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Ben Gorm Mountains Area
Maximum height for area: 700 metres,   Summits in area: 3,   Maximum prominence for area: 670 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 37 For all tops   Highest summit: Ben Gorm, 700m
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Ben Gorm Mountain An Bhinn Ghorm A name in Irish
(Ir. An Bhinn Ghorm [MNIMA*], 'the blue peak') Mayo County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite Bedrock

Height: 700m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L86244 65244 This summit has been logged as climbed by 224 members. Recently by: oldpragmatist, IainT, TommyV, Lauranna, Caoilfionn, IndyMan, Peter Walker, DaveMc, ericjones, rogers, wwwalker, brianmccrossan, HazelDoyle, deirdrenig, Cathal-Kelly
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Longitude: -9.720067, Latitude: 53.624805 , Easting: 86244, Northing: 265244 Prominence: 670m,   Isolation: 1km
ITM: 486219 765263,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BnGrm, 10 char: Ben Gorm
Bedrock type: Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite, (Mweelrea Formation)

An Bhinn Ghorm is a mountain name which occurs 3 times in Co. Mayo. Ir. gorm is usually translated 'blue', but Breandán S. Mac Aodha suggests that 'iron-grey' is closer to the true meaning in such mountain names (MNIMA, 149). Walks: for a route taking in Ben Gorm and Ben Creggan, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 60-61.   Ben Gorm is the highest mountain in the Ben Gorm Mountains area and the 114th highest in Ireland. Ben Gorm is the most southerly summit in the Ben Gorm Mountains area and also the most easterly.

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Flattish Summit - highest point of the range .. by group   (Show all for Ben Gorm)
 
The sting in the tail...........
by millsd1  11 Aug 2013
Parked at entrance to forest above Tawnyard Lough L914678 D and proceeded westwards along the road to L888673. Then turned south to access (through a few hundred metres rough clear felled forest) the rocky northern spur leading to summit of Ben Creggan. We started the walk in rain and poor visibility but conditions had improved dramatically by the time we summited Creggan, it was well worth the effort.

From there proceeded to Ben Creggan S. Top and Ben Gorm before descending via the 6km long central spur. As other members have commented, there are great views of all the surrounding ranges and I'm not going to try and improve on their descriptions. The purpose of this comment is to high-light a couple of potential hazards at the lower (eastern) end of the central spur.

Our intention was to descend the central spur and link up with the Western Way to return to the car. The plan was to leave the spur at about L915666 E and descend to the southern most of the two parallel east/west forest tracks shown on the map south of Derrintin Lough . The tracks could be clearly seen from this vantage point and while they looked a bit overgrown, they appeared viable. They aren't! Closer inspection revealed impenetrable rough terrain.
The second hazard is the 5 strand fence bordering the southern edge of the forest from about L917666 F to L931671 G. It's electrified and packs quite a kick. Ensure you hand-rail this fence metaphorically rather than literally!

The sensible route is to stick to the crown of the spur all the way to / from L931671 G. You'll still have to cross the fence but there is an insulated section here to facilitate this.
Also, watch out for a single live supply wire at waist height joining the fence from the south at about L928668 H. You can duck under this one though.

Notwithstanding the difficulties encountered near the end, this is a truly memorable ridge walk and one that I will repeat. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/110/comment/15063/
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A great evening climb of Ben Gorm, still on the s .. by mcrtchly   (Show all for Ben Gorm)
 
I have tackled Ben Gorm from the south with the r .. by gerrym   (Show all for Ben Gorm)
 
A super day out .. by david bourke   (Show all for Ben Gorm)
 
Approaching from the south east .. by ColinCallanan   (Show all for Ben Gorm)
 
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