Carrauntoohil 1038.6m mountain, MacGillycuddy's Reeks Kerry Ireland at
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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 County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Purple sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 1038.6m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V80363 84421
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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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jimgraham on Carrauntoohil, 2008
by jimgraham  5 May 2008
Took the tourist route up to the ridge, from the €2 car park / tearoom. Was worried by the degree of erosion just below the ridge and wondered whether there is any way of identifying and signing an alternative way up from the same general direction. If things go on unchecked, the steepest part of the gully will become unclimbable sooner or later. Turned east at the ridge, having previously walked CT from the western horseshoe on a nice day. Trackback:
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marymac on Carrauntoohil, 2008
by marymac  28 Oct 2008
I climbed Carrauntoohill last March. My only other previous climbing experience was the Hill of Tara. Yeah, I know. But I was with 2 very well seasoned climbers who had great faith in my doggedness. It was the single most exhilerating, satisfying thing I've ever done and nothing in life will ever again seem impossible. I assume most normal people start at the bottom of your Highest 100 list and work their way up. However, I'm 51 now and may not have the knees to get thru the list. Anyway, I'm heading for Errigal on Friday and can't wait.
By the way, what's the view like from Carrauntoohill? I had my head right down against the howling wind and snow , and I've no intention of going back up there.! Thanks for all the info. Mary Trackback:
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Picture: Looking north east above the clouds
by Welder  22 Aug 2011
Delighted to finally bag it, as part of the horseshoe walk. Very busy at the top (Caher less so, Beenkeeragh empty!) What a fantastic day. Trackback:
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Picture: The Hag's Glen
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by Hilltop-Harrier  19 Aug 2012
Part 3. Visibility was a few meters, I could see nothing, no markers nothing I knew the mountain was on my right but where? The notes I had said there were cairns marking the way I just had to find one and for those of you who know the walk you will understand my dilemma. I maximised the distance from the edge I went and soon found the first cairn which was on my left if I was facing back down the gully and so I decided to count them to the top, visibility was getting worse and this part of the walk was tough because I hadn’t walked in two months. I could hear voices in the fog and worried for my own safety but continued up to the summit as the rain hammered my wet gear. Still only the two lads had passed me 3 other people came up behind me and were shocked I had come up on my own. They advised me not to wander and I had no intentions of doing anything stupid anyway. Photos taken on the summit at the roasted cross, storm still hammering, it was time for the decent. I was on a high and came down the mountain at double speed. There must have been fifty people on the way up now. A lot of foreign tourists were going up the hill in very unsuitable gear. Back at the Devil’s ladder was like ‘Spagetti Junction’ now and I had to wait 15 min to allow those on the way up to come out the top, then down I went aiding a Chinese man who was even more worried than me about going down. I advised him to zig zag too and he would be fine, and so he did. I got to the bottom found a sheltered spot by the river and sat down, exhausted and very hungry. So I sat there for half an hour and dined, I enjoyed every morsel I ate. Off again and its funny the devils ladder hadn’t been the worst problem as we have scrambled more dangerous climbs on the back of Mamore Gap in Inishowen, however a problem was evolving in my boots. So off them came and sure enough two huge blisters were on my wee toes. Top of the range hiking socks? Yes. However inside the socks the run of stitching sealing the seam at the toes was not trimmed and the cast off had rubbed until my toes had blistered and I was in pain, but sure I didn’t care it was only two blisters and I was on a high, the sun had now come out and the whole trail was alive with people on their way up the mountain. I was just glad to be on my way back. It took me a good six hours of walking time to do it and that’s not counting all the photos etc. I just thought I would write this for those of you who want to climb it and are reluctant I say go for it but choose wisely the weather, the correct footwear/gear, a walking stick, and enough food to sustain you and of course drink loads of water, I refilled my bottle from the fast flowing mountain streams. I had drank 4+ litres of water on the journey. When I got back the etrex had recorded 13.6 km (8.45miles) and that was on the path. YeeHa!!! My daughter and grandchildren met me on the way back what a great end to a great day. Trackback:
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by Carrauntoohilboy  18 Apr 2016
I really enjoyed the climb. Must say the Devils Ladder is very challening. I must try to Brother O Shea Gully Next time. Trackback:
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Gay1 on Carrauntoohil, 2002
by Gay1  26 Jun 2002
Great to be there on New Years Eve. Usually has lots of snow. Trackback:
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