Ascent of Carrauntoohil on 2014-02-15

Climber: Jon Colbert

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 Report

We 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
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2917 ft / 889 m
    Route:Devils Ladder
    Start Trailhead:Cronin's Yard  492 ft / 149 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    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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