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Onzy: Track 2440 in area near Binn Bhán, Twelve Bens (Ireland)
Circuit in Glencorbet, 12 Bens
Length: 12.3km, Creator time taken: 4h11m, Ascent: 909m,
Descent: 939m

Places: Start at L79235 56342, Binn Bhán, Binn Fraoigh, Muckanaght, end at L79625 57345 1.1km N from Start
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Route over Benbaun, Benfree and Muckanaght in remote Glencorbet valley in the Twelve Bens.

The route begins from the standard parking spaces in the mouth of the valley. It then heads along the track into the valley, crossing the river and goes as far as the last (inhabited?) house in the valley before heading directly for Benbaun. There are a number of choices here; the north face of Benbaun is riven with streams and their furrows, following any one of these is probably as good as another. Once on the ridge it's a short hop to the summit and on from there to Benfree.

Once over Benfree it gets more interesting. Muckanaght presents a shockingly steep looking face to its east, grassy and slippy. The ground was moderately wet today but if it was wetter the ascent of Muckanaght, if not impossible, would be definitely bordering on the foolhardy. All the way up Muckanaght I could think only of how I was not looking forward to the descent - I had already ruled out the north face from the comments on the site, certainly in this direction, so I intended descending back to the col between Benfree and Mucknaght. In the event the descent was a bit of an anti-climax, two sticks out and moving at snail's pace!

From the col it is a matter of threading down through the crags - I found it best to begin the descent from the Muckanaght side of the col - down over some very wet ground, but maintaining some height while contouring around Benfree to avoid getting into the bog closer to the River Kylemore below, back as far as that house again and retracing my route from there to the car.

Uploaded on: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 (20:49:51)
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