Four Peaks Challenge – Carrauntoohil
The Four Peaks Challenge continues this Sunday August 14th . We are heading to the McGillicuddy Reeks to climb Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain and the most demanding of the Four Peaks Challenges.
Three walks are planned with the moderate and short tackling Carrauntoohil by different routes.
For those looking for something less demanding there will be an easy walk in the same general area.
Early indications for the weather look promising and this is a great opportunity to enjoy the Reeks at their best.
New walkers are always welcome so why not bring along a friend or colleague.
Sign up in the Ovens Bar from 9.00pm on Wednesday evening or online at www.corkbackpackers.ie
Carrauntoohil (Irish: Corrán Tuathail) is the highest peak Ireland and one of the most rewarding to climb. Located in County Kerry, Ireland it is 1,038 metres (3,406 ft) high and is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks range. From the peak the ridge northward leads to Ireland’s second-highest peak, Beenkeragh (1,010 m), while the ridge 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 Hag’s Glen or Coomcallee (Com Caillí, “hollow of the Cailleach”), to the west is Coomloughra (Com Luachra, “hollow of the rushes”) and to the south is Curragh More (Currach Mór, “great marsh”).
A steel cross, 5 metres (16 ft) tall, was erected on the summit in 1976 but was cut down by vandals in November 2014. The cross was re-erected on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.