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Coumfea North Top Mountain For origin of name, see Coumfea. Waterford County, in Arderin Beg, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Green thick-bedded conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 730m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 75 Grid Reference: S29581 10717 This summit has been logged as climbed by 214 members. Recently by: IainT, Lauranna, Kiwitrekker, maike, Ulsterpooka, lw24, frankmc04, robertodon, JimBones, tommccarthy, brendevlin, dmc, eoghanm, t.jay, gav
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Longitude: -7.567379, Latitude: 52.247504 , Easting: 229581, Northing: 110717 Prominence: 25m,   Isolation: 0.9km
ITM: 629542 610730,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CmfNrt, 10 char: CmfNrthTp
Bedrock type: Green thick-bedded conglomerate, (Treanearla Formation)

Coumfea North Top is the 90th highest summit in Ireland.

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North to nothing
Short Summary created by jackill,  19 Oct 2010
From the Nire Valley car park(S 277 128 A), room for 20 cars but note this fills up fast on weekends, walk back down the road towards Ballymacarbery for about 500 meters. You'll come to a gate on your left with a muddy track leading down the slope towards the river.
Cross the river over a makeshift bridge and follow the rising track towards the mountains.
After passing a ruined farmhouse the track leads through a galvanised gate and out across the bog.
The track goes much further than shown on the map and although in places it is indistinct, you can follow it all the way to approximately S28313 11290 B with little difficulty.
As the track ends pick your way upwards over heather to the top of the waterfall (S300 112 C)
Cross white gravel and peat hags to the featureless summit of Coumfea.
An indistinct track leads to Coumfea North again picking through peat hags, white sand and one sheepwire fence. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/88/comment/4848/
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Coumfea North Top in area Comeragh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Looking down the gully that we climbed
by mcrtchly  6 Apr 2010
One of the joys of hill walking and mountaineering in Ireland is being able to escape from the hectic life of the city to savour the solitude of the rural landscape either on your own or with some companions. But this is not always possible. On several of our walks in Britain we have experienced an almost continuous procession of persons up the mountain (for example the queue on Sharp Edge/Blencathra or Scafell). Whilst we should all applaud those who take exercise and enjoyment from the countryside the sheer numbers of persons on a particular route can cause problems, especially in the form of erosion of the soil and damage to flora and fauna. Fortunately this is less of a problem in Ireland (where there are less walkers and few signed routes), but there are exceptions such as the damage caused by walkers on popular routes such as the Devil's Ladder, Great Sugarloaf and Slieve Donard. In the case of the later (Slieve Donard) a bed of stone has been laid along many parts of the path in order to reduce erosion - but this is hard on the feet and legs and many people are now making new routes to the side of the 'path', causing new areas of erosion.

One solution to erosion problem is to 'spread' the load of walkers by taking alternatives to the popular routes or better still making your own new route. Making a new route in Ireland should of course respect the landscape and the landowners (from whom permission should be sought). Kernowclimber and I have a particular passion for finding a less well trodden (and somewhat harder) route up the mountains by way of scrambles either in gullies or along ridges. Barry Keane in the late 1990's published a number of books on 'New Irish Walks and Scrambles' and one of his scrambles is up Sgilloge Gully below Coumfea North Top.

To reach Sgilloge Gully, park at the Gap Car Park and walk eastwards towards the direction of the Gap but then veer SE once in the open countryside towards the Sgilloge lakes. The corrie behind the eastern lake has a number of gullies (including the prominent stream on the left which falls off the Coumfea plateau). We took the gully which is immediately south of the lake at S296113 D and which has a large talus slope at its base. The gully is damp and mostly vegetated with occasional rock steps. It splits roughly halfway up and the right split is probably the most challenging. However the gully rarely exceeds a grade 1 scramble and a rope is probably only necessary for those who need extra security or in winter when icy (although a helmet should always be worn). When we did the gully the turf was frozen and it may be a bit harder when it is wet and slippery.

There a number of other possible gullies which might be climbable below Coumfea North Top and the main Coumfea corrie. We hope to try some of these another day. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/88/comment/4594/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Coumfea North Top in area Comeragh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Mcrtchly looking for the old lady!
Strange encounter with an old lady...
by kernowclimber  6 Apr 2010
Image taken on 4 April 2010 of 'sean bhean ag caitheamh tobac' above the waterfall we had seen earlier from below in the corrie of the eastern twin of the Sgilloge Loughs. The ice formations here were quite bizarre! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/88/comment/4589/
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sinbadw on Coumfea North Top, 2004
by sinbadw  21 Oct 2004
Slight climb from Coumfea to Coumfea North Top, where we found a great many peat hags and a small cairn of stones about 300ft from where the GPS was indicating the summit. Really not too easy to determine the true top of this hill but we stopped roughly where we thought the top was and grabbed a quick lunch of banana sambos and tea in the lee of a peat hag. From here we made our way over to get a good view of the Sgilloge loughs. The wind was also kind enough to put on a display of the "sean bhean ag caitheabh tobac", where a small stream empties into the corrie and the spray is blown back in a plume that looks much like smoke. This was clearly visible from the lay-by below Knockanaffrin where we parked and now we went down to get a closer look. I will attach some photos when Ed sends them in to me (I forgot my camera so he was on photo duty). Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/88/comment/1265/
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sinbadw on Coumfea North Top, 2005
by sinbadw  5 Jan 2005
A little later than anticipated, here is a shot of "sean bhean ag caitheabh tobac" Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/88/comment/1401/
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John Finn on Coumfea North Top, 2004
by John Finn  22 Aug 2004
The eastern Sgilloge Lough with Knockanaffrin in the distance. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/88/comment/1138/
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