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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
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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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The record breaking ascent/descent Pt II
by Conor74  11 Aug 2011
“Another story from one of those races was the year I bought some new socks and put them on for the race. Everything went well on the way up but on the way down I was in a terrible state as something was going wrong in my foot. When I finished and examined the source of the pain I found that I had failed to notice a little steel staple that held the socks together and it had embedded itself into my toes on the descent and was bleeding.

“The year 2008 was also an adventure as the sole came off my shoe coming off Caher [the secondary peak one has to ascend to get to Carrauntohil]. The only part holding on was the heel, so I had to race the last 20 minutes with the entire sole flapping about and sometimes folding back underneath my landing foot while all the time trying to be as gentle as possible not to lose it entirely.”

On memorable opponents, Lenihan first names Frances Cosgrove, who finished runner up to him on 6 occasions. “I would love to have seen that man win a Carrauntohill,” Lenihan says, “Though of course not at my expense. I feared him the most as he was always very close to me and he never accepted defeat until you crossed that line — so it was a flat out race from gun to line.

“Probably the most talented runner to race with me on Carrauntohill would have to be scots man John Brooks who whipped me in 2004,” Lenihan says, adding, “but I did take solace in the fact that he was still over 3 minutess outside the record. John Henegan was probably the most unlucky not to have won a Carrauntohill title as he had me on the ropes at the end of the 2005 race and I only held on by 3 seconds.”

On calling it quits, Lenihan relates. “I had a disastrous race in 2006 and could only manage fourth and all the papers had the line ‘end of an era’ included somewhere in the write-ups. My answer to this was to win it 2007-2008-2009. When the course was changed in 2010 it lost it’s appeal to me and I didn’t take part, also injury problems to hip and groin was a factor.

Now 52, Lenihan has been spending much of his free time designing and leading walks in his beloved hills.

On running Carrountohil again, he says, “Many people want me to do the new route some year and maybe now the fact that I’ve missed a couple of years I could go and jog it without any pressure of been expected to be up there. In a strange way it would be nice to experience the feel of just taking part in the Carrauntohill race without the huge pressure of being expected to win.” Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/6476/
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Picture: Like Heaven on the Summit
Twins aged 10 conquer the summit
by MMulli2  13 Mar 2012
Twins Ailise & David aged 10 completed the climb of Carrauntoohil with their family on Sun 11/3/12. They are seasoned climbers, having already completed Croagh Patrick, Mount Brandon, Galtee Mor and many others. We took the Devil's Ladder route from Cronin's yard. It took 4 hours going up and 3 hours coming down, as their stride is quite short. Conditions were perfect. Summit temp was 8'C with hardly a puff of wind. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/6712/
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Picture: The restored cross on the summit.
Cross purposes
by Colin Murphy  25 May 2015
In November last year the cross on the summit was cut down by an anti-Catholic group, who posted this video of the incident, in case you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM1Q8kqGG78. It took just a month for the cross to be re-erected by locals. Whatever your view on the rights an wrongs of this, many, including Mountaineering Ireland, felt that the cross was part of the mountain's heritage and viewed it as such, as opposed to a religious symbol. And it does mark the summit in a distinctive way, especially when seen from a distance. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/18001/
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csd on Carrauntoohil, 2003
by csd  20 May 2003
Carrauntoohil, from the summit of Benkeragh. Because of all the awful things I've read about the Devil's Ladder on Mountain Views, I decided to make my first ascent of Carrauntoohil by way of the Coumloughra Horseshoe, taking in Skregmore, Beenkeeragh, and the Cahers as well. I'm certainly glad I took this route - despite the gale force winds blowing, it had to be one of the most enjoyable days I've ever spent in the mountains. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/511/
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davestuart on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by davestuart  2 Apr 2006
We intrepid band of ageing walkers, numbering 7 on this trip ,have taken time out of our schedule to do the Coomloughra Horseshoe on Fri. the 24th of March, whilst over on a flying visit from England. We started from road just before L Acoose at around 10.30,up the concrete track to L Eighter and then up on an oblique angle to Skregmore, by which time we had walked above the cloud base. The path over to Beenkerragh was not too bad, easier to climb the rocks than to be stumbling down over them as one of our guides described the route in reverse. By this time it was obvious that our mocking of Gary since he got his GPS was folly indeed. What an invaluable tool for weather like this..... not only to be able to pinpoint height and position to the nearest metre... but to know which way to strike out when there would normally be a difference of opinion based on intuition and compasses. The one advantage of poor visibility is to concentrate fully on where your next footfall will land! the cloud turned to horizontal rain as we traversed the arrete to Carrauntoohill and the iron cross(anyone tell us the story behind the cross?) Pressed on with magic GPS leading us to Caher. It had been a tough walk to this point, with the added sting in the tail of the extra peak just after Caher ...just when the legs are in downhill mode... the slog downhil just about finished off with the boggy ground and heather to cross to reach L Eighter. We were glad to make the walk anti rather than clockwise as it seemed the sfaer way in the conditions. One member of the party suggested it was like climbing with aTesco carrier on your head,a little unfair but at least we can come back in fair weather for the views. When you are over for a day you have no choice but to bag it and move on. The views over L Acoose were stunning as we dropped out of the cloud... just like a blind man cured! We would like to think of ourselves as experienced walkers who have done most the Lakeland, Snowdonia,Scottish and yorks. peaks along with the Pennine Way along with trips to the French, Italian and Julian Alps between us, but this walk despite being only 12 k ish is certainly as tough as anything you would normally take on in one day,especially in poor visibility( perhaps tougher than some books suggest?), more than a few stiff legs the morning after. Total time was around 7 and a half hours....not bad for a load of fifty year old duffers.The exhilarating views on this site will surely lead us back to the Reeks before long....... Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/2245/
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conorob on Carrauntoohil, 2005
by conorob  20 Nov 2005
I climbed this mountain over 3 day trip with my dad. I am 8 years old and loved it. Here is a picture of me on the devils ladder. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/1271/
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