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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, Quartzite, psammite, basal conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 764m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 30 Grid Reference: L90584 80197 This summit has been logged as climbed by 958 members. Recently by: Kennyj, cravaxe, Terry-Parker, RookieLeona, trostanite, teahook, jcincork, sir_boba_fett, ColinCallanan, Miranda, strangeweaver, RPT3, scubabenz, Onzy, mgtrose
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Longitude: -9.659247, Latitude: 53.760033 , Easting: 90584, Northing: 280197 Prominence: 639m,   Isolation: 1.5km,   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: some of the scree near the top
A fine Easter Sunday climb
by LiamgMurphy  2 Apr 2013
Last weekend, while staying at a relatives place in Milltown, i decided to get up early on Easter Sunday and head for Croagh Patrick. From reading all of the comments here i knew it was doable and that the upper 200m would e tough, nevermind the descent. Anyway i decided to give it a try, having climbed Caherconree and Bautregaum a few days before.

I parked in the car park at Murrisk (Comment point A), making sure that i had 'Paid and Displayed' as the numerous signs requested! The weather was ok, a little cold and windy but i could see the summit clearly. The first hour took me up past the grotto and along a well worn track towards the saddle as mentioned by others here. It was a fabulous section with stunning views over clew bay visible from early on in the climb. When I got to the saddle, the wind really picked up from the south and gave an indication of what lay ahead at the summit.

I agree that the final 200 m are quite difficult, however good advice given here was to try and stick to the rocks jutting out from the ground and avoid the loose rock. Again, a walking stick is an absolute must and more so on the descent. This section was tricky in that the 40 or so degree field of view ahead and no sign of the church for a bit can spook you but to be fair once you concentrate on your steps, it's well doable. When i got to the top, the wind was extremely strong so i didn't hang around too long. A stunning view opened up over Clew bay and also to the South.

The descent is not as bad as it may seem on the way up, just mind your step and use the walking stick.

i loved my few hours on Croagh Patrick and will definitely return when the weather is a little bit better. Just to echo a common theme through the other comments here, wear appropriate clothing and footwear. I met many people on my way down who were either wearing wellies or runners, both of which are totally unsuitable for this mountain. Fair play to those who climb barefoot in July, but it's not something i would do! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/65/comment/14962/
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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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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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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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Kennyjonathan400 on Croagh Patrick, 2010
by Kennyjonathan400  27 Jan 2010
Frosty picture of the church on top of Croagh Patrick, taken by my dad, new years day 2010. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/65/comment/4374/
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