Friday, March 12, 2010

Cnoc na Cuillan Gully

Good neve and steep

View up wide gully
I went up the gully at the back of Coumeenmore to Cnoc na Cuillan yesterday. This was my first time here and it was a good experience. The bottom was not in condition but the top 200mtrs gave a very nice grade 1 outing. There are a few small steps on the lower half that were just about in condition and the upper half was a lovely wide gully which gave some nice exposure. The snow was icy and only the points of the crampons were biting in. The weather is set to get milder so perhaps this was the last chance to put the crampons on here for a while. From the top of Cuillan I went along the ridge to the devils ladder and then enjoyed the delightful slog up to Carrauntoohil. Down Curved Gully again and back to the car. Another good day.