in full sun! Long descent
via sharp ridge and the second highest peak of Beenkeragh and then by northern slopes of Knockbrinnea to Gaddah River valley and Cronin's Yard.
The day before the ascent I hiked from the village of Beaufort through famous Gap of Dunloe to Black valley and back, great evening and sunset impressions. Wonderful area.
Climbed it a few years ago, it rained all the way up, but whe we got to the summit, the cloud cleared showing blue sky with the corss on the top partially eclipsing the sun. This alomst felt like divine intervention.
Wet, low visibility...forced to turn back.
Very wet and zero visibility from what I remember.
A wet hike on a misty day. Very windy on the summit.
Lots of varied and interesting routes especially on North side
Fun route, but my knees were a bit sore the day after! Best to do on a clear day to enjoy the best Ireland has to offer.
Nice walk up to the summit although we were covered in cloud and mist for the whole trip. Maybe next time will be a little bit luckier. Devil's stair is a death trap for descending.
My german friend Peter Bolle from Würzburg and me, Remo Kiss from Innsbruck in Tirol climbed Carrauntoohill in February 2004. Stayed overnight in my tent near the river.The weather was great, no rain at all!!!
I've climbed it about three times at this stage. Without doubt the best route is the horseshoe route - though the arete can be a bit dodgy in bad weather. Best time to climb is Dec 26th - not for the weather, but for the atmosphere of the day after Christmas. The mountain gets a good-spirited crowd.
I made it around the horseshoe (which includes Ireland's three highest summits), in about four hours. It was a very nice hike indeed! It should be noted that between the two highest summits, there is a light scramble, but on excellent rock. There are not many tracks to follow in the lower parts of the hike, but with a map and good navigation skills, it is straightforward. The tourist office in Killarney actually warned me that the hike I was about to set out on was "extremely dangerous", an advice both me and the locals have problems understanding.
Fantastic walk in and climb. Clear views in all directions and a nice day. My friend Glenn and I took off late in the afternoon and we got caught out in the dark on the way back. It was quite an adventure finding our way back to the car with no torch !
nice weather. good climb moved together on most of it. Quite exposed in places. climbed it with my brother in 2hrs 30min
A good day out, if you catch it on a good day.
A worthwhile hike which does not suffer from the over popularity of fellow high points, Ben Nevis and Snowdon. Many of my friends in SA do not know that there are mountains in Ireland, but this one's a beauty. We had a fairly clear hike up but the wind and clouds came in near the summit, all very atmospheric with the lakes and whatnot.