Repeat of a walk I last did in 2015 in rather different conditions. In 2015 it took just 5 hours while the 2020 walk was 7 hours 20 mins. Heavy rain, no visibility and gusty wind all day meant the ground conditions were utterly sodden; slippy and slow. The ladder in particular was essentially a river, or maybe a waterfall ... we sat on our bums and slid down and didn't straighten up till we hit the bottom.
Interestingly, we met four lads at the bottom of the ladder, who watched us slide down around 3.40pm, who asked us how much further was Carrauntoohil. On hearing very emphatically that they should not even consider it, given the fading light and lack of any apparent gear, they didn't seem overly inclined to turn back and we left them on the ladder, suitable cautioned, but still looking hopefully upwards. We hobbled back to Cronins fully expecting to be overtaken on the way, but though it took us a further half-hour to change before we left Cronins, they never showed up. We mentioned it to the Cronins before leaving, but I can't help thinking that, as a community, we maybe need to do more to flag up the dangers of this and other mountain areas.