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Maumtrasna Mountain Mám Trasna A name in Irish
also Formnamore an extra name in English
(Ir. Mám Trasna [], 'pass across') Mayo County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Sandstone, pebbly conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 682m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 38 Grid Reference: L96089 63742
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Longitude: -9.570833, Latitude: 53.61336 , Easting: 96089, Northing: 263742 Prominence: 607m,  Isolation: 1.8km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 496061 763761,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Mmtrsn, 10 char: Maumtrasna
Bedrock type: Sandstone, pebbly conglomerate, (Moy Sandstone Formation)

There are numerous spurs running off Maumtrasna, such as Knocklaur, Benwee, Leynabricka, Skeltia and Buckaun, but few are peaks in their own right. This area was formerly in Co. Galway, but is now in Mayo. An earlier name for Maumtrasna is Formnamore (Ir. Formna Mór, 'great shoulder'). Roderic O'Flaherty mentions in this 1684 as one of the boundaries of Iarchonnacht or West Connacht: It is surrounded on the east with Loughmeasg [Lough Mask], the isthmus and river of Cong, Lough Orbsen [Lough Corrib], and the river of Galway; on the south with the bay of Gallway [sic] and the western ocean; on the west and north with the same ocean, and with the mountains of Formna more further on the north. [O'Flaherty, 7-8] That the name Formnamore corresponds to Maumtrasna is confirmed by a reference in H. C. Hart's Climbing in the British Isles (1895). The name Maumtrasna originally applies to the pass on the road between L. Nafooey and L. Mask, which also gives its name to a townland in this area. Walks: for a route around Lough Nadirkmore and over the shoulder of Buckaun, see Kevin Corcoran, West of Ireland Walks, 123-32.   Mám Trasna is the highest mountain in the Partry/Joyce Country area and the 137th highest in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Mám Trasna in area Partry/Joyce Country, Ireland
Picture: Maumtrasna from the north ridge of the Devilsmother
A steep-sided fortress in the West
Short Summary created by Peter Walker  12 Nov 2018
Maumtrasna is one of the most singular mountains in Ireland, a monumental sprawl of plateau plunging away in viciously steep slopes around almost all of its perimeter; these slopes are themselves deeply incised by a large number of substantial corries. The summit area itself is mostly very straightforward going but largely featureless; when this is combined with the lack of a genuinely easy ascent from valley level it becomes clear that Maumtrasna is a mountain whose exploration requires some experience within the party.

Maumtrasna rears directly above the N59 road from Westport to Leenaun around 10-15km short of the latter, and its ascent is most generally made from this direction. There is decent parking at Glencally Bridge (L93504 65652 A) from where the river may be followed south to its junction with the Glenfree River. Following this east leads to a selection of drainage courses that can be used to reach the plateau; all are steep (some excessively so) and the easiest of them is probably the one leading north after c. 1.5km. Once aloft an easy and almost level walk heads eastwards along the fringes of the plateau before bending south to reach the summit (note that this is NOT the location of the triangulation pillar). Other ascents could be made from further east on the N59, but their potential steepness must be considered.

Ascents are also possible from Lough Nafooey to the south, for example from the shore at (L98220 60292 B) up either the Skeltia or Leynabrick spurs, or from the head at (L94825 60178 C) up the Benwee spur. These routes are also, inevitably, steep.

It should be noted that the ascent of Maumtrasna combined with a visit to the contrasting neighbouring summits of the Devilsmother constitutes one of the very best mountain traverses in Ireland. Linkback:
Driving north along the N59, the craggy and deepl .. by lewvalton   (Show all for Mám Trasna)
With a few hours to spare on a trip to the Nephin .. by mikek   (Show all for Mám Trasna)
HC Hart [Climbing in the British Isles 1895] give .. by simon3   (Show all for Mám Trasna)
Trig pillar .. by markwallace   (Show all for Mám Trasna)
You can walk over 1100 metres east to west on the .. by simon3   (Show all for Mám Trasna)
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