Ascent of Croaghaun on 2015-04-30

Climber: Lee Newton

Others in Party:Jai Newton
Date:Thursday, April 30, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:2257 ft / 687 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arriving in Dublin on an early flight from Edinburgh, we picked up a hire car and drove the 4 hours to the far end of Achill Island on the west coast of Ireland, stopping for lunch and later to check in to the Railway Hostel, where we would spend the next 3 nights.

It was not difficult to locate the turn off leading steeply uphill to the right, near the end of the road along the island. The views had been stunning with white sandy beaches, precipitous sea cliffs and the characteristic white painted houses of the communities strung out along the shore.

Parking just short of the little loch at 4.30pm, we headed directly up the heathery slopes leading to the summit. The recent (relative) drought had left most of the bogs dried out and I was able to ascend in running shoes without getting my feet even damp. The view from the top would have been worth triple the effort with the sun beginning to get lower in the sky and the surf crashing on the rocks far below. The view west, and across Clew Bay encompassed all the other major peaks of the area including Slieve Carr, Nephin, Croagh Patrick, Mweelrea, and the twelve pins.

After a quick return trip out to the southwest summit, the descent was by the route of ascent
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1765 ft / 537 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1765 ft / 537 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1634 ft / 498 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:SE ridge
    Start Trailhead:Loch Accorymore  623 ft / 189 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1765 ft / 537 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1634 ft / 498 m; Extra: 131 ft / 39m
    Gain on way out:131 ft / 39 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.5 km
    Route:SE ridge
    End Trailhead:Loch Accorymore  623 ft / 189 m
    Time:1 Hours 

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