Hopefully this will give some of you the information you've been looking for, and maybe that bit of inspiration needed
Ok so to start:
Where is it
Spark_ie wrote: Carrauntoohil is the Highest Mountain in Ireland, at 1039m, and is approximately 17km (10 miles) WSW of Killarney, Co. Kerry.
Cool ! I wanna do it.. When's the best time
Spark_ie wrote:Well, you can climb Carrauntoohil any time of the year. I would say the most important factor to consider when climbing is not your own skill level nor your stamina, it's the Weather
Provided the weather is clear, or at least not windy, it's safe to climb any time of the year. Although during winter months (Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar) you will need to take particular care of ice!
OK, Are the websites I can check to get weather forecasts
Spark_ie wrote: Yep, there are a few that I use: NOTE Even if good weather is forecast, given Carrauntoohil's close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the weather can change extremely fast, especially near the summit! Always take warm clothes with you - Further detailed below.
Right, I've checked the weather, and it's looking good.. Where can I start the hike from
Well, this totally depends on what you want to do..
Do you want to 'Just' climb Carrauntoohil, or do you want to do to part, or all, of the Reeks Ridge?
. wrote: Carrauntoohil
To be honest, the route as described on the Cache page (GCL39P) is very descriptive, and is the 'normal' route taken by climbers. You will have no problems navigating your way to the top.
Going at a 'normal' pace, starting at Cronin's Yard, you should be on the tippy top within 2.5 / 3 hours. The total distance from Cronin's yard is approx 14km return. You can expect to be back in the carpark 6/7 hours later (Including having lunch on top, numerous breaks along the way)
Curious Cacher wrote:Do you have to pay for parking here? --- In the carpark, next to the phonebox, you will see a metal box. It's a simple un-manned donation box.Curious Cache wrote:Is the trail head pretty obvious or are there coords available somewhere? --- There is a clear path all the way from Cronin's Yard. This path involves crossing rivers etc.. Don't expect a smooth tarmac'ed path all the way to the top!!Curious Cacher wrote:How far from Killarney is Cronin's Yard? --- Approx 30 mins drive (20km). From Killarney: Take the N72 (Ring of Kerry road) towards Killorglin. After Fossa Village, turn left for the Gap of Dunloe. Continue on this road for approximately 8km until you come to Kissane's Shop and Maxol Service Station. Go over a small bridge and take the next left (signposted for CroninÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Yard and Tea Room, Carrauntoohil). Proceed to the end of this road, approximately 3km to Cronin's Yard.. wrote: Reeks Ridge
The Reeks Ridge is longest and most sustained ridge walk in Ireland. This route requires confidence over steep ground, however the rewards are of tremendous views
Routes can be anywhere from 13km including 1000m ascent, up to 19km with 1700 ascent!
Details of these routes, including mapping, can be found on An Gunna MÃƒÂ³r cache page
Hope this helps!!!