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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 388 members. Recently by: Cathal-Kelly, OisinD, skhg, Niamhq, bryanjbarry, gjs, Hilldweller, thebigyin, jasonmc, Peter Walker, maurice12, Wilderness, eugeneryan959, ckilm, Peter_I
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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 91st highest in Ireland. Binn Bhán is the highest point in county Galway.

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Descent from Benbaun to Maumina col
by mcrtchly  28 May 2012
A possible safer descent route from Benbaun to Maumina col is to traverse down the steep grassy SW side of the mountain. This involves first walking on a bearing of 145 degrees from the summit of Benbaun down the SSE ridge for 220m to L78695 53714 D. Then turn right on a bearing of about 210 degrees slowly descend the grassy hillside by zig-zagging downwards. At about the 550m contour level turn left (L78560 53589 E) and contour around the hillside until a shallow grassy gully is encountered beneath the foot of scree slopes. Follow this gully down towards the Maumina col making a deviation to right at about L78820 53316 F to avoid steep rocks. The route is probably not to be recommended in wet weather or snow due to the steep descent. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/6826/
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