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A Windy Day On The Moffat Hills

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Corbetts: Hart Fell
Donalds: Cape Law, Hart Fell, Swatte Fell, Under Saddle Yoke
Date walked: 10/10/2021
Distance: 18.2km
Ascent: 983m
Views: 2


Beinn a’ Bheithir

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Munros: Sgòrr Dhearg (Beinn a' Bheithir), Sgòrr Dhònuill (Beinn a' Bheithir)
Date walked: 27/08/2021
Distance: 15.4km
Ascent: 1184m
Views: 6


Beinn Alligin

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Munros: Sgùrr Mòr (Beinn Alligin), Tom na Gruagaich (Beinn Alligin)
Date walked: 25/08/2021
Distance: 11km
Ascent: 1120m
Views: 7

Gooooood Morning Bidean Naaaaam! (Bian)

Route: Bidean nam Bian

Munros: Bidean nam Bian, Stob Coire Sgreamhach

Date walked: 23/08/2021

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 13.5km

Ascent: 1200m

With the weather looking good for the whole week there was going to be a lot of hillwalking getting done, and on Monday morning it started with a trip to Glencoe and a walk up Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach, with a couple of tops added.

It’s always good to get to Glencoe early, we all know what parking is like later on so I arrived at the car park at the Three Sisters at 6am and set off following the WH route up Coire nan Lochan. It was cloudy down low but with fleeting glimpses of blue sky I knew there was a excellent chance of an inversion.

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The Aonach Eagach.


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Aonach Dubh.


There’s a good path up between Geàrr Aonach and Aonach Dubh, just a couple of slippery rocks to negotiate near the waterfall and as expected it wasn’t long before I was above the cloud level and the sun was shining bright.

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Getting above the clouds.


There is flatter area at the top of the Coire nan Lochan which was very boggy. The path is a bit erratic but I found myself gazing up at the impressive sight of Stob Coire nan Lochan and it’s rocky ascent, and as I made my way to the beginning of the climb the cloud inversion was stunning. I could see several hills popping their summits above the clouds, including a dramatic view of the Aonach Eagach ridge.

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Stob Coire nan Lochan.


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Aonach Eagach ridge.


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Looking to the east.


It’s a rocky scramble up to the summit, just don’t stray too far to the left as you ascend. I was getting good views of Bidean nam Bian and also Stob Coire nam Beith, another Munro Top which I was planning on visiting.

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Stob Coire nam Beith and the sharp point of Bidean nam Bian coming into view on the left.


I eventually reached the summit of Stob Coire nan Lochan and the views were changeable to say the least. You couldn’t see Stob Coire Sgreamhach at all, and even Bidean was appearing and disappearing.to the east and southeast you couldn’t see any of the Glencoe mountains at all.

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Views changing all the time.


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Stob Coire nan Lochan summit, with a view of Bidean nam Bian.


Heading straight down to the bealach to begin the climb up Bidean nam Bian I finally got my first view of Stob Coire Sgreamhach, although it wasn’t visible for more than a few minutes.

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Stob Coire Sgreamhach.


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Heading up to Bidean nam Bian.


The climb up Bidean nam Bian is steep with one or two bits of scrambling but pretty straightforward in the main. I met the first climber of the day since I started the route, he was going the opposite way round. He must have been a very early start! (Or maybe I’m just slow) :lol:

Eventually I reached the second summit of the day, and more stunning views above the clouds.

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View from Bidean nam Bian summit, looking north towards Aonach Eagach.


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Stob Coire nam Beith.


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Looking south.


Going off the WH route I headed over to check out the summit of Stob Coire nam Beith. There is a good path across with a bit of scrambling just off the summit of Bidean nam Bian and the ridge does narrow a bit so care needed as always. It only took about 15-20 minutes to get over to summit number three so worth the wee detour in my opinion.

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View from Stob Coire nam Beith.


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I think that’s neighbouring Sgòr na h-Ulaidh or its Top, Stob an Fhuarain?


Retracing my steps back to Bidean nam Bian it was time to head to summit number four for the day, Stob Coire Sgreamhach. By this time the cloud had really closed in and there were limited views, the famed Lost Valley making fleeting appearances. Once again it’s a fairly straightforward route up to the summit, rocky once again but no drama. There were a few people on this Munro summit as I sat down for a bite to eat and waited for the views to open up, which sadly never happened.

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The path to Stob Coire Sgreamhach.


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There’s the Lost Valley.


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Stob Coire Sgreamhach summit.


The descent path down to the Lost Valley is very steep initially on loose scree. I seen a few folk ahead of me slipping and sliding their way down but somehow I managed to stay on my feet. Once it levels out though there is a good path taking you down to the bottom of the valley and towards a small wooded area.

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Steep descent down to the Lost Valley.


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The Lost Valley.


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On the valley floor.


Of course by the time I got back to the car park the cloud had gone completely and the sun was shining and Glencoe was there in all its glory. Isn’t that always the way? Overall though it was a fantastic morning and a very enjoyable route. I’ll have to do it again sometime, hopefully when it’s cloud free 8)

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Mount Keen

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Munros: Mount Keen
Date walked: 22/08/2021
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 670m
Views: 12


Beinn an Dòthaidh and Beinn Dòrain

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Munros: Beinn an Dòthaidh, Beinn Dòrain
Date walked: 19/08/2021
Distance: 14.4km
Ascent: 1071m
Views: 9


Tarmachan Ridge

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Munros: Meall nan Tarmachan
Date walked: 18/08/2021
Distance: 14.5km
Ascent: 763m
Views: 10


A Nine Munro Day

Attachment(s) Munros: Cairn of Claise, Càrn a' Ghèoidh, Càrn an Tuirc, Càrn Aosda, Creag Leacach, Glas Maol, The Cairnwell, Tolmount, Tom Buidhe
Date walked: 16/08/2021
Distance: 40km
Ascent: 1615m
Views: 277


Buachaille Etive Mòr

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Munros: Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mòr), Stob na Bròige (Buachaille Etive Mòr)
Date walked: 01/08/2021
Distance: 14.3km
Ascent: 1050m
Views: 15


Meall a’Bhùiridh and Creise

Attachment(s) Munros: Creise, Meall a' Bhùiridh
Date walked: 31/07/2021
Distance: 11.2km
Ascent: 1112m
Views: 184

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2021

Trips: 32
Distance: 539.15 km
Ascent: 32050m
Munros: 70
Corbetts: 3
Donalds: 4


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