I climbed CP on a very cold, foggy, wet and unbelievably windy day in December 2012. I drove four hours from Cork to get there and started my climb at 9:30. I did the climb solo as it was a spur of the moment decision so all I had for company was my iPod.
I found the first part of the climb to the saddle to be quite ok but the wind that greeted me upon my arrival at ' the saddle' had to be witnessed to be believed. I was literally lifted off my feet a couple of times and I found it a real struggle to remain upright. I probably should have heeded the weather warning that I heard on the radio as I exited the car to start the climb!
After fighting against the wind for two hours I eventually made it to the top.
I would like to say that the views are spectacular but the fog was particularly thick.
The fog was so thick in fact that I never saw the sign that said 'do not climb if wet and foggy'
All in all it was a great experience but I would recommend doing the climb with someone as it is quite dangerous on the way down.
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