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Mweelrea Area   E: Ben Gorm Mountains Subarea
Place count in area: 12, OSI/LPS Maps: 37, MSW 
Highest place:
Mweelrea, 814m
Maximum height for area: 814 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 779 metres,

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Ben Gorm Mountain An Bhinn Ghorm A name in Irish (Ir. An Bhinn Ghorm [MNIMA*], 'the blue peak') Mayo County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite Bedrock

Height: 700m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L86227 65242
Place visited by 284 members. Recently by: nupat, Benbruce, upper, No1Grumbler, nolo, Edmo, sofearghail, pcost, derekpkearney, abcd, Wes, hivisibility, padstowe, justynagru, jrpcalvert
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Longitude: -9.721075, Latitude: 53.624709 , Easting: 86227, Northing: 265242 Prominence: 670m,  Isolation: 1km
ITM: 486152 765254,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BnGrm, 10 char: Ben Gorm
Bedrock type: Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite, (Mweelrea Formation)

An Bhinn Ghorm is a mountain name which occurs 3 times in Co. Mayo. Ir. gorm is usually translated 'blue', but Breandán S. Mac Aodha suggests that 'iron-grey' is closer to the true meaning in such mountain names (MNIMA, 149). Walks: for a route taking in Ben Gorm and Ben Creggan, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 60-61.   Ben Gorm is the 114th highest place in Ireland. Ben Gorm is the most easterly summit and also the second most southerly in the Mweelrea area.

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weedavie on Ben Gorm, 2003
by weedavie  24 Jul 2003
If you follow Lynam’s Irish walks on this one you stand a chance of missing the summit, falling over a huge buttress, missing the best fun on the mountain and traversing a swamp that makes the Dead Marshes look like the turf at Hampden Park. It tells you the cairn doesn’t mark the summit but doesn’t tell you where the summit is (200 metres W, there’s now a cairn). It tells you that you need to be accurate in navigating off but gives you no clues. (the centre ridge is about 700 metres E from the lower cairn.) It omits to mention a good sized minor summit on the way to Ben Creggan (only a couple of hundred feet and it’s obvious on the map but I was careless so I got disappointed.) But worst is the recommendation to go down the ridge and cross the swamp. Returning to Ben Gorm and going down the centre ridge (wonderful, narrow but not steep as described) you can look on the horrors of the swamp. You can also note the very steep reascent to the ridge. The swamp route is described as 300 feet more than the Ben Gorm only route. The truth is nearer 1000 feet (much the same as returning to Ben Gorm). This was a great day out in spite of regular downpours and I do appreciate this is a small aberration in a book which has given me a lot of fun and information. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/110/comment/586/
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simon3 on Ben Gorm, 2003
by simon3  3 Jan 2003
Ben Gorm ("Blue Peak") is just the highest of the three mountains that make up the Ben Gorm group. According to HC Hart, writing in 1895, is has or had an alternative name of Kead-na-binnian. More recent guidebooks suggest that you climb it from the car-park beside Aasleagh Falls at L893643 A. The top is flattish and difficult to navigate in mist. There is a large cairn near, but not at the summit. The photo, taken in 1998, shows Ben Gorm from a point on the road NE of Aasleagh Falls. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/110/comment/271/
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CaptainVertigo on Ben Gorm, 2008
by CaptainVertigo  1 Apr 2008
From Ashleagh Falls one crosses long awkward grass to a spine that curls up and around the the circumference of the enormous coum. This ridge, which narrows and narrows, gives a sense of exposure and spectacular vistas open up to the left and right. The photo shows the slope which appears deceptively benign and gradual. I rate Ben Gorm very highly indeed. Do not be put off by the extensive football pitches that festoon the summit area: if blessed with visability hug the edge of the great coum and consider the grandeur of creation. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/110/comment/2476/
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simon3 on Ben Gorm, 2003
by simon3  13 May 2003
This picture was taken of Ben Gorm from across Killary Harbour, near Leenane. The actual summit is hidden behind the raised shoulder visible on the skyline to the right of the picture. The bump to the left is part of a ridge that leads south from the summit before curving eastwards to enclose a coum. Ben Gorm has three coums on it, all facing broadly east. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/110/comment/492/
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rmilne on Ben Gorm, 2004
by rmilne  13 Oct 2004
I was comfortable all night in my bunk at the Delphi Adventure Centre, but I could hear the wind and rain howling out side. You are a sad hill bagger when you put your gore-tex on indoors and then walk out and up the hill. Crossed the bridge by the Centre and picked a dryish line across the low bogs Feet were soaked in about 3 minutes. I then went more or less straight up the hill. Very windy and heavy rain. The route was surprisingly good with lots of little rock spurs and crags to go around adding interest. Reached the ridge and the wind speed reached 40+mph, so used by GPS to lead me to the summit cairn (L86174 65239 B). 40mph wind driven rain, no view, even forgot to take a photo. 1 hour up, 1hr 45min rt. Totally soaked. But I should have done the hill the evening before after Mweelrea, since the summit was then clear, see photo of the NW end of Ben Gorm from the top of the Doo Lough. Next time I'll keep doing hills when the weather is clear, no matter how late in the day it is getting! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/110/comment/1243/
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Access from the east
by Peter Walker  18 May 2015
There is a small piece in the current (Spring 2015) issue of Irish Mountain Log regarding access to Ben Gorm and Ben Creggan via Glendavock to the east. To summarize:

The farmer owning the valley (Brian Gibbons) is very sympathetic to hillwalkers, but would appreciate a courtesy call from any groups of more than three or four walkers planning to cross his lands. His number is (095) 42274 or alternatively call at his house 780m west of Tawnyard Lough at (L898673 C).

Information provided by Westport Hillwalkers Club. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/110/comment/17996/
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