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Ascent of Carrauntoohil on 2014-08-30

Climber: Per Malmberg

Others in Party:Kristina Malmberg
Rickard Colliander -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Karin Colliander
Date:Saturday, August 30, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Carrauntoohil
    Location:Ireland
    Elevation:3409 ft / 1039 m

Ascent Trip Report

We set out from our little hotel in Killarney bright and early in the morning with out trusty rental and followed the N72 up to Annadale Road. We expected to park along the road to get access to the famous hydro road but instead we found a large parking area right before the trailhead. At 7 am were quite alone when we set of on the trial to du the Coomloughra Horseshoe walk. The weather was dry but the mountains were covered in clouds at this point in the morning. The first hour or se we climbed from approx. 140 m to 430 m on the hydro road up to Lough Eighter. Crossing the field up to Caher we encountered a very wet, swampy area were we should have stayed a lot further west to avoid the wettest parts but instead we really go our boots wet and muddy before heading up the western part of Caher. A relatively steep ascent brought us up to the Caher west top and 975 m. Here we had very little visibility and could only imagine the wonderful 360 view from the summit. After 15m or so we reached the Caher summit on the at parts rather “why is the trail so close to the edge”-trail. On the ridge after Caher at 977m we sat down for lunch and the sun then finally graced us with its presence for a brief minute or two. From that the path went down to about 900 m and just before we started heading up to Carrauntoohil the clouds finally dissolved and we ha fantastic view over the Coomloughra lake and the whole horseshoe. Even the summit cross on Carrauntoohil itself became visible in the distance. Then it was just a brief walk up to the summit where we again had nothing but clouds to look at.
The summit was crowded so didn’t dwell but deciding to head on. At this point we split our party since the mrs didn’t want to continue on the possibly exposed ridge toward Beenkeragh. Instead we chose the Devil’s ladder route down. While this certainly is an obvious way down it certainly wasn’t very safe with all the people and rocks moving about. Next time I will definitely wear a helmet for this passage. For my wife who is not particularly fond of scrambling it was not a very fun passage but eventually we got down. In parts the descent was also quite wet due to all the water flowing down the ladder. After the ladder the descent was not steep and the trails was well marked and brought us into a very beautiful landscape in the middle of the horseshoe. The weather was clear now with only parts of clouds remaining on the peaks giving us some wonderful views over the mountains. At Cronin’s yard we met up with our other party members for the celebration of a wonderful day in Ireland.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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