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Glorious Sunshine for today’s guided ascent of Carrauntoohil by The Devils Ladder

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Well the marvellous sunshine stayed with us for one more day as we returned again to the mighty Reeks of Kerry!!!!

 A beautiful morning looking toward The Eastern Reeks and The Hags Glen
Guided Ascent of Carrauntoohil

This time it was the turn of Michelle and Dermot from county Offaly to “Experience the Adventure” with us and boy what a day they had…What a truly beautiful country we have and appreciated all the more when the sun shines.
Today we climbed Corrán Tuathail by the “Devils ladder” and descended by the lovely path of the “Zig Zags” or Bothár na Gige.

Michelle taking it all in…what a spot!!!

 Great to see so many people out enjoying the mountains with bodies spotted on all ascent tracks and all directions.

Plenty people could be seen climbing up towards Coimín Uachtarach and O’Sheas, lots climbing “the ladder” and even a party climbing the classic rock climb on Corrán’s north face called “Primroses”. Strange reports from this climbing party told me that on successfully finishing their climb they came across a heavy duty metal cable left in place wrapped around a large rock by some muppets at the top of Howling ridge. Unusual to say the least for climbers to 1. Carry and use such a piece of kit on a climb…(climbers use nylon slings for the purpose of protection/anchors, not metal cables)..and 2. To leave it there instead of removing it afterwards….Obviously never heard of the Leave no trace policy….(or slings!!!!!)…

Success at the summit of Carrauntoohil

Anyway we had a fantastic enjoyable day in this magnificent range and climbing Ireland’s highest…After guiding Carrán Tuathail so much this summer in mostly horrible wet conditions it felt good to finally have a rare day of hot sunshine on my face….Well the forecast for tomorrow is saying rain again and so our 2 rock climbing courses taking place at Knockadoon head in East Cork should be interesting but I don’t care…’s still be magic to be out and about….will keep you posted how it goes 😉     

The MacGillycuddys Reeks