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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 1570 members. Recently by: Cathal-Kelly, KevinRoche, paulmcquaid, jcincork, cathalferris, Helenha, Oona, oldpragmatist, bigmac63, wild_brian, marchiggins, Dee68, Eirepur, wjnunan, GillSte
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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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(Walk description continued from Cnoc na Toinne.) .. by denise-vosges   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
Tried climbing Carrauntoohil via Heaven's Gate fo .. by keithkingston   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
Probably my toughest hike to date and I've hiked .. by pheonix   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil in area MacGillycuddy
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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   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
Twins aged 10 conquer the summit .. by MMulli2   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
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