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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 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 89th highest in Ireland. An Bhinn Bhán is the highest point in county Galway.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benbaun (<i>An Bhinn Bhán</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Navigational Errors
 
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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gerrytyrrell on Benbaun, 2002
by gerrytyrrell  11 Aug 2002
Climbed 3 times. Along Knockapasheen and then up. Last time was the only clear day we had. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/66/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benbaun (<i>An Bhinn Bhán</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Looking out on the Polladirk Valley.
Glencorbet Horseshoe
by TommyV  1 Nov 2018
This challenging route takes in five peaks including Benbaun, the highest point in county Galway. Turning left off the R34 at L80242 57503 starA, there is room for a few cars on the right just over the bridge at L79991 57435 starB. Follow the farm track South West for about 1 km and then veer off heading West. The first and smallest peak on this route is also named Benbaun, but this is not to be confused with the higher Benbaun to the South. After this the mental and physical challenge of this walk becomes obvious. There is no nice ridge walk around all the peaks but rather a serious of drops in elevation for a few hundred meters before having to climb the same and more to reach the next peak. In particular the climb up Mukanaught is quite testing and I would advise against tackling this peak in bad weather or poor visibility. A tough route but the views are fantastic and will help keep the mind off all of the drops and climbs. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/20141/
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