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Carrauntoohil Mountain Corrán Tuathail A name in Irish
(Ir. Corrán Tuathail [GE], 'Tuathal's sickle' [OSNB]) County Highpoint of Kerry In County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists

Height: 1038.6m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V80363 84421 This summit has been logged as climbed by 1393 members. Recently by: nikolai, chuckie, jcincork, atlantic73, Hilldweller, dr_banuska, joanfahern, MacGregor, Mick_Kelleher, rjhocking, donalhunt, tryfan, simoburn, Eoin75, douginireland
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Longitude: -9.7427, Latitude: 51.999448 Prominence: 1038.59m,   Isolation: 0.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 480339 584480,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crnthl, 10 char: Crnthl

Just as the summit of Ireland's highest mountain is often covered in mist, its name is shrouded in uncertainty. Unlike some lesser peaks, such as Mangerton or Croagh Patrick, it is not mentioned in any surviving early Irish texts. P.W. Joyce suggests that meaning of this name is 'inverted reaping hook' and that this sense can be appreciated from the middle of the Hag's Glen. He proposes that the reaping hook is inverted in the sense that it is convex rather than concave [Irish Names of Places, vol. i, p. 6]. The serrated ridges which run up the north face of Carrauntoohil are certainly amongst its most distinctive features and are therefore likely to have given name to the mountain. However, the image of a 'convex reaping-hook' is a very odd and complex one on which to base a place-name, and the use of tuathal to mean inverted, while found in dictionaries, seems to be without parallel in other Irish place-names. It seems more likely that the second element is simply the personal name 'Tuathal' as John O'Donovan believed. This forename was common in Medieval Ireland and is the basis of the surname Ó Tuathail (O'Toole). It also occurs in Lios Tuathail (Listowel, Co. Kerry) and Carraig Thuathail (Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork), which the Flanagans interpret in both cases as a personal name (Irish Place Names). Intriguigingly, one of the earliest accounts to mention Ireland's highest mountain, written by Isaac Weld in 1812, refers to it as 'Gheraun-tuel', which suggests that the first element was not corrán, but rather géarán, 'fang', which is found in the name of several other Kerry mountains. On the basis of this one reference, it is difficult to say whether this represents an earlier form of the name or whether it was a corruption. For further information on the name, see Paul Tempan, Some Notes on the Names of Six Kerry Mountains, JKAHS, ser. 2, vol. v (2005), 5-19.   Carrauntoohil is the highest mountain in Ireland. Carrauntoohil is the highest point in county Kerry.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: Carrauntoohil from the Hag's Glen. Photo; Mick Crowley
 
Sunset in the Reeks
by MickC  8 Feb 2011 What an end to a fabulous day (see previous post). Looking back at Carrauntoohil from the Hag's Glen after completing the horseshoe.
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil in area MacGillycuddy
by jackill  10 Aug 2004 Pat looking back at the Devils Ladder.
We were forced to descend by it on the May weekend due to bad weather/fog.
this picture was taken on the day after(camped overnight at Loch Gabhrach)
The descent was very tricky with lots of loose rock and very slippery conditions.
Started at V772 871 (Point A) and finished at Kate kearneys cottage the next day.
Once again hello to the Bishopstown Hillwalking club ,(we met Sean Cotter and the gang on top of Caher).
And there is a stream (V805 838 (Point B)) on the side of Carrauntoohil next to the track about 500m from the top of the Devils ladder.This little waterway is mentioned in some of the guidebooks as a place to fill up if you are caught short.
Point A: V772 871 Point B: V805 838
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Picture: One of 250+ days per year when weather on Reeks was less than ideal..but who cares? Photo:Y Le Roux
 
by denise-vosges  10 Dec 2008 (Walk description continued from Cnoc na Toinne.) From the summit of Cnoc na Toinne we had an easy walk back down to reach the saddle at the top of the Devil’s Ladder, 100m lower down. There was still 300m of climbing left on a rocky path to the summit of Carrauntoohil. Sadly, it was in the fog! Not the slightest view around! But this ascent was challenging for me and I was delighted to have made it. We had really earned our sandwiches in the shelter!
Leaving the summit after lunch, we went down the same way towards the Devil’s Ladder, but just before the saddle we turned east, then north in the direction of Lough Gouragh, picking up a path which was almost level to start with. This started to descend gradually towards the breach in the rocks known as the Heavenly Gates (8070084525 (Point C)). Most of this path was easy, but with just one really difficult part: just after passing through the Heavenly Gates, you have to descend a steep gully where you need to use your hands too, and perhaps your backside! After that we reached the mountain rescue hut, and on the next stretch (descending the slope overlooking Lough Gouragh) we encountered two places where we had to climb down facing the cliff. It was not really difficult, but we had to be quite careful. Then we just had to follow the path along the Gaddagh River to reach our car parked at Lisleibane.
Point C: V80700 84525
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by keithkingston  17 Nov 2008 Tried climbing Carrauntoohil via Heaven's Gate for the first time recently, and loved it. From a distance it looks like it should be very difficult, but its not at all as bad as it looks. It is quite a direct route, has stunning views over Eagles Nest and Hags tooth, and for my money, is the best of the easier assents of Carrauntoohil. I couldn't find a description of it here, so here goes:

From Hag's Glen, follow path along North side of Lough Gouragh. Path leads up small valley between Hag's Tooth and Carrauntoohil - involves some scambling. When path levels into small boggy area, look for path leading up Carrauntoohil on left (southwards). A path also follows on up the left side of the valley - a rewarding detour if you have time, but dont be tempted to go up Carrauntoohil that way unless you are prepared for serious climbing. You can see "Heaven's Gate" from the boggy area - a small pillar of rock separated from the mountain by a small ravine. Follow path in that direction. After some more scrambling path levels out and passes an emergency mountain shelter - a small container clad with stone and furnished with 2 bunk beds. Scramble on up through the "gate" and from there on its easy, the path coming out on the saddle above the Devil's Ladder and continuing to the peak. It took me under 3 hours from Cronins Yard to the top. I returned over Beenkearagh and down the valley between Beenkeeragha and Knockbrinnea, which is fairly direct, but their are plenty of other options.
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by pheonix  24 Feb 2003 Probably my toughest hike to date and I've hiked snow covered mountains at 11,000ft in New Mexico since!!....U should use rope on this mountain but given how little time u need it for , most don't bother - hence all the accidents!! - We took the Devils ladder approach ( or the waterfall, as it was that day )....The weather was terrible, we couldn't see the mountain the whole time we were there, through the mist and heavy rain ( and it was also gusting 40 - 50 mph! ) . Just below the saddle i had the fright of my life when I almost slipped and fell ( I had forgotten the 3 points of contact rule !! ) Anyway thanks to a hardy Scottish climber who encouraged me to go on I successfully scrambled my way up over the top of the saddle...At this point I was more overcome with a sense of fear about my return trip than I was with reaching the summit.... I had already been persuaded twice to continue the climb, initially by my friend who had given up the ghost 2/3 way up the ladder - And I was anxious not to abandon him for too long - I continued on the struggle up near to the summit where I was able to see the cross...visibility was very poor and the weather was deteriorating rapidly - I satisfied myself that I would have had no problem physicaly with the last 100 yards - so opting for my safety I made a hasty retreat - the navigation wasn't easy under the circumstances but I made it back to the saddle were I found the descent not as fear inducing as I had imagined it would be...I was closely followed by my Scottish comrade ( who had taken his chance and reached the summit ) and we met back up with my friend who was relieved to see us.The journey back to the car was no fun either as the river we had easily waded across earlier was now a ragging torrent - we all ended up soaked to the bone ....- Carrauntoohil what an experience !!! ....I learnt an important lesson on that mountain - Knowing that u can achieve something is as important as achieving it - I had my own personal victory!!.... ( I'm 31 and have been diabetic for a year now.....)
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil in area MacGillycuddy
by conorob  20 Nov 2005 I climbed this mountain over 3 day trip with my dad. I am 8 years old and loved it. Here is a picture of me on the devils ladder.
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