|Heading in towards Carrauntoohil|
|Looking up at the start of Howling Ridge|
|Nice rock steps|
|An interested observer|
A foggy morning gave way to a gorgeous afternoon and it was great to get out on the mountains again just a week after returning from the Alps. I wanted to do something a bit exciting and since the weather was so good I opted for Howling Ridge VDiff on Carrauntoohil. I normally solo this route and only take a rope when I am bringing someone up it but that isn't to say that I am a great (or even good) rockclimber, its more to do with the fact that I don't think that the route merits a VDiff grade and in my opinion is a Moderate climb at best. That isn't to say either that the consequences of a fall are less serious so I maintained a good level of concentration throughout. I left the car at 10.15 and started the route at 11.40 and as I said, 40 minutes later I was on the slog to the summit. After a nice relaxing bite to eat on the warm and almost windless top I opted to cross the Benkeeragh Ridge (a lovely Grade1 scramble) and then descend back to my car. The only similarity with the previous week is that the descent takes approximately the same time. Different today certainly was but I really enjoyed myself. I felt at home in familiar surroundings and I found myself looking about and picturing the scene in winter raiment when these modest mountains become a beast of an altogether different character. Winter is coming :o).
|Good to be home|
|Looking back along the Benkeeragh Ridge|
|Its not the Alps but its great all the same.|