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Croagh Patrick Area
Maximum height for area: 764 metres,   Summits in area: 12,   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, Quartzite, psammite, basal conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 764m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 30 Grid Reference: L90584 80197 This summit has been logged as climbed by 966 members. Recently by: arrow, DaveMc, GarethToolan, aoifesaunders, McGlynn437, Aidy, tomoleary, rleahy, cnolan, Kennyj, cravaxe, Terry-Parker, RookieLeona, trostanite, teahook
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Longitude: -9.659247, Latitude: 53.760033 , Easting: 90584, Northing: 280197 Prominence: 639m,   Isolation: 0.9km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 490593 780213,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CrghPt, 10 char: CrghPtrck
Bedrock type: Quartzite, psammite, basal conglomerate, (Cregganbaun Formation)

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 66th highest in Ireland.

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Picture: climbers near the summit
 
Aint No Mountain High Enough
by shaneanddearbh  5 Jul 2014
We climbed Croagh Patrick on a very hot day in June, we realized about 10 minutes up we forgot the sunscreen so we were a bit toasted by the end. The mountain is a tough climb regardless of the people of all ages who climb it, with or without their shoes. The well worn path makes it easy to follow and looks like a stream with paths springing off like tributaries all over the place. It is amazing to picture all of the people who have worn this track over the millennia. I can easily see why it attracts the pilgrims, the rock covered summit can feel a bit like a purgatory as your view going up is never too far ahead and it appears to resemble a wall or a fort. That said it probably takes about half an hour from the shoulder to the the summit at a good pace. The summit is great with fantastic views of the bay, the coast and inland towards Connemara.

All in all with quiet a few stops it took about 5 hours up and down. I would highly recommend the climb, but be under no illusions, it ain't no barefoot walk in park!!! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/65/comment/17530/
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Picture: View over Clew Bay on the way up.
Had To Be Done, And Glad I Did
by Aidy  9 Jun 2015
Did Croagh Patrick on Sunday, with my sister and nephew who wanted to give hill walking a go having heard me evangilising about it for so long. Wanted to take them somewhere with good views so they wouldn't be disappointed, without repeating walks I've already done. I was also fed up seeing peoples faces when they heard I was into hillwalking, asking if I'd been up Croagh Patrick and being told "no". Originally we planned to do the east tops too, but The Reek looked like challenge enough when we were standing at the bottom, and it was indeed a hard walk. Amazing to see the variety of people managing it, albeit at their own pace. The views are astonishing, and that tempted us to continue on over Ben Goram. That meant a long walk back by road to the car park at the bottom of the pilgrims track, but it was a great mountain, and I think we have two new converts (to hillwalking, not religion that is!). First foray into Mayo's mountains for me too, and hopefully not the last. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/65/comment/18014/
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gallaga on Croagh Patrick, 2003
by gallaga  23 Jun 2003
If you have the time it's a far better climb from a place called Prospect at the very eastern end of the mountain. It's difficult to get a place to park up there. If you are really feeling energetic you can continue past the cone and complete the western descent. You spend far more time at a higher altitude and so extend the walk to a few hours. You will have to arrange to get ferried back to your car from Murrisk. Allow 2.5 hours for the traditional route and 4 to 5 for the complete east to west walk. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/65/comment/567/
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Picture: Croagh Patrick from Mallaranny
 
Magnificent from many angles.
by simon3  16 May 2015
From a good distance at Mallaranny and so free from its rubbish and excessive religiosity Croagh Patrick can look magnificent.
This picture was taken from in May one year from some 18km away. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/65/comment/17986/
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Picture: The clew bay
pazapas on Croagh Patrick, 2005
by pazapas  2 Jun 2005
For the sixth times, I was on the top of the Croagh Patrick but in the clouds this year. I am still surprised by people who climbs it with inappropriate clothes and light shoes... Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/65/comment/1728/
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Picture: RTE on the Reek
 
365 challenge on TV
by swoop  11 May 2011
RTE camera man doing his job on top of the Reek. we did help carry the equipment ! for our sins.... Great day with matt Loughrey . check him out on www.croaghpatrick365.com and we hope to see ye ALL on SAT June 4th to celebrate his 365th climb for charity. PLEASE SUPPORT 365 , its good for charity and Climbers / hill trekking in general. STARTS 12 NOON Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/65/comment/6329/
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