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Cruach Mhór Mountain (Ir. Cruach Mhór [OSI 1:25,000], 'big stack') Kerry County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Well-bedded grey sandstone Bedrock

Height: 930.8m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V84076 84820
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Longitude: -9.688784, Latitude: 52.003823 , Easting: 84077, Northing: 84820 Prominence: 34m,  Isolation: 0.3km
ITM: 484052 584879,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CrchMh, 10 char: CrchMhór
Bedrock type: Well-bedded grey sandstone, (Lough Acoose Sandstone Formation)

The summit has a grotto built by a local farmer who dragged the cement, sand and water up from his home in Ballyledder on his back. There is also a lower peak to the east known as An Chruach Bheag (TH). Both have the sharply pointed shape associated with peaks called cruach, and this also accounts for the Irish name of the range: na Cruacha Dubha (Mhic Giolla Mo Chuda).   Cruach Mhór is the 11th highest place in Ireland.

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John Finn on Cruach Mhór, 2004
by John Finn  22 Aug 2004
The arete between Cruach Mhor (to the far left) and Cnoc na Peiste (from where the photo was taken) on the Eastern Reeks. This is a heart-stopping place at times - especially in poor weather! The best way across is to keep to the skyline ...if you've got the nerve. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/11/comment/1127/
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jackill on Cruach Mhór, 2004
by jackill  29 Aug 2004
The view from Cruach Mhor looking across the Hags Glen with loch Coimin Paist ,Loch Cailli and Loch Gabhrach. From left to right we have the rocky slopes of Cnoc na Peiste,The bone, Cnoc an Chuillin , the Devils ladder, Caher,Carrauntoohil,Carrauntoohils Tooth, Beenakeragh, Cnoc Boinne with Stuairc Bhar na h_Abhann and Skegmore just behind. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/11/comment/1150/
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Picture: Cruach Mhor and the Big Gun
 
deandarvill on Cruach Mhór, 2005
by deandarvill  31 Aug 2005
Scrambled down from Cnoc Na Peiste along the Reeks ridge. Had some interesting moments and only saw one other person all day. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/11/comment/1923/
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Chruach Mhor
by gfmurphy101  15 Aug 2013
Climbed 'the big stack' recently , fantastic views , wrote a little about the mountain on my own blog and pictures I took on the day available at http://gfmurphy101.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/mountains-of-ireland-cruach-mhor/ Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/11/comment/15072/
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Picture: View down on Cummeenapeasta
Right at edge of my limits
by Aidy  14 Jul 2015
We had the pleasure of making the long trip to Kerry at the weekend, camping for two nights to give us a day to do the eastern Reeks ridge from Cruach Mhor to Cnoc na Toinne. Starting at Cronin's yard we took the already well described route, leaving the track just before the metal bridges, and heading up to the lip around Lough Cummeenapeasta. We had set out at 6.30am in gloomy, wet weather, with low cloud, but the summit remained visible all the way up, and on the shores of the lough, it looked like a daunting climb - very steep, over difficult ground covered in large boulders. It was indeed on the edge of what I'd be comfortable with, not really walking as hands were required to scramble up, and a few twists and turns were taken to avoid almost vertical areas. We were a little relieved to reach the grotto, which provided some shelter from the rain and wind. The cloud enveloped us just as we reached the summit, robbing us of the views. We also couldn't see the route across to The Big Gun now, which had looked impossible to us as we looked at it on the way up from Lough Cummeenapeasta. We didn't fancy going backwards over slippery rocks on the route we had taken up Cruach Mhor, so onwards it was! Definitely an exciting "walk" for someone of my ability, even making me uneasy at times, if never too terrifying. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/11/comment/18188/
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