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Ascent of Carrauntoohil on 2014-02-15

Climber: Jon Colbert

Others in Party:Pip E
Date:Saturday, February 15, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Carrauntoohil
    Location:Ireland
    Elevation:1040 m / 3415 ft

Ascent Trip Report

We were granted a slight weather window during the storms that have been battering the British Isles lately. It was a short drive from Fossa to Cronin's Yard.
On the walk up the valley we were hit by several squalls of hail.
We missed the river crossing and were rewarded by wet boots crossing back to get to the main track up through Hags Glen.

The Devils Ladder was not as bad as we expected, thanks to the soft snow.
It was a quick ascent up the ladder, and then up to the summit following a fain track in the snow and the icy cairns.

We had a short break at the top for photos and then we dropped back to the saddle for lunch.
Another group had come up via Cnoc na Tionne and we decided to follow their route, instead of back tracking down the ladder. It was a slow plod up to Cnoc Na Tionne, and the wind picked up severely although only for a couple of minutes.

We dropped over the edge to begin the descent into Hags Glen and it was very slow down climbing the steep snow face. Occasional patches of hard snow were no great problem as we just went slowly and safely. The walk out was fast and we only stopped for photos and to watch a Shepard controlling his dogs high up the on the valley walls.

The Lamb shank for dinner in Killarney that night was well deserved!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:990 m / 3251 ft
    Elevation Loss:990 m / 3251 ft
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:891 m / 2923 ft
    Route:Devils Ladder
    Trailhead:Cronin's Yard  149 m / 492 ft
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:990 m / 3251 ft
    Extra Gain:99 m / 328 ft
    Route:Croc na Toinne
    Trailhead:Cronin's Yard  149 m / 492 ft
    Time Down:3 Hours 



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