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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 1042 members. Recently by: wjnunan, GillSte, theredyin, gaoithe, IainT, madeleineblue, Lauranna, childminder05, Cloughbeg, HeartTrek, hawkeye.john62, salford7, muddyboots, 21yearsgone, jillsteer
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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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a nice ridge walk away from the crowds .. by group   (Show all for Croagh Patrick)
It was August 2003 and this was the first mountai .. by tiktiktik3   (Show all for Croagh Patrick)
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Picture: Mayo Mountain Rescue Team on Croagh Patrick - July 06
pj on Croagh Patrick, 2008
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 Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/65/comment/3282/
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My first ascent of the Reek .. by happymourneview   (Show all for Croagh Patrick)
I climbed Croagh Patrick twice in the past few da .. by DavidG   (Show all for Croagh Patrick)
Climbed the Reek on a good day in july 04. Erros .. by phutch   (Show all for Croagh Patrick)
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