The mighty Carrauntoohil is the highest peak in Ireland and so it is no surprise it is one of the toughest climbs in the country. It's certainly not a trek that should be taken on lightly. And for this reason it's important to ensure that you've packed everything necessary to deal with what this challenge can throw at you.
This kit list comes tried and tested by our staff from the gear we sell. Between us all, there’s a wealth of experience and information to be had. Follow our tips and ensure you're both comfortable and safe on your adventure.
Footwear: A solid base is essential.
- You should wear solid walking shoes/walking boots with firm, moulded soles. Deck shoes, runners or street shoes are not suitable and would likely lead to injury, this is true in dry conditions and even more so in wet conditions.
Wet Gear: Rain Jacket and Waterproof Bottoms
- The most important aspect here is that they are waterproof (unsurprisingly) & breathable. You should always pack these even if not expecting rain, it is Ireland after all.
On average hiking Carrauntoohil takes between 4 to 6 hours, the mountain rises to a height of over 1,000 metres, so there is a lot of "up" and a lot of "down".
Clothing: Layers are vital
- Clothing layers should preferably be of synthetic materials or merino wool/bamboo - no cotton as this absorbs moisture and causes the body to loose heat rapidly when wet. In particular denim clothing should be avoided.
Hat & Gloves:
- You have got to keep your head and hands warm in case of windy/chilly conditions (remember the weather can change suddenly and also it generally gets windier and colder the higher you go)
Hydration & Sun Protection:
- A supply of drinking water for hydration, a good lunch for sustenance (bring plenty), and some snacks to provide sugar intake as a boost when you need it.
- Head covering, sun glasses, sun screen - high factor to prevent burn, bring even if you are not expecting sun.
- Rucksack/Backpack - If you are bringing all this kit with you, you're going to need something to carry it in. In wet conditions it is recommended that the bag be lined with a plastic bag to keep its contents dry