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Carrauntoohil Mountain Corrán Tuathail A name in Irish
(Ir. Corrán Tuathail [GE], 'Tuathal's sickle' [OSNB]) County Highpoint of Kerry in Munster Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Purple sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 1,038.6m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V80363 84421
Place visited by 1756 members. Recently by: Kilcoobin, Kilcubbin, Maire-Ni, conormcg, odrisceoil146, Tomaslj, Q35on, LauraG, colmo23, garybuz, daitho9, Hjonna, jackos, chairmanmiah, the-wren
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Longitude: -9.742693, Latitude: 51.99945 , Easting: 80363, Northing: 84421 Prominence: 1038.59m,  Isolation: 0.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 480339 584480,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crnthl, 10 char: Crnthl
Bedrock type: Purple sandstone & siltstone, (Ballinskelligs Sandstone Formation)

Just as the summit of Ireland's highest mountain is often covered in mist, its name is shrouded in uncertainty. Unlike some lesser peaks, such as Mangerton or Croagh Patrick, it is not mentioned in any surviving early Irish texts. P.W. Joyce suggests that meaning of this name is 'inverted reaping hook' and that this sense can be appreciated from the middle of the Hag's Glen. He proposes that the reaping hook is inverted in the sense that it is convex rather than concave [Irish Names of Places, vol. i, p. 6]. The serrated ridges which run up the north face of Carrauntoohil are certainly amongst its most distinctive features and are therefore likely to have given name to the mountain. However, the image of a 'convex reaping-hook' is a very odd and complex one on which to base a place-name, and the use of tuathal to mean inverted, while found in dictionaries, seems to be without parallel in other Irish place-names. It seems more likely that the second element is simply the personal name 'Tuathal' as John O'Donovan believed. This forename was common in Medieval Ireland and is the basis of the surname Ó Tuathail (O'Toole). It also occurs in Lios Tuathail (Listowel, Co. Kerry) and Carraig Thuathail (Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork), which the Flanagans interpret in both cases as a personal name (Irish Place Names). Intriguigingly, one of the earliest accounts to mention Ireland's highest mountain, written by Isaac Weld in 1812, refers to it as 'Gheraun-tuel', which suggests that the first element was not corrán, but rather géarán, 'fang', which is found in the name of several other Kerry mountains. On the basis of this one reference, it is difficult to say whether this represents an earlier form of the name or whether it was a corruption. For further information on the name, see Paul Tempan, Some Notes on the Names of Six Kerry Mountains, JKAHS, ser. 2, vol. v (2005), 5-19.   Carrauntoohil is the highest mountain in Ireland. Carrauntoohil is the highest point in county Kerry.

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Lynchieboy on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by Lynchieboy  22 Apr 2006
Starting up the curve. I never really climbed this mountain. Linkback:
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tommyhogan on Carrauntoohil, 2009
by tommyhogan  21 Sep 2009
We climbed on 19/09/09 for the 1st time. Picked the Hydro road to Caher route to the summit of Carauntoohill & back the same way. Started a bit late at 12 noon but was wet in the morning so decided to chance it & give cloud a chance to clear away before setting off. Hydro road is a tough slog to begin with, straight up more or less but levels off nicely after about 300m & then pretty easy going to the 1st lake where we had lunch. Off to the right then following the train which looked like it could be really boggy in bad weather but luckily it had been dry for about 10 days before so it was pretty clear & fine. Up the spur leading to Caher then, steep but nothing too difficult until the end where it gets pretty steep between the various summits. Lost some height after that before heading across the ridge for Carauntoohill. Great views all the way up & not too dangerous apart from 1 or 2 moments where you go close enough to the edge. We had perfect conditions, wind really dropped off & the mist cleared but on a bad day it could be dangerous. Made the summit then & still clear so could see all the way into Cork, Limerick & across to Clare as well. Time was against us so a few snaps & back down the same route which was tiring & sore on the legs but not dangerous. Met some experienced climbers on the way & by the sounds of it the Beenkeeragh route is really not for beginners, very dangerous & need a serious head for height which neither myself or my wife have! Caher route is more than possible though on a good day & with decent equipment, etc. Back down around 6.30 just as the sun was getting low. Great climb. Linkback:
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tiktiktik3 on Carrauntoohil, 2007
by tiktiktik3  19 Jul 2007
One particular morning when I could see the whole reeks clearly from the garden we decided to go for it and went looking for Cronnins yard. As we arived another car drove in with what seemed like 2 hikers also going up. I asked if they wanted to team up and John & Teresa Foley agreed on the spot. We followed the river and went straight towards the Devils Ladder. It’s a fair bit of a walk up to the ladder itself but a very rewarding one. As we came beside Hag’s Tooth I could clearly see our destination, the cross on top. While I pointed it out to Vera, I felt that wee frog that lives in all our belly’s making a few jumps. With all the warnings that I got, I didn’t know what to expect, to make things a bit more interesting as we came in full view of the ladder it started to drizzle. It lasted on and off until we almost reached the summit. For the ladder itself, It must be more obvious for Folks who seen it in the past, I never did so I had no way to compare but the four of us had no trouble climbing it at all. If I had not read all the tales about it I would never have know the condition of the devils ladder had deteriorated so much in the last years. Coming on top of the ladder we took short break to admire the landscape around us and to have a snack. We took some pictures and went on our way again for the final stretch, as we almost reached the summit I speeded up my pace as I wanted to have it for myself even for a few moments, by that time I had lost track of Vera who approached the summit sideways. Once on top We padded each other on the back and after what seemed only a few moments John & Teresa wanted to head down again. Coming halfway down The Devils ladder we noticed a man and two boys going up, the children where completely undressed for the occasion, only in T shirts and street shoes. No provisions nor water. I tried to warn the man about the cold winds on top. He thanked me but said the boys where used to it and they where heading up to pray, then he went into his pocket, got some religious pamphlets out, handed them over to us together with a little cross medallion starting a speech about his believes. I found it such a irresponsible, cruel thing to do to those youngsters by that man. I also was a bit stunned by the odds of this happening halfway up a mountain in a spot called “The Devils Ladder” of all places. Anyway, their was no point in trying to change the man’s mind so we said our goodbye’s and went further down. After that al we had to do was walk the trail back to our car’s. We left John & Teresa with our best wishes, and headed back to the cottage to make ready for a session in Kilorglin that evening. What a ses it turned out to be, but I reckon that’s a different story. Let just say Loefke (My Bodhran), Vera and I had a great evening out. The Liffy water tasted great as it only in Ireland does, the music was energetic and inspiring and the craic would have blown your socks off… All in all, a great day all around Linkback:
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nohoval_turrets on Carrauntoohil, 2002
by nohoval_turrets  14 Aug 2002
I recently did the Coomloughra horseshoe, camping by the lower lake. The ridge to Beenkeragh is a scramble, and you have to be careful not to put yourself in danger. But splendid stuff! Linkback:
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john bagshaw on Carrauntoohil, 2002
by john bagshaw  4 Dec 2002
Climbed Carrauntoohil on a wet windy Sunday in November. Flown out from Stansted (England)on the 7.45am £1 RyanAir flight. On mountain at 11.00am, up Caher ridge in mist, 80 mph winds, machine gunned by hail, down by 5.00pm. Occassionally saw the stupendous views incl memorable view of Dingle Bay to the north west with surf breaking on sand bars. Picture shows Coomloughra Glen from Carrauntoohil during one of the infrequent breaks in the mist. A great day; evening spent drinking Guinness in Cork; Will return in better weather and with more light. Linkback:
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jonnie on Carrauntoohil, 2005
by jonnie  22 Mar 2005
13Feb2005 was the day spent enjoying the walk to the summit of Carrantuohill. Came through Hags glen up the Devils ladder to reach the summit and return via Heavens gate. Late start to reach the summit for 2pm with night setting in as we finished. Pictured fellow walker coming over Devils ladder Linkback:
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