Places:Start at V78332 81525, Broaghnabinnia, Brassel Mountain, Cnoc an Chuillinn, Cnoc na Toinne, Carrauntoohil, Caher, Beann Dhearg, Beann Bhán, Beann Dubh, end at V77698 81496 635m W from Start Logged as completed by 1
Leaving my car near the stepping stone, I set out eastwards along the Kerry way and climbed the west facing nose of Broughnabinnia. It was a slow long climb hand railing the fence. I left the fence at one point to my detriment following an easier option that turned out far less simple. I also lost my sunglasses at some point on the nose when I was shedding layers, so if anyone finds them.....
The summit of Broughnabinnia afforded fantastic views in all directions. Descending eastwards I made the decision to downclimb the gully which is shown as the rift slightly to the left in my third photo looking back at Broghnabinnia. My second photo below shows the top of the gully looking into the Black valley and the gentle south facing slopes of Brassel, my next stop. I chose this down climb to avoid access issues that have been reported here via the Lough Reagh route, my original route choice when planning this. Looking backwards there appear to be better grassy ramps on the east of Broughnabinnia than my my slow difficult down climb through the gully.
That was the hard part of the day over! After the descent I crossed the river at a low point and up the slopes of Brassel, summited and the onwards to summit the ridge proper. Again to emphasize the crowding of Carrauntohill and the relative loneliness of it's neighbours I met only one person the whole day aside from the strip between the top of the zig zags and Caher and he was ascending Caher via the Kerry way to the west. That said I'm not without sin as I felt the urge to pop up to Ireland's summit as I was passing.
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