simon3: Track 4249 in area near Brandon, Brandon Group (Ireland)
Sumitteering Brandon Peak via Brandon on a hard day.
Length: 13.6km, Creator time taken: 8h31m, Ascent: 1240m, Descent: 1407m
Places:Start at Q43425 09414, Cnoc Bréanainn, Barr an Ghéaráin, Faill na nDeamhan, end at Q43966 01156 8.3km S from Start Logged as completed by 2
The day had one objective, visit Brandon Peak. In glorious hindsight there may be easier routes, but the way we chose used the easy pilgrim path from the SW to Brandon with a there and back traverse to Brandon Peak. The route was at least conceptually simple. The day was absolutely atrocious with SW winds so high at times it was hard to stand or to walk across the wind. The condensing rain was essentially hitting from below as it followed the SW slope of the land making for glasses fogged in a minute. Travelling south from Brandon is mostly on a path that skirts Brandon South peak to the west. It also skirts Brandon Peak. We used the path to gain altitude and then turned for the summit as can be seen in the track. With the wind behind us we were then pushed up. It was actually easier to walk upwards than down and definitely easier than sideways to the wind. At the top it was on the verge of being to windy too stand. We took a short cut on the way back not actually going to Brandon and instead heading for the pilgrim path. Given the lack of visibility there was a risk of cliffs however this shortcut turned out to be feasible. Then back to the car. Over 6 hours of saturation.
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