Ascent of Mount Brandon on 2014-05-09

Climber: John McHugh

Others in Party:Suzanne Lapointe
Date:Friday, May 9, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Brandon
    Elevation:3123 ft / 951 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trail is very well marked with white posts and occasional numbered crosses, was easy to follow through the fog on the way up. Sustained steep climb, but nothing tricky, relatively easy considering the elevation gain. After descending a couple of minutes from the summit, the fog suddenly lifted and just awesome views of the Dingle Peninsula all the way out to the Blasket islands opened up. We found a spot sheltered from the wind further down and took it all in. It was just amazing and such a treat as it was so unexpected. The hike down clear skies held and it was just perfect all the way down. As we were nearing the bottom, we looked back and could see the mountain was again in the fog. We were indeed quite lucky. Great hike!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2565 ft / 781 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:Saint trail
    Trailhead:TH near R559  558 ft / 170 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy

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