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Benbaun Mountain Binn Bhán A name in Irish
(Ir. Binn Bhán [OSI], 'white peak') County Highpoint of Galway, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic Bedrock

Height: 729m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L78558 53903
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Longitude: -9.831791, Latitude: 53.521228 , Easting: 78558, Northing: 253903 Prominence: 684m,  Isolation: 0.9km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 478532 753923,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnbn, 10 char: Benbaun
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

Binn Bhán means 'white peak' and is the highest mountain in Galway. You could say it is the Mont Blanc of Connemara. There is a lot of white rock here, mainly quartz, though this is more a feature of Benbrack. An odd thing about the Twelve Bens of Connemara is that nobody seems to know exactly which are the twelve peaks in question. There are at least 20 peaks with names in binn in this area. However, the notion of twelve peaks goes back at least to the time of Roderic O'Flaherty, who wrote in 1684 of the twelve high mountaines of Bennabeola, though he did not enumerate them (O'Flaherty, 106). In Irish the question doesn't even arise: there is no number, they are just na Beanna Beola, 'the peaks of Beola'. Beola was a giant and chieftain of the Fir Bolg, whose name also features in the village Tuaim Beola (Toombeola).   Binn Bhán is the highest mountain in the Twelve Bens area and the 90th highest in Ireland. Binn Bhán is the highest point in county Galway.

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Benbaun August 2013: On The Second Attempt
by jimhol53  4 Sep 2013
Attempted to climb Benbaun Friday August 30th 2013 at lunchtime but were unable to cross the Kylemore river. Would advise future climbers to check the speed and width of the river at the first crossing bridge before the car park (Glencorbet). Gave up altogether when low cloud made visibility poor. Returned Saturday morning to find the river passable in many places and visibility more than reasonable. Climbed with my son Philip to the summit and back in approx. 4 hours; it's interesting to note that we met no one on our entire journey around Benbaun (for the end of August, this seemed strange). The views were spectacular. I am attempting the highest peaks in each county and this leaves me with four to go. PS: this is most certaintly a climb that requires solid footwear and walking sticks as the ground changes by the minute underfoot and the initial part of the climb is quite steep. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/15169/
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Gleninagh and the Maamturks seen from the summit .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
The Cairn of Coins .. by wicklore   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
Binn Bhán (right) and Binn Fraoigh (left), taken .. by csd   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
Had a cracking climb here at the beginning of Aug .. by seatruin   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
Descending from Ben Breen to Maumina with Ben Bau .. by Sweeney   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
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