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Mourne Mountains Area   N: Bearnagh Subarea
Place count in area: 58, OSI/LPS Maps: 20, 29 
Highest place:
Slieve Donard, 849m
Maximum height for area: 849 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 821 metres,

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Slieve Bearnagh Mountain Sliabh Bearnach A name in Irish (Ir. Sliabh Bearnach [PNNI], 'gapped mountain') Down County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 739m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J31316 28034
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Longitude: -5.988843, Latitude: 54.184159 , Easting: 331316, Northing: 328034 Prominence: 304m,  Isolation: 0.4km
ITM: 731268 828003,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvBrn, 10 char: SlvBrngh
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

One of the most recognisible peaks of Mourne and perhaps the only one that necessitates removing hands from pockets. Slieve Bernagh gets its name from the two rocky granite tors which crown the summit and the gap or saddle betweeen them.   Slieve Bearnagh is the 85th highest place in Ireland.

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Picture: Slieve Bearnagh North Tor
Bearnagh from Hare's Gap
by slievejohnbeg  18 Jul 2020
I climbed Slieve Bearnagh recently with a few friends of varied experience, beginning at Trassey car park. Meelmore Lodge is an alternative starting point for this approach. We ascended the Trassey Track to Hare's Gap, marvelling at a couple of intrepid climbers scaling the sheer face of Spellack on the way. From Hare's Gap, some handy steep steps begin the ascent onto Bearnagh. Following the Mourne Wall directly to the North Tor looked rather steep, so we headed southwards, skirting around the western face of the mountain to approach the top between the two impressive tors. While cloudy, it was a bright day and the views were spectacular, with the vista stretching from Slievenaglogh round to Binnian. Once at the top, the characteristic craggy tors are well worth the time for some exploration and a little bit of scrambling, if you so desire. The views were marvellous in all directions. We descended following the Wall down the western side, which is steep enough until the col is reached between Bearnagh and neighbouring Meelmore. A zig-zag a little away from the Wall is recommended, rather than sticking close by the Wall, where there is some erosion. Meelmore may be tackled from here, but we crossed the stile and continued on to rejoin the Trassey Track to return. A moderate climb with plenty of variety and interest, which took us about 4 hours or so with plenty of breaks. Linkback:
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ricky k on Slieve Bearnagh, 2004
by ricky k  5 Sep 2004
another view of one of the most picturesque mournes. photo taken on a glorious september saturday. the forecast gave a cloud ceiling of 700 ft!! moral of the story?sometimes its best to just go for it. Linkback:
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Picture: Slieve Bearnagh from Slieve Comedagh. Photo: Mick Crowley
MickC on Slieve Bearnagh, 2009
by MickC  28 Dec 2009
Started from Bloody Bridge. Up the Brandy pad to the wall and then onto Donard. This image was taken coming down off Comedagh, after being lashed by ice particles blown on severe gusts of wind, heading for the Hares Gap via Slieve Corragh and SlieveNaglogh and then back along the Brandy Pad to BloodyBridge. Fantastic day. Linkback:
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tsunami on Slieve Bearnagh, 2005
by tsunami  10 Feb 2005
The sleeping giant Bearnagh begins to awaken as a cold Mourne winter starts to draw to a close!! Picture was taken from the Slieve Corragh Gulley, as it crosses the Brandy Pad, early last Saturday. On the extreme left in the distance is Slievenaglogh (the lower side of Silent Valley), then the precipitous summit of Ben Crom above the reservoir of the same name. In the near left shadow lies the foot of Cove Mountain. Linkback:
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gingerbus on Slieve Bearnagh, 2010
by gingerbus  4 Mar 2010
"Panic on the slopes of Bearnagh,
Mourne Wall, South Down, Mountainside,
I wonder to myself..."

It all started with The Steps. The trek up to Hare's gap along the Trassey was straightfoward - although, my trusty Sherpa and I hadn't figured on there being such a preponderance of snow around. We jumped the wall, and set across to the foot of Bearnagh. Then The Steps. It appears that some primeval joker decided that it would be especially funny to make each step successively shallower than the previous one. Coupled with the unexpected snow, I wish I'd not been so quick to fall for their allure and instead ventured up the preformed snow footholes to the left as Sherpa Paul had instinctively done. Before long, I became step-fast, and a quick look behind me down the snow-ridden incline was enough to instill The Fear. This was the initial unnerving which was a forewarning of things to come...

"Stop. Steady. Clear the mind. Think. Ok, so going down the steps is out of the question - one slip and I'm done for. So, the only way is up. Righteo.". And with this, I proceeded to scramble up and across the pathway, hands and feet, digging in to the snow, over to where Sherpa Paul was and on to the plateau. Rattled, but alive. Good. But an unease set in and a misty top loomed above.

We proceeded upwards, and moved at good speed, sometimes kicking into the virgin snow to gain footholds, or reusing the semi-solid holes of those brave souls gone before. This effort required concentration and was a welcome distraction to the initial leg, but while we were a-climbing, the height was a-gaining and when we stopped again to get our bearings, the mist was encroaching and a cold breeze was embracing us. Sherpa Paul decided to divert over to the trusty wall, perchance to avail of its solemn presence to assist, but came back over to where I was 'resting' to report that the track beside it was frozen over and far to dangerous to climb. We mulled it over, and decided to climb a little higher, with crab-like zigzags across the ever-steepening slope. But it was getting harder to dig in, the snow was packed and thinner now, and the wind higher. The mist was above and below now, and The Fear returned. I dug in.

Sherpa Paul crabbed up over to the south side, to see if there was any respite in slope or snow conditions, but none were apparent. Meanwhile, I had cleared a foot-squared platform in the snow and squatted down to rest and wallow while the white snow and mist became a canvas for the floaties in my inner eye, dancing around as the panic grew. Should we continue up with unknown footing? Should we go down? Should we find the wall? What should we do? We stood and crouched respectively like that for a little while, debating our situation aloud at a distance in the bleak isolation. We wanted to summit, Sherpa Paul better equipped than me due to a lower centre of gravity and a more gung-hoh attitude, but we didn't want to risk things unnecessarily. Time passed. Linkback:
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ricky k on Slieve Bearnagh, 2004
by ricky k  21 Nov 2004
Slieve Bearnagh from Commedagh in the first winter snows. Heres hoping they won't be the last !! There is something special about making the first footprints on virgin snow that keeps you coming back for more. Makes the early start and the extra effort plodding through powder worth it. Later in the day it seems that a lot of folks rang in sick to make the most of the conditions!! The Glen River Track was buzzing about lunchtime although it was treacherously icy in places. Good conditions for the Search and Rescue Dog Association who were training in the area. Hats off in respect. Linkback:
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