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Bidean nam Bian & Stob Coire Sgreanhach

Bidean nam Bian & Stob Coire Sgreanhach


Postby Kenny Monaghan » Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:11 am

Date walked: 11/04/2015

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 15.7 km

Ascent: 1775m

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Alex, Johnny and I set off for Glencoe on a bit of hope that we'd be lucky and get one of the gaps in the weather that was being mentioned in the weather reports. Things looked promising as we set off from the car park there was showers of hail but they were moving through. The path was really good till about 1000ft when we started to meet snow but with a bit of caution things were okay. Between 1500ft and 2500ft the snow got deeper but still didn't present too much of a problem, when we got onto the start of the ridge we met the wind which we had been protected from until this point, it was a total pain blowing up fresh snow and on several occasions we had to stop to allow the gusts to blow through due to the strength of it making it hard to walk. The crampons came out at this point as the wind was blowing most of the snow away leaving solid ice in it's place. Every now and again we'd get a gap in the clouds to remind us of why we were on the hills, the views were awesome through to Fort William, Rannoch Moor and across Loch Etive. We completed the walk over both hills and after a quick snack turned back to find the path back down Coire Gabhail, but even with my Etrex 30 which showed us exactly where the path was supposed to be, we decided due to the snow cornice and having nothing but a valley full of snow in front of us that the safest thing to do was to go back the way we came. So just when we were looking to get off the hills we ended going back over them, lucky white heather, but safety first. Advice for anyone thinking of doing these 2 just now, crampons and ice are a must.
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