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Whats that big yellow thing in the sky

Whats that big yellow thing in the sky


Postby 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: 1316m

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Some day"s you just know you it"s going to be your day,all the days walking in the rain,snow,wind,and my constant friend "the clag",make days like this all the more special,this day was going to be a great day.
Alan and I were parked up and on our way by 8.00am,with the views already stunning.
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Aonach Dubh
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Gear Aonach
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Beinn Fhada
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
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Aonach Eagach
.Started the climb up into the corrie along side the burn & some nice waterfalls
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Waterfall
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.
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Stob Coire nan Lochan
Alan & I made good time climbing up beside the wee burn,with the sun beating down on the climbers paradise of Aonach Dubh
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Climbers paradise
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
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solution to good to pass up
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Man that feels good
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Stob Coire nan Lochan,me & a cool shower
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Stob Coire nan Lochan,waterfall,& pool

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
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Wee howf
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Alan exploring the "howf"
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
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Along way back down
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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
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Bear right, not for us
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Our route
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
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Aonach Eagach & The Ben
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Ben Starav & Loch Etive
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Bidean nam Bian
Once on Stob Coire nan Lochan it is easy going all the way to Bidean nam Bian & my summit pic
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Sun,Bidean & me
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
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Back to Bidean
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Back to Stob Coire nan Lochan
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Alan & Beinn Fhada
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Alan & The Big Boakil
Last edited by gammy leg walker on Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Whats that big yellow thing in the sky

Postby gammy leg walker » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:19 pm

After having the top to ourselves for 10/15 min it became realy busy,so we dragged ourselves back down to the bealach,and made our way down into the Lost Valley & the road home
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Start of the way down
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The Lost valley
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The Lost Valley
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Aonach Eagach & Lost Valley
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Lost Valley
Got back to the car after 7 hrs,totally done in with the heat & sun,but did not have a care in the world because I just had one amazing day.
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Re: Whats that big yellow thing in the sky

Postby gammy leg walker » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:35 pm

loch Here are some more pics of our day
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Kinlochleven
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Summit pic n shorts oh dear
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Re: Whats that big yellow thing in the sky

Postby Rossco » Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:47 am

Awesome, looks great. :D This is on my radar for my trip to Glencoe in 2 weeks.
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Re: Whats that big yellow thing in the sky

Postby Gable Gable End » Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:16 am

II don't think I've ever seen a report from you in nice weather!! :shock:

Looks like a great walk and I hope the head isn't too raw!
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Re: Whats that big yellow thing in the sky

Postby Phil the Hill » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:13 am

After reading your title, I was expecting the search and rescue helicopter to turn up. It was only when I got to the end I realised you must have meant the sun! Can it be seen from Scottish hills then? :lol: :lol:
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Re: Whats that big yellow thing in the sky

Postby dooterbang » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:23 am

Loved the head dipping shots.

What a fab day to be on Bidean, jammy gits :D

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.
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Re: Whats that big yellow thing in the sky

Postby pigeon » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:51 am

Looks like you had a great day gammy ,was that monday or sunday?
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Re: Whats that big yellow thing in the sky

Postby Graeme D » Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:34 pm

Nice one gammy. Kev and I also saw that big yellow apparition in the skies over Glenfinnan at the weekend! :shock: Clag magnet you might normally be, but you broke the curse with this one. When I did these two a couple of years back, it was wall to wall clag, and that being the day after an absolute scorcher on Starav. :? Like the head dipping shots too - I think I can see steam coming off the water around Alan's bonce! :lol:
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Re: Whats that big yellow thing in the sky

Postby blueyed » Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:42 pm

brilliant gammy, i just did the same route a day before you and had exactly the same, perfect conditions :)
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 :))))
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Re: Whats that big yellow thing in the sky

Postby JB likes a beer » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:05 pm

Hi mate, awesome photos im well jealous. All that clag walking has paid off haha
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Re: Whats that big yellow thing in the sky

Postby rockhopper » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:31 pm

phew - nearly bumped into you again - was walking a few hills round Glen Etive Friday - Sunday :wink:

didn't get as far as these hills but hope I get the weather you got when I do :D
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Re: Whats that big yellow thing in the sky

Postby Stretch » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:35 pm

That's some nice photoshop work Willie, putting the sun into all these pics must have been time consuming :lol:

Looks like it was an awesome day out!
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Re: Whats that big yellow thing in the sky

Postby jonny616 » Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:02 pm

Nice one Gammy

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.

regards

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Re: Whats that big yellow thing in the sky

Postby Alan S » Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:23 pm

Excellent mate 8) so glad your curse didnt follow us on sunday, had an amazing day
gammy leg walker wrote:started taking its toll on my shaven head

Shaven head 8) and there was me thinking you were going bald :lol:
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