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Brassel Mountain Mountain Cnoc Breasail A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc Breasail [TH] or Breasail [OSI 1:25,000], 'hill of raddle') Kerry County In Arderin List

Height: 575m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V83049 82269 This summit has been logged as climbed by 54 members. Recently by: hugh_oc, guestuser, simoburn, suiladoir, jarekmajkusiak, turfymccloud, Cobhclimber, frankmc04, zanzibar, acorn, pathlover, dbloke, ahendroff, gfmurphy101, noelvontrap
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Longitude: -9.702876, Latitude: 51.980689 Prominence: 50m,   Isolation: 1.1km
ITM: 483024 582329,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BrslMn, 10 char: BrslMntn

The Ordnance Survey Name Book suggests that Breasal is a man's name, but a connection with raddle, the red dye traditionally used to mark sheep, seems more likely.   Brassel Mountain is the 319th highest summit in Ireland. Brassel Mountain is the second most southerly summit in the MacGillycuddy's Reeks area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Brassel Mountain in area MacGillycuddy
 
by S Mc Auliffe  23 Jan 2004 Brassel is a pretty nondescript lump that is usually a stepping stone on the way up to the main Reeks ridge. It does however have one great thing going for it, there is a lovely scramble to be had at the start of the climb.Walk in past Feabrahy and head up towards Lough Callee. Before you reach the lake head for the obvious rocky buttress on the right of an ill defined gully. As you get nearer it looks a bit intimidating but don't despair, the rock has lots of ledges and positive holds. I would grade it as a scramble 2 or 3. When you reach the top there is a small drop and then a steep push of about 1300 ft to reach the main ridge. Turn right and enjoy the beautiful walk to Cnoc na Peiste. Retrace your steps about 200 yards and descend steeply on a southeast heading to the 600 meter contour. Down then an easy gully to Lough Googh and head for the hairpin on Black Valley road. A lovely day. The pic isn't great but it shows Brassel low and just left of centre with Feabrahy centre and of course the main Reeks ridge as seen from Drishana.
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by kkendellen  1 Sep 2004 Just back from a great weekend in the Reeks. A group of us decided to go for a few more challenging routes than our previous trips to the Kingdom, with as much scrambling potential as possible. After the usual torture of Friday night traffic from Dublin to Kerry, started fresh on Saturday morning at the foot of Brassel mountain. The plan was to climb the easterly ridge of Brassel, then join the main Reeks ridge and continue over the Big Gun and eventually down Drishana back to the car. From the road the scrambling potential on Brassel looked hugely inviting and sustained. It did not disappoint!! Great srambling on dry, super grippy rock with loads of options for routefinding. The views of Lough Calee and the Reeks ridge were fantastic all along with a nice bit of exposure to keep it all very interesting. The whole climb to the summit was completely engrossing and a well earned break at the summit was had to savour the great views across the Reeks ridge. Unfortunately at this point the cloud cover descended to about 600-700m and brought with it driving rain and a wind that you could barely stand upright in on the Reeks ridge. Obviously the chances of crossing the Big Gun were diminishing rapidly! We continued along the ridge in the hope that the wind would push off the rain and clouds but to no avail. The route was cut short after a brief discussion and the dreaded compass was dragged from the rucksack. We naved off the ridge coming down Feabrahy and back to the road to the car. Altogether though it was a fine days route with great scrambling and views before the weather closed in. The full intended route will defintely be done in the future ( and hopefully in weather where there will be a better view than the inside of a goretex hood! ). A word of caution though, when we got back to Dublin we found two people had been rescued by mountain rescue earlier in the morning that we started the climb, after both fell approx 150ft on Brassel. It may not be the highest mountain in the Reeks but there are all levels of scrambling difficulty and exposure on it. Pick your route carefully and be sure you're comfortable with the level of moves you decide on.
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Brassel Mountain in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: The Long Way Down
by madfrankie  26 May 2009 Brassel is very much the idiot half-brother of the MacGillycuddy family, and as such, is not likely to be climbed for it's own sake.
For us, it came as the final top in a walk along the eastern ridge of the Reeks. From Cnoc An Chuillinn we retraced our steps to the saddle with Cnoc An Chuillinn East Top, and headed south, down wide mossy slopes that were kind to weary knees. Nearer the col the ground gets wetter, but it's a short and easy pull to Brassel's summit.
From Brassel, the descent to the Black Valley is unrelentingly steep, and it was handy to having a fence to hold on to. I'm not sure I'd fancy having to haul myself up these slopes as a means of accessing the eastern ridge.
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Brassel Mountain in area MacGillycuddy
 
by S Mc Auliffe  26 Feb 2004 Here is a better picture of Brassel. The scramble starts near the bottom left hand corner of the picture and rises steeply in two stages. It's not very long but the exposure is significant.
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