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Twelve Bens Area   E: Glencorbet Subarea
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Benbaun Mountain An Bhinn Bhán A name in Irish (Ir. An Bhinn Bhán [logainm.ie], 'white peak') County Highpoint of Galway in Connacht Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic Bedrock

Height: 729m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L78558 53903
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Longitude: -9.831791, Latitude: 53.521228 , Easting: 78558, Northing: 253903 Prominence: 684m,  Isolation: 0.9km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 478532 753923,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnbn, 10 char: Benbaun
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

An Bihnn Bhán means 'the white peak' and is the highest mountain in Galway. You could say it is the Mont Blanc of Connemara. There is a lot of white rock here, mainly quartz, though this is more a feature of Benbrack. An odd thing about the Twelve Bens of Connemara is that nobody seems to know exactly which are the twelve peaks in question. There are at least 20 peaks with names in binn in this area. However, the notion of twelve peaks goes back at least to the time of Roderic O'Flaherty, who wrote in 1684 of the twelve high mountaines of Bennabeola, though he did not enumerate them (O'Flaherty, 106). In Irish the question doesn't even arise: there is no number, they are just na Beanna Beola, 'the peaks of Beola'. Beola was a giant and chieftain of the Fir Bolg, whose name also features in the village Tuaim Beola (Toombeola).   An Bhinn Bhán is the highest mountain in the Twelve Bens area and the 90th highest in Ireland. An Bhinn Bhán is the highest point in county Galway.

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Audi-Anne on Benbaun, 2009
by Audi-Anne  13 Aug 2009
Being inexperienced we didn't follow any of the usual ascents. We thought that climbing a few of the Bens was beyond us! So in our innocence we drove along the N59 and passed a youth hostel. Took a turn to the right and parked in a quarry at about L744513 A. We went through the forest (definitely dont do this) it was so wet and boggy. Crossed umpteen streams and even a river!! We planned to go up by Benfree and cross over to Ben Baun but it looked too steep and scary so we went up by the valled between Ben Baun and Ben Dubh. Very doable but the wind got very strong. We were very weary and scared of the strength of the wind at the top. We didn't enen reach the trig point as wind felt it would blow us over the top. Next time we will pay more attention to other climbers!!! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/4017/
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Super64 on Benbaun, 2005
by Super64  29 Jul 2005
Spent Three nights in the Conemarra national Park area in late January 2005. If your looking for rugged terrain this area is just the ticket. I started in Letterfrack, going through the valley and approached Benaun from the Northwest. The going was tough due to the boggy conditions at lower levels and was no different through the long grass area. Once I hit rock approx half way up it was just the incline to compete with. Some extraordinary views with an abundance of wildlife. Cold/wet weather gear a must. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/1842/
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Picture: Binn Bhan
 
seatruin on Benbaun, 2006
by seatruin  4 Aug 2006
Picture taken from Diamond hill July 2006. Shows from the left Maolan (Ben Baun), Ben Brack, Knockbrack (front of pic), Ben Baun and Ben Free. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/2452/
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Markers in the Twelve Bens.
by Timn  6 Aug 2011
I was on Binn Bhan recently, there are a trail of little red marker 'flags' all the way up from the Benfree side,
down to Maumina and continuing on west, when are these unsightly things going to be removed? Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/6465/
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katekat on Benbaun, 2007
by katekat  6 Apr 2007
Looking back down from Benbaun as we did The Glencorbet Horseshoe in 6 hours on sunny day. Navigation is under the summit Benbrack. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/2657/
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Perilous Descent to Maumina
by CaptainVertigo  10 Apr 2012
I had prepared properly for the Owenglin Horseshoe including taking heed of Wicklore's words of warning: "When on the summit of Binn Bhàn last year I contemplated whether there was a safe route down to Màm Eidhneach (Maumina col), between Binn Bhàn and Binn Dubh (Bencollaghduff) in the lower right of the photo. I didn’t take the chance, and looking at the mountain from Binn Bhraoin last week I could see that a route would have been tricky to say the least." Unfortunately that didn't stop me from following what appeared to be the natural slope off Benbaun in heavy mist. Of course, I ended up negotiating cliffs and sliding east to try to get down. On one occasion I went down a chimney with rock handholds breaking off as I went! I also went across a ledge that got so narrow I could barely cling on. Totally stupid. I ought to have reascended and come down again. Take a look at my Track extract and Wicklore's photo (inserted). I feel that we are far too shy about trumpeting our failures.In fact we can do no better service for one another. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/6764/
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