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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 1560 members. Recently by: Dee68, Eirepur, wjnunan, GillSte, IainT, Lauranna, toblereoghan, jcincork, HeartTrek, hawkeye.john62, breathp, Bunsen7, 21yearsgone, TriHarder, Philhanson
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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)
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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On Bank Holiday weekend 6.05.2007 with a group of .. by Kulpix   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
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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