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Bidean nam Bian

Bidean nam Bian


Postby gman » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:09 pm

Route description: Bidean nam Bian

Munros included on this walk: Bidean nam Bian, Stob Coire Sgreamhach

Date walked: 05/12/2012

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 11 km

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Was planning on bagging a few near Loch Laggan, but after reading quoman's report about the deep snow up there I had a rethink and went for Bidean again.

Got to car park and started just after 9am, headed up between these two. Path a bit icy at the start:
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Aonach Eagach:
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Higher up, path had more grip as there was snow. There were other walkers ahead of me so I could follow footprints.
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Then into the deep snow, again following the footprints - cheers guys!
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First view of the Bidean ridge, as I got closer to the others I saw they had helmets - looked like they were going straight up a gully to Stob Coire nan Lochan:
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I headed across to get on the shoulder. No footprints to follow now so it was heavier going in knee deep snow. One footstep went right up to my waist & I had to climb out a hole, boot a bit damp so there must have been a pool of water/stream underneath. Progress slowed from here as I used the ice axe to test depth of snow before each step :D
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Got to the shoulder, AE again:
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3 sisters from behind:
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Rest of the way up Stob Coire nan Lochan - tried to keep to rocky bits as snow was shallower there, but usually had to trudge through the deep stuff which was energy-sapping:
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Nice views though, doon a gully:
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Ballachulish bridge:
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Ridge from Bidean to Stob Coire nam Beith:
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Route up Bidean:
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Stob Coire nan Lochan cairn and ridge to Stob Coire Sgreamhach:
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The snow on the ridge would support your weight for a few steps, then back to the knee deep stuff. I had an eye on the clock now as it would be getting dark around 4. Ascent of Bidean:
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'Camera' breaks on the way up :D
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View over to the Ben from the top, the climbers were just getting to the top of Stob Coire nan Lochan:
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And the rest of the ridge:
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Glen Etive:
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Further on, looking back up to Bidean from the ridge:
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Was racing to get to the top of Sgreamhach now as I didn't fancy the descent to the Lost Valley in the dark. Views from the top, over to Ben Nevis:
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The ridge from nan Lochan to Sgreamhach:
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Beinn a' Bheithir on the right:
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And back down to the Lost Valley, steep at the start of the descent so time for a bumslide, if the snow was harder I could have slid all the way down & saved a bit of time :D :
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Picked up the path with footprints further down - none up to here though, so they must have taken a different route down. There were prints at the top of Sgreamhach leading to Glen Etive and down towards Beinn Fhada too. It stayed light most of the way and I didn't need the headtorch till the burn crossing towards the end.

Crossed the footbridge and up the stairs when a couple of low flying RAF jets passed - could see their lights as they went. Was dark when I got to the car and I saw the climbers' head torches coming back down Coire nan Lochan. Great day out, but this snow definitely takes its toll - legs had seized up by the time I got out the car back home :D
Last edited by gman on Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:10 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Bidean nam Bian

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:18 pm

Not sure I can find the words...I'll try absolutly magnificent :shock: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Bidean nam Bian

Postby Fudgie » Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:06 pm

Thats absolutely superb gman :clap: . Hopefully I get weather like that when I'm off next week.
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Re: Bidean nam Bian

Postby SMRussell » Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:01 pm

Aside from phwoar!!!! I'm speechless! :shock: :clap:
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Re: Bidean nam Bian

Postby The Rodmiester » Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:10 pm

Excellent stuff and photographs WOW! :D
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Re: Bidean nam Bian

Postby michaelmcp » Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:20 pm

Brilliant. Some day you had and the pictures are superb.
Bidean is on my list to do this winter and that report has pushed it close to if not the top of the list.
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Re: Bidean nam Bian

Postby gman » Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:48 pm

Cheers, pretty much ideal conditions for photies & the views are amazing on a clear day :D
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Re: Bidean nam Bian

Postby Big Jesper » Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:55 pm

Great pics. Did you have crampons on.
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Re: Bidean nam Bian

Postby Luke88 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:59 pm

I think that's 'photo of the month' over as a competition already
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Re: Bidean nam Bian

Postby Jockstar » Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:16 pm

Great stuff reminding me that Su and myself got within touching distance a couple of years ago.....and you have now given me the inspiration to finish off what we started :)

The photos are stunning ...full marks for that..... :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Bidean nam Bian

Postby gman » Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:42 pm

Big Jesper wrote:Great pics. Did you have crampons on.


I put them on when I was heading up to the summit of Bidean, they gave a wee bit more grip but I don't think you need them as the snow is still soft.
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Re: Bidean nam Bian

Postby soapy27 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:29 pm

Amazing photos gman :clap: wish I was there looks immense
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Re: Bidean nam Bian

Postby Ranger » Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:10 pm

Wonderful day. You never forget days like that :clap:
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Re: Bidean nam Bian

Postby pigeon » Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:59 pm

Brill,done these in summer and that was tough enough for us :lol: so a great effort in the snow,superb photos as well :clap:
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Re: Bidean nam Bian

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:25 pm

Luke88 wrote:I think that's 'photo of the month' over as a competition already


And walk report of the month :lol:
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