Ascent of Carrauntoohil on 2018-06-18

Climber: Andrew Coates

Date:Monday, June 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:3409 ft / 1039 m

Ascent Trip Report

What a day this was. We set out at a reasonable hour (around 10am). The hike started with a gentle climb up a farming road, gaining lots of elevation without any technical or navigational challenge at all. After reaching the lake, we turned to the right slightly and crossed a bog. A few missteps led to muddy shoes, but otherwise it was easy walking. The climb up to Caher was relentless but technically undemanding. Likewise the final push to the summit of Carrauntoohil. It was the descent where things got interesting. We had some trouble staying on the path along the North/West side of the loop, and encountered a few areas of exposed scrambling. A few wrong terms forced us to improvise our route up scree fields and over boulders. The lack of any significant visibility was probably helpful in reducing vertigo; I gather there are big drops along this route, but we could see very little. The final grassy descent off Cnoc Iochtair was steep and tricky on tired legs. Reaching the farm road again felt wonderful, and we hiked back to the carpark without incident. We saw only two other parties all day; one in the morning that stopped at the lake, and another right at the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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