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Bidean Nam Bian
by kaye.cantlay » Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:25 pm
I know that the descent from Bealach Dearg was still holding snow just a few weeks ago.
Is this still the case or has it finally melted?
Has anyone been there very recently?
by jac the lassie » Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:31 pm
- Looking up
- From the top
by kaye.cantlay » Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:59 pm
Would an axe have been helpful if you'd had one or not?
I'd planned to use the WH route which descends that way.
I guess I'll be able to check it out from the Bealach on the way to Sgreamhach....
If it looks dodgy I could descend S/SE off Sgreamhach and down into Lairig Eilde.
Anyone descended that way?
by jac the lassie » Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:15 pm
I though about Lairig Eilde but believe there a scrambly bit called 'the notch'? on that route so decided against as I was by myself.
by kaye.cantlay » Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:32 pm
I wasn't planning that way.....was thinking of descending south then south east to the col below point 778 on the map, then down to the Lairig Eilde
by kaye.cantlay » Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:34 pm
by jac the lassie » Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:57 pm
Like you I wouldn't be comfortable leading folk on a tricky bit. Happy to watch an experienced guinea pig do it first though By my self I'm pretty confident, but tend to stay more within my comfort zone. I have a fear of being 'that person' in the news paper, having done something stupid
by kaye.cantlay » Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:07 pm
by BobMcBob » Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:29 am
by jmarkb » Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:06 am
The route off Beinn Fhada into the Lost Valley starts from the col before the 823m top. It is quite steep and there are a couple of little rock bands to scramble down. This route is better done in ascent - it starts a couple of hundred metres beyond the point where the main path descends to the floor of the Lost Valley.
In ascent, it's easy to miss the best line on the "notch" section - traverse L from the col a short way then cut back hard right up a cleft.
by kaye.cantlay » Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:14 am
by EwaMH » Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:30 pm
by joshquigg » Fri Jul 01, 2016 12:32 pm
I'm after a bit of advise on this route please. The Mrs and me are plannin on doing this at the end of July, we'd hoped to incorporate a wild camp in the Hidden Valley on the way down/up depending on what you knowledgeable folks of WH say.
My question is... is the descent route into Coire Gabhail a bit treacherous with large backpacks? We've done a fair bit of backpacking in the lakes so are no strangers to big loads and steep slopes but wouldn't want to much of a scramble. We did Tryfan in March with day bags and both agreed this would be too tough with larger packs on. Reading other peoples thoughts on the descent, some say it's fine, others say it can proove a bit tricky.
Would it be wiser to reverse the WH route? Ascend via the Hidden Valley and descend back into Coire Nan Lochan?
Thanks in advance for any response, love the website by the way, long time lurker but haven't posted much.
by abbruce » Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:20 pm
I stuck on my microspikes & get down no bother at all. I carried a 22l day pack & it did hamper me on a couple of occasions getting down. I'm pretty sure I'd have struggled carrying anything much larger.
Obviously that was a month ago so it should be clearer. When I was there, the snow was worse that in the pictures above & reached right up to the plateau. At that time, reversing the route would've had the same issues I fear.