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Mullach Glas
Irish: Mullach Glas
Mullach Glas (left) & Binn Mhor (right) from the North.jpg
Mullach Glas (left), and Binn Mhor (centre and right), as viewed from the north
Highest point
Elevation 622 m (2,041 ft)
Prominence 87 m (285 ft)
Listing Hewitt, Arderin, Simm, Vandeleur-Lynam
Naming
English translation Grey/Green Summit
Language of name Irish
Geography
Location Galway, Ireland
Parent range Maumturks
OSI/OSNI grid L9374849241
Topo map OSi Discovery 45
Geology
Type of rock Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top bedrock

Mullach Glas (Irish: Mullach Glas, meaning grey/green peak) at 622 metres (2,041 ft), is the 197th–highest peak in Ireland on the Arderin scale, and the 238th–highest peak on the Vandeleur-Lynam scale. Mullach Glas is located on a small massif that includes Binn Mhór (661 metres (2,169 ft)), and Corcogemore (609 metres (1,998 ft)); this massif is at the far southeastern sector of the long north-west to south-east cental spine of the Maumturks mountain range in the Connemara National Park in Galway, Ireland. Mullach Glas is the 5th-highest mountain in the Maumturks range.

Naming

Irish academic Paul Tempan records that Irish: Mullach Glas translates as "grey/green summit", and that the peak has also been called "Shannagirah".

Geography

Mullach Glas lies on a small massif in the southeast sector of the Maumturks range, which is separated from the main range by a deep east-west mountain pass called Máméan, a site of pilgrimage dedicated to Saint Patrick since the 5th-century.

To the north east is the minor subsidiary peak of Mullach Glas NE Top (432 metres (1,417 ft)), also known as Irish: Cruiscín (probably meaning "jug"). To the west is Binn Mhór (661 metres (2,169 ft)), the 3rd-highest peak in the Maumturks range, while to the east is Corcogemore (609 metres (1,998 ft))

Hill walking

The most straightforward route to the summit Mullach Glas is the 10-kilometre 4–5 hour roundtrip route from the pass at Máméan and back; however, because of its positioning on a high ridge of its own small massif, it can also be climbed as an alternative 10-kilometre 4–5 hour route from Corcogemore in the west, across Mullach Glas, to the summit of Binn Mhór, and then finishing down at Máméan (i.e. the route requires two cars).

Mullach Glas is also climbed as part of the Maamturks Challenge, a 25-kilometre 10–12 hour walk over the full Maumturks range (from Maam Cross to Leenaun), which is considered one of the "great classic ridge-walks of Ireland", but of "extreme grade" due to the circa 7,600 feet of total ascent. Since 1975, the University College Galway Mountaineering Club has run the annual "Maamturks Challenge Walk" (MCW), and mans a checkpoint to the west of Mullach Glas in the Máméan pass, and to the east of Mullach Glas on the neighbouring peak of Corcogemore.

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