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Winter Mountaineering On Carrauntoohil…Start to the season.

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Woke on Tuesday morning and was greeted to the most welcome of sights outside my window.
I live right underneath the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains and Winter had arrived during the night and blanketed them in a spectacular dusting of white!!!
I legged it the short distance up the road with camera in hand to grab a few early morning shots.
After I snapped the Hags Glen Sunrise pic above, I quickly legged it home, packed the Winter gear, grabbed an ice axe and headed back out to the hills. I headed for a lovely little high mountain valley nestled beneath the Eastern slopes of Binn Chaorach and Screig Mhór called Cummeenagearagh to climb its grade I/II gully.
A most splendid time had climbing this to the col and then onto Ireland’s 2nd highest – Binn Chaorach (1010mtrs). Quite a decent covering of snow and the Reeks looking absolutely spectacular so from here I couldn’t resist heading across the superb ridge to Corrán Tuathail.
As expected I had the pristine summit to myself and after devouring a jammy donut I headed off for the descent down the Devils Ladder and out the Glen to home.
Had been iffy about bringing an axe but definitely warranted and so glad I did.
An utterly fantastic day and a nice decent start to the Winter season.
       Happy Days!!!