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2007-09-10 10:26:44
"The Pinnacle from the top of the Coum" from jackill Contract pics
Picture: The Pinnacle from the top of the Coum (Contract pics)

Irelands Inn Pinn
Some of you may have seen the piece by John G O'Dwyer in "An Irishman's Dairy" on August 28th last. It sets out a potted history of Munros and the sport of "Munro-bagging" in Scotland where he states there are no less than 284 officially recognised.The most difficult of these is the "Inn Pinn", a blade of rock on Sgurr Dearg which can only by accessed by rock-climbing. The writer goes on to say that in ireland bagging all of our 14 Munros isn't an enormous task and poses the question " Can a reasonably fit man or woman ascending hands-in-pocket-style reach every summit on the Irish mainland?".
The Big Gun is suggested and then dismissed because scrambling to its top is relatively easy.
Howling ridge, Primroses, Mystic and Carrot are dismissed because there are easier alternative approaches.
The writer offers an alternative "summit" in the form of a great blade of rock he names as " the Boola Pinnacle" in the Comeraghs. This caught my interest as it does not appear in the Mountainviews list or indeed on any list of summits I am aware of. I had to investigate. From the photo I was fairly sure of the location in the Boolaclogagh Valley as one of the Coum Iarthar Loughs is visible.
My initial guess was somewhere around S 318 124 which turned out not to be right although the photo I took from this location shows " the Pinnacle" quite clearly on the left hand side standing approximately 50 meters above the lakes.
I walked down to the lakes and began a steep but totally manageable climb up to the base of the" Pinnacle" along a well worn track. Standing on the saddle between it and the slopes of Carrignagower I agree that it is formidable wall of rock and also that it requires rock-climbing to reach the top, but does it stand high enough above the saddle to be a summit in its own right?, sadly no in my opinion.
I took the elevation of the saddle averaged over 400 readings at 634 meters and using a laser (no I didn't climb it, I'd be too afraid) measured the top at 10.29 meters above that.
An impressive outcrop and worth looking out for at S31372 12263 nonetheless.
So the question remains are there any truly inaccessable summits out there, I await your suggestions with interest. And to Mr O'Dwyer? there are 840 summits listed on Mountainviews over 400 meters if you feel in need of a challange.
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