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Havin' it 'Massif' with the lads!
by highland rambler » Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:22 pm
Route description: Bidean nam Bian
Munros included on this walk: Bidean nam Bian, Stob Coire Sgreamhach
Date walked: 25/10/2011
Time taken: 6.5 hours
Distance: 11 km2 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).
The path weaves it's way up the mountain giving good views over to Aonach Eagach and upon reaching the bealach at the foot of Stob Coire nan Lochan (SCNL) we thought that most of the hard work had been done.
We decided to climb the south easterly ridge to the summit (SCNL) for views from the ridge over Beinn Fhada, Buachaille Etive Beag (BEB) & one of my favourites, Buachaille Etive Mor (BEM).
A decent scramble up the ridge brought us to the summit (SCNL) and wonderful panoramic views.
After a break for refreshments and to layer up in the face of a brisk wind we continued along the obvious route towards Argyle's biggest, the peak of peaks, Bidean nam Bian.
It is only a short walk and a little bit of a scramble to the Summit of Bidean nam Bian, which once again gives splendid views down Etive and across towards Fort William and Lochs Leven & Linnhe. One of the lads took the summit photo:
From the summit we made our way down the leisurely route to Bealach Dearg at the foot of Stob Coire Sgreamhach. It was now late in the afternoon and we were greeted by the sun, which lit up the surrounding hills and Coire Gabhail (The Lost Valley) bringing a completely different look to the surroundings. The boys rested on the bealach making a makeshift stone shelter from the wind whilst us oldies completed the traverse up to the summit. The following photo shows the descent route into Coire Gabhail (the red path at the foot of the summit behind the twist in the ridge). The initial impression of the route is a little scary but it didn't seem as bad in reality.
Following the break for photos and to enjoy the stunning scenery it was time to join the lads back on the bealach for the descent into Coire Gabhail. The route is quite tricky and great care is needed, the initial descent is very steep but this is not captured very well in the photos which lose the perspective. The route is also scattered with loose rock and scree almost all the way to the valley floor and therefore slowly but surely is the key!
We had a tricky crossing of Allt Coire Gabhail, which was in spate due to the amount of rain over the preceeding days and weeks. The usual stepping stones were mostly submerged leading to a combination of wading and use of the poles to keep upright on the rocks - lads enjoyed this and had a great laugh at one another!
By the time we arrived back in the glen it was dropping dark quickly, time for the last couple of photos and the short walk back to the car.
The lads don't accompany us on every walk now that they are getting older, but they do join us for the big ones, enjoying the extra challenge - great to have them with us!!!
by soulminer » Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:46 am
Love photos 9 - Etive, and 14- Coire Gabhail
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by highland rambler » Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:51 pm
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