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Derrynasaggart Area   W: The Paps Subarea
Place count in area: 24, OSI/LPS Maps: 79 
Highest place:
The Paps East, 694m
Maximum height for area: 694 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 623 metres,

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The Paps West Mountain An Dá Chích Anann - An Chíoch Thiar A name in Irish (Ir. An Dá Chích [OSI], 'the two breasts') Kerry County in Munster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Green sandstone & purple siltstone Bedrock

Height: 690m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 79 Grid Reference: W12502 85525
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Longitude: -9.275243, Latitude: 52.01527 , Easting: 112502, Northing: 85525 Prominence: 106m,  Isolation: 0.8km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 512466 585574,   GPS IDs, 6 char: ThPpsW, 10 char: ThPpsWst
Bedrock type: Green sandstone & purple siltstone, (Glenflesk Chloritic Sandstone Formation)

The Dictionary of Celtic Mythology gives the full name as Dá Chích Anann, 'the two breasts of Anu'. This goddess, also called Danu, was reputedly responsible for the fertility of the whole province of Munster. The summit cairns on both peaks, believed to be prehistoric, resemble nipples on the breasts. Strangely enough, the two peaks have the rounded aspect of a comely maiden's figure when viewed from the north-west (Killarney) or south-east (Ballyvourney), but have a triangular profile more reminiscent of a war goddess's breastplate when seen from the north-east (Rathmore) or south-west (Kenmare).   The Paps West is the second highest mountain in the Derrynasaggart area and the 127th highest in Ireland.

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Grassy, well defined peak with great views
Short Summary created by markmjcampion  13 Nov 2020
The West Pap is the slightly smaller of the pair which together are two of the most recognisable Irish peaks. It's grassy and heathery with a huge cairn which is thought to cover an ancient burial chamber. Great views of the Mangerton group, Derrynasaggarts and the plains of N Kerry.
W. Park either in the Clydagh Valley at W14446 84029 starA or near Lough Glannafreaghaun at approx. W14760 86863 starB and head along the track to W14304 85244 starC. There are a no. of inconsistent tracks in this area that will take you through the steep, heather-covered lower slopes to the higher ground which has less vegetation. After the East Pap descend due west to a col before re-ascending to the West Pap. Allow 3 hrs+ up and back.
S. From the south park at a forest at W1292783233 starD, walk 200m along the road to another forest exit. After this on left a hole in the hedge allows one to follow the forest fence uphill to another fence at W1295683777 starE. After crossing this continue to Rodgers Rock at W1259784177 starF F and it's an easy ascent from here.
W. From the west park near Garrie's bridge at W08152 83703 starG and follow the road N. At a sharp bend go through a gate and follow the good track winding up through charming farmland to W08879 84580 starH. Keep on the track heading E up the well defined valley N of Coolcurtoga until it ends at a fence near W11968 84754 starI. Follow the fence to the S spur of the W pap and go directly to the summit along a grassy track. Allow 2 hrs+ for this ascent.
Notable tracks incl 3391 and 4096. Linkback: Picture about mountain The Paps West (<i>An Dá Chích Anann - An Chíoch Thiar</i>) in area Derrynasaggart, Ireland
The recognisable Paps.
by jackill  30 Jan 2011
The Paps are perhaps two of the most recognizable mountains in Ireland when viewed for their northern or southern approaches.
I found myself in Killarney at 1.30 pm on the third of January last when a brief stop
at the office to check my emails on the way took three hours - the joys of working!
I paid a quick visit to the Sport Corran Tuathail to buy a copy of OS map 79 as naturally I had managed to forget my own.
I headed out the Cork road to eventually arrive at my start point W145 840 starJ at about 2.00pm,
much later than I would have liked.
There is plenty of room to park four or five cars here without being in anyone’s way.
I wasted no time in setting out up the track towards Lough Glannafreaghaun, past the sign written in marker on a plastic bucket lid for " Shrone, The City”. Does anyone have a clue what its supposed to refer to?
On the way up this track you pass through three gates and after the third you emerge beyond the trees marked on the map.
There is nothing for it but to start the steep climb up the first Pap (I don't mean to be rude).
After approx. 100 meters of height is gained to the first crest go left for 50 meters before again climbing again to the right along a wide, steep cleft in the hill.
This avoids having to struggle through the rough boggy very steep stream bed if you just went straight on.
The summits of both these mountains are marked with large Cairns which apparently cover ancient tombs.
From the Paps east a descent of approx. 100 meters brings you to the col and then its another sharp climb up the Paps west of 100 meters. I headed back down to the col and then contoured around to get back to the track I had walked in on.
I arrived back at the car just as it was getting dark at around 5.00pm.
The photo was taken just before sunset from the Paps east with the Paps west in the center and behind are Crohane, Stoompa, Mangerton and the Reeks over the Lakes of Killarney.
A little bit of a sprint to finish before dark but what excellent views! Linkback:
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Picture: Pap West with Pap East in the background
Southern approach
by riverlaune  12 Dec 2012
I have posted this comment on the Pap East comments, but thought it might be useful to have it here as well as most hillwalkers will bag both summits on the same walk! It also gives me an excuse to upload another photo!

We parked at W14446 84029 starA (Point A) in the Clydagh Valley and followed the ancient Duhallow trail towards Rathmore. As you walk up the trail you will see Pap East on the left handside in the distance(weather permitting!). An excellent guide to the walk can be found in Kevin Corcoran's book, 'Kerry Walks'. In previous comments a number of fellow walkers have taken the 'fire break' trail up Pap East but found it very slippery and muddy. We decided to take a track on the left hand side(after the 2nd gate) at W14304 85244 starC (Point B), which proved to be an excellent way up the mountain. There is a heathery scramble to the summit after the trail peters out, but it is a fairly straightforward route which avoids the 'fire break'. From East Pap and its huge cairn, we walked to West Pap and then as pre-arranged, the clouds parted and we devoured a well deserved lunch, with superb views over Cork and Kerry! Linkback:
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Picture: Nearly there!
Geo on The Paps West, 2010
by Geo  23 Feb 2010
Day three of a Kerry weekend and on the way home we thought The Paps would be nice on a Sunday morning. Parked at Forest at W1292783233 starD and walked a couple of hundred metres further along the road to another forest exit. Immediately after this on left a hole in the hedge allows one to follow the forest fence uphill to another fence at W1295683777 starE. After crossing this continure upwards and you get to Rodgers Rock (marked as a spot height on OS) at W1259784177 starF in a little under an hour from the car. From here continue N along a fence and its hard to miss Pap West! We were on its summit with its cairn and trig in an hour and a half. Not a very demanding climb, but what a view! Linkback:
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Picture: n22 view from the spur
rossbeighed on The Paps West, 2009
by rossbeighed  17 Mar 2009
Climbed the western pap in the derrynasaggarts via the spur (rodgers rock).
assumed this would be easier than going via shrone lake on the rathmore side.
parked the car about 2 miles east of cloonkeen and climbed from large cutting. looks like theres plenty of space for parking here. the tough part is the climb up to the spur which gets quite steep. from the spur its relatively straight forward as you have both peaks straight in front of you.
there was a hazy mist from the top but Id say on a clear day probably the best view in ireland. have to come up again on a clear day to see that kerry expanse:)
even with the mist the view towards kerry Linkback:
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Picture: Looking back towards the Paps from Caherbarnagh
johnvbrennan on The Paps West, 2005
by johnvbrennan  16 May 2005
A group of us from Ballyhoura Bears walking club did the Paps in May. We were very fortunate with the weather which offered us fabulous views of the Reeks and Mangerton. We left our cars in Millstreet and hired a minibus to bring us to the starting point in Glenflesk Co. Kerry. We then walked the entire ridge back to Millstreet in Co. Cork. Along the way we took in both East and West Paps, Caherbarnagh. We finished with Claragh mountain in Millstreet. Total journey time was just under 7 hours. The ground from Caherbarnagh to the foot of Claragh is tough under foot and if it had been a wet day I am sure it's the kind of ground that would soak the energy out of you pretty quickly. Linkback:
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