Beautiful day on brilliant Bidean.
by mamoset » Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:35 pm
Route description: Bidean nam Bian
Munros included on this walk: Bidean nam Bian, Stob Coire Sgreamhach
Date walked: 18/04/2015
Time taken: 9 hours
Distance: 12 km
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The forecast for Saturday had been consistent all week, so we headed up to Glen Coe to tackle Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach. We used the favoured route which takes you up Coire nan Lochan first. Stob Coire nan Lochan is in view for most of this route. It was a bit chilly in the coire, but the sun was beating down on Aonach Eagach, making it look Autumnal Higher up there was still a bit of snow about, so spikes and axe came out. As the snow was soft, it made it harder going than it should have been. We were soon within touching distance of the lochans and were warming up nicely The impressive north face of Stob Coire nan Lochan rose above us. We had initially planned to go up Boomerang Gully, but with the snow being so soft, and evidence of small avalanches, common sense prevailed and we skirted to the NW arm of SCnL before heading up. As we gained height, the views became absolutely incredible, and to steal Black Panthers fave saying, "mountain porn" was very much the phrase to be used The sheer scale of the Highlands, when seen like this, takes your breath away, it was truly stunning. Figuring things could only get better, we headed up to the summit of SCnL, passing some impressive pinnacles on the way. From the summit, we got our first sighting of Bidean and Sgreamhach. Had a quick chat with some lads who were paragliding off SCnL then headed over the bealach above Collie's Pinnacle and made our way carefully up to Bideans summit. The view down Glen Etive was awesome. Having wasted so much time with this porn!!! we decided to give Stob Coire nam Beith a miss. It's not far to go, but we had been enjoying the walk and views so much, time just flew by. So we left Bidean and set off down to Bealach Dearg where we left our packs and made for Sgreamhach's top. The descent from Bealach Dearg was great fun, jumping straight onto the snow and utilising the axe as a brake. Saved us quite a bit of time too as the snow level took us down 300m is no time At the valley bottom, it is a straightforward walk down the gully and back to the parking area. I have to say that this was one of, if not the, best days walking i have done. The distance and time are irrelevant, the views and the beauty of the area will stay with me forever
by kev_russ » Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:29 pm
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by mamoset » Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:15 am
Thanks Kennyscottishkennyg wrote:Nice one M, some cracking pictures in there..liked the action shot on the ridge. Cheers K
Glad we got the kind of day that could make you jealousMal Grey wrote:A fantastic looking day, thanks for sharing. Very jealous.
The view down Etive is terrific, I must agreerockhopper wrote:Lovely - one of my favourites, esp for the view down Glen Etive - cheers
by redrook » Fri May 22, 2015 4:56 pm
by mamoset » Sat May 23, 2015 9:43 pm
redrook wrote:Looks like a fantastic route, can see it being very sketchy though in freeze-thaw conditions, if the snow was frozen neve. I'm guessing that was not the case this day!
Hi redrook, no, the snow was fairly soft all the way, so it wasn't a hard route at all. But it is a fantastic route