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Glen Coe Scorcher Part 1 - Bidean nam Bian
by 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: 1230mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Parked in the very busy Helipad carpark and headed off up the Coire nan Lochan path in shorts and t-shirt.
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.
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.
The views in all directions were spectacular.
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.
The initial descent required care and I would imagine this would be tricky in wet/slippy conditions.
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.
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.
by Alan S » Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:52 pm
Had my eye on this one for a while now,its a must for this year.
by HighlandSC » Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:06 am
Bidean's also very high on my hit list.
by jonny616 » Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:43 am
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
- mountain coward
A great set of pictures
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