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Ben Crom Mountain Binn Chrom A name in Irish
(Ir. Binn Crom or Beann Chrom [PNNI], 'curved/stooped peak') Down County, in Arderin List, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 526m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J31291 26007
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Longitude: -5.990583, Latitude: 54.166298 , Easting: 331291, Northing: 326007 Prominence: 81m,  Isolation: 1.1km
ITM: 731211 826012,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BnCrm, 10 char: Ben Crom
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

Ben Crom overlooks the Ben Crom Reservoir, situated upstream from the older Silent Valley Reservoir. It was constructed in 1957 to meet Belfast's growing demand for water.   Ben Crom is the 483rd highest place in Ireland.

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Picture: Scramble routes on Ben Crom (Summit Gully - red, alternative - green, Great Gully - blue)
mcrtchly on Ben Crom, 2010
by mcrtchly  30 Mar 2010
Sometimes we like to find alternative routes up the hills that we climb, in particular a good rock scramble provides a challenging way to the top. Scrambling is not to be taken lightly but although not full-on rock climbing, it does need some skills. A helmet is the minimum requirement and sometimes a harness, rope and slings/nuts are necessary.

Having skirted around Ben Crom on the eastern side of Ben Crom Reservoir we crossed the dam and then turned right along the foot of Ben Crom. We gradually ascended diagonally up the steep slope of the hill across a boulder field until we reached a prominent patch of heather running down the hillside. This was followed upwards to the foot of the Summit Gully (J314259 A) at an elevation of 375m (about 150m below the summit). The Summit Gully is an almost vertical gash in the side of the mountain with steep enclosed walls in the lower part which casts an obvious shadow on the mountain.

The climb up the Summit Gully (red line on the photograph) is mostly a moderate scramble but the crux of the route is just 10m above the start where some large boulders block the gully. Climbing up under the boulders and stepping right on the gully wall gives a difficult or VD climb to surmount the boulders. There is no protection here, the rock is slippery with vegetation and a fall for the leader would be serious. An alternative to the direct ascent of the gully and a by-pass of the boulders is to traverse right (NE) for about 20 metres to gain an easy scramble (green line on the photograph) up mixed rock and vegetation and then traverse left back into the gully. Soon the gully begins to widen out across a heather covered slope below the main vertical cliffs on Ben Crom before narrowing again towards the top. The final scramble up a short rock face in the gully exits almost precisely at the summit of Ben Crom.

For those who don’t fancy the scramble route to the summit there is an easier route further NE up the Great Gully. To get to the Great Gully (J315260 B) traverse about 130m NE along a sheep track from the foot of the Summit Gully. The Great Gully is a prominent grassy ramp ascending at an angle up the hillside (blue line on the photograph).

Once again, it must be emphasised that any route up the eastern face of Ben Crom should not be undertaken lightly. Experience and proper equipment are essential, as is sufficient time to complete the route. We had to expend quite a bit of time in route finding which is not very obvious once you are on the face of the hill. Linkback:
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Picture: Ben Crom from the east.
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by simon3  21 Aug 2012
This view of the impressive east face of Ben Crom presented itself on one of the MV member organised trips (Scavvys).

On the skyline behind are, left to right, Slieve Loughshannagh, Slieve Meelbeg and Slieve Meelmore. Linkback:
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Picture: Ben Crom towering over resevoir
gerrym on Ben Crom, 2008
by gerrym  22 Oct 2008
Ben Crom is surrounded by giants in Mourne terms - Binnian, Lamagan, Bernagh - but it more than holds its own in many ways. No other top in these parts offers the jaw dropping views to watery depths below, amazing perspectives along Ben Crom resevoir and from below perhaps one of the most shapely hills in the Mournes??

The easiest approach is along the Ott track, perhaps taking in a visit to the top of Doan on the way. More interesting is coming from below - walk up Trassey to Hares Gap and head straight down again to the upper reaches of Ben Crom resevoir. From here an exhilerating walk along the shoreline gives the most sustained and impressive views of this hill. There is then the opportunity to cross the dam and climb along precarious sheep trails towards the top - there is great adventure along the southern flanks with crags and scree to reach the top. Walk on to Meelbeg, Meelmore, Bernagh and the Hares Gap or walk high above the resevoir to tackle Bernagh from a new angle. Linkback:
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Picture: Binnian North Tor & Blue Lough from Ben Crom, with the Reservoir below.
wicklore on Ben Crom, 2008
by wicklore  13 Oct 2008
From the summit of Slieve Loughshannagh I followed the Mourne Wall steeply NE down to the col below Slieve Meelbeg. I followed the track around to approximately point J302 273 C before striking out SE towards the distant Ben Crom. Over 1.5 km of wet rough bog had to be negotiated, with the higher bog constantly crisscrossed with peaty channels. Patience was required as I retraced my steps and sought the best (safest & driest!) way through. Doan hulked on my right, and the views back to Meelbeg, Meelmore & Bearnagh were fantastic. I eventually reached a ridge where the bog dropped down to the Bencrom River. I followed this ridge up to the summit of Ben Crom. From a previous view of Ben Crom from Buzzards Roost across the Reservoir, I was mindful of the cliffs that lurked a few feet from the summit. I had a feeling of being at the heart of the Mournes, with all the major summits in a wide circle around me-Binnian, Lamagan, Cove, Commedagh, Bearnagh, Meelmore, Meelbeg and Slieve Muck. I noticed a few circular hollows in the rock at the summit which seem to be common in the Mournes. Nearby Doan beckoned and I headed back NW to contour around towards her. Linkback:
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by hbowman  17 Oct 2010
I climbed this mountain yesterday, for only the second time in three years. Last time I approached it from Ott car park grid and climbed the mountain after summiting Ott, Carn and Doan. Yesterday, we started from Meelmore Lodge and followed the path to the Hare's Gap. Turning right, we headed up towards Slieve Bernagh, one of my favourite summits. The weather was clear, we enjoyed great views towards the Silent Valley, Slievenaglogh, Doan, Lough Shannagh, Slieve Muck and Carn. Further afield, it was possible to see some of the Western Mournes. After lunch, we headed from the SE tor of Bernagh towards Ben Crom. The descent is quite steep to begin with; thereafter the land is marshy in places. We then climbed to the summit of Ben Crom; it was nice to see the Silent Valley from a different angle; nice views were also to be had of Carlingford Lough and Hills. Therafter, we headed towards the gully of Ben Crom at grid reference 260314 D. It was a steep descent to begin with. However, splendid views opened up of the reservoir. We followed a path to the left beside the reservoir towards the Hare's Gap. Two months ago, I studied the reservoir from the bridge, after descending Binnian. While both points offer great angles to study the reservoir from, I think it is best observed from the gully. It is also possible to see Slievenaglogh, opposite Binnian from this angle. This is definitely one of the many beauty areas in the Mournes. Upon reaching the mouth of the reservoir, we headed back towards Hare's Gap and eventually Meelmore Lodge. The full walk took 7 hours, but one which I would recommend. Linkback:
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Picture: Ben Crom from the SE
Scree strangeness.
by simon3  21 Oct 2012
Ben Crom reflected in the waters of the dam one October day.

Scree slopes meet at various angles with their mirror image. Linkback:
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