Carrauntoohil Four Peaks Challenge Report
A large number of members participated in a very successful Four Peaks Challenge and embraced the test of hiking Carrauntoohil last Sunday March 13th, for the first of the “Four Peaks 2016 Challenge Walks”. There was a palpable air of anticipation and excitement at Kate Kearney’s Cottage as walkers paused for tea, coffee and scones to fuel the body. Three groups set off categorised by the various fitness level under the direction of three very capable and experienced leaders.
Two of the groups were climbing Carrauntoohil whilst the third group were doing a less strenuous hike. The weather was perfect for hiking with plenty of sunshine all day with a very light breeze. After a pleasant hike into the Hag’s Glen the moderate walkers and the short walkers headed for the notorious “Devils Ladder” route. This was a steep ascent however conditions were good and soon afterwards we reached the saddle at the top of the gulley. There both walks stopped for lunch and a well-earned rest. From the saddle we could see the steel cross rising from the summit. After a short lunch stop we tackled the final pull up to the summit.
Visibility at the summit was excellent for miles around the Kingdom with views as far as the Dingle peninsula. After taking in the breath-taking landscape both walks headed down via the “Heavenly Gates” route. Kate Kearney’s was the venue for the after walk bite to eat where all those who had completed the climb received their “I Climbed Carrauntoohil” certificates. New members were welcomed and a big congratulation was extended to them for reaching the summit and down safely. What a fitting end to an incredible day. Roll on the next challenge in the next province! The next of the Four Peaks 2016 Challenge Walks in Mweelrea (14metres) ,Mayo and Connaught’s highest mountain.