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Blog for September 28th, 2017

September 28th, 2017
Bidean nam Bian loop
Gearr Aonach from Lairig Eilde

Start
Route started from Buachaille Etive Beag car park and took the path down to Allt Lairig Eilde whose depth required a wet crossing
View down Glen Coe with Aonach Eagach
Far end of Lairig Eilde
Looking across part way up Beinn Fhada
Views from Beinn Fhada
Following photos from top of Beinn Fhada, initially looking north and turning clockwise ...
Am Bodach on left, Sron Gharbh in middle
A Chailleach
Beinn a' Chrulaiste with Blackwater Reservoir
Rannoch Moor in distance
Buachaille Etive Beag and with Buachaille Etive Mor behind
Looking down into Lairig Eilde with Glen Etive just appearing
Stob Coire Sgreamhach in distance
Stob Coire nan Lochan and Gearr Aonach ridge
Aonach Dubh in foreground
Looking across to Aonach Eagach
On to Stob Coire Sgreamhach
Beinn Fhada has several tops
Spot height 931m
Spot height 931m in foreground with Bidean nam Bian to right in mist
Last top before Stob Coire Sgreamhach
Getting closer to Stob Coire Sgreamhach
Stob Coire Sgreamhach
A rock face between the last top of Beinn Fhada and Stob Coire Sgreamhach needs to be negotiated. A gulley to the left provided a route, although it was wet and had loose rock
Mild scramble to left to reach Stob Coire Sgreamhach
Looking back along Beinn Fhada ridge
Beinn Fhada
Looking down Glen Etive from Stob Coire Sgreamhach
On to Bidean nam Bian
Views of Bidean nam Bian had been obscured by mist for much of the day but later on it was in view
Bidean nam Bian free of mist
Looking up to Bidean nam Bian from Stob Coire Sgreamhach
Looking down into the Hidden Valley (Lost Valley)
Stob Coire Sgreamhach with Beinn Fhada on left
Stob Coire Sgreamhach
Bidean nam Bian in distance on left, Stob Coire nan Lochan on right
Looking east ascending Bidean nam Bian
Bidean nam Bian
By the time Bidean nam Bian was reached it was in mist again so no views for the second of 2 days
Summit of Bidean nam Bian back in mist
Descent
From Bidean nam Bian the route was over to Stob Coire nan Lochan, around its north ridge and into Coire nan Lochan
Looking over to Loch Leven