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Cruach Mhór Mountain (Ir. Cruach Mhór [OSI 1:25,000], 'big stack') Kerry County In Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists

Height: 932m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V84077 84824 This summit has been logged as climbed by 338 members. Recently by: Fergalh, hugh_oc, guestuser, donalhunt, simoburn, Eoin75, douginireland, Teresa-ms, suiladoir, Rob_Lee, pavelbodi, megantaggart, ckilm, GSheehy, oldsoldier
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Longitude: -9.688756, Latitude: 52.003856 Prominence: 34m,   Isolation: 0.3km
ITM: 484054 584883,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CrchMh, 10 char: CrchMhor

The summit has a grotto built by a local farmer who dragged the cement, sand and water up from his home in Ballyledder on his back. There is also a lower peak to the east known as An Chruach Bheag (TH). Both have the sharply pointed shape associated with peaks called cruach, and this also accounts for the Irish name of the range: na Cruacha Dubha (Mhic Giolla Mo Chuda).   Cruach Mhór is the 11th highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cruach Mhór in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: From Cnoc an Chuillinn
 
The Grotto at the end of the world
Short Summary created by jackill  30 Jun 2011 Park in Cronins Yard V83665 87340 (Point A) where there is pay parking (2€ per day) and room for 50 cars.
There is also a seasonal Tea room and toilets.Walk through the gate passing a wall of plaques to your left , follow the track through another gate and over a stream. The path becomes loose pebbles, turn left just before the first bridge crossing to a stile at V83070 86411 (Point B). Follow the stream edge from here before turning off to the left aiming for a noticable line of rocks that descend from Lough Cummeenapeasta. Follow this line up to the Lough.
Ascend eastwards over large rocks, it is easier to use these to step on rather than picking your way around them on the scant loose soil.
The summit is marked by a large grotto with a brass statue of the Virgin and Child.
Point A: V83665 87340 Point B: V83070 86411

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cruach Mhór in area MacGillycuddy
by jackill  29 Aug 2004 Cruach Mhór coming up the ridge from Cruach Bheag and Cnoc an Bhraca.Started at Cronins Farmyard and followed the Reeks Ridge walk as described in The Lonely Planet guide "Walking in Ireland". Started up Cruach Mhór from V843 859 (Point C) just west of Locha Chaca (look out for the green grassy slope) to reach the area where the photo was taken from. Then on over the ridge to Maolan Bui taking in The Big Gun and Cnoc Na peiste. The Big Gun is absolutely the most challenging climb I have done in Ireland - we crossed in calm weather during a dry August afternoon - if you were to attempt it in more difficult weather/wind I think ice axes/ropes etc. would be needed. When ever you attempt it a good head for heights and good route finding skills will be needed. However you can avoid the worst of it by dropping down after Cruach Mhor to the north side of the ridge - note you will have to go down about 150 mtrs to avoid the blocks of rock sweeping down the sides - and finding a fairly distinct track around to the col before Cnoc na Peiste.
Point C: V843 859
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cruach Mhór in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: http://www.youtube.com/user/mcrtchly#p/u/6/JK4jp4u1fe4
 
Majesty On Film
by CaptainVertigo  10 Nov 2011 An Cruach Mhor is a shapely mountain that is the main gateway to the eastern Reeks from Cronin's yard. Its a real Top Ten classic, as is its next of kin, The Big Gun. I wondered if I was truly "up to it" when I made my plans for the great event earlier in the year. I would have loved to have had the benefit of the mcrtchly / kernowclimber YouTube film "MacGillycuddy's Reeks Traverse Part One". I strongly recommend this film as part of your preparations.. Our friends have really done a superb job in capturing the stupendous terrain and staggering views. I hesitate to quibble about the choice of background music. The initial ballad simply dosen't appeal to me...no matter how apparently apt it may seem for reasons of local references. To me this mountain requires majestic music to resonate with its greatness! But fear not! The gruesome "come all ye" is soon replaced by Holst's Mars (from The Planets) Please be sure to see

http://www.youtube.com/user/mcrtchly#p/u/6/JK4jp4u1fe4

It deserves a prize.
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cruach Mhór in area MacGillycuddy
by S Mc Auliffe  16 Jan 2004 Cruach Mhor is beautiful peak that is a worthy day's objective in itself or as the first major triumph of a bigger mountain day. This lofty perch topped by an impressive grotto[built by a local gentleman] , offers superb views in all directions. The view across the hags glen towards Corran Tuathail encapsulates what these mountains are all about. The ridge that beckons towards Cnoc na Peiste is mouthwatering. Enjoy the picture of the Big Gun I think it captures the spirit of the place.
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by John Finn  22 Aug 2004 The grotto on Cruach Mhor. This was built by a local farmer who dragged the cement, sand
and water up from his home in the valley on his back! An act of devotion or madness? Madness actually as I was told the poor man ended up in St Brendan's lunatic asylum in Killarney. The statue
is usually shattered by winter weather but someone still replaces it with a new one every year.
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cruach Mhór in area MacGillycuddy
by John Finn  22 Aug 2004 The arete between Cruach Mhor (to the far left) and Cnoc na Peiste (from where the photo was taken) on the Eastern Reeks. This is a heart-stopping place at times - especially in poor weather! The best way across is to keep to the skyline ...if you've got the nerve.
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