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Mweelrea Area   W: Mweelrea Subarea
Place count in area: 12, OSI/LPS Maps: 37, EW-CON, MSW 
Highest place:
Mweelrea, 814m
Maximum height for area: 814 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 779 metres,

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Ben Bury Mountain Ucht an Chreagáin A name in Irish, also Oughty Craggy an extra name in English (Ir. Ucht an Chreagáin [], 'breast of the little crag') Mayo County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite Bedrock

Height: 795m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L80244 68290
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Longitude: -9.811829, Latitude: 53.650821 , Easting: 80244, Northing: 268290 Prominence: 60m,  Isolation: 0.7km
ITM: 480223 768308,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BnBry, 10 char: Ben Bury
Bedrock type: Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite, (Mweelrea Formation)

Also known as Oughty Craggy.   Ben Bury is the third highest mountain in the Mweelrea area and the 45th highest in Ireland.

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Flattish top, though steep north side with good v .. by group   (Show all for Ben Bury (Ucht an Chreagáin))
We parked the car near a picturesque small jetty .. by kernowclimber   (Show all for Ben Bury (Ucht an Chreagáin)) Picture about mountain Ben Bury (<i>Ucht an Chreagáin</i>) in area Mweelrea, Ireland
Picture: Climbing up the gully towards Ben Bury with the rock obstacle ahead
mcrtchly on Ben Bury, 2010
by mcrtchly  9 Mar 2010
Having climbed Ben Bury via a traverse of the north face and ascent of the NE ridge on the previous day we decided to try to tackle the mountain straight on by a direct winter ascent up a prominent gully at the western corner of the main Ben Bury corrie. The gully can be clearly seen on the approach in from Doo Lough as it leads upwards to the col between Ben Bury and Lugmore East Top. The top of the gully merges with the top of the 'ramp' route to Ben Bury. I don't know if the gully has been climbed much in normal conditions but in winter, filled with snow and ice, it was an opportunity not to be missed.

To reach the foot of the gully we walked into the corrie below Glencullin and followed the stream to the right before veering left and up to a short scree slope at the foot of an upward trending grassy ledge (L8091 6791 starC) at an altitude of about 460m. The grassy ledge soon turned out to be underlain by loose unconsolidated scree which made the going difficult until we reached the snow line. Soon the ledge began to peter out and we were forced to drop down about 8m into the gully proper (a rope belay was a necessary protection on the climb down). It may be possible to avoid the climb down by entering the gully lower down the hillside. Now the main ascent of the gully began at about 590m and continued almost straight upward for over 140m at a slope of 45 degrees or more up the col. There was deep snow in the gully and the use of crampons, ice axes and a rope were essential. In some parts we could kick steps in the snow but in other places the snow was too hard or the slope too steep that we had to cut steps with our ice axes. Before each step it was critical to lunge our axes fully into the snow to make a secure belay as any slip would probably be serious.

About half way up the gully there is a large boulder (or outcrop) which almost completely fills the gully. In normal conditions it might be possible to squeeze past this up a chimney on the left but on this day the chimney was blocked by unstable and hence unclimable ice. Fortunately this obstacle can be bypassed by a short climb out of the gully to the right before dropping back down in the gully after the boulder. From here onwards the gully narrowed and as we approached the top we were occasionally showered by ice debris being blown down the gully from the surrounding cliffs. Just before the very top the gully widens slightly and is joined by the 'ramp' route on the left and the combined gully and ramp soon open out onto the col.

I doubt if the gully comes into winter 'condition' that frequently and we were fortunate to be able to experience a challanging and different route up Ben Bury. I would estimate that the gully was a hard Scot I and even a Scot II grade. Linkback:
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Theres a steep gully just to the west of the nort .. by Dan   (Show all for Ben Bury (Ucht an Chreagáin))
As recommended by "Best Irish Walks", we parked a .. by csd   (Show all for Ben Bury (Ucht an Chreagáin))
After all the excitement of the Ben Lugmore ridge .. by madfrankie   (Show all for Ben Bury (Ucht an Chreagáin))
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