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Caoinkeen Mountain An Caincín A name in Irish
(Ir. An Caincín [T6000], 'snub nose or turned-up nose') Cork/ Kerry County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Purple & green sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 692m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 85 Grid Reference: W01040 64557
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Longitude: -9.436043, Latitude: 51.825053 , Easting: 101040, Northing: 64557 Prominence: 107m,  Isolation: 1.9km
ITM: 501011 564620,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Cnkn, 10 char: Caoinkeen
Bedrock type: Purple & green sandstone & siltstone, (Caha Mountain Formation)

The name refers to the ridge running north from Knockboy which is abruptly truncated in a cliff. Previously Akinkeen in MV.   Caoinkeen is the second highest mountain in the Shehy/Knockboy area and the 123rd highest in Ireland. Caoinkeen is the second highest point in county Cork.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Caoinkeen in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
Picture: The cliffs above Akinkeen lake showing the route taken in red
 
A scrambling route
by mcrtchly  6 Aug 2010
Caoinkeen is certainly off the beaten track and getting to the starting point requires a long drive on twisty and narrow minor roads either from Kilgarvan to the north or from Ballylickey or Kealkill to the south. The NE facing corrie below the summit has an almost impenetrable headwall of near vertical cliffs up to 350m in height. At the far right (northern end) of the cliffs there are two vertical gullies and the leftmost one of these presents a hard scambling route to the top which is described in Lynch's guide to 'Munster's Mountains'. A small stream follows the line of the gully and it is wet, vegetated and slimy to varying degrees.

The first part of the route is an easy scramble in the stream bed with short harder diversions on the grass to the left to avoid obstacles. About a third of the way up the gully there is a vertical 4m wall. Lynch describes avoiding this by climbing the gully side wall on the right. But this was mossy, slippery and offered no protection for the leader, so we retraced our steps for about 20m-30m and scrambled up steep grass on the right (when facing up the gully). This bypassed the vertical sections. The rest of the gully was a moderate grade scramble except for a slimy boulder about three quarters of the way up. This required a helping hand for the leader and a taught rope for the second. Near to the top the gully branches and we took the easier right branch to reach the plateau about 250m away from the summit.

This was perhaps not the cleanest scramble that we have done and at times was more akin to Ghyll scambling (a popular sport in the Lake District). Nevertheless, it provides a satisifying route to the summit. It took about a hour to reach the gully from the car and about 1.5 hours to climb the gully. Our continuation on to Knockboy and the descent is described separately by kernowclimber under Knockboy. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/120/comment/5986/
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There is perhaps some confusion about the name of .. by simon3   (Show all for Caoinkeen)
 
3 hours of misery and no summit bagged. .. by thomas_g   (Show all for Caoinkeen)
 
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