Howling Ridge is known as one of Ireland’s classic multi-pitch mountaineering routes. A steep, well defined ridge which cuts up the north-east face of Carrauntoohil. It is graded V. Diff in summer and goes at various grades in winter, depending on conditions.
It is the central of three ridges high on the NE face of Carrauntoohil. On its left separated from Howling by Collins’ Gully, is Pipets Ridge and to its right is Primroses Ridge. Howling Ridge starts at the lofty perch known as the heavenly gates, the point where the narrow path traversing the NE face of the mountain passes through a notch in the steep face. The first half of the climb is a series of steep sections interspersed with easier climbing. The most difficult part of the route is a steep buttress of rock high up on the face known as The Tower.
It was first climbed in February 1987 by two local mountaineers, in winter conditions. The route gets its name from their dog, who waited at the Heavenly Gates howling while the pair completed the climb.
Steep, committing and exhilarating – an exciting and unforgettable route to the top of Irelands’ highest mountain!!!
Previous Rock Climbing experience is a pre-requisite for this route but don’t worry, if you don’t already have this as we also run this as a 2-day course. On day 1 you will complete an Intro Rock Climbing course and learn all the skills needed for your exciting ascent of Howling Ridge the following day!
A very good level of fitness and of course a head for heights is also needed!
1:1 Guiding of Howling Ridge: €210
Guided ascent (min 2 people): €140 pp
2 Day Course (min 2 people): €200 pp