Peter Walker: Track 3205 in area near Binn Doire Chláir, Twelve Bens (Ireland)
An eliminate on the Glencoaghan Horseshoe
Length: 13.9km, Creator time taken: 5h24m, Ascent: 1063m, Descent: 1069m
Places:Start at L80753 49444, Binn Doire Chláir, Binn an Choire, Binn an Choire (mullach thuaidh), Binn an tSaighdiúra, An Bhinn Dubh, end at Start Logged as completed by 3
A trip round the Owenglin Horseshoe last summer had meant the western arm of the more renowned Glencoaghan Horseshoe had already been covered. But the previous day of travails and resulting blisters on Brandon compelled me to cheat, and plans to do the whole thing were commuted to “just doing the bit you have not done before”. Helen Fairbairn's book of selected Irish walks had suggested a possible escape to the glen floor from the Binn Dubh – Binn Bhraoin col, and so it was that a strategy took shape. I left the car about a kilometre south of the road end, crossing rough ground to gain the toe of the south ridge of Binn Dhoire Chlair south ridge. This is steep in its lower reaches and a bit frustrating higher up, with its endless procession of false tops amplified by the mist into which I had climbed. Once past the top the initial descent was stumbling and horribly rough, but it eased a bit on the approach to the col. A longer climb led to the high point of the day on Binn Corr, and then its north top; in these conditions all these shattered crowns of quartzite look much the same. From here I diverted from the main route to visit Binn an tSaighdiura, and on returning to the foot of Binn Corr North Top I spied the next col below.Now normally the descent to this would be started from further back, but I wanted to save the re-ascent and bravely/foolishly headed on down. In practice this line is perfectly reasonable for folk who are happy on terrain that has a mixture of scree running and scrambling, not technically difficult but making demands on your route selection. There are cliffs quite close to the line I took, so bear that in mind.Next up was the stepped ascent to Binn Dubh, and then the very entertaining narrow and scrambly descent from it. This left me at the “turn for home” col, and thoughts of hotels and showers and dining rooms started to percolate around my brain. The initial drop down to the glen is steady if a little slippery, following the obvious drainage line and developing stream if at all possible. The Harvey Superwalker map implies all manner of marshy problems if you stick to the river all the way, so I broke off east at around 120m to get on the far side of an obvious (on the map, anyway) tributary stream. I was hoping this would help me locate a path marked on said map, but it remained elusive-cum-non-existent, so I headed for the obvious settlement at the end of the public road.As I stealthily (well, kinda) clambered over various gates with no trespassing signs on them I realised that my tactics for this section could be improved upon…maybe approach the buildings from the west rather than the north? Or avoid them altogether? Anyway, my ninja skills meant that the people who weren’t there didn’t see me, and a short walk on tarmac led me back to the car, and so to the Leenane Hotel, where there was a medium-rare ribeye steak with my name on it.
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