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Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach from Glen Etive
by scottishkennyg » Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:08 pm
Munros included on this walk: Bidean nam Bian, Stob Coire Sgreamhach
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As I acquired height the views of the nearby Buachaille Etives (Beag and Mor) were welcome distractions.
It’s nice to see hills from different perspectives after you have been fortunate enough to have climbed them. The northern face of the ridge was steep with rocky cliffs adding to the atmosphere.
I continued NW up ridge to rocky top of Stob Coire Sgreamhach 1072m. A large stone beneath the cairn offered an excellent viewpoint and has no doubt been included in many climbers’ albums. The summit offered excellent views over Beinn Fhada ridge, into Corrie Gabhail and the lost valley, to the rear of the three sisters, and beyond to former J.Saville House in the pass of Glencoe, over to the Stob Coire nan Lochan. Savour these unique views as they are not visible from the piper’s layby or the A82.
I descended to catch main ridge and passed the small cairn marking the entrance into the mud chute down scree to the lost valley floor. A short climb up and along the steep ridge, with some very exposed corries on the North face, was required to gain the summit cairn of Bidean Nam Bian, 3 hours after start of walk. I continued along to Stob Coire nam Beith at 1107m optimistically hoping for better views.
The low cloud and swirling rain abated intermittently to enable glimpses of neighbouring hills including Sgor na h ulaidh 994m.
I returned over BNB and descended to the red cairn. I went SE with the intention to descend into Gleann Fhaolain but found the ground was mostly loose boulders and scree, so decided to contour SW over boulder terrain to regain the grassy ridge.
I then descended via the ascent route and kept E of the stream and deer fence.
I managed to get tripped up a few times by the thick dense ferns and bracken and the discarded old fence sections underfoot. The wet ferns added more paranoia about ticks waiting under the leaves for hosts to pass. The anxiety level was heightened recently after having been struck down by a mystery infection last week. ( a whole week on the sick!!!) Thankfully blood tests confirmed no sign of Lymes disease. However because of this illness the walk felt tiresome, also reckon the driving rain, steep climb, and lack of sound paths contributed.
Anyway it was a good feeling to get back down onto level ground and the car 5 hours after the start of the walk and feet were drenched along with waterproofs.
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