A strenuous five-eight hour mountain hike to two of the 12 Bens including the highest peak in County Galway (Benbaun and Benfree). Features dramatic quartzite mountainsides, mountain passes and stunning valleys, a nice ridge and a beautiful river (that has to be waded). Distance is about 10km with about 760m of total climbing (one hard climb and some steep descents). Requires a high level of fitness, a head for heights, strong walking boots with good ankle support, warm waterproof outdoor clothes, food and water. Costs €70/person (confirmed to go ahead with places currently available). The weather is currently expected to be generally dry (perhaps a shower or two – heavier later) with moderate wind.