It's not often we get the opportunity to climb in Ireland with enough snow to make it worth while, but every now and again Carrauntouhill gives us the chance to have some fun in the snow. Last sunday was such a day with plenty of snow on the ground. our group headed up by The Heavenly Gates where we met the first line of fresh snow. From there on it was hard going with no trail to follow as it had been covered with snow but soon we were on to the saddle at the top of the Devil's Ladder. Visibility was poor and only when the group got to the summit did the clouds part to reveal the majestic views across the Eastern Reeks. from the summit it was down to the Devil's Ladder where we encountered several walkers ill equipped for a day on the snow and were saved a potential call to mountain rescue by a clear end to the day where they could safely see their way back down.
The climb down the Devil's Ladder was not for the faint hearted with snow and ice making progress slow but before long the group were back down in the Hag's Glen and with the long walk ahead back to Cronins Yard and some hot beverage and some welcome food after another smashing day on Ireland's highest mountain, Carrauntouhill.
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