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Glen Coe Scorcher Part 1 - Bidean nam Bian

Glen Coe Scorcher Part 1 - Bidean nam Bian


Postby LeithySuburbs » Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:33 pm

Route description: Bidean nam Bian

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

Date walked: 18/06/2010

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 1230m

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Happy days as my Friday off coincided with one of the hottest and sunniest days of the year :D .

Parked in the very busy Helipad carpark and headed off up the Coire nan Lochan path in shorts and t-shirt.

Bidean 1.jpg

Fortunately, most of the cars were occupied by tourists and once on the path I was soon by myself. It was apparent that this would be a sweaty day and fluid intake would be important, as would cleg avoidance... The path climbed steeply but easily past some lovely waterfalls and between the high cliffs of the two westermost Sisters.

Bidean 2.jpg

After a final steep climb I emerged at the small lochans below Stob Coire nan Lochan where I had some lunch.

A bit of a scramble brought me to the summit of SCnL where I rested again before the short descent and re-ascent to the summit of Bidean nam Bian.

Bidean summit.jpg


The views in all directions were spectacular.

Lochs Leven & Linnhe.jpg

Aonach Eagach & Ben Nevis.jpg

Loch Etiive.jpg

It was still hot even at 1150m and I had another lazy break. I walked down to the 944m col, then quickly made the summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach. I was surprised to still be alone - ah, the joys of midweek hillwalking :) .

I returned to the col and made the longish walk back through the Lost Valley to the A82.

Lost Valley.jpg

The initial descent required care and I would imagine this would be tricky in wet/slippy conditions.

Lost Valley & Stob Coire Sgreamhach.jpg

There was a lot of loose rock and I didn't really enjoy this path a great deal and was glad to cross the bridge over the River Coe and return to the car.

Bidean 3.jpg
final look at the magnificent 3 Sisters

This was a spectacular day and really felt like summer had properly arrived. I was really surprised by just how dry conditions were - streams were trickles, bogs were hardened mud, paths were dusty. It made for great walking conditions where the only (unusual) problem was finding water.
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Re: Glen Coe Scorcher Part 1 - Bidean nam Bian

Postby Alan S » Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:52 pm

Nice one leithy 8) cracking pictures.i like the waterfall one
Had my eye on this one for a while now,its a must for this year.
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Re: Glen Coe Scorcher Part 1 - Bidean nam Bian

Postby HighlandSC » Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:06 am

Nice :D

Bidean's also very high on my hit list.
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Re: Glen Coe Scorcher Part 1 - Bidean nam Bian

Postby jonny616 » Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:43 am

Hi Leithy

I'm jealous. I did these last year in the rain & clag & saw nothing all day, but i still loved it something magical about glen coe. Great pics

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Re: Glen Coe Scorcher Part 1 - Bidean nam Bian

Postby mountain coward » Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:31 am

I have to admit that this was one of the (few) good weather walks I had - I did it the other way round (not that I think it would matter much which way round you do it really). That last photo is really beautiful! :D
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Re: Glen Coe Scorcher Part 1 - Bidean nam Bian

Postby kinley » Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:21 pm

Beautiful - clear air and green vegetation with stunning hills.

A great set of pictures 8)
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