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scannerman
2012-02-14 03:14:57
Climbing Croaghaun Achill
Hellow yvesdb,

Croaghaun on achill island is a fantastic mountain but also dangerous and probably not the hill to take along children unless your going with guides or are quite experienced yourselves.

Guided walks up the mountain are available on the island as far as I know.

The north west face is practically a mile long cliff which falls directly into the atlantic below and reaches a height of 2257 feet [688 mtrs] or 0.42 of a mile! at the summit. It ranges between seriously steep, completely sheer and even overhanging, with massive chunks which are cracked and waiting for gravity to prevail.

The views and scenery up there are nothing short of spectacular, but due to its location, the mountain attracts a great deal of cloud which can make navigation very difficult and it would be so easy to literally walk off into the abyss.

Bunnafreva lough west is extraordinary to say the least, perched on the cliff edge just meters away from a 1000 foot sheer drop, yet its not easy to get too and also pecarious.

To explore both croaghaun and see bunnafreva lough, the entire day is really required. The mountain is quite steep even on its climbable south eastern aspects and also has some cliffs and corries loughs to navigate, so its a long and often taxing hike. There are no established and continuous trails or paths to follow which can make progress ardous if cloud decends.

Routes are mostly from either Sneem or Lough Acorrymore, the finer details of which can be found on the site here under Croaghaun mt summit comments. For Bunnafreva and then summit, its best to hike from the carpark at lough Accorrymore.

Achill has many walks which are really super with incredible views that are not as diffcult, Minaun mtn has outstanding cliffs and at 466 mtrs, less strenious. Slievemore mountain, although as high as Croaghaun is not quite as severe and Achill head is pretty beautiful.

Heres a couple of links which will give you some idea of what to expect on croaghaun..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRpJq9LDg5A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RxbcslJavM
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