Mountain Climbing In County  Kerry

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Climbing In County Kerry is Ireland’s best-known County for the thrill and achievement of mountain climbing.

The firm grits and red sandstones that form the rock backbone of the county is a safe and pleasant terrain for the hill walker and rock climber. 

There are some 40 summits over 2000ft in height in Kerry, and 8 peaks exceed 3000ft. Here also is Carrantuohill (3,414ft),Ireland’s highest mountain. 

The peaks tend to group themselves into extended ranges that afford endless opportunities for experienced climbing and ridge walking. 

Everywhere, cliff-bound corries (often lake floored) lie beneath the ridges, and the rock climber will revel in the many untried ascents.

The interiors of the Dingle and Iveragh peninsulas are completely mountain filled regions, and the centres that lie along the coast strip of these two peninsulas afford many opportunities for cross-country traverses. Further inland there are the mountains around Killarney and the Cork and Kerry mountains. 

It’s a question that is posed every once in a while.. which is County Kerry’s most iconic mountain?

There are a number of contenders and I hope to take a walk up each of them before I can no longer walk home after a good pint of Guinness.

There is nothing more satisfying than to climb the mountains of Kerry and rejoice in their natural spirit and the dramatic views they offer. 

Mountaineering or the sport of climbing mountains is simply one of the finest outdoor opportunities available to the lover of high places.

Mountain climbing is all about challenge and perseverance, about putting hands and feet onto rocks and ice and snow and finally reaching a summit.

There, high above the world of cities and civilization, the climber can pause and look across vast areas of County Kerry, a natural world ruled by nature and her raw beauty.

Mountain climbing, hiking or walking up mountains is, like rock climbing, a risky activity and not to be taken lightly not matter how easy or benign your chosen peak might seem.

Remember: Looks can be deceiving. The mountains are filled with danger and drama. Lightning strikes can stab out of a clear sky. Thunderstorms quickly form and drench you with rain and sleet. Rockfall sweep down mountain faces. Difficulties can slow you, forcing you to bivouac in the open. You or your climbing partner can have an accident, causing all kinds of complications.

If you’re a novice and inexperienced in the ways of the mountains, then it’s wise to go with more experienced companions or a guide. You can learn from them what it takes to be safe in the mountains so you can return another day for a new adventure

The mountains draw climbers who love the natural world and possess an adventurous spirit. To reach the summit of a mountain peak is not always easy, but it always seems worthwhile.

It always seems worth the effort to stand atop a mighty peak and look across the world with the eyes of a soaring eagle. It’s at those precious mountain moments that you will remember Helen Keller`s admonition: “A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.”

The peaks of County Kerry tend to group themselves into extended ranges that afford endless opportunities for experienced climbing and ridge walking. 

Everywhere, cliff-bound corries (often lake floored) lie beneath the ridges, and the rock climber will revel in the many untried ascents.

The interiors of the Dingle and Iveragh peninsulas are completely mountain filled regions, and the centres that lie along the coast strip of these two peninsulas afford many opportunities for cross-country traverses. Further inland there are the mountains around Killarney and the Cork and Kerry mountains. 

For the climber who wishes to camp, sites are everywhere, and the difficulty is to decide between so many inviting pitches. 

We will start our mountain climbing in the Killarney Mountains . You must attempt The Black Valley Cliff, don’t forget Carrantouhill

Then you should try your skills on the Iveragh Mountain Peninsula. There are several exciting climbs on this peninsula. First there is Ballinskelligs Point, then there is Beenakryraka Head, and Bolus Point, St-Finian’s-BayGlanearaghThe Black CliffCoomachuillin

Last but not least, the great Dingle Mountains and the great climb of Brandon Peak, the rocks above Conor PassLough CoumeenoughterBallydavid Head, Glanearagh, and the many more rocks, mountains and cliffs in and around the Kerry Coast. 

If you have any information or tales about climbing in County Kerry, please e-mail me and I will include your story on this page. 


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