Carrauntoohiling

On a cold and frosty December morning

I looked across at the mountain calling

A goal was set

A challenge was met

I was going Carrauntoohiling !

There is a new phenomenon currently taking hold within the cycling World. People choose a climb and ride up and down until they amass a cumulative total of meters climbed equivalent to the height of Mount Everest. It is called ‘Everesting’

Last evening I was writing out a few goals for 2015. Near the top of the list is to ‘Everest’ a climb.

It was one of those things that captured my imagination. Many dream of climbing to the summit of Mount Everest but now us cyclists have the opportunity to set ourselves the challenge of climbing the equivalent of the Worlds highest mountain from anywhere in the World.

As anyone who may have read THE CLIMB will realise there is one particular climb that I would like to ‘Everest’.

Then, this morning a thought entered my head, Everest may be the highest mountain in the World but Carrauntoohil is the highest mountain in Ireland. Whilst climbing the height of Everest in a single day may be out of reach for some cyclists, the challenge of climbing the 1038m height of Irelands highest mountain is very doable for most.

So this morning I set off to ‘Carrauntoohil’ Tickincor and here is how I got on :

 

Screenshot 2014-12-03 19.15.12

Getting to the top the first time was OK
Getting to the top the first time was OK
The second time to the top was a bit tougher
The second time to the top was a bit tougher
Final time at the top and I didn't have the energy to be tooling around trying to balance the bike on a stone
Final time at the top and I didn’t have the energy to be tooling around trying to balance the bike on a stone

 

Everest is 8848m so that means I will have to climb Tickincor over 20 times to Everest it. Roll on 2015 !

Barry

www.thecyclingblog.com 

 

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “Carrauntoohiling

  • December 3, 2014 at 9:59 pm
    Permalink

    Iron man fair play

    Reply
    • December 4, 2014 at 6:49 am
      Permalink

      I was lucky with the weather Mick 🙂

      Reply
  • December 3, 2014 at 10:38 pm
    Permalink

    Fair play, as I climbed it last Sunday I wondered how some kind of Everest could be done on powers the pot. I wondered about committing to 52 ascents during the course of 2015. Seems a bit tame, maybe 365 ascents?

    Reply
    • December 4, 2014 at 6:51 am
      Permalink

      52 times would definitely be possible Liam but 365, that would be a real challenge.

      Reply
  • December 4, 2014 at 7:45 pm
    Permalink

    Barry, I was actually scared watching the you descend there! That takes skill and nerve….

    Reply
    • December 5, 2014 at 9:38 am
      Permalink

      It is a lot less scary when you are on the bike though Vinnie 🙂

      Reply
  • December 4, 2014 at 10:43 pm
    Permalink

    Just go to Nice Col de Madone is 998m do the height in one go well done now you wil have us up and down mountains on a regular basis Best wishes John

    Reply
    • December 5, 2014 at 9:39 am
      Permalink

      That might just a plan to bring ‘Carrauntoohiling’ International John

      Reply
  • Pingback: Vitus Venon VR Bike test - The Cycling Blog

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *