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dominic divilly
2010-06-16 14:53:11
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Croagh Patrick via Ben Goram
Coming to the end of my holidays in Connemara last week i felt that I could not go home without crossing the border and taking a hike up the Holy mountain,Croagh Patrick orherwise known as the Reek. A good friend of mine who climbed with me in the Himalayas a couple of years ago came along with me.He was supposed to be in Scotland but thankfully when I sent a text late Sunday night to him I was delighted to hear that he was free to come along.We went through the village of Leckanvy and parked behind the now closed pub called Maxwells,in their car park. From there we followed the minor road up to a gate which we crossed and continued to rise up to our first peak.From there we followed the ridge which lead us to the summit of Ben Goram,355mtrs/1,164ft. Beautiful views looking out onto Clew Bay and Clare Island further out. We followed the main ridge to the summit of Croagh Patrick by taking a well worn zigzag path to arrive at the top on a beautiful sunny day with magnificent and stunning views all around. After a rest and bite to eat we headed back down the mountain but this time we descended by the tourist route.Along the way we met a variety of pilgrims from all over the world and from Ireland also.We also met an American who seemed to be struggling with the steep part but as we came closer we saw that he was doing the hike in his bare feet with his shoes dangling from around his neck.Wishing him well we carried on down to the car park where we had left a second car and then next door for a well earned pint in the newly refurbished Campbells pub. It was a beautiful walk that took four hours at a pleasant pace with some good conversation along the way.Tony being a local imparted a lot of information about the mountains and routes that i will return to do some day soon. A great end to a great holiday.
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