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Sugarloaf HillMountainCnoc na gCloch A name in Irish (Ir. Cnoc na gCloch [OSI], 'hill of the stones')Tipperary/ WaterfordCounty, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Medium grained pink-purple sandstone Bedrock
Height:662.7mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 74Grid Reference: S03971 10479This summit has been logged as climbed by 439 members. Recently by: Jerpoint23, Martinpeak, odonovansf, flynnke, Dean, jcincork, guestuser, davsheen, ilenia, cathalferris, PabloAlto, 3K_Fters, Helenha, IainT, Lauranna I have climbed this summit: YES (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
The name 'Sugarloaf' is widely applied to hills of a conical shape in Ireland and Britain. Its equivalent 'pain de sucre' is common in France. It is also found further afield, e.g. at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (Pão de Açúcar in Portuguese) and the Montmorency Falls in Canada, where the name 'Pain de Sucre' is applied to the cone of ice which forms at the base of the waterfall in winter. There is a widespread misconception nowadays that 'sugarloaf' is some kind of bread. In fact, the word refers to the form in which sugar was usually sold all over the world, at least up to the 19th century, until granulated sugar became widely available in packets. The sugary liquid was dripped onto a surface and a solid mass formed in a conical or torpedo-like shape, like a sugary stalagmite. Sugar is still available in this form in North Africa, and it is also used in Germany to make the drink 'Feuerzangenbowle', for which the sugarloaf must first be soaked in rum.
Sugarloaf Hill is the 176th highest summit in Ireland. Sugarloaf Hill is the most northerly summit in the Knockmealdown Mountains area. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/170/