Croagh Patrick 764m mountain, Croagh Patrick Ireland at
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Croagh Patrick Area
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 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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A fine Easter Sunday climb .. by LiamgMurphy   (Show all for Croagh Patrick)
Wisely decided to do the Reek from the west via B .. by liame   (Show all for Croagh Patrick)
My wife and I climbed Croagh Patrick for the firs .. by Alaskan   (Show all for Croagh Patrick)
Climbed Croagh Partick on the 29th Jan 2006 with .. by david bourke   (Show all for Croagh Patrick)
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