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Fauscoum Mountain Fáschom A name in Irish
(Ir. Fáschom, 'empty hollow') Waterford County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Green thick-bedded conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 792m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 75 Grid Reference: S31689 10508 This summit has been logged as climbed by 349 members. Recently by: IainT, bobbar, jcincork, DaveMc, johncromie, ckilm, Harry Goodman, ericjones, lw24, Martinpeak, dmc, eoghanm, t.jay, tommccarthy, Kiwitrekker
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Longitude: -7.53665, Latitude: 52.245833 , Easting: 231689, Northing: 110508 Prominence: 626m,   Isolation: 1km
ITM: 631641 610557,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Fscm, 10 char: Fauscoum
Bedrock type: Green thick-bedded conglomerate, (Treanearla Formation)

Despite being the highest of the Comeraghs, this is a rather unremarkable summit above the spectacular valley of Coumshingaun. The circuit of Coumshingaun comprises the ascent and descent of two dramatic ridges. The cliffs at the back of the valley offer some of the finest rock-climbs in Ireland. The name Fáschom properly refers to the next coom immediately south of Coumshingaun. The name may refer either to its wild nature or to the fact that, unlike many of the cooms which cut into the Comeragh plateau, it has no lake. Knockaunapeebra / Cnocán an Phíopaire is the name of a a lower peak to the SW.   Fauscoum is the highest mountain in the Comeragh Mountains area and the 49th highest in Ireland. Fauscoum is the highest point in county Waterford.

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Comeraghs highest point
Short Summary created by jackill,  24 Sep 2010
Park at Kilclooney wood S342 102 A , room here for 20 cars. Head through the woods from the north west corner of the carpark, you will reach a forestry road after 500 meters or so. Turn right and follow this road, past a cleverly disguised phone mast then through an area of low branches to a wire fence. Cross the fence and head uphill on a very rocky track. As the track swings west cross the boulder wall that runs alongside the track and go uphill towards Coumshingaun lakes mouth. At a very large erratic boulder pick up a track that leads all the way up the left hand side of the lake. The track going up picks its way through many large rock outcrops initially before becoming a narrowing ridge. You will reach a point just under the plateau with a steep and tricky looking climb. This is the only way up or down on this side of the lake and will bring you the final 40 meters up to the plateau. On the plateau head across bog to the summit cairn. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/48/comment/4808/
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Coumshingaun seen through a rock
by Colin Murphy  26 Apr 2010
Peering through one of the wonderful rock formations that dot both the south and north sides of the Coumshingaun Lough circuit. Fascoum top itself was a disappointment after the spectacle of the approach, which offers views as good as any in Ireland. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/48/comment/4663/
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Picture: Coumshingaun south face
Al on Fauscoum, 2008
by Al  25 Jul 2008
Having had a scary experience on a gully scramble in W Cork described in the book "Munster's Mountains" i was keen to find out how the coumshingaun gullies would fair as described in the same book so i headed out with the father figure saturday 19/07/08. The car was parked at a layby where the Ira river flowing down from the coum crossed the clonmel-dungarvan road, S350115 B. 45 minutes had us at the lakeside, a gradual track leading up. The fun then started as we skirted around the south side of the lake on a track leading up to the start of the first gully (arrows on map). Out came the rope and the slings and we negotiated the first small obstacle without much bother (although the rock was wet). Moving out of the gully to the right a little further up we traversed under the cliffs to the start of the second gully. A slightly harder move got us over the wet block at the entrance and from there it was a slog up through knee high "comeragh weed" to the top. We finished off the coumshingaun circuit from there, having the lunch and taking the picture from the north ridge before descending back along the track to the road. Route 2 i think in the book, 5 hours, description was on the money! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/48/comment/3245/
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Picture: The Knockmealdowns & Galtees from the Fauscoum summit
Why not take in another lake?
by thomas_g  20 Mar 2012
Starting from Kilclooney wood S342 102 , I went up the ridge south of the lough. It was more difficult than I expected due to slippery mud and a freezing cross wind, but the clear weather made the views worthwhile. The final steep bit was thankfully sheltered from the wind and easier than it looks, but if you didn't know about it in advance the pleasant walk along the ridge before it would lull you into a false sense of an easy walk to the summit.
Walking around the lake you can choose to descend via the ridge north of the lake (Stookangarriff) or if you don't fancy what can be a slippery descent or simply can't get enough of the coum's. You can head from approx S323 115 C for the spot height 494 at S331 123 D, take in a lovely view of Crotty's before heading for the edge of the trees S338118 E and back across the valley to Kilclooney. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/48/comment/6725/
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Picture: Coumshingaun lake from above
Deise splendour
by Kennyj  5 Sep 2015
Taking advantage of the good forecast I headed for the Mahon Falls this morning,parking at the upper car park and climbing to spot height 414 along the road before climbing along the fence north west up the steep slope onto Comeragh mountain.Following the track around
the top of Coummahon until I crossed the river above the falls.
The crossing was easy today but I'm told in winter this may be impossible,After crossing the river I headed northeast up onto Knockaunpeebra with its two distinctive cairns,from here down into the boggy col and up onto Fauscoum or spot height 792 as pointed out on other comments here.The summit is uninspiring but a 450m walk North East you'll see one of the finest views in any mountain range-Coumshigaun lake,after enjoying the sambos sitting above the lake I returned to Fauscoum before heading southwest crossing the river and making for the high ground back around Coummahon finishing at the three cairns on Comeragh mountain and back to the car.Time 3 hrs 35 mins,distance 11km,ascent 733 m,descent 762m. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/48/comment/18293/
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Picture: Enjoying the fine coastal views from the summit of Knockaunapeebra
kernowclimber on Fauscoum, 2010
by kernowclimber  3 Feb 2010
Taking advantage of some very fine but bitterly cold weather, we climbed Knockaunapeebra on 30th January 2010 via the Mahon Falls. This was something we had been planning to do for some time but were thwarted on our attempt last June due to the fact that the window of our car was smashed during the night while we were rough camping nearby. Be warned, this is unfortunately a common occurrence in the Comeraghs according to the local police, so don’t leave valuables on view in your car. We scrambled up the rocks on the left side of the waterfalls which posed one or two moderate moves where we decided to use a rope due to the wet conditions of the rock and the potential for patches of verglas higher up. Evidence that the falls had been much swollen by the recent snowmelt was clear to see by the amount of debris that had been deposited on rocks nearby and vegetation stripped away from others. We were rewarded with the sight of amazing icicles that had formed through the constant presence of spray on the walls at the top of the falls and jewel-like ice crystals encasing single strands of grass. We then continued with a traverse round a ledge half way up the valley to access a gully at a height of 420m to take us up to the top of the cliffs. The gully, located to the right of a prominent pinnacle of rock, was about 100 metres long, quite vegetated and wet, but the rock offered enough grip to make our progress steady if inelegant! From the top, the views down the valley of the Mahon River to the coast were magnificent. We then climbed to the summit of Knockaunapeebra with its frigid, ice encrusted twin cairns glinting angrily in the low afternoon sun, greatly enjoying clear views of the coast. We descended the ridge southeast from Knockaunapeebra, past the cliffs and beyond a smaller waterfall where we scrambled down over the rocks which were partially obscured by heather making our descent slightly onerous! Roughly opposite the Mahon Falls car park we headed across the flat, boggy ground and crossed the Mahon River which had clearly been in recent spate, to join the path back to the car park after some 4 hours. A thoroughly enjoyable day out and a great first scramble of 2010. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/48/comment/4385/
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