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Brandon Group Area , S: Brandon Ridge South Subarea
Feature count in area: 15, all in Kerry, OSI/LPS Maps: 70, EW-DC, EW-DW
Highest Place: Brandon 951.7m

Starting Places (18) in area Brandon Group:
Ballinloghig, Ballybrack Mid, Brandon Pilgrimage Trail, Brandon Point, Brandon Village, Cloghane Community Centre, Conor Pass, Coosavuddig Quay Brandon Creek, Faha, Feoghanagh River, Hostel Cloghane Village, Lough Camclaun, Lough Doon CP, Mullaghveal Farm, Pedlars Lodge, Pilgrimage Trail Owenmore River, Sauce Creek Walkway Dingle Way, Tiduff

Summits & other features in area Brandon Group:
Cen: Faha Ridge: Benagh 822.5m, Faha Ridge 809.2m
N: Brandon Point: Faill an tSáis 430.7m
N: Brandon Ridge North: Brandon Far North Top 840.1m, Brandon North Top 895.4m, Masatiompan 761.9m, Pierasmore North Top 700m, Pierasmore 745.7m
S: Ballysitteragh: An Bhinn Dubh 479.2m, Ballysitteragh 623m, Beennabrack 608.5m
S: Brandon Ridge South: Gearhane 803m, Brandon Peak 840m, Brandon 951.7m, Brandon South Top 790m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Gearhane, 803.0m Mountain An Géarán A name in Irish,
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(Ir. An Géarán [OSI], 'the fang'), Géarán Beag, Kerry County in Munster province, in Arderin Beg, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred Lists, An Géarán is the 39th highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference Q46825 08791, OS 1:50k mapsheet 70
Place visited by: 301 members, recently by: davidrenshaw, knightsonhikes, dino, RosieMc, farmerjoe1, jackos, maryblewitt, Dee68, Marykerry, DeirdreM, rhw, maoris, Carolineswalsh, finkey86, NualaB
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Longitude: -10.241621, Latitude: 52.210057, Easting: 46825, Northing: 108791, Prominence: 25.9m,  Isolation: 0.8km
ITM: 446808 608845
Bedrock type: Rhythmically bedded sandstone, (Ballymore Sandstone Formation)
Notes on name: The name refers to the peak's pointed profile when seen from the S. Note its relationship with its higher neighbour, Brandon Peak, which is Barr an Ghéaráin, 'top of the fang' in Irish.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Grhn, 10 char: Gearhane

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Summary for Gearhane (An Géarán): Narrow ridge-shaped peak
Summary created by Colin Murphy, Onzy, aidand 2016-05-16 19:12:50
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Picture: From the ridge to the north
Gearhane is usually climbed as part of a ridge walk including Mount Brandon and Brandon Peak. Save this top-class walk for a fine day. The walk can be done in either direction. Two cars are required to avoid a long road walk at the end. From Cloghane village take the side road near the church. Drive to the end at a place called Mullagh a Bheal ('mullock') MulVeal (Q470 068). Park near the old farmhouse and then climb in a northerly direction to the summit. There is a narrow stretch over to Brandon Peak, then follow the ridge onto Mount Brandon. Descend to Faha, near Cloghane. In good weather the route is straightforward. However there are serious cliffs, so in poor visibility this is a testing route for any navigator. Allow 5 to 6 hours.

Video short summary to Gearhand & Brandon Peak here:
Member Comments for Gearhane (An Géarán)

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jackill on Gearhane
by jackill 5 Aug 2004
The picture shows entire Brandon Ridge with Brandon Mountain behind to the left ,its summit just touching the clouds,then Brandon South Top (Droim na Muice)just above my hat and Brandon Peak peeping out from behind Gearhane in the extreme right.If you get the weather the views in all directions can only be described as splendid, Eagle Mountain and the Blaskets to the south west, back over Brandon bay to Tralee to the north east an of course the Central Dingle range to the South with the 'Reeks visible in the distance - possibly the best ridge walk in Ireland, it is one to do before you die Linkback:
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Fresh snow on the Brandon range
by thrifleganger 2 Feb 2021
Backpacked the Brandon range on a good weekend in an unusually cold spell of weather in December. Managed to camp beside the tiny lake south of Gearhane, and climbed up late in this evening to get panoramic views with fresh powdery snow. Linkback:
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csd on Gearhane
by csd 29 Jun 2003
I agree with Milo - and what a nice conclusion it is! Much quieter than the peak of Brandon itself (which seems to teem with people). The summit of Gearhane is a fairly narrow ridge with a steep drop down to the valleys on either side. The remote effect is spoiled somewhat by a gate and fence. Pic shows the approach to Gearhane from Brandon Peak. Linkback:
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Picture: Gearhane from An Bhinn Dubh - new road centre top
liam on Gearhane
by liam 18 Mar 2007
Coming down off the Brandon ridge at Folach na Marbh, a bizarre new road is to be found between Loch na mBan and the head of the Cloghane River. In poor visibility it can be found due south of A (Q463 082) which is on the SW ridge of Gearhane. It is very well constructed with banks and drainage ditches and after a few zigs and zags joins the much older and attractive track down to the farmhouse at Mullach Bhéal. Is a wind farm or forestry planned for this beautiful and remote hillside? Hopefully not. Linkback:
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Picture: The Gearhane Fang(?)/Pyramid Scheme
Looks narrower from the north but offers a surprise!
by Bunsen7 26 Jul 2021
Approaching Gearhane from the south you can see how it fans out from the top to the east and west. I suppose there is a resemblance to a tooth or fang - which may have inspired the name. For me, it resembles a pyramid shape. Thankfully there are no Ponzi-esque crypto-currency pushers awaiting you at the top - just hillwalking heaven.

There are fences on both sides of this pyramidal rising field and a surprise "installation" at the top where the fences meet. I won't ruin the surprise for you (for now) but I had to smile upon seeing it - relative to its immediate surroundings.

If heading south from Brandon Peak you won't see this installation until after you have crossed the narrow top, which itself is a delight as it's narrow enough to offer an almost simultaneous view into both valleys without ever giving any sense of exposure. You'll be forgiven for walking back and forth to savour the views in good weather.

I would say that if you were approaching from Brandon Peak and had no idea of what was awaiting you over the brow of the hill, you'd probably tread more slowly across Gearhane.

The surprise is a fine wide field gate - almost wider than the crest of the mountain. Linkback:
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