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It's not Vietnam, it's not Birmingnam, it's Bidean nam Bian

It's not Vietnam, it's not Birmingnam, it's Bidean nam Bian


Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:23 am

Route description: Bidean nam Bian

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

Date walked: 14/09/2013

Time taken: 5.3 hours

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I parked at the "tourist" car park and was the first car there and was hoping to get away before the tourists arrived. No such luck as a bus load arrived as i was getting my boots on. Over they came in their droves with cameras in hand but not one good morning from any of them as i looked up as they passed. My opinion of tourists has not changed. Now to the walk. I took the path up to Coire nan Lochan which climbs steeply with one section of smooth slab to negotiate. Not long after here a marker cairn is reached, where you have a choice of routes to Stob Coire nan Lochan. I carried on to reach the small Lochans as i did when i did this walk in May a few years ago, turning right then to head over to Pinnacle Buttress. On that occasion i only got to Bidean nam Bian due to snow lying in awkward spots. This time i continued to the left of the lochans and headed for Stob Coire nan Lochans north east ridge and onwards to the summit. I then dropped down and and climbe up to Bidean nam Bian and from there the easy ridge walk and climb to Stob Coire Sgreamhach. I had lunch here before i headed back to Bealach Dearg and the route back down through the Lost Valley. Here i met four walkers on their way up from the Lost Valley, whom i had a wee chat with discussing the route down the scree. For me it wasn't as bad as i thought it was going to be. Further down i met another two walkers, had a wee chat, then another two, another wee chat and then i carried on down. When i came down this way the last time i carried on straight past the big boulder but this time i noticed the path to the right of it and took this, a far better way than my previous route. Soon i was back at the car park, which was full now with tourists so quickly changed i made my escape. A brilliant walk on a nice calm day bumping into some nice friendy walkers. I do have to say i had a nice chat with a Canadian asking about the Lost Valley as he was taking a wee walk up to it and just wanted to know how long it would take.
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Re: It's not Vietnam, it's not Birmingnam, it's Bidean nam B

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:57 pm

Towerist's eh Glencoe is kinda local for me and every time I m passing through its heaving with folks half of them in the middle of the road taking pics :D

A cracking hil Bidean nam Beinn :wink:
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Re: It's not Vietnam, it's not Birmingnam, it's Bidean nam B

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:23 pm

Collaciotach wrote:Towerist's eh Glencoe is kinda local for me and every time I m passing through its heaving with folks half of them in the middle of the road taking pics :D

A cracking hil Bidean nam Beinn :wink:
Aye, stopping where ever they fancy :? It sure is up there with the best of them. Cheers :D
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Re: It's not Vietnam, it's not Birmingnam, it's Bidean nam B

Postby jonny616 » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:45 pm

Bidean was looking cracking as we drove by on our way to Fhada. You picked a great day for it.
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Re: It's not Vietnam, it's not Birmingnam, it's Bidean nam B

Postby Bod » Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:09 pm

Great pics Johnny, and a cracking two munros with SCNL being one of my favourite tops :D :D :D
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Re: It's not Vietnam, it's not Birmingnam, it's Bidean nam B

Postby rockhopper » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:59 pm

One of my favourite walks - great views esp down to Loch Creran and Loch Etive - you certainly seem to have got a good day for it. I see you found the path on the way back - like your first time, I couldn't find it and ended up scrambling over the boulders :roll: - cheers :)
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