Ascent of Carrauntoohil via Caher to Ireland
The Carrauntoohil, also Carrantuohill (Irish Corrán Tuathail), is specified at 1039 to 1041 m at peak height. He is the highest mountain in Ireland and now it’s his turn …
Start of my hike at the Black Valley Hostel
The night passed without any problems and I get the breakfast ordered yesterday as well as march catering, which makes me feel right.
Today on 5.9.2015 it should be so far and I start my attempt to climb the highest mountain in Ireland.
Although this is even lower than the highest peak of the Fichtelgebirge, but it must be remembered that my starting point is only at sea level (30 m).
At 9 o’clock I start from the Black Valley Hostel. The weather is dry and often sunbeams are bathing the environment in warm colors.
Passed the first Lough I reach a small collection of little houses. Here it goes on a paved path up to suddenly the previously good mood and idyll is rapidly and loudly come to an end …
“Frozen in SHOCK”
Three kennels with barking dogs. At second glance, I realize that these are – fortunately – chained. However, they are all extremely aggressive and do not stop barking at all.
I think it’s really great that the biggest mutt from the front has his cabin right on the road and his chain is very long. Most likely at least to the other side, which precludes passing, at least without attack.
Startled by the immensely loud yapping, another dog is coming from above, walking around freely, straight towards me.
He barks and keeps walking a few steps closer. Barks, runs, barks, runs until he stands no more than two meters in front of me.
A scenario that I honestly dislike. Since the dogs began to bark, I simply stopped, just looked out of the corner of my eye and behaved completely unobtrusively.
Nevertheless, now stands a “Kläffer” directly growling in front of me and three more bark what the stuff holds. I am impressed and turn around.
In addition to heaps of adrenaline, fear and sweat, this reversal not only cost me time, but also introduced more distance …
Hiking – typically Irish?!?
Back at the junction I open a gate and from here begins “Hiking in Irish”:
Varied and exactly to my taste. Pretty cool. The only downside is the many gates and different opening mechanisms that cost time.
A good 10 km I was in the Black Valley behind me until it goes up to Curraghmore Lake. Therefore, the walls are already unmistakably towering almost vertically.
From 50 meters altitude it goes to the lake on about 300 meters. The mountain range in front of me is just under 1000 hm. Still questions Shaft?
Video from Hiking Black Valley up to Carrauntoohil
Speaking of Irish: There are definitely many ways to go, so anyone who is somehow feasible. Nothing is forbidden and you are looking for a signage in vain.
Such “states” I knew so far only from the Touren Tenerife
Great nature experience below the Carrauntoohil
The lake has light swell due to the strong wind and I am looking for the best ascent option. From a distance, I did a job that seemed feasible to me. For these I finally decide and go on the way there.
Cross-country – without real routing – and on his own decisions, I already knew. I also know what I can trust and when it’s time to turn back.
However, the conditions here are very exhausting and make the higher coming unpredictable.
Full concentration is needed
Every step and step must be highly concentrated, careful and thoughtful. Very often I slip away or a supposed grip for added security does not hold or I slide off. It also happens that I am wrong and supposedly safe, large stones move under load and fall down.