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: 0.9km,   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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Western Pilgrimage .. by march-fixer   (Show all for Croagh Patrick)
Irelands holy mountain. .. by TommyV   (Show all for Croagh Patrick) Picture about mountain Croagh Patrick in area Croagh Patrick, Ireland
Picture: The Horrible Shelters and a Partial View From The Summit
dino on Croagh Patrick, 2007
by dino  22 Jul 2007
I climbed by the Pilgrims' Path on Friday 20th July 2007.

Shortly before I arrived there had been a very heavy shower of rain and the reek was covered in low cloud but as I went up it soon cleared. Judging by the folks I met on their way down it obviously caught a few people unawares on the hill!

The first half was pretty tough walking for me. My fitness has decreased more in the last 12 months than I thought and the heat was pretty full on and not helped by wearing full trousers, boots and gaiters to avoid getting soaked by the runoff at the start. I also made the classic mistake of starting off at too fast a pace and tired very quickly. There were a number of rest stops and each time I had to convince myself it was worth going on. Eventually I reached the top of the first section and this flattish stretch allowed me to catch my breath, shake off the remaining midges and rebuild my enthusiasm for the final tough 200m push which was looming intimidatingly over me.

As I reached the bottom of the last section the low cloud came piling back in and took away the fantastic view. However, it also limited vision to about 20m which meant that I could concentrate on the very steep trail ahead of me without being put off by the distance I still had to go.

Suddenly and without warning the summit with it's horrible temporary shelters and larger than expected oratory appeared out of the mist. I had been dreading this last section but although it was tough it wasn't as bad as I expected. IME the trick was staying on the more eroded section which has less loose rock and is easier to keep a good grip on. I wandered around briefly and suddenly the clouds parted for about 30seconds and I had a view to the South before it closed in again. I only had time for a few quick photos before it came back and the temperature dropped in the cold breeze and light rain so I repacked and headed for the geocache site located close to the summit.

After a brief chat with two guys at the oratory I was away again and it's almost a joy coming back down this mountain. The track is firm and dry for most of the way so it's easy to keep up a good speed without slipping or falling. The steepest section from the summit is the toughest with a constant need to check where your feet are going but after that it's easy.

In the thick mist it was a bit of a surreal experience with the occasional sheep appearing out of nowhere and only the rocky side of the mountain visible. A bit on the bleak side also.

About halfway down I suddenly dropped out of the cloud cover in time to have a fantastic view out over Clew Bay and to experience a fantastic sunset for the rest of the way down.

I was back at the van at 10pm having left at 6:30 and spent about 20mins on the summit. A fantastic walk and I'm so glad I kept going each time my traitorous mind tried to convince me otherwise. Trackback:
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