Carrauntoohil – Sunday, July 2nd.
Complete the Four Peaks Challenge 2017 – Carrauntoohil by climbing first of the highest peak in each of the four provinces in 2017. Each member who succeeds in climbing all four mountains will receive The Four Peaks 2017 Challenge Award.
The second of the Four Peaks 2017 Challenge is Carrauntoohil at 1,038 metres (3,406 feet) Munster’s and Ireland’s highest mountain and a worthy challenge for any hill walker. This challenge takes place on Sunday, July 2nd. To register for the Four Peaks 2017 Challenge send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Four Peak Challenge” and your name, mobile number and e-mail address.
Carrauntoohil (Irish Corrán Tuathail) is the highest peak in Ireland and is the second of the Four Peaks 2017 Challenge Walks. It is 1,038 metres (3,406 ft) high and is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks range. The ridge northward leads to Ireland’s second-highest peak, Beenkeragh (1,010 m). The ridge heading westward leads to the third-highest peak, Caher (1,001 m). Carrauntoohil overlooks three bowl-shaped valleys, each with its own lakes. To the east is the Hag’s Glen or Coomcallee (Com Caillí, “hollow of the Cailleach”), to the west is Coomloughra (Com Luachra, “hollow of the rushes”). To the south is Curragh More (Currach Mór, “great marsh”).
Locals erected a steel Christian cross, 5 metres (16ft) on the summit in 1976. On November 21st 2014 a gang of unknown vandals cut down the cross. A team of volunteers re-erected the cross on Saturday, Nov. 29th.
The Scottish Mountaineering Club classify Carrauntoohil as a Furth, i.e. a three thousander footer furth or “outside of” Scotland. As a result hikers sometimes refer to it to as one of the Irish Munros. The mountain is most often climbed from the north-east, along the Hag’s Glen and up the steep Devil’s Ladder to the col between Carrauntoohil and Cnoc na Toinne, and then north-west to the summit. The route has become more dangerous in recent years due to loose stones and crowding. No special equipment is needed to climb the mountain, but caution is advised. Alternatively, one can walk the two other 1,000 m peaks in a “horseshoe” trip, starting from the west. The traverse from highest point to the second highest involves a light scramble.