A strenuous five-eight hour mountain hike of three of the 12 Bens including Benbaun – the highest peak in County Galway. Features dramatic quatrzite mountainsides, mountain passes and stunning valleys, a nice ridge and a beautiful river that has to be waded. Distance is about 13km with about 1100m of total climbing (two hard climbs and some steep descents). Terrain includes rocky mountain tops, steep open hillside, wet bog, sheep track and unpaved road. Requires a high level of fitness, a head for heights, and strong walking boots with good ankle support and multi-layer outdoor clothes (including waterproof jacket/pants, fleece, hat, gloves) plus, food and water. Costs €80/person (3 places currently available). The weather is generally showery and windy.
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