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Bidean nam, and escape route!!!!!!!!!!

Bidean nam, and escape route!!!!!!!!!!

Postby joekell » Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:55 pm

Route description: Bidean nam Bian

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

Date walked: 03/06/2013

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 1400m

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Well thanks to Richard for an enjoyable but Knee crushing and not injury free descent from the Argyle Giant.
The day started normally if not a bit later due to cloud cover predicted in the morning .So gamble taken last £20 in fuel tank and away I went at 8.30 am stopping only at govan asda for protein bars and of I went . I reached Glencoe with atmospheric sounds of J.Sigsworth raising my appreciation of our highlands.
the welcome sight of the sisters

Started of by the Piper with a nod between the tourists, set of between Aonach Dubh and Gear Aonach at 11am
following the amazing path up the water falls in the Coire nan Lochan looking eagerly towards the peak of Stob Coire nan Lochan .
stream falling down coire
waterfall at box canyon

Following WH route I left the path just below the box waterfall and crossed the stream , climbing instead up grassy ground to the west and then southwest into the upper coire. Later I was thank full of this as it was far the easier route.
Having gained the foot of Stob Coire nan Lochan's north ridge
I followed this although rocky it was a fine walk but care is perhaps needed in reduced visibility as there is deep crevices in the rock face,
deep breaks on face
and I scrambled to the summit of Stob Coire nan Lochan only to find the path :lol:
The Ben /cmd mamores snuggled behind Aonach Eagach

It is then straight forward path with a narrow ridge walk with some snow still lying
Bidean from Stob
.(some hands on rock, but maybe thats me) :crazy: to Bidean summit with amazing views. From here the ridge walk to is visible with a good path and stunning views and an enjoyable walk to the summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach .
I am sorry But the views were to amazing and to many to print in this short report click on url for wee video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0VMG8gMVfg , (watch in full hd)
On closer inspection of the descent down Coire Gabhail to the lost valley I agreed with Billy and Richard (who I met earlier) it was impassable so again climbed the summit of Bidean on a quest now to get of the massif.
Meeting up with Richard at the summit we decided that the route to Lochan was perhaps a bit steep so after a look at Richards GPS and a quick phone to his wife and an offer of a lift to my parked car(people are amazing) we were of over the remaining peaks of bidean :crazy: :lol: This is a route I would not advise it was very steep and although through Richards far better route finding quality's we reached safe ground it was not without mishap and the first aid kit was called on.
Richards wife arrived with the best tasting water and I was grateful for the run back to the car. Again another great day and great people and home safely thanks
stream falling down coire
Posts: 109
Munros:46   Corbetts:6
Grahams:5   Donalds:8
Joined: Mar 15, 2012
Location: viewpark,lanarkshire

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