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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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Picture: Big Mal takes on The Big Gun
orra on Carrauntoohil, 2005
by orra  3 Sep 2005
August 10 2005, I can only describe this as the perfect walk: the weather was exceptional with blue skies from start to finish. Using the 1:25000 new Reeks map we (Mal & Jimmy) set off from Kate Kearneys and headed up towards Strickeen Hill. Once up at the end of the "turf" lane we swung south towards Cnoc an Braca, from there it was onto Cruach Mhor and the 3000 foot grotto, which was a time for some route planning, map and weather considerations before heading for the Big Gun and Knocknapeasta. The lake in the photo is of Coomeennapeasta where there is a wing of a WW2 aircraft which crashed high up on the ridge. After the excitement of making it across the airy scary and wary part of the walk we headed for Maolan Bui and Bearna Rua, over Cnoc an Chuillin and Cnoc na Toinne down to the Devils ladder and up Carrauntoohil. From here it was onto Caher and then down to the Hydro Road. Don't know how many 3000 foot summits we passed over or even if all the names were correct but it was a walk that will stay with us for a long long time, truly magnificent. Linkback:
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babyclub on Carrauntoohil, 2004
by babyclub  31 Aug 2004
(29/08/04) well getting to the top of the highest mountain in Ireland was certainly worth the seven hour car journey from Belfast.Having gathered as much info as possible re best routes etc... including checking out this very usefull site and listening to the scare stories from the locals in the many watering holes killarney has to offer three of the founding members of the baby club set off to fulfill a longstanding ambition to get to the top of the highest peak in Ireland.
We set off for the devils ladder believing this to be the the most direct route and also because we had read how the Beenkeragh ridge was not for the "faint hearted" and we had promised our wives and children ( and ourselves) that we would return. The main danger you face when climbing the ladder is the risk of getting hit by loose rocks dislodged by your "friends" climbing above you. In fairness we were very carefull not to start an avalanche. Simple tip is to allow enough space between climbers and you should be ok.
Once at the top of the ladder it was a simple enough pull to the top. Cloud meant we lost the spectacular views at about 3100 ft but we had more than our fair share of wonderment by that stage.
We had fully intended to take the beenkeragh ridge as our way home but the poor visability meant it was a case of better the devil you know! We were all surprised at how easy our descent of the ladder turned out to be but again care had to taken.All in all our climb was most enjoyable even though crossing the "stream" to get back to our carpark(2 euro) proved a little bit tricky. Enjoyed the company of Graham, a lone walker who we took under our wing< only to be humbled when he told us he had "bagged" 256 Munroes! Throughly recommend this climb. One not to missed . Will try and add photos later. Linkback:
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Picture: Kerry Alps, with igloo!
Snowy November
by Ben Quinn  29 Nov 2010
Went up last Sunday nov 28th (the coldest it has been on that date in 17 years!) And thanks to Horslips, I needed to clear my head.I expected clear skies and cold that would keep conditions grippy. I got both, and the reward to those of us on top was spectacular..My mama said there'd be days like this! Ladder was interesting but fine, a lot less cover than the last time I went up in 1998! Linkback:
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ssmith on Carrauntoohil, 2003
by ssmith  3 Sep 2003
My wife and I did this in mid August on a beautiful day, after all the negative talk about the ladder i just had to see it. After the beatiful walk up to the foot of the ladder (clear-blue skies and perfect visibilty) - we started up. We had a great day for it, and apart from keeping a close eye on the (few) people above us - we ascended the ladder with no problems, some scrabling certainly - but not too bad. At the top we followed the well-defined path to the summit where we were greeted by about 25 noisy locals - splendidly attired in jeans and trainers. Aside from that though the view was breathtaking and we came back the way we came - down the ladder was a little more tricky, but as long as care is taken it is fine. Overall, a lovely introduction to Ireland's highest peak. Linkback:
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kaycee on Carrauntoohil, 2004
by kaycee  18 Aug 2004
Having let myself be persuaded to climb Carrauntoohil as a member of a team to advertize a campaign for keeping the mountains tidy, I felt pretty smug for the first part of the walk upto Hags Glen. Then we came to the Devil's Ladder. At first it didn't seem so bad, but as we progressed I realized how many people were above us by the amount of small but vicious landslides I had to keep dodging, and when we reached the badly eroded funnel I was glad to get off the ladder. The latter part of the walk upto the cross was a cakewalk in comparison. Still, despite the mist, there were some spectacular views and we took the message right to the top. Linkback:
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John Finn on Carrauntoohil, 2004
by John Finn  22 Aug 2004
Carrauntoohill (on the right) and Beenkeragh (left) taken from Caher while doing the Coomloughra Horseshoe route. The Beenkeragh ridge lies in between. The ridge is quite exposed and not for the faint of heart. Linkback:
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