The Big Gun 939m mountain, MacGillycuddy's Reeks Ireland at
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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 Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Well-bedded grey sandstone Bedrock

Height: 939m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V84069 84500
Place visited by 435 members. Recently by: Roswayman, seanmeehan, maszop, GerSomers, finkey86, JeanM, gerrybowes, Patbrdrck, sharonburns, MagdaK, billh999, jamesmforrest, DNicholson, therealcrow, motywa
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Longitude: -9.68882, Latitude: 52.000934 , Easting: 84069, Northing: 84500 Prominence: 74m,  Isolation: 0.3km
ITM: 484042 584558,   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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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. Trackback:
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Looking back along the ridge to The Big Gun and C .. by jackill   (Show all for The Big Gun)
Walked this route west to east on 28-04-08, no on .. by jimgraham   (Show all for The Big Gun)
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