Hi I was wondering do you need much equipment for the Devils Ladder aka the Difficult route?
Cork, Ireland2 contributions
Not much equipment is needed. The guides recommend hiking boots, everything else is optional really depending on the weather. I've only been up there myself twice and in the winter months it is extremely cold. The weather can change very quickly. We had snowstorms at the top of devils ladder all the way to the top and it was freezing. During the summer it was really nice but the showers at the top were quite heavy.
Walking poles would be handy. May take between 4-6 hrs depending on your level of fitness etc. A small waterproof backpack, water and food and a light water proof jacket if it's the summer months is all you need. Winter months, we all had wet gear, gloves, hats and scarves etc.
I'd recommend Kerry Climbing group. The guides will advise you what bring and take you up the best possible route safely. I personally found O'Shea's more challenging than the Devils ladder and it was more scenic. You could always go up one way and come down the other so you get the full experience. My advice would be go up O'Sheas and down the ladder or bypass the ladder and keep heading right up the ridge and then down. (cant remember the name of the route). There's changing rooms at the starting point and a cafe (that is only open at certain times so check it out on the time you're going to be sure). Bring a change of clothes for when you get down.