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The Big Gun Mountain An Gunna Mór A name in Irish
also Lackagarrin, Foilnabreachaun an extra name in English
(Ir. An Gunna Mór [TH], 'the big gun') Kerry County in Munster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Well-bedded grey sandstone Bedrock

Height: 939.9m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V84069 84500
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Longitude: -9.688786, Latitude: 52.000952 , Easting: 84069, Northing: 84501 Prominence: 74m,  Isolation: 0.3km
ITM: 484044 584560,   GPS IDs, 6 char: ThBgGn, 10 char: ThBgGn
Bedrock type: Well-bedded grey sandstone, (Lough Acoose Sandstone Formation)

This peak is at the S end of the arete connecting it to Cruach Mhór.   The Big Gun is the 10th highest place in Ireland.

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collywog on The Big Gun, 2004
by collywog  2 Mar 2004
here is a picture towards the big gun Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/10/comment/867/
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Picture: One going on the path, one going on the ridge top
Conor74 on The Big Gun, 2009
by Conor74  14 Apr 2009
Did this from West to East - apparently it's not the usual way. Went from the Black Valley up to Cnoc na Peiste via Lough Googh, then down to the Big Gun and on to An Cruach Mhor before descending back down to the Black Valley again. Great walk, would highly recommend it - took just over 5 hours. And the Big Gun is one heck of a thrill, tried to stay on the ridge as much as possible, though we were forced to go around rather than over some rocky outcrops in one or two parts. And there were a couple of areas where we had to jump from one rocky ledge to another. But couldn't recommend it highly enough. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/10/comment/3715/
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Picture: On the ridge leading to The Big Gun
Peter Walker on The Big Gun, 2007
by Peter Walker  12 Sep 2007
Did the ridge from Cruach Mhor around to the Devil's Ladder by myself on Friday 7th September, a gloriously sunny and still day (too still really; too much insect life!) after early mist.

Crossing the Big Gun is obviously the most exciting part of the trip; quite imposing when seen end-on from Cruach Mhor. Once one actually gets to grips with it, it provides top-notch reasonable scrambling. Nothing I've done in Ireland is really comparable (for instance, it's a lot harder than the Beenkeragh-Carrauntoohil arete), so I too will resort to using British routes as yardsticks. It wouldn't disgrace the Cuillin of Skye (although it's not as committing as many of the ascents there), similar in seriousness to Crib Goch on Snowdon (which as has been pointed out elsewhere has less scrambling but far greater exposure). The best approximation I can think of is Bristly Ridge in the Glyders, North Wales.

The steps are all possible "direct", even though some are quite intimidating when seen at close quarters (the exposure may not be "colossal", but it is "sufficient", if you know what I mean! When a man says he'd rather fall 50ft than 1000ft it's not the same as saying "I want to fall 50ft", after all). There is the option of the path well down on the N side as mentioned, but with half-decent route finding one can stay much closer to the crest while still avoiding any bits of it you don't like (traverse lines are generally to the N, but occasionally to the S). The drop to the Cnoc na Peiste col is straightforward by comparison.

One final note; I did this in pretty much ideal conditions, but I did notice that any rocks that were damp from being in perpetual shade tended to be quite slippery. Worth considering if attempting the ridge during or after inclement weather.

The picture shows a reasonably typical step on the ridge. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/10/comment/2819/
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Picture: The Big Gun Pinnacle from Cruach Mhor
Cruach Mhor to Big Gun - Bring a Change of Underwear!
by ciarraioch  9 Oct 2011
The Big Gun is a daunting prospect as you approach from Cruach Mhor, the more so as the correct way across the ridge is far from obvious. I have been up there on three occasions, on the latter two we attempted to avoid going over the Big Gun, by keeping to the Western side. Neither of the latter attempts were successful. In the first of these misadventures, we felt we had lost too much altitude as we headed across the western face of the ridge, so we scrambled directly upwards for a while until we hit an impassable wall of rock. Though nearly 20 years ago, I'll never forget the 'adrenaline' (i.e. fear!) as we gingerly retraced our way downward, the inky blackness of Cuimin Peiste lake more or less straight below us. Most recently, again keeping to the west side, but this time careful not to loose height, we headed too far along the ridge (i.e. south) , again finding our way blocked by another wall of rock. Another nerve-racking retreat, and after several false and exposed sorties, we found a track heading upwards to a notch on the ridge on the Cruach Mhor side of Big Gun. Another airy scramble to an equally exposed but enjoyable summit. However, definitely not for anybody of nervous disposition. The trick here is to know the way across (which I obviously don't!). Although exposed, most of the terror is not knowing whether or not your chosen route will bring you to some cul-de-sac from which retreat is impossible. The ridge from Big Gun to Cnoc na Peiste (although somewhat exposed) is no big deal as the route is obvious. If there were ever a case for placing route markings on an Irish mountain, this is it. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/10/comment/6577/
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Picture: On the Gun
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings
by jackill  3 Jul 2011
Last time I was here I was the same age as Christ was when he was crucified and I recall putting some photos up as my first significant contribution to Mountainviews.Been through the ringer since that warm August afternoon seven years ago as we all have, such is life.
I have been recently reading the biography of John Muir.He was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His passion helped to save and establish the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States.
Because of the spiritual quality and enthusiasm toward nature expressed in his writings, he was able to inspire readers, including presidents and congressmen, to take action to help preserve large nature areas. He is often referred to as the "Father of the National Parks,"
He is quoted with saying
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves".
Words for when none of my own will suffice. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/10/comment/6391/
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Picture: Big gun ridge from below Cruach Mhór
Here goes!
by eugeneryan959  27 Dec 2016
Weather closing in on the Big Gun Ridge Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/10/comment/18733/
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