Ascent of Geokaun on 2018-12-05

Climber: David Howells

Date:Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:873 ft / 266 m

Ascent Trip Report

Geokaun and Bray Head, Valentia Island, Kerry, Ireland (Marilyns).
I’m keeping these summaries short as I’m on a two month tour of Ireland and there’s a lot of hills to hike and therefore lots of entries.
All mapping used are view ranger digital OS 1:50 or 1:25. You will get the best results by uploading my wikiloc gpx giles into this mapping software.
This was a long hike on Valentia island to tick off two Marilyn and an Island HP. I parked in a moderate size car park at the town church at Portmagee. There is only one motor home bay here. I started the hike here and walked across the bridge and simply turned left. Keep on this tarmacadam road until you get to the start of the Bray Head Loop trail. Here is also a great viewing point and another big car park (pay machine). From here on simply stay on the Bray Head Loop. I went clockwise. Your on a wide track until the signal tower and then you hang a right on a ‘posted’ single track trail to the summit. The posts continue all the way down until you end up back on the lower track. A note of warning be careful as there are huge drops. It was (unfortunately) very misty and windy when I did it and the trail goes close to the cliff edge. The middle part of this loop is simply a pretty long road hike to Geokaun. You can easily do this in two separate short hikes by car but I wanted a good hike. Anyway follow my gpx route to Geokaun car park. This car park is another pay and display and in season I guess there are attendants. You can drive up to the higher car park but it is a steep asphalt road. You can also go to Fogher Cliffs where apparently there is a dramatic viewing platform. It was misty as anything on my day so I just took the short hike to the summit. It’s simple enough and there’s a moderate summit stone just off the summit. On the summit proper is a fenced off mast station of some kind. To get back to Portmagee just follow my trail or go your own way. On a decent day this would be a very scenic hike but today was just a horrid still mist day.
Still a 21km day with 538m of height gain done in 5hours. Two Marilyns done too...whoop whoop!

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1716 ft / 523 m
    Grade/Class:Moderate hike
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Cool calm but low cloud
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1716 ft / 523 m
    Distance:12.9 mi / 20.8 km
    Start Trailhead:-843 ft / -256 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by David Howells
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