Climbing Carrauntoohil

Im not the best at stringing sentences together so here is a little write-up of mine and @Cadab’s climb of Carrauntoohil, County Kerry, Ireland.

An early start on a cold November friday saw us heading to Leeds Bradford Airport to catch our cheap Ryanair flight to Dublin. We arrived in Dublin around 7.30 and had collected our hire car by 8.00.

Once we had picked up some supplies from a local Tesco (water, fruit, sandwiches and treats) and then a quick McDonalds breakfast we embarked on our 4 hour, 207 mile (333 km) drive to Carrauntoohil.

Climbing Carrauntoohil

The weather was miserable. There was an orange fog warning the whole time that we where in Ireland but the roads where pretty clear and we made good time to Carrauntoohil. We parked up near Cronins Yard and started out walk at around 13:30.

The first hour was gentle. The fog was still rolling in but we kept seeing burst of sunshine coming through and the higher we got, the more we pushed through it. About this time is where we first got a glimpse of the famous cross on the top of Carrauntoohil. My first thoughts where “That can’t be the top. This doesn’t look to bad.” although we both knew that we where going to reach the Devil’s Ladder very shortly.

We had done some research as we always do when we attempt any climb. Various routes, timings, distance, parking and even watched quite a useful Youtube video, so we had an idea how difficult the Devils Ladder was going to be.

Climbing Carrauntoohil

Climbing Carrauntoohil

It was like they said, a slow steep climb on loose stones and boulders. The low temperature didn’t help leaving patches of ice on rocks which made all that more difficult.

Once we reached the top of the ladder though we were rewarded with breathtaking views of the valley in front of us, the peak of Carauntoohil to our right and the rest off the range to our left.

We where on the home run now. We could see the cross at the top and where aiming right for it. The snow was deep in places, passing my knee if you happened to stand in a deep part but it wasn’t dangerous. We didn’t have crampons and we didn’t wish we had them either. There was plenty of parts of the path to walk on and we slowly made our way to the top.

Once we reached the top there was more beautiful views behind the cross. It was fairly windy at the top but that didn’t spoil it.

Climbing Carrauntoohil

We spent a bit of time at the top. Had a quick bite to eat and even found a quick geocache. We then slowly made our way back down to base.

After we where back at the car, changed and ready to set off we made set off on the 200+ mile journey towards Dublin airport for our flight home back to England.

Here is some data tracked from my Fitbit.

Duration Steps Distance Pace Altitude Heart Rate
4h 38m 05s 22,248 6.59 Miles 42’11” 3,040 95 bpm

Climbing Carrauntoohil

Find out more information on Carauntoohil on Wiki here –