A nice leisurely start to the trek!
Myself and my friend Colin left Galway early this morning and 3 hours later we were climbing towards the clouds in Kerry on Carrauntoohil mountain. I write this post while warming up in car after the finish. The first 3km were easy with a very slight gradient. Perfect to warm up after the long journey.
After this nice start came the area known as the Devils Ladder. As you can guess this is s very steep stretch. basically navigating a waterfall on the side of mountain!
This is the very bottom of ladder and this the view looking down from a small distance up the ladder.
At this point the weather started to close in. I was happy with my pace and the Devils ladder was easier than I expected. I came to the top of the ladder and turned right for the Summit climb. Visibility was awful and rain and wind cold. No better reason to go faster so I stepped it up. The last couple of hundred metres to the top were relatively easy with a steep but manageable incline.
After a quick stop at summit I turned for home. I could see very little apart from the cross. Not being a religious man I reckoned I would be wasted hanging out with a cross so home and heat sounded good. I descended quickly and all in all I was up and down in around 2hours and 15 minutes including a few stops for food and chatting to some hikers. 12.51km in total.
Carrauntoohil is definitely worth a hike/run. I will be back on a day with no cloud!
I will post garmin times later. Now time for some re fueling !