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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: Our WaterAid Challenge team on CNP
philpotts on Cnoc na Péiste, 2005
by philpotts  7 Nov 2005
Saturday, 11 June 2005 was WaterAid Munro Challenge day. Our team of intrepid English climbers chose Cnoc na Peiste as our challenge. From Cronin's Farm we made our way up Hag's Glen to the base of the Bone. We climbed the Bone in 25 degree heat with one eye on the clock to ensure we summited before 2pm to comply with the challenge rules. Got there at about 1.30, meeting up with another team of "challengers" from Belfast Water. Exchanged congratulations & took each other's photos, then set off W along the ridge towards Carrauntoohil. Every intention of bagging the "biggie" but when we reached the top of the Devil's Ladder the heat was taking its toll & we decided to descend. Conditions were good & dry so the descent was without incident but I can imagine it's grim when wet. Kev, our Cumbrian mate, described it as "chossy" (a bit like Mickledore below Scafell), Jacky was distinctly unhappy with it, the rest of us having to coax her down & take the full vent of her feelings (mainly in the ear!).
Once down its an easy, but tidy, toddle back to the farm at Meallis.
Challenge completed, highly enjoyable, spectacular scenery, quality mountains, well worth the 450 mile drive from Stoke. We'll be back.
Incidentally the "Munro Challenge" (to put a team on each 3000' + peak in UK & Eire between 12 & 2 on the same day...& that's 303 peaks!!) was met for the 1st time in 4 attempts.....does this qualify as a "world record"......whatever. Our team, pictured, raised £600 for the cause (provision of clean drinking water & sanitation in some of the world's poorest areas). Overall the "Challenge" hopes to raise £300,000 (roughly € half million) Pretty cool huh?
Thanks, Eire for being so welcoming & damn beautiful. Like I said, we'll be back... Linkback:
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Peter Walker on Cnoc na Péiste, 2007
by Peter Walker  12 Sep 2007
Done as part of the Cruach Mhor - Devil's Ladder traverse on a gloriously sunny and calm day in early September. Some guidebook descriptions of the arete section are a tad misleading, I feel.... "much too rocky to be tackled direct", "razor edge", etc. In reality, while impressively narrow in parts, it's a wonderful promenade (with a lot of clambering, admittedly) for all except vertigo sufferers. It's reasonably straightforward to stay on or about the crest for the vast majority of the time, you never really feel committed to a section in the way you might on The Big Gun, and if it all seems too airy, it's usually not too hard to drop down to a contouring path on the S side to get out of the firing line.

If it's rainy, misty or windy, disregard everything I just said ;-) Linkback:
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Picture: A Glimpse Through The Clouds
Difficult In The Conditions
by Aidy  14 Jul 2015
Approached from the Big Gun on an Eastern Reeks traverse. Weather was terrible for this section with rain and low cloud. We dropped below the ridge on the south side, crossing difficult terrain, scrambling over large, slippery rocks in poor visibility. The ascent back up to the summit was steep, and a bit hair raising in the conditions. Hands were required as rocks were treacherous, and moss gave way suddenly under our feet. We were relieved to reach the top, knowing the worst section from Cruach Mhor and Big Gun was behind us, and we could relax for the rest of the walk to Cnoc na Toinne. On the plus side, the weather improved a llittle near the top, and we got occasional glimpses of the land below, both to the north and south. Light raced across the ground, under dramatic clouds that seemed to boil and churn, and the show made us feel our "ordeal" had been well worth while. Linkback:
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S Mc Auliffe on Cnoc na Péiste, 2004
by S Mc Auliffe  15 Jan 2004
Cnoc na Peiste is a beautiful mountain accessible from four separate directions. If you like an airy scramble then approach from Cruach Mor [my favourite peak in the Reeks] . Skylining this ridge is truly exhilarating on a calm dry day. On a bright day look to your right to see the remaines of a World War 2 plane in the lake below you. So if you have a good head for heights and you like a moderate scramble give this ridge a go and enjoy. but remember to be careful, people have died here. Linkback:
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collywog on Cnoc na Péiste, 2004
by collywog  2 Mar 2004
i found this picture of cnoc na peiste Linkback:
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Picture: Cnoc na Peiste from Cnoc an Chuillin
philpotts on Cnoc na Péiste, 2005
by philpotts  7 Nov 2005
The object of our Challenge from the west.. Linkback:
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