Coum Mahon

Climbs 22 – Rocktype Conglomerate – Altitude 434m a.s.l – Faces S

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Coum Mahon/Mahon Valley is a mountain crag located in the Comeragh Mountains in the South East of Ireland in County Waterford.

This is a large valley offering Summer trad, scrambling, mixed climbing and rarely ice climbing when the falls freeze over.

There are a number of climbing areas within the valley, ranging from 250m to 1.5km from the main car park.

The climbing on offer is on conglomerate and the usual caveats apply when climbing on this unpredictable rock. There are sections of sandstone and these can be loose. The climbs here are rarely repeated and are often vegetated. Dampness can be an issue and depending on the aspect and amount of vegetation one to three days should be allowed for drying after heavy rain.

Access notes
The large car park at GR314080 provides ample parking, easily holding 60 cars. There are also two smaller car parks, one above and one below the main one. However caution should be exercised as there have been a number of break ins here in the past ten years, so follow the usual rules when leaving your car for long periods.

The valley contains Mahon Falls, one of the more popular tourist destinations in the region and the car parks can fill up on good weather days during the holidays. That said

For other peaks and crags in the local area refer to the OSi Discovery Series map no. 75.

All climbs are within a 45 minute walk of the car park.

Guidebooks

Out of print: Interim Guide to Rock Climbs in the Comeragh Mountains & Outcrops in the South East (1995)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
  Climb nameGrade
 LITTLE BUTTRESS 
2CallunaHS 4b
3An Giorra MaolVS 4c
 EAST FACING BUTTRESS 
5Left Hand CrackHVS 5a
6Centre CrackHVS 5a
7Right Hand CrackHVS 5a
 MAHON BEAG 
9Ancient RainE2 5c
10Mahon ChimneyHVS 5a
11Hissing SidE1 5b
12SalamanderHVS 5a
13Deranged CousinsVS 5a
14The Listing AtticVS 4c
15Iomaire Na CaorthanHS 4b
 FALLS GULLY 
17Inarticulate DreamsVS 4c
18The DreamingHVS 5a
19Political WorldS 4a
 MAIN FACE 
21The Big Bang TheoryHS 4b *
22Jacobs LadderHVS 5a *
23RavingHS 4b
24ToadpipeVD 4a
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