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Cruach Mhór Mountain (Ir. Cruach Mhór [OSI 1:25,000], 'big stack') Kerry County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Well-bedded grey sandstone Bedrock

Height: 932m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V84077 84824 This summit has been logged as climbed by 360 members. Recently by: trevdman, Aidy, jcincork, Mick_Kelleher, Msbinireland, caiomhin, Marian1978, Wildrover, hannukkah, Onzy, marzka, eeimly, sev, skhg, crankechick
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Longitude: -9.688756, Latitude: 52.003856 , Easting: 84077, Northing: 84824 Prominence: 34m,   Isolation: 0.3km
ITM: 484054 584883,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CrchMh, 10 char: CrchMhor
Bedrock type: Well-bedded grey sandstone, (Lough Acoose Sandstone Formation)

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 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 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. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/11/comment/4771/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cruach Mhór in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: View down on Cummeenapeasta
New Comment: Right at edge of my limits
by Aidy  14 Jul 2015
We had the pleasure of making the long trip to Kerry at the weekend, camping for two nights to give us a day to do the eastern Reeks ridge from Cruach Mhor to Cnoc na Toinne. Starting at Cronin's yard we took the already well described route, leaving the track just before the metal bridges, and heading up to the lip around Lough Cummeenapeasta. We had set out at 6.30am in gloomy, wet weather, with low cloud, but the summit remained visible all the way up, and on the shores of the lough, it looked like a daunting climb - very steep, over difficult ground covered in large boulders. It was indeed on the edge of what I'd be comfortable with, not really walking as hands were required to scramble up, and a few twists and turns were taken to avoid almost vertical areas. We were a little relieved to reach the grotto, which provided some shelter from the rain and wind. The cloud enveloped us just as we reached the summit, robbing us of the views. We also couldn't see the route across to The Big Gun now, which had looked impossible to us as we looked at it on the way up from Lough Cummeenapeasta. We didn't fancy going backwards over slippery rocks on the route we had taken up Cruach Mhor, so onwards it was! Definitely an exciting "walk" for someone of my ability, even making me uneasy at times, if never too terrifying. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/11/comment/18188/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cruach Mhór in area MacGillycuddy
 
jackill on Cruach Mhór, 2004
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 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. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/11/comment/1147/
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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. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/11/comment/6621/
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S Mc Auliffe on Cruach Mhór, 2004
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. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/11/comment/813/
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John Finn on Cruach Mhór, 2004
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. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/11/comment/1129/
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