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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, Irish Highest Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Purple sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 1038.6m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V80363 84421 This summit has been logged as climbed by 1553 members. Recently by: jcincork, HeartTrek, hawkeye.john62, breathp, Bunsen7, 21yearsgone, TriHarder, Philhanson, corkrats, caseyc481, AdrianneB, johncromie, seantmcauliffe, declanohagan, jgdarcy
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Longitude: -9.742693, Latitude: 51.99945 , Easting: 80363, Northing: 84421 Prominence: 1038.59m,   Isolation: 0.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 480339 584480,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crnthl, 10 char: Crnthl
Bedrock type: Purple sandstone & siltstone, (Ballinskelligs Sandstone Formation)

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: One of 250+ days per year when weather on Reeks was less than ideal..but who cares? Photo:Y Le Roux
 
denise-vosges on Carrauntoohil, 2008
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 A). 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. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/3464/
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keithkingston on Carrauntoohil, 2008
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. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/3449/
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pheonix on Carrauntoohil, 2003
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.....) Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/339/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: Devil's Ladder
Kulpix on Carrauntoohil, 2007
by Kulpix  13 May 2007
On Bank Holiday weekend 6.05.2007 with a group of 4 friends me and my husband climbed Carrauntoohill. We took the Devil’s Ladder route since it seemed to be the least dangerous one (some other routes lead along the ridges and don’t look too safe). Despite the bad fame of Devil’s Ladder, we took this route in bad weather. It was raining and became foggy closer to the top. The rocks were very slippery and muddy which made the walk quite unsafe. When we got to the top of the ladder we were so tired that we found it very hard to continue walking towards the cross. It was quite cold and windy. Although I was quite surprised that despite the bad weather we met a good few people on the way. Finally we descended the same way which was quite tricky and needed care.
I must say that Devil’s Ladder could be a much easier route for a dry and sunny day, with amazing views. But I wouldn’t recommend going to Carrauntoohill in bad weather. It could turn into a nightmare if you slipped on the rock or even got lost in the fog.
What I would recommend though, if you decide to go when the weather is unstable, please have very good waterproof shoes, waterproof trousers and waterproof jacket. I had my jeans on and felt very uncomfortable when got wet… Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/2695/
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The record breaking ascent/descent Pt II
by Conor74  11 Aug 2011
“Another story from one of those races was the year I bought some new socks and put them on for the race. Everything went well on the way up but on the way down I was in a terrible state as something was going wrong in my foot. When I finished and examined the source of the pain I found that I had failed to notice a little steel staple that held the socks together and it had embedded itself into my toes on the descent and was bleeding.

“The year 2008 was also an adventure as the sole came off my shoe coming off Caher [the secondary peak one has to ascend to get to Carrauntohil]. The only part holding on was the heel, so I had to race the last 20 minutes with the entire sole flapping about and sometimes folding back underneath my landing foot while all the time trying to be as gentle as possible not to lose it entirely.”

On memorable opponents, Lenihan first names Frances Cosgrove, who finished runner up to him on 6 occasions. “I would love to have seen that man win a Carrauntohill,” Lenihan says, “Though of course not at my expense. I feared him the most as he was always very close to me and he never accepted defeat until you crossed that line — so it was a flat out race from gun to line.

“Probably the most talented runner to race with me on Carrauntohill would have to be scots man John Brooks who whipped me in 2004,” Lenihan says, adding, “but I did take solace in the fact that he was still over 3 minutess outside the record. John Henegan was probably the most unlucky not to have won a Carrauntohill title as he had me on the ropes at the end of the 2005 race and I only held on by 3 seconds.”

On calling it quits, Lenihan relates. “I had a disastrous race in 2006 and could only manage fourth and all the papers had the line ‘end of an era’ included somewhere in the write-ups. My answer to this was to win it 2007-2008-2009. When the course was changed in 2010 it lost it’s appeal to me and I didn’t take part, also injury problems to hip and groin was a factor.

Now 52, Lenihan has been spending much of his free time designing and leading walks in his beloved hills.

On running Carrountohil again, he says, “Many people want me to do the new route some year and maybe now the fact that I’ve missed a couple of years I could go and jog it without any pressure of been expected to be up there. In a strange way it would be nice to experience the feel of just taking part in the Carrauntohill race without the huge pressure of being expected to win.” Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/6476/
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Picture: Like Heaven on the Summit
 
Twins aged 10 conquer the summit
by MMulli2  13 Mar 2012
Twins Ailise & David aged 10 completed the climb of Carrauntoohil with their family on Sun 11/3/12. They are seasoned climbers, having already completed Croagh Patrick, Mount Brandon, Galtee Mor and many others. We took the Devil's Ladder route from Cronin's yard. It took 4 hours going up and 3 hours coming down, as their stride is quite short. Conditions were perfect. Summit temp was 8'C with hardly a puff of wind. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/6712/
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