Climb Carrauntoohil

Altitude/distance:  1,039m/11km approx.

Routes: Devil’s Ladder, O’Shea’s Gully, Curve Gully, Heavenly Gates, Howling Ridge, Carrauntoohil via Caher, Carrauntoohil and Beenkeragh; we also offer winter ascents, some for experienced climbers only

Grade: Moderate

Dates: All year; first Saturday of each month – contact us for dates and details

Duration: 5-8 hours

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At 1,039m, Carrauntoohil is Ireland’s highest peak and, as such, it attracts thousands of people from all over the world each year who wish to climb to its summit. It is a magnificent, rugged and scenic mountain and climbing it is an experience that one doesn’t forget. Corrán Tuathail, its Irish name, means ‘Tuathal’s sickle’ and it towers above the many other peaks in the majestic MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. On a fine day, views extend to the faraway mountains, lakes and farmlands of west Cork, north and south Kerry. We offer eight different routes on this mountain with our experienced guides and grades that suit everyone from beginner to the most experienced mountaineer and we also organise climbs and challenges for individuals, clubs, charities and companies.


€75 individual. Group rates available. Please contact us for details.


What you wear when you are out in the hills and mountains is very important, especially when conditions are challenging. It is important to ensure that you are warm, dry and comfortable in your clothing and footwear and that you have some basic equipment with you to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience and that you return home safely. The following is a list of basic gear that you should own if you are a regular hillwalker or climber:


  • Lightweight long thermal underwear
  • Short and long-sleeved t-shirts
  • Fleece jacket
  • Fleece or cotton trousers (no jeans)
  • Jacket – waterproof and breathable; with attached hood
  • Over-trousers, waterproof and breathable


  • Sun hat with good visor for summer
  • Balaclava/facemask – 1, lightweight
  • Woolly hat
  • Sunglasses – UV & IR protection


  • Gloves – 2 pairs, lightweight and heavier for the cold


  • Light hiking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Socks – warm trekking socks (2-3 pairs)

Trekking equipment:

  • Daypack – 25-35 litre (optional)
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Ski poles – 1 pair collapsible spring-bound ski poles (optional)
  • Sunscreen – SPF 30-40
  • Lipscreen – SPF 20-40, at least 2 sticks
  • Sunblock
  • Personal First Aid kit

Miscellaneous items:

  • Spare boot laces, bulbs, batteries, memory cards, headtorch
  • Cold water detergent and some toiletries
  • Small sewing kit
  • Penknife and small scissors
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper – it is good practice to bring your own, but it is provided to anyone if needed
  • Baby wipes/hand wipes
  • Hand gel
  • Personal medication
  • 1 x flask with a hot drink (optional)
  • Map OSI 78 and compass (optional)


Carrauntoohil The Step route mixed scrambling and walking

Carrauntoohil The Step on The Upper Coomb's – Curve Gully – Brother O Shea's – Beenkeragh Ridge to the Summit. Great day with Kelvin Gillen, Stephen Quinn, Eoin Marshall and Shane Marshall. the route is Ideal for beginner scrambling and a great mixed day out

Posted by Pat Falvey Adventure Travel / Personal Development / Corporate Training on Monday, April 18, 2016



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