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Bunsen7: Track 3590 in area near Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Ireland)
The Black Mare Gulley (Coumloughra)
Length: 11.9km, Creator time taken: 5h27m, Ascent: 1022m,
Descent: 1018m

Places: Start at V77221 87141, Carrauntoohil, Caher, Caher West Top, end at Start
Logged as completed by 2
This route goes up the gulley at the head of Coumloughra known as the Black Mare. You clamber out at a small pile of stones on the ridge between Carrauntoohil and Caher at V80180 84138.
The line to the gulley is an obvious route towards the head of the glen clear to the eye even in low cloud, the gulley is wide, there are no particular obstacles, even after heavy rain. This was a safe approach we decided to take on a day of white-out above 600m and threats of near gale force winds (though the latter didn't really transpire).
As an ascent, this is probably no more difficult, if not easier, than an approach of Carrauntoohil via the devil's ladder. There is also very little walker damage/erosion and it avoids the tedious trudge up the south-east side of Carrauntoohil.
The route is described in Jim Ryan's book on the Reeks. It is too steep to descend the Black Mare.
Above Loch Iochtar en route to the head of coumloughra
Looking back down into Coumloughra at the start of the Black Mare
Looking up into the gulley
The gulley's exit on Caher ridge at V80180 84138, the pile of stones is behind

Uploaded on: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 (08:09:24)
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