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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 This summit has been logged as climbed by 420 members. Recently by: maryt, paulmcquaid, Helenha, belkot, oldpragmatist, Reeks2011, danifergie87, wjnunan, Franky, IainT, strangeweaver, Lauranna, Caoilfionn, tomodub, 21yearsgone
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Longitude: -9.831761, Latitude: 53.521238 , Easting: 78558, Northing: 253903 Prominence: 684m,   Isolation: 0.9km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 478534 753924,   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 91st highest in Ireland. Binn Bhán is the highest point in county Galway.

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Binn Bhan and meeting my first MV member. .. by dominic divilly   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
A tourist in my own country .. by AdrianneB   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
I did the big horseshoe - Binn Ghleann Uisce, Gle .. by nohoval_turrets   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
My first outing in the 12 Bens was a pleasure. Am .. by aburden   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
Audi-Anne on Binn Bhán, 2009
by Audi-Anne  13 Aug 2009
Being inexperienced we didn't follow any of the usual ascents. We thought that climbing a few of the Bens was beyond us! So in our innocence we drove along the N59 and passed a youth hostel. Took a turn to the right and parked in a quarry at about L744513 B. We went through the forest (definitely dont do this) it was so wet and boggy. Crossed umpteen streams and even a river!! We planned to go up by Benfree and cross over to Ben Baun but it looked too steep and scary so we went up by the valled between Ben Baun and Ben Dubh. Very doable but the wind got very strong. We were very weary and scared of the strength of the wind at the top. We didn't enen reach the trig point as wind felt it would blow us over the top. Next time we will pay more attention to other climbers!!! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/4017/
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Spent Three nights in the Conemarra national Park .. by Super64   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
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