Ascent of Carrauntoohil on 2014-02-15
|Others in Party:||Pip E|
|Date:||Saturday, February 15, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Carpool|
| Elevation:||3409 ft / 1039 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe were granted a slight weather window during the storms that have been battering the British Isles lately. It was a short drive from Fossa to Cronin's Yard.
On the walk up the valley we were hit by several squalls of hail.
We missed the river crossing and were rewarded by wet boots crossing back to get to the main track up through Hags Glen.
The Devils Ladder was not as bad as we expected, thanks to the soft snow.
It was a quick ascent up the ladder, and then up to the summit following a fain track in the snow and the icy cairns.
We had a short break at the top for photos and then we dropped back to the saddle for lunch.
Another group had come up via Cnoc na Tionne and we decided to follow their route, instead of back tracking down the ladder. It was a slow plod up to Cnoc Na Tionne, and the wind picked up severely although only for a couple of minutes.
We dropped over the edge to begin the descent into Hags Glen and it was very slow down climbing the steep snow face. Occasional patches of hard snow were no great problem as we just went slowly and safely. The walk out was fast and we only stopped for photos and to watch a Shepard controlling his dogs high up the on the valley walls.
The Lamb shank for dinner in Killarney that night was well deserved!
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3245 ft / 988 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||3245 ft / 989 m|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Snowing, Cool, Windy, Low Clouds|
| Gain on way in:||2917 ft / 889 m|
| Route:||Devils Ladder|
| Start Trailhead:||Cronin's Yard 492 ft / 149 m|
| Time:||4 Hours |
| Loss on way out:||3245 ft / 989 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 2917 ft / 890 m; Extra: 328 ft / 99m|
| Gain on way out:||328 ft / 99 m|
| Route:||Croc na Toinne|
| End Trailhead:||Cronin's Yard 492 ft / 149 m|
| Time:||3 Hours |
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