In a world of pilgrimages, this may not be among the greatest tests at 2533 ft., but it certainly packs a spiritual wallop.
This mountain in Murrisk, Mayo County, Ireland 5 miles from the town of Westport is reputed to have been a place of worship for 5,000 years. Now, whether that is true or not pales in comparison to the legendary connection to Ireland's patron saint, and one of my heros: Saint Patrick.
Patrick of course, was not Irish, but rather was a missionary who felt called to the foreign land from his native Britain (today's Wales.) So, some of my friends celebrate Saint Patrick's Day as a Welsh holiday. Here's my song to commemorate Saint Patrick.
This is the most important Catholic pilgrimage in Ireland. Nearly a million visitors scramble up the scree scattered slopes each year. Some even do so barefooted, though the Catholic Church does not recommend it.
Tradition and a bit of rural myth tell us that in 441 AD Patrick fasted for 40 days upon this mountain, and banished the demons and the snakes from Ireland.
The walk up the mountain includes a statue of Patrick erected by a Westport pastor in 1928, and 7 stations of prayer on the way to the summit.
I am not Catholic, but my interest lies in remembering one of history's greatest missionaries, and prolific church planters, as well as following in the footsteps of one of the most influential Welshmen in history.
If you make this trip you will need a car. Croagh Patrick lies 228 km west of Dublin. You can get some of your best deals at this Dublin Airport Car Hire. Then you'll be off to walk the steps of Patrick in County Mayo, Ireland.
It makes my list of things to do before I die. Does it make yours?