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Slieve Bearnagh Mountain Sliabh Bearnach A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Bearnach [PNNI], 'gapped mountain') Down County, 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: A 15 photo montage, see full sized here
A Mournes Panorama
by muzag  8 Apr 2012
Last Sunday I met up with a friend's group to do Slieve Bearnagh. The sun was shining and I was up and out early. Too early as it happened, so rather than wait in a car park I headed up above the Spellack slabs from where I could look down on the Trassey Valley ( and see my group as they emerged from the Clonachullion Woods. We met up at the start of the climb to Hares' Gap and from there up to the North Tor for lunch and the Summit Tor for a spot of clambering.

Clouds had obscured the sun which, in a way, was a good thing as it enabled me to take this panorama shot. It's a series 15 photos, stitched together using Hugin ( A larger version is available here

From Bearnagh we dropped down to the Pollaphuca pass, veering off with a bit of south on the way down to miss the erosion by the wall. From there up to Slieve Meelmore (my first visit to the 'third tower') and then back to where I had been waiting before at Spellack and so to the sheepfold. Linkback:
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ricky k on Slieve Bearnagh, 2004
by ricky k  31 Aug 2004
bearnagh north tor, 30/08/04. Linkback:
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Picture: This way up
nicole on Slieve Bearnagh, 2006
by nicole  4 Sep 2006
A crew of walkers of mixed ability (but all very able) climbed this super mountain on 2/9/06. At Hares gap we split in to two groups, those who would go over the top and those who would contour, each had a walk leader, and we would meet at the stile at the south col. Unfortunately the weather came down and visability was pretty much zero the "over the top" group aided by the great wall suffered no navigational difficultiues, while the "contour" group didn't make it to the arranged meeting point. While there was no danger, there was some confusion due wild winds, shifting mists and instant rivers of water. Phone coverage is sporadic and contact could no be made. After waiting for an amount of time, the "over the top"group left a message in the sand at the meeting point and descended. Group "contour" had encountered bad visability combined with heavy ground water creating fast rivers and had to descend rather than meet at arranged point. While everybody was safe and safe proceducres were followed, second-guessing what another group might do or what might have happened can cause some confusion and chaos. Strong leadership is required and it was this that ensured a safe return by both groups. Thanks James and Daniel. 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
....Cra....Pass on words of encouragement to the shirl girl....

Its not Nepal, but it is on our doorstep..... Linkback:
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Picture: Anocht a theim sa Bearnagh baol...
CaptainVertigo on Slieve Bearnagh, 2005
by CaptainVertigo  30 Apr 2005
Bearnagh as seen by the Navan Hillwalkers from behind the Mourne Wall Linkback:
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