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Binn idir an dá Log Mountain (Ir. Binn idir an dá Log [TR], 'peak between the two hollows') Galway County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 702m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L88820 52827 This summit has been logged as climbed by 278 members. Recently by: ColinCallanan, Summit2Summit, kevinmbyrne1, IncaHoots, Mulciber, hannukkah, hivisibility, Ulsterpooka, polovirus, On-the-hills, crankechick, pcnovice, eoghancarton, scapania, simoburn
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Longitude: -9.676687, Latitude: 53.5138 , Easting: 88820, Northing: 252827 Prominence: 644m,   Isolation: 0.6km
ITM: 488797 752843,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnidrn, 10 char: BnidrndLg
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

Walks: for a route along the ridge taking in Binn Chaonaigh and Binn idir an dá Log , see Kevin Corcoran, West of Ireland Walks, 81-92.   Binn idir an dá Log is the highest mountain in the Maamturks area and the 109th highest in Ireland. Binn idir an dá Log is the third highest point in county Galway.

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A Mountain amongst Mountains
Short Summary created by wicklore,  29 Apr 2011
Binn idir an dà Log is the highest of the Maamturks, and is an impressive mountain amongst impressive mountains. Its name, meaning ‘peak between the two hollows’ aptly describes its physical appearance as it has corries to the east and south, with ridges leading to the summit from the north and south. The upper few hundred metres of the mountain is pure quartzite, so good footwear is needed to walk on the shattered stone and to follow the sandy trails carved out by countless boots.

One approach from the south, via Binn Chaonaigh, is to start from the car park at L893 495 A. Follow the good track up to the col between Binn Mhòr and Binn Chaonaigh, known as Maumeen, where there is a Chapel and Holy Well at 250 metres. Turn left to climb 400 metres up to Binn Chaonaigh over initial steep grassy slopes and then shattered rock. From Binn Chaonaigh there is a ridge leading first to Binn idir an dà Log SE Top, and then on to the main Binn idir summit. This route involves about 700 metres ascent total, over about 5 kms distance, and requires care as some sections are steep.

From the north, an option is to park at L878 557 B, where a track heads off the road. Follow the track south to approx L880 541 C and climb up steep grassy slopes to Maumahoge at L877 537 D. Follow a steep rocky ridge above the lake north for about 1.5kms to the summit.

Any walk in the Maamturks should be undertaken with care as there are few escape options if bad weather descends or you get tired. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/108/comment/4868/
 
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Picture: Looking down to Mam Ochoige from B. Idir an Da Log
CaptainVertigo on Binn idir an dá Log, 2005
by CaptainVertigo  18 Sep 2005
INTRODUCTION:During childhood trips to Renvyle in the 1960s I observed the Maamturks from the floor of the Inagh valley. They appeared like a row of elite sentries: austere, uniform, forbidding and insurmountable. A linear cascade of rock. I still felt somewhat daunted by them in August 2005, and wondered just how steep they might prove to be. When I stood at Mam Ochoige, the saddle between Cnoc na hUilleann and Binn Idir an Da Log, I was overwhelmed with a sense of deja vu, because, of course, my Jes Boy comrades and I had been there before during our teenage years:there, on the western side of the Turks was the strange green mossy looking world where, so it seemed, the sun never quite shone. PREPARATION: A "must see" site is our own Simon Stewart's magnificent study at http://www.simonstewart.ie/Turks/turk.htm ; also,Harveys Connemara 1:30,000; OS 37;Dillon -Connemara; Joss Lynam -Best Irish Walks; printout of all contributions here re Maamturks;Google Earth flyovers.MY ROUTE:I'll let you figure out where to park yourself. After that its a gradual walk along streams as you aim for Mam Ochoige (L877 537) until you reach the steep grassy slope from the valley floor to the "Mam" itself. As you turn and face Binn Idir an Da Log you will see the mountain above the lake as shown in SILVER'S excellent photo in his April 04 contribution. I ascended by the route on the left. The rise from the lake area is steep and rocky and requires concentration. As the ground flattens out towards the summit plateau tremendous views open in all directions. This mountain, the highest of the Turks, is king of a thrilling landscape. My photo (below) shows the scene from the shoulder of BIaDLog looking back across Mam Ochoige towards cnoc na HUillean. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/108/comment/1929/
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aburden on Binn idir an dá Log, 2009
by aburden  8 Feb 2009
A grand day out - A 12Km loop that took 5 hrs. Maumeen to L. Mham Ochoige via Binn idir an Da Log. Following suggested route west to 450m before contouring around to lake; quite hard going giving the ice/snow but still doable at a slow pace. Found the slippy decent to valley floor frustrating and ended up sitting a lot ! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/108/comment/3568/
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csd on Binn idir an dá Log, 2003
by csd  31 Mar 2003
For the route down from Binn idir an Dá Log to Mam Ochoige, see Simon's excellent guide at http://www.simonstewart.ie/Turks/mt2.htm. You need to head for the northern cairn (just visible in the centre of the picture, taken from the main summit) and then turn west until you're down to the 410 metre level, before turning north again to arrive just west of the lake. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/108/comment/408/
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Derryvoreada ascent and descent.
by markwallace  30 Dec 2013
The popular descent from Binn Idir is to Mam Ochoige, and is very tricky, as any guide book or commenter here tells you. On a recent trip to Binn Idir I took the direct route off the mountain down to Derryvoreada, heading just west of south from the summit and aiming roughly for the school that sits in isolation in the valley at L881 511 E. This route wasn't recommended in any guide books I had consulted, but looked doable, and was. Later, I made the ascent from the same spot, parking across the road from the school. It's not a good spot for parking, and I'd recommend using one of the other laybys along the road. But the ascent from here is straightforward: Binn Idir is on the right as you look up from ths site, Binn Caoinaigh on the left. Ascent to Binn Idir is direct and steep with some false summits, and some lightish scrambling required, but with no major obstacles or navigational difficulties (on a clear day). It's also more sheltered from prevailing wind and rain than the Mam Ochoige route, or has been on all days I've been in the area.

For those taking the classic route from Mamean to Binn Caoinaigh to Binn Idir the descent from the latter to Derryvoreada leaves a shorter road walk back to the carpark at Mamean and also avoids the long trudge across bog that the Mam Ochoige descent requires. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/108/comment/15245/
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Sweeney on Binn idir an dá Log, 2003
by Sweeney  3 Jan 2003
Photo taken looking towards the Bens on a Scout Event in the Maumturks in the Autumn of 2000. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/108/comment/255/
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