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Nephin Mountain Néifinn A name in Irish
(Ir. Néifinn [OSI], poss. 'sanctuary' [PDT]) Mayo County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Quartzites and psammitic schists. Bedrock

Height: 806m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 23/31 Grid Reference: G10347 07975 This summit has been logged as climbed by 271 members. Recently by: IainT, Lauranna, johncromie, bryanjbarry, Eva-j, Peter Walker, ColinCallanan, brianmccrossan, guestuser, Danger, Piney, Ben-Ban, HazelDoyle, Singo, walker26
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Longitude: -9.368335, Latitude: 54.013253 , Easting: 110347, Northing: 307975 Prominence: 778m,   Isolation: 3.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 510317 807981,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Nephin, 10 char: Nephin
Bedrock type: Quartzites and psammitic schists., (Nephin Formation)

Nephin is a problematic name and few sources venture an interpretation. It is mentioned as one of the twelve great mountains of Ireland in Cath Maige Tuired (The Second Battle of Moyturra), where it is called Nemthenn. This is suggestive of nemeton, a Gaulish term for a sacred clearing in a wood or sacred grove. The word recurs throughout the Celtic world, from the Galatian Drunemeton ('sacred oak-grove' in modern Turkey) to Nemetobriga in Spain and Aquae Arnemetiae, the sacred spring at Buxton in Derbyshire. The Old Irish fidnemed refers to a shrine in a forest. [Barry Cunliffe, The Ancient Celts]. There seem to be no survivals of traditions connected directly with Nephin to confirm this. However, Nephin's much lower neighbour Tristia (322m, 4km to the NW) was the site of Lughnasa celebrations until recent times [Máire MacNeill]. Glen Nephin is the only example of an Irish glen (apparently) named after the mountain overlooking it. Walks: for a route to the summit from the E, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 69.   Nephin is the highest mountain in the North Mayo area and the 37th highest in Ireland. Nephin is the second highest point in county Mayo.

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The isolated mountain central on the pic is Nephi .. by simon3   (Show all for Nephin)
Parked at Grid ref 083 052 A (close to rmiln .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Nephin)
Jamessheerin- I was on Nephin yesterday and was d .. by Jamessheerin   (Show all for Nephin)
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Nephin in area North Mayo, Ireland
Picture: Cold summit
Big-Foot on Nephin, 2009
by Big-Foot  4 Jan 2009
Climbed Nephin 2nd Jan 2009, parking the car at Donieg's start point. Ideal location to park when climbing from the South West side.
We had clear, dry weather with no wind where we parked the car, but as Donieg also mentioned, when we reached about 680m, it was not only a different day, it was a different climate!
When we were finally fully exposed to the easterly wind, it felt like something Tom Crean would have been more used to. Freezing fog, actual flying pieces of ice (maybe hail-stones, I couldn't see as my glasses had a layer of ice beginning to form on them), and a wind-chill like you wouldn't believe. All my water froze solid up there! It was at least -5oC, but it felt 10 lower still.
While our visibility was very low, the strange ice formations on all the rocks (and on us) make this climb on of the more enjoyable and certainly the most memorable I have completed in quite a while.
With proper clothing and GPS points to follow, this mountain is relatively safe, even in mid-winter conditions. Well worth the effort to climb Nephin, and highly recommended. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/3503/
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Anything but dull ... .. by osullivanm   (Show all for Nephin)
Walked Nephin on Sat 3rd July at 10:00 from the w .. by baxter   (Show all for Nephin)
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