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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 921 members. Recently by: Colinandnessie, owen, happymourneview, Martinar2, nigelmckinney, Joshua3, Cweed101, Bagger_Plz, TommyV, seamaspeineas, Pamela1, SenanFoley, danielb, kenmoore, chalky
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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

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 Ireland.

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Picture: Cairn on Ben Goram with Croagh Patrick to the east.
 
liame on Croagh Patrick, 2009
by liame  3 May 2009
Wisely decided to do the Reek from the west via Ben Goram rather than up from Murrisk. Turned off the coast road a mile after Leckanvy church (signposted Chris Harper Art Studio) and took the road on the left heading towards Ben Goram. Good parking on the right and a straighforward approach over open ground. Goram has a number of cairns to pass before you reach the top and spectacular views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay. A short drop into the coll follows before the pull up the west side of the Reek. This would be even better without the remains of the gold mining activity from the 80's but it does at least plot a route through the scree on the last few hundred feet.
Heading down via the Pilgrims Path to Murrisk was a bad mistake. As reported elsewhere, the extent of the errosion on the upper section is horrible. A case of serious desecration of a once magnificent mountain. Five minutes after leaving the car park at the bottom, I hitched a lift from a kindly English "local" and she insisted on driving me all the way back to the car. Next time though, I will return as I came, via Ben Goram. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/65/comment/3747/
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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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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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rmilne on Croagh Patrick, 2004
by rmilne  13 Oct 2004
Zipped up this peak early (8am) Saturday morning 11 Sept. Luckily not the major hangover problem I expected. Followed the normal path and was up in 1hr 10 min. I was very surprised that the path went straight up the wide scree of the summit cone instead of making zig-zags. Must be heart breakingly steep for some, but shorter if you are bare foot or prostate!
I did circle the cairn and the church once each. Hard to say where the exact high point is, I finally accepted L90583 80197 A as the top.
Sunny at the bottom (see photo), but v windy, mist and drizzle on top. Met a guy going up in blue jeans and a sweater, good luck to him!
Photo shows most of the route, the path is visible on the far left as a light diagnol line to the col. Summit totally socked in!
Back to the car in 2 hours and headed for Mweelrea. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/65/comment/1242/
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Thylacine on Croagh Patrick, 2008
by Thylacine  6 Jul 2008
I was determined to climb The Reek while holidaying in Mayo this year. This was my first outing with a defined goal of actually ascending a peak for many years, so I got myself a decent pair of boots and set off. I was dropped at the car park around 11.45 last Thursday (26-06) and found the climb utterly exhilarating. Tricky at times, but very enjoyable. When I got to the top, I had a brief glimpse of the wonderful view before the cloud set in again and it got cold and wet very quickly. Resting for a few minutes and a quick re-fuel before the descent. I was in the visitor centre by 2pm, having nearly split myself on a large, wet rock on the final third, and I wasn't even rushing at that point! The boots cost a few quid, but they repaid me instantly then, preventing an embarassing spill! Well bitten by the bug again, I realised why I loved hill walking before. No doubt I'll be at it more often now! This site is also excellent giving me a chance to write this tripe and serve as motivation as well as providing information and advice from the rest of you all! I look forward to adding more ticks to my list! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/65/comment/3200/
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