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Croagh Patrick Area   N: North Ridge Subarea
Place count in area: 12, OSI/LPS Maps: 30, 31, 37, 38, CBE, CBW, MSW 
Highest place:
Croagh Patrick, 764m
Maximum height for area: 764 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 639 metres,

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Croagh Patrick Mountain Cruach Phádraig A name in Irish (Ir. Cruach Phádraig [GE], 'Patrick’s stack') Mayo County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Quartzite, psammite, basal conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 764m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 30 Grid Reference: L90584 80197
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Longitude: -9.659247, Latitude: 53.760033 , Easting: 90584, Northing: 280197 Prominence: 639m,  Isolation: 1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 490593 780213,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CrghPt, 10 char: CrghPtrck
Bedrock type: Quartzite, psammite, basal conglomerate, (Cregganbaun Formation)

Saint Patrick is said to have fasted for forty days on Croagh Patrick. It is from here that he is said to have banished a flock of evil black birds as well as the serpents of Ireland (a hollow to the north of the summit named Lugnademon commemorates this story). This explains its significance as a place of pilgrimage, though it was already sacred in pagan times, being a Lughnasa site [see MacNeill, 71-84]. Locally Croagh Patrick is called ‘The Reek’, a variant of the word ‘rick’ (i.e. a hayrick or haystack). ‘Cruach’ has the same meaning. In pagan times the mountain was known as Cruachán Aigle or Cruachán Garbrois. Garbros seems to be a place-name for the locality.   Croagh Patrick is the highest mountain in the Croagh Patrick area and the 66th highest in Ireland.

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Picture: The Reek
pj on Croagh Patrick, 2006
by pj  2 Aug 2006
My apologies, I know it's a bit late for this here for Reek Sunday but this is the press release we sent out last week and it's applicable for climbing Croagh Patrick any time of the year.
Peter Jordan, PRO, Mayo Mountain Rescue Team.

"MMRT appeal to all intending pilgrims to Croagh Patrick to exercise a duty of care to themselves and others on the mountain and to demonstrate common sense in undertaking the climb.

In particular Mayo Mountain Rescue team would appeal to pilgrims to consider the following:

Croagh Patrick is a 764m (2510 ft) high mountain with the main path running from Murrisk to the summit, a 7km round trip. The final section of the path up is particularly difficult with a gradient of over 40 degrees compounded by much loose shale and stones.

If people are intent on doing the climb barefoot MMRT would suggest that as a minimum they at least bring a pair of shoes and a stick with them.

A stick or walking pole of some description is considered a valuable ally on the mountain.

Dress for the occasion: The temperature at the summit can vary as much as 5-10 deg cooler than at Murrisk. Conditions on the summit can change rapidly. Dress in multiple layers which can be added or removed as the progress dictates. Carry a waterproof outer layer. Some form of head gear is also recommended.

A stout pair of boots: Any footwear which are designed for moderate hill walking activities and which provide good ankle support are probably the best option, failing that a good pair of runners should get you through safely.

Food and Drink: As a minimum it is recommended that pilgrims bring a bottle of water and some small amount of food with them onto the mountain. Venturing onto the mountain with alcohol taken or drinking alcohol on the mountain is strongly advised against.

Leave No Trace: On the pilgrimage try to adopt the simple country side code, namely leave no trace and whatever you carry on carry off with you too.

The young ones: Make sure children are properly dressed and equipped with sticks of their own. If the children get tired and have to be carried, remember they can get cold very quickly on your back or shoulders.

Know your limits: When climbing do not push yourself to exhaustion. Pace yourself. If you feel yourself getting too hot or cold, add or remove layers as appropriate. If, on the ascent, less than half way up the mountain, you doubt your ability to make it, trust your judgment. It is no shame to turn around rather than risk an accident near the summit or on the descent brought on by exhaustion."
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Picture: some of the scree near the top
A fine Easter Sunday climb
by LiamgMurphy  2 Apr 2013
Last weekend, while staying at a relatives place in Milltown, i decided to get up early on Easter Sunday and head for Croagh Patrick. From reading all of the comments here i knew it was doable and that the upper 200m would e tough, nevermind the descent. Anyway i decided to give it a try, having climbed Caherconree and Bautregaum a few days before.

I parked in the car park at Murrisk (Comment point A), making sure that i had 'Paid and Displayed' as the numerous signs requested! The weather was ok, a little cold and windy but i could see the summit clearly. The first hour took me up past the grotto and along a well worn track towards the saddle as mentioned by others here. It was a fabulous section with stunning views over clew bay visible from early on in the climb. When I got to the saddle, the wind really picked up from the south and gave an indication of what lay ahead at the summit.

I agree that the final 200 m are quite difficult, however good advice given here was to try and stick to the rocks jutting out from the ground and avoid the loose rock. Again, a walking stick is an absolute must and more so on the descent. This section was tricky in that the 40 or so degree field of view ahead and no sign of the church for a bit can spook you but to be fair once you concentrate on your steps, it's well doable. When i got to the top, the wind was extremely strong so i didn't hang around too long. A stunning view opened up over Clew bay and also to the South.

The descent is not as bad as it may seem on the way up, just mind your step and use the walking stick.

i loved my few hours on Croagh Patrick and will definitely return when the weather is a little bit better. Just to echo a common theme through the other comments here, wear appropriate clothing and footwear. I met many people on my way down who were either wearing wellies or runners, both of which are totally unsuitable for this mountain. Fair play to those who climb barefoot in July, but it's not something i would do! Linkback:
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Picture: Cairn on Ben Goram with Croagh Patrick to the east.
liame on Croagh Patrick, 2009
by liame  3 May 2009
Wisely decided to do the Reek from the west via Ben Goram rather than up from Murrisk. Turned off the coast road a mile after Leckanvy church (signposted Chris Harper Art Studio) and took the road on the left heading towards Ben Goram. Good parking on the right and a straighforward approach over open ground. Goram has a number of cairns to pass before you reach the top and spectacular views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay. A short drop into the coll follows before the pull up the west side of the Reek. This would be even better without the remains of the gold mining activity from the 80's but it does at least plot a route through the scree on the last few hundred feet.
Heading down via the Pilgrims Path to Murrisk was a bad mistake. As reported elsewhere, the extent of the errosion on the upper section is horrible. A case of serious desecration of a once magnificent mountain. Five minutes after leaving the car park at the bottom, I hitched a lift from a kindly English "local" and she insisted on driving me all the way back to the car. Next time though, I will return as I came, via Ben Goram. Linkback:
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Picture: Looking down the route from the middle of the scree section
Alaskan on Croagh Patrick, 2006
by Alaskan  15 Jul 2006
My wife and I climbed Croagh Patrick for the first time on a gorgeous day yesterday. We hiked up the Pilgrim's trail to see what it was like. The trail is very easy to follow but was also extremely eroded. There was a lot of loose rock, gravel and sand on the route which required more than a little concentration. The first leg up to the saddle wasn't too bad going up but was rather trecherous going down due to the ball-bearing effect of the gravel. The section between the saddle and the base of the summit was the only section where sight-seeing and walking could safely be done simultaneouslly. The upper section of the mountain is deeply eroded in scree and is the biggest challenge of the route. People wandered all over looking for the "best" way up and down. The less disturbed scree tended to be a little easier than the heavily used areas but the most deeply eroded section was actually the easiest for me because there were many bits of rock solidly embedded in the slope on which you could step. You just had to be careful of the sandy parts that were rather slippery. The descent was distinctly more nerve-racking for most of our fellow travellers. Being a social climb with many other people on the mountain, there was a lot of advice-giving and help for those who had difficulty. The summit was most unusual. I am not used to sitting in white plastic chairs on the porch of a chapel while eating lunch and soaking up the views. I had expected to be put off by the crowds (there were probably a few hundred others on the mountain that day) but it was really an enjoyable social event. Next time, though, I think I will climb it from the west. Linkback:
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Picture: View of Croagh Patrick from Ben Goram
david bourke on Croagh Patrick, 2006
by david bourke  21 Nov 2006
Climbed Croagh Partick on the 29th Jan 2006 with a group from Sligo. It was an icy cold day but the skies were crystal clear and made for great views of Clew Bay. The approach was from the western side via Ben Goram. It is a longer access to the summitt than the pilgrims way, but provides a very interesting alternative. A two car drop is essential if you do like I did in Jan. Having summitted by the western route I descended the pilgrims way. Linkback:
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Picture: Snowy Croagh Patrick
Good Friday on Croagh Patrick
by Homerclesse  10 Apr 2010
Climbed the Reek on Good Friday last in very wet, windy and snowy weather.
I took the direct Pilgrims Path route from the car part at Murrisk.

Needless to say as it was Good Friday there was plenty of company on this climb. As I got to the saddle at the half way point the snow and wind picked up considerably and all views of Clew Bay disappeared behind me. I soldiered on and pushed to the top in snow and wind.

This is a very rewarding climb for experienced and beginners. I'd recommend plenty of breaks on the way up to conserve energy. Also, lots of warm layers to combat the wind and adverse weather you'll no doubt encounter in Ireland. I will definitely return for the challenge and to finally get a view of Clew Bay from he summit.

Please take heed of the comments by pj regarding the correct equipment to bring. It's amazing to see the gear people were climbing in in near Arctic conditions at times. T-shirts, Ugg boots, tracksuits, etc. Comical. Linkback:
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