Whats that big yellow thing in the sky
by gammy leg walker » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:07 pm
Route description: Bidean nam Bian
Munros included on this walk: Bidean nam Bian, Stob Coire Sgreamhach
Date walked: 04/07/2011
Time taken: 7.1 hours
Distance: 11 km
Ascent: 1316m10 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Alan and I were parked up and on our way by 8.00am,with the views already stunning. Followed the WH route down over the wooden bridge & over the river Coe,and started climbing up between Gear Aonach & Aonach Dubh,where the views over to Aonach Eagach were amazing .Started the climb up into the corrie along side the burn & some nice waterfalls At this point the sun was hidden behind Gear Aonach,but further up the corrie the bulk of Stob Coire nan Lochan was basking in glorious sunshine. Alan & I made good time climbing up beside the wee burn,with the sun beating down on the climbers paradise of Aonach Dubh Soon the the climbing took us out of the shadow and started taking its toll on my shaven head,but we new there was a solution to the heat of the sun not to far away
After a cooling drench I was explaing to Alan that somewhere up here there was a wee "howf"according to Cameron McNeishs 100 best waks book,could not belive our luck when Alan said could that be what your looking for there Anyway onwards & upwards,heading towards the bowl of Stob Coire nan Lochan,where a wee rest was taken & a great view back down to the road & across to Aonach Eagach This is where wee had a choice to make,bear round to your right & climb the easy slopes to the summit,or attack Stob Coire nan Lochan head on There is a path of sorts on the climb,& once you gain the ridge the going is fairly easy,with one or two scrambling moves,but soon you are on the summit of Stob Coire nan Lochan,where the views are spectacular Once on Stob Coire nan Lochan it is easy going all the way to Bidean nam Bian & my summit pic Took a 20min break here to soak in the views & refuel,before we headed along the ridge to Stob Coire Sgreamhach,where the views again were brilliant again
by gammy leg walker » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:19 pm
- Start of the way down
- The Lost valley
- The Lost Valley
- Aonach Eagach & Lost Valley
- Lost Valley
by gammy leg walker » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:35 pm
- Summit pic n shorts oh dear
by Rossco » Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:47 am
by Gable Gable End » Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:16 am
Looks like a great walk and I hope the head isn't too raw!
by Phil the Hill » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:13 am
by dooterbang » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:23 am
What a fab day to be on Bidean, jammy gits
I did this in winter and we couldnt get down to the lost valley from the bealach due to cornices. We had to retrace our steps back nan lochan. Winter walkers beware.
Have done this in summer, fab walk.
Thanks for posting.
by pigeon » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:51 am
by Graeme D » Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:34 pm
by blueyed » Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:42 pm
my report will follow soon
we chose the more difficult route too, walked up as far as the lochans, then took the ridge on the left, which followed to stob coire nan lochan. nice rocky route
about the 'red scree' bit down, it's actually much easier when you descent on the rocks just on the right hand side from the red gully.
looking at the pics i still cant believe we actually went down this way (looks like vertical wall basically) and we're still in one piece
well done to us all )))
by JB likes a beer » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:05 pm
by rockhopper » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:31 pm
didn't get as far as these hills but hope I get the weather you got when I do
by Stretch » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:35 pm
Looks like it was an awesome day out!
by jonny616 » Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:02 pm
I did this walk a while back, spent most of the day in the clag & rain. Never saw a thing so great to see your pics.
Keeping my fingers crossed for sat, heading down etive way.
by Alan S » Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:23 pm
gammy leg walker wrote:started taking its toll on my shaven head
Shaven head and there was me thinking you were going bald