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Knocknapeasta Mountain Cnoc na Péiste A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc na Péiste [OSI 1:25,000], 'hill of the serpent/monster') Kerry County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Well-bedded grey sandstone Bedrock

Height: 985.1m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V83600 84200
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Longitude: -9.695516, Latitude: 51.998151 , Easting: 83600, Northing: 84200 Prominence: 253m,  Isolation: 0.5km
ITM: 483575 584259,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Kncknp, 10 char: Kncknpst
Bedrock type: Well-bedded grey sandstone, (Lough Acoose Sandstone Formation)

The lake below this peak is Loch Coimín Piast, 'lake of the little hollow of serpents'. Like many another Irish mountain lake, there was probably a story of a water-monster associated with it which has now been lost. In December 1943 an American Dakota aircraft crashed into the slopes of Cnoc na Péiste just above the lake. Pieces of the aircraft are still visible. A plaque here commemorates the 5 victims and there is another plaque at Cronin's Yard (Jim Ryan, Carrauntoohil and MacGillycuddy's Reeks, 80-81).   Cnoc na Péiste is the 4th highest place in Ireland.

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Picture: Lough Googh from Cnoc na Péiste
 
Ascent from the Black Valley
by Wildcat  31 Aug 2013
I set off from the Black Valley hostel but, after a grim start on rough land with bracken higher than myself in places, I reached an insurmountable fence and had to return to the road. Although feeling more like the Australian Outback then the wilds of Kerry in temperatures over 30 degrees C, I followed the Black Valley road as far as Shamrock Farmhouse B&B, where I got permission to go through fields en route to Lough Googh.

A pleasant walk on short grass took me through several gates then good easy ground (but without a path) led to an easily-negotiated area of broken slabs and outcrops above 400m. I stopped for a break at Lough Googh, overlooked by beetling crags to the west. From there, easy grass flanks took me upwards (to the south-west), with a short path on the steepest section. Once on the ridge connecting Feabrahy and Cnoc na Péiste (at 600m), I continued north-west on fairly steep slopes with scattered rocks. Above 850m, I slanted leftwards, steeply uphill, to reach the col between Maolán Buí and Cnoc na Péiste, then a good path took me along the broad easy-angled ridge to the summit - 24 degrees C in the shade and nobody in sight. Views were a little hazy but the intimidating-looking ridge to An Gunna Mór looked sharp enough!

I returned to the hostel the same way although, with more time and less heat, a circular route over An Gunna Mór, Cruach Mhór and descending by the Derrycarna River would make a fine walk. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/4/comment/15167/
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sbarany on Cnoc na Péiste, 2005
by sbarany  22 Aug 2005
Cnoc na Péiste from the shore of the lake. Blue arrow indicates the location of a blue rope which is tied to the wing in the water (and to a rock on the other end). No use pulling it: the wing is too heavy. The red arrow shows the location of a memorial plate. The plane crashed into the mountain 500 feet above this plate. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/4/comment/1904/
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Gerard on Cnoc na Péiste, 2004
by Gerard  11 Jul 2004
I climbed to Cumenapeasta ( lake of the serpent ) in April 1984 with members of the Irish Naval diving unit who took photo's of the starboard wing of US Army Aircraft that lies in the lake directly below Cnoc na Peiste. The actual crash site where 5 young men died on December 17th 1943 is at a height of 2700ft and highly dangerous in an area of breadthtaking scenery but certainly not for the fainthearted. For further information on this unfortunate accident,please check my website on Air accidents in Cork,Kerry,Clare and Waterford during World War 2.
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But ''Mountain Views'' is an excellent website.Wish I was young again ? to climb Brandon.
Sincerely

Gerard O' Regan

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John Finn on Cnoc na Péiste, 2004
by John Finn  22 Aug 2004
The Western Reeks from Cnoc na Peiste. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/4/comment/1123/
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John Finn on Cnoc na Péiste, 2006
by John Finn  30 Apr 2006
Another view of the ridge. A place for steady nerves and concentration! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/4/comment/2314/
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Bremur2006 on Cnoc na Péiste, 2006
by Bremur2006  5 Mar 2006
An amazing climb in the snow with the surrounding Reeks defined sharply on a glorious March Saturday (04/03/06). The crash site is accessable and views of the wing in the water was possible though not very clear. An easier climb in the snow that in the wet as the ground is more firm underfoot - or maybe less boggy would be a better description. This pic shows Cruach Mhor & the lake, Cnoc na Peiste is off to the right & out of view Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/4/comment/2218/
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