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Croagh Patrick Area
Maximum height for area: 764 metres,   Summits in area: 11,   Maximum prominence for area: 639 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 30, 31, 37, 38 For all tops   Highest summit: Croagh Patrick, 764m
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Croagh Patrick Mountain Cruach Phádraig A name in Irish
(Ir. Cruach Phádraig [GE], 'Patrick’s stack') Mayo County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists

Height: 764m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 30 Grid Reference: L90584 80197 This summit has been logged as climbed by 914 members. Recently by: Bagger_Plz, TommyV, seamaspeineas, Pamela1, SenanFoley, danielb, kenmoore, chalky, kitchen, colmocnoc, thomas_g, CharlieFox, anekk11, conorc57, chuckie
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Longitude: -9.659247, Latitude: 53.760033 Prominence: 639m,   Isolation: 1.5km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 490593 780213,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CrghPt, 10 char: CrghPtrck

Saint Patrick is said to have fasted for forty days on Croagh Patrick. It is from here that he is said to have banished a flock of evil black birds as well as the serpents of Ireland (a hollow to the north of the summit named Lugnademon commemorates this story). This explains its significance as a place of pilgrimage, though it was already sacred in pagan times, being a Lughnasa site [see MacNeill, 71-84]. Locally Croagh Patrick is called ‘The Reek’, a variant of the word ‘rick’ (i.e. a hayrick or haystack). ‘Cruach’ has the same meaning. In pagan times the mountain was known as Cruachán Aigle or Cruachán Garbrois. Garbros seems to be a place-name for the locality.   Croagh Patrick is the highest mountain in the Croagh Patrick area and the 65th highest in .

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croagh Patrick in area Croagh Patrick, Ireland
Picture: The Reek from Ben Goram
a nice ridge walk away from the crowds
Short Summary created by CaptainVertigo, scapania  11 Jan 2014 The shortest and most well-known route up 'The Reek' starts from the large carpark in Murrisk (L919 823 (Point A)), and needs no description. However, if you want a much quieter and more enjoyable route its infinitely better to come along the ridge from Ben Goram to the west. Coming from Westport, take the first left after Leckanvy, signposted for 'Sheeffry Valley Stables'. Follow this road for just over a kilometre, before turning left across open moorland. Park just after this road turns to the right at the base of the Ben Goram ridge, opposite a couple of new houses, on waste ground (L875 806 (Point B)). See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJoP-RJXrYI

Walk back down the road, hop the fence and head up the steep slope to reach the ridge proper. Follow the ridge to the summit of Ben Goram, down to the col and along a gently rising ridge to the base of the scree covered cone of Croagh Patrick, where the slightly busier mining track comes in from the left. A well worn path leads up through the scree to quickly reach the summit and its chapel, toilets and hordes of pilgrims.
Point A: L919 823 Point B: L875 806

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by tiktiktik3  5 Aug 2004 It was August 2003 and this was the first mountain we (my wife Vera and I (John)) did in the Emerald Isle ever. We took the traditional route starting at the car park & info center, luckaly it was past the time of the pelgrimage so although we where not alone, it was not crowded either. As it was a hot day and we did not know any better (yet) we where dressed only in a T shirt and while we climbed higher found the sweathers other folk where wearing somewhat strange as we where steaming in the August sunshine :-). The first piece of the climb was easy going and the reward when you look over the ridge coming up and get the splendid view over the other mountain tops behind it was overwhelming. After a quick meal we started on the second climb to the summit. This piece is a lot steeper and the path goes over loose rock so its important to look where you place your feet so not to slip away. Mind you it looks harder than it actualy is once your at it and very soon after, we where rewarded with being at our first mountain top. The view over Clew Bay with its countless little islands (no picture can do this justice) on one side and the mountains on the other is marvelous and recommendable. Only after some 10min up there it was obvious why the more experienced climbers/hill walkers wore sweaters or brought extra clothing with them... we where chilling down real fast by the icy winds up there, luckaly there was some shelter provided by the little St. Patrick church (witch was closed by the way). I've took some great Slides & Pictures and soon after we started to head down again same way as we came. Going down is a lot harder than going up, especialy the piece from the top to the ridge. All in all it was a great experience and something to repeat we both agreed on, so a few days later we went to Achill Island and Groaghein but more on that one later... The whole climb up & down took us about 4 hours and this includes the first rest to eat at the ridge and the time spend on top.
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by DavidG  1 Aug 2006 I climbed Croagh Patrick twice in the past few days - the first time (ever) on Friday and the second time on Reek Sunday, with thousands of pilgrims. I'm not used to climbing, nor am I fit. These things needn't put you off, though. The most important advice I can give is: take it at your own pace. Once that had clicked (in the first third of the climb), then it became very manageable and seriously enjoyable, even when exerting myself. Alaskan's summary is accurate - the first leg is exacting (more so on the way down), the saddle to the base of the summit is a good time to recover energy, and from there to the summit requires serious concentration. Things to remember: 1. Take sufficient (1-1.5 lts) water and some food (fruit, chocolate, Kendal Mint Cake, etc). You can fill your empty bottles in the mountain stream that runs alongside the path at the beginning of the ascent. 2. Wear appropriate footwear. I was amazed to see climbers in trainers or open toed sandals (I know some people do it barefooted, but that's a considered act of penance, not because they couldn't be bothered to buy a pair of boots). The final ascent to the summit over the loose scree is treacherous. 3. Dress for all weathers. Sunday was intermittently sunny and rainy. I arrived at the summit at 7.50 am, to see a magnificent double rainbow over Clew Bay. Within 20 minutes the weather had turned foul, with gale force winds and rain. Around me stood sorry folk in t-shirts. 4. Buy a stick. The tourist centre sells or rents out hazel sticks for a token sum. However much help they are going up, they're invaluable when coming down, which requires greater thought (tip - stick to the scree, and dig your heels in). One German climber kept falling on his descent and offered another climber 20 euros for her stick. Regrettably, she was on her way up, and had to decline... Most of all, take your time, especially if you're not used to it. They say it should take 2 hours to get to the top. I took 2.45 on the Friday, and 2.30 on the Sunday. No one was there to tell me off at the summit. It's a great walk/climb, with magnificent views. There's a great sense of solidarity from the other climbers, all of whom are ready to encourage you on (even stretching the truth when need be - 'just another 10 minutes', they say, when you've 30 minutes to go). And as I told a very healthy American family, who were approaching the base of the summit with some dismay, if I can do it, you can.
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Picture: Mayo Mountain Rescue Team on Croagh Patrick - July 06
by pj  4 Sep 2008 Croagh Patrick is, by far, the most climbed mountain in Ireland; we would estimate that upwards of 250,000 people per annum climb the mountain. There are three possible approaches to the summit, the first via the pilgrim path from Murrisk. This is a well signposted path. The second is from the Mountain Rescue base at Taobhnacroibhe off the Leenane rd (Turn right at the sign for Knappagh). The third option is the least used of all three, approaching from the Lecanvy side, eventually joining the old mining track left over from the shameful gold prospecting efforts of the 1980's.
Being the most popular mountain in Ireland also means that "The Reek" is also the location for most activities carried out by Mayo Mountain Rescue team averaging 30+ rescues per annum. Considering that because of its popularity it attracts more inexperienced climbers than most other mountain in the country, the MMRT appeal to anyone considering climbing the mountain to follow a few basic guidelines:

1. Wear proper footwear, ideally something with good ankle support and sole grip.
2. Bring, as a minimum, a waterproof layer and some spare clothes
3. Bring something to drink (as a minimum a small bottle of water) and eat, ideally something like chocolate to provide energy.
4. Consider bringing a stick or walking pole, Sticks are available to rent or buy at Murrisk car park.
5. Leave notice with someone of your plan to climb and your expected time of return.
6. A mobile phone could be useful but a signal on the mountain is not guaranteed. A whistle or flashlight could prove even more useful in locating you if you get lost.
7. If you are feeling tired before reaching the saddle and you doubt your ability to reach the summit trust your instinct and don't be afraid to turn back
8. If you do get into difficulty and require assistance or encounter someone else requiring assistance dial 999/112 and ask for Mayo Mountain Rescue Team. Bear in mind however that expected time for arrival of the voluntary team, from time of raising the alarm, can be anything up to 3 hours depending on your location on the mountain, so that if a casualty is able to get themselves safely off the mountain in this time they would be advised to attempt to do so.

Croagh Patrick has a church and toilets located at the summit; the toilets are open all year round and provide basic shelter in severe conditions. The church is open daily from approx 10am to 3pm during July and August.
Some parts of the mountain are severely affected by erosion and all parts of the path are subject to considerable littering particularly from discarded bottles, sweet wrappers and clothing. MMRT would appeal to ALL climbers to adhere to the country side code, leave no trace, bring litter home and try to stick to the path to minimise further erosion on the mountain.

On behalf off all from MMRT we wish you a safe and enjoyable climb - For further info visit www.mayomrt.com
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by phutch  20 Aug 2004 Climbed the Reek on a good day in july 04. Errosion is very bad on the right hand side of the path going up the last 200m. sticking to the scree doesnt make this steep part much more difficult and coming down offers somtimes more predictable footing than the sandy eroded area. Great views clew bay, north towards Achill and Nephin beg range and south towards the partry mountains, sheefery hills, mweelrea and connemara. Clare island looks like a big whale gaurding the entrance to clew bay.
The little church at the top provides a good shield from the strong winds. it was locked though
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Picture: The Reek
by pj  2 Aug 2006 My apologies, I know it's a bit late for this here for Reek Sunday but this is the press release we sent out last week and it's applicable for climbing Croagh Patrick any time of the year.
Peter Jordan, PRO, Mayo Mountain Rescue Team.

"MMRT appeal to all intending pilgrims to Croagh Patrick to exercise a duty of care to themselves and others on the mountain and to demonstrate common sense in undertaking the climb.

In particular Mayo Mountain Rescue team would appeal to pilgrims to consider the following:

Croagh Patrick is a 764m (2510 ft) high mountain with the main path running from Murrisk to the summit, a 7km round trip. The final section of the path up is particularly difficult with a gradient of over 40 degrees compounded by much loose shale and stones.

If people are intent on doing the climb barefoot MMRT would suggest that as a minimum they at least bring a pair of shoes and a stick with them.

A stick or walking pole of some description is considered a valuable ally on the mountain.

Dress for the occasion: The temperature at the summit can vary as much as 5-10 deg cooler than at Murrisk. Conditions on the summit can change rapidly. Dress in multiple layers which can be added or removed as the progress dictates. Carry a waterproof outer layer. Some form of head gear is also recommended.

A stout pair of boots: Any footwear which are designed for moderate hill walking activities and which provide good ankle support are probably the best option, failing that a good pair of runners should get you through safely.

Food and Drink: As a minimum it is recommended that pilgrims bring a bottle of water and some small amount of food with them onto the mountain. Venturing onto the mountain with alcohol taken or drinking alcohol on the mountain is strongly advised against.

Leave No Trace: On the pilgrimage try to adopt the simple country side code, namely leave no trace and whatever you carry on carry off with you too.

The young ones: Make sure children are properly dressed and equipped with sticks of their own. If the children get tired and have to be carried, remember they can get cold very quickly on your back or shoulders.

Know your limits: When climbing do not push yourself to exhaustion. Pace yourself. If you feel yourself getting too hot or cold, add or remove layers as appropriate. If, on the ascent, less than half way up the mountain, you doubt your ability to make it, trust your judgment. It is no shame to turn around rather than risk an accident near the summit or on the descent brought on by exhaustion."
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