Carrauntouhill via Central Gully.
February 28 at 9:21pmYesterday the 27th of Feb we were on the Galtys enjoying what little snow was about while being all too aware how quickly it comes and goes. Today we headed to Carrauntouhill and Central Gully in the hope that Ireland's highest mountain might have a bit more snow on its flanks to have some fun. Leaving Lisleibane carpark at 10am we headed up the Hag's Glen, up onto the first level, up onto the second level where we stopped for a brief break, to gear up with Crampons, Ice Axe and to marvel at the surrounding peaks and count ourselves lucky to have this playground in such a fantastic part of the country. With the safety briefing out of the way we headed to the mouth of Central Gully, leaving the tracks in the snow made by the previous climber heading to Curved gully on the left. From here on in we were on virgin snow which made for hard going but with the clouds drifting in and out with spots of hail and light rain we soon found ourselves at the exit of Central gully. The last few meters were even more hard going with lots of compact ice, but with our Crampons and Ice Axe we were soon taking a left and soon the cross came into view. After a quick snack and clothing change we were soon heading down towards the top of The Devil's Ladder where we removed the Crampons and slowly made our way down to the valley floor and the long hike back to the car. Well done to Theresa Watkins for making the day enjoyable and for her willingness to learn some new skills. Onwards and upwards to the next challenge. Cathal Climb Ireland
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